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QB Watson, Clemson thrive as underdogs

Instead of ripping the losing coach, pause for a moment to praise the winning quarterback. Deshaun Watson did not get much pregame hype from the media and was quickly dismissed by most bettors, yet he directed a dominant performance by Clemson.

American Pharoah is runaway choice for Horse of the Year

The Eclipse Awards are horse racing’s Oscars or Emmys. It crowns the best of the best, and this year’s event will be Jan. 16 at Gulfstream Park. The show will be televised live on TVG.

UNLV makes worst of situation in home loss to Fresno State

When the number of Mountain West games is 18 and your program hasn’t won a regular-season league championship in forever, any mark on the left side of a win-loss column is cherished inside a locker room.

Winter is no time to forget about boating safety

As a general rule, foul weather is a blessing for duck hunters. Winds and cloud cover associated with weather fronts help to increase daytime bird activity and reduce glare from shotgun barrels and hunters’ faces, which can then translate into increased opportunity and success for waterfowl hunters.

Mountain West teams meeting in bowl speaks loudly about Mountain West

I have never been one of those anti-bowl game guys. Never been one to care much about how many postseason college football affairs are played. But when the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl kicks off today in Tucson, the perception of Mountain West football will endure a devastating punch to the gut.

Belichick, bettors lose big decisions

Even a genius is capable of a dumb decision. Bill Belichick is normally the sharpest gambler walking NFL sidelines, and the math usually supports his rolls of the dice, but he owns this rare blunder.

Happy New Year: Santa Anita ready to open

Jan. 1 marks the start of the New Year for all of us humans. It also is the common birthday of all horses. That’s a good thing, too. It makes a large bag of carrots or mints a perfect birthday gift for a barn full of horses.

QB Cook gives Michigan State chance against Alabama

It’s no cinch Connor Cook will be a quality starter in the NFL, a league desperately in need of a few good quarterbacks. But he’s about to audition for the role, and the stage he gets to take on New Year’s Eve is about as big as it gets.

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