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Marcus Mariota’s touching Heisman acceptance speech moved his dad to tears

ftw.usatoday.com — Marcus Mariota became the 80th Heisman Trophy winner on Saturday night with the second largest margin behind Troy Smith in 2006. He's also the first Oregon Ducks player to win the award. Mariota prepared a touching speech for the occasion, thanking his coaching staff, his teammates (most importantly his offensive linemen), and finally his parents, whom by the end, brimming with pride, were moved to tears.

Fernando Torres could soon be a man without a team

ftw.usatoday.com — Fernando Torres' career has taken one of the strangest, saddest arcs ever. He caught the eye of Liverpool while playing for La Liga giant-killers Atletico Madrid, scoring how'd-he-do-it goals with why-would-he-do-that hair. Entire defenses would shrink to their knees in his wake. They called him "El Nino."

Navy Athletic Director zings Army over traditional rivalry game luncheon

ftw.usatoday.com — BALTIMORE - Army apologized that due to a fogged in flight it didn't send a contingent to media event Wednesday promoting this year's Army-Navy football game here. Navy Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk didn't buy it. "We've got a saying at Navy: 'No excuses, nobody cares.'

Dubious sports records held by all-time greats

wtsp.com — ( USA TODAY) -- Kobe Bryant set the record for the most missed shots in NBA history Tuesday night, tallying his 13, 418th career miss to pass John Havlicek atop the all-time list.

Behind the scenes with Tim Tebow at SEC Nation

ftw.usatoday.com — BATON ROUGE, La. - Around 9:30 a.m., three Courtyard Marriott staff members walk into a conference room with three plates of breakfast. "Marcus?" each says separately. Marcus Spears raises his hand and plates of eggs, bacon, oatmeal and fruit are placed in front of him.

Retirement hasn’t stopped legendary Vols coach Pat Summitt from coaching

ftw.usatoday.com — Ask Tyler Summitt about his mom, Pat Summitt, and he'll tell you this: "She's going to heaven, and she's happy. I'm positive of both of those two things." He's also positive about this: "There's nothing else you can really do." Pat was diagnosed with early-onset dementia, Alzheimer's type in May 2011, and coached her final team at Tennessee in 2011-12.

Parents shield the eyes of a little girl during brutal NHL fight

ftw.usatoday.com — Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon and Coyotes center Kyle Chipchura dropped the gloves in the first period Tuesday night. Dillon got the best of Chipchura in a slow and methodical brawl, which took place just a few feet away from a family sitting in the front row.

Nike drops Adrian Peterson as spokesman

usatoday.com — Nike, the Oregon-based sports apparel giant, said Thursday it had dropped Adrian Peterson as a spokesman. "Adrian Peterson is no longer a Nike athlete," said the Nike statement. In September, Nike had "suspended" its relationship with Peterson after the Minnesota Vikings running back was indicted in Texas on a felony injury to a child charge for allegedly beating his 4-year-old son with a switch.

In Rice appeal, former federal judge returns to spotlight

usatoday.com — A New York attorney used a baseball umpiring analogy to sum up why former federal judge Barbara S. Jones has the stuff to make the right call as the arbitrator who will rule on Ray Rice's appeal of an indefinite suspension by the National Football League.

Sanchez embraces second chance as Eagles starting QB

usatoday.com — PHILADELPHIA - As the quarterback world turns, Mark Sanchez will make his first start for the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night. Dubbed "The Sanchise" before his New York Jets downfall, he is no stranger to bright lights. "It's a familiar feeling.
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Dec 11, 2014

RT @PinstripeBowl: 2014 #PinstripeBowl Trophy Tour kicks off tomorrow in State College! 1st stop The Student HUB at 3PM. @PennStateFball pic.twitter.com/TYzSAhGRPt

Dec 11, 2014

Defense. Defense. This Cards-Rams is kind of a nice change of pace this season. #NFL

Dec 10, 2014

No guarantee microfracture surgery fixes Texans' Jadeveon Clowney usat.ly/1DdywNm via @usatoday

Dec 08, 2014

RT @RobertKlemko: Some natural border rivalries should just happen every year no matter what. Raiders-9ers, Jets-Giants, Bills-Argonauts...

Dec 08, 2014

Chris Berman of #ESPN say Atlanta Falcons become "bowl eligible" if they beat Green Bay tonite -- six wins.

Dec 08, 2014

Jay Gruden to wait on McCoy's status before naming starter usat.ly/1D0uhop via @usatoday

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