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December 28, 2009
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December 28, 2009

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In dramatic fashion by Penn State, its record third consecutive NCAA women's volleyball championship. The Nittany Lions rallied after dropping the first two sets in the best-of-five title match against Texas last Saturday in Tampa. Megan Hodge (above) had a team-high 21 kills, including the final point, which touched off a massive celebration. Penn State ended the season with a 102-game winning streak, which is the second-longest in a team sport in NCAA history behind the Miami men's tennis team's 137-match run from 1957 through '64. "Not a lot of people have done stuff like that," Penn State coach Russ Rose said. "I got a cigar with my name on it tonight."


By a quick-thinking referee, a Swedish professional hockey player whose heart stopped during play. Midway through the first period of a game on Dec. 13, forward Niklas Lihagen of Örbero collapsed after some light contact with a Bofors opponent. Luckily, the referee, Wolmer Edqvist, is an ambulance driver by day. "I knew we had about four minutes to bring him back to life," Edqvist said. He performed CPR and was able to restart Lihagen's heart. The 26-year-old was taken to the hospital and was in stable condition.


By the NFL, a partnership with Boston University brain specialists who have been vocal in their criticism of the league's handling of concussions. As part of the partnership, the NFL will encourage players to sign up to donate their brains to the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, and the league also will contact the families of nearly 100 former players known to have Alzheimer's and dementia and ask that they consider brain donations as well. "It's huge that the NFL actively gets behind this research," said Dr. Robert Cantu, a co-director of the BU center.


To Everton for a 10-week spell, U.S. captain Landon Donovan (right). The Los Angeles Galaxy forward will spend the MLS off-season playing in England for the underachieving Toffees, who at week's end were in 15th place in the Premier League, and will return to the U.S. in time for the March start of the MLS season. Donovan, who has been named the national team's top player in six of the last eight years, will be making his third trip overseas; his previous stints, both in Germany, were unproductive. Donovan's Galaxy teammate David Beckham also will go out on loan, to AC Milan.


By Bob Knight in a speech at a fund-raiser, Kentucky coach John Calipari. Speaking at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, Knight, who retired from Texas Tech in 2008 after a 42-season coaching career studded with victories (902) but marred by tempestuousness, said, "We've gotten into a situation over the years where there is an integrity that is lacking in college sports, and in a way that's why I'm glad I'm not coaching now. As an example, we've got a coach at Kentucky that put two schools on probation, and he's still coaching. I really don't understand that." Both Memphis and UMass have had to vacate Final Four appearances made under Calipari, but the coach was not implicated by the NCAA in any wrongdoing. Calipari refused to be drawn into a war of words, saying, "I don't agree with what he says, but it doesn't change how I feel about him. I'm a big fan."

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