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The Record, Bergen County, NJ, January 06, 2008


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In good company Just like last year, Ray Rice was named a bowl game MVP. Only this time, Rice dragged his linemen and quarterback Mike Teel onto the stage with him, passing the trophy on to each of them, barely posing with it himself.

Hall Forges On Minus Gause

NEWARK - Bobby Gonzalez broke the news to the Seton Hall men's basketball team at Friday's dinner, letting the players know that Paul Gause, the defensive stopper and team leader, had suffered a broken knuckle that likely would sideline him for at least a month. And he considered the situation he was facing, too, preparing for Saturday afternoon's game against Morgan State, which the Pirates would win, 89-81, with one eye already on the upcoming trip to Marquette and Pittsburgh.

Lsu Quintet of Rbs Is Hard to Handle

NEW ORLEANS The big mystery in every Louisiana State football game isn't whether the Tigers will rush for 200 yards or more. It's how they will do it. Any of seven players of varying size, running style and speed could carry the ball on any given play.

Islanders Lose to Avs in Ot

Tim Jackman scored his first goal of the season 3:18 into the opening period. But the Islanders couldn't hold the lead and Marek Svatos scored 2:05 into overtime to give the Avalanche a 2-1 win in Denver on Saturday night. Rick DiPietro, wearing his new bright-white pads, turned aside 37 shots.

Defensive Pride On and Off Court ; Park Ridge Fights Against Breast Cancer

The improved defensive play of Park Ridge has it on a five-game winning streak. But what mostly is catching the eyes of those playing or watching the Owls are the temporary tattoos on the players' upper left arms.


Boys Top 25 1. Don Bosco (7-1)

Secaucus' Confidence Growing ; Balanced Scoring Key to Fast Start

Secaucus played its best game of the season in an opening-night victory over BCSL National Division rival St. Mary, and the 6-1 Patriots continue to ride the momentum from that win. The team's performance has exceeded coach Bill Millevoi's expectations. And the best thing about the fast start is that no one player has had to carry the load.

St. Joseph Knocks Off Don Bosco

RAMSEY Kai Dominguez scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter to help St. Joseph defeat Don Bosco, No. 1 in The Record Top 25, 47-45, in an NNJIL Division C boys basketball game Saturday night. Junior center Joe Efese had 11 rebounds and eight of his 10 points came in the second half for the Green Knights.

Leonardo Hits Stride ; Passaic V. Senior Wins 55 Hh

MADISON When Rebecca Leonardo announced to her family that she was going to go out for track and field as a freshman, her mother was pleased but had one caveat: "I don't want you hurdling." Naturally, Leonardo gravitated to the hurdles despite the fact that at times the talented Passaic Valley athlete is a self- proclaimed klutz.

Dean of the Pool ; Horbatuck Never Quits On Comets

Hackensack swim coach Hank Horbatuck says he will retire next year. Of course, he said that last year, and the year before that, too.

Coaches Know Lure of H.S. Football

It's the natural progression for athletes, the stepladder used to determine success. First comes high school and then college, and the lucky ones go on to the pros.

Mellina Stands Tall for West Milford

WAYNE Nick Mellina had a career afternoon, and it was more than enough to propel surging West Milford. Mellina scored a career-high 34 points and grabbed a season-high 20 rebounds as West Milford defeated Wayne Valley, 83-65, in a Northern Hills Conference Skyline Division boys basketball game Saturday. The Highlanders won for the fifth time in six games.

Bergenfield Able to Flex Muscles at Quad

FAIR LAWN In the context of high school wrestling, Bergenfield junior Kadeem Reid has experienced sudden celebrity this past week. "I must have shook [more than] 100 hands the past few days in congratulations," said Reid, who surprised some by winning the 189- pound championship at the BCCA Holiday tournament.

Giants Plan to Prove Their Critics Wrong

TAMPA, Fla. Before the season started, Giants general manager Jerry Reese asked, "Why not us?" when talk turned to the possible NFC entry in Super Bowl XLII. Even though the conference appeared wide open, few took the first-year GM's comments as more than wishful thinking. Now the Giants get their chance to back their general manager's plea not to forget them come playoff time. To do so, however, they have to get over a hurdle that has tripped them the past two seasons. They have to win a wi...

Garrard's Run Saves Season for Jaguars

PITTSBURGH Never in the Steelers' 75 seasons had a team beaten them twice in Pittsburgh in the same season. The Jacksonville Jaguars beat history and the Steelers despite a memorable fourth- quarter collapse that nearly cost the visitors their season. Josh Scobee saved the game by kicking a 25-yard field goal with 37 seconds remaining and the Jaguars came back after squandering an 18-point lead in the fourth quarter to beat the Steelers, 31-29, Saturday night in an AFC wild-card game that ...

Titans, Chargers Set for Smash-Mouth Ii

SAN DIEGO There's smash-mouth, and then there's Shawne Merriman's mouth. Today's playoff game between the Tennessee Titans and San Diego Chargers wouldn't be such an eagerly anticipated grudge match without the two.

Perfect Pats Ignore All the Expectations

FOXBORO, Mass. It certainly has been a dominant decade for the New England Patriots. Three Super Bowl championships, two coach of the year awards and the only 16-0 regular season in NFL history. Now they're expected to keep winning throughout the playoffs, no matter how much they insist their past brilliance doesn't matter.

Seahawks Put End to Redskins' Run ; Three-Touchdown Burst Ends Doubt

SEATTLE In less than 2 fourth-quarter minutes, the Seattle Seahawks watched a 13-point lead turn into a one-point deficit. Nothing was going right they couldn't even catch a simple kickoff. "I was looking at the scoreboard like, 'What just happened?' " defensive end Darryl Tapp said. "But you just have to continue to play all the game through."

Davis Helps Celtics Defeat Pistons

Rookie Glen Davis scored a career-high 20 points, giving Boston's Big Three a huge lift in a 92-85 win over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night at Auburn Hills, Mich., a marquee game that lived up to its billing. For the first time since 1981, two NBA teams entered a game on Jan. 5 with a combined 54 wins. For the first time since 2000, two teams played with each riding at least an eight-game winning streak.

Triple-Double Trouble ; Captain Kidd, Carter Lift Nets to 5th Straight Win

ATLANTA The mustache Jason Kidd's teammates laughed at and said he should shave on Friday remained on the captain's face. Kidd probably won't keep it much longer, but his teammates have changed their opinion about it. Vince Carter said Kidd should keep it after the star point guard recorded back-to-back triple-doubles and helped the Nets to back-to- back wins.

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