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Oregon QB Marcus Mariota Wins Heisman 0

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NEW YORK (AP) — Marcus Mariota wrote it all down, every word of his Heisman Trophy acceptance speech. It was a good thing, too, because getting through it might have been tougher than sprinting away from linebacker or tossing a long touchdown pass for the Oregon Ducks.

The understated star quarterback became Oregon's first Heisman winner going away Saturday night, capping a three-year climb to college football's most prestigious individual award.

"I'm humbled to be standing here today," Mariota said moments after he was announced as the winner.
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Spurs Star Tony Parker on Protective Eyewear and His Hot Start to the Season 0

  • Hoophead
  • Posted by: Christina Tapper
  • December 12, 2014, 11:50 AM

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San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker’s game is built on court vision. So when Parker suffered an eye injury (a scratched cornea, ouch!) while partying with friends in 2012, his court vision was less than perfect as he prepared to play for the French National Team in the London Olympics.

That’s when Bollé, an eyewear company that Parker had previously worked with, stepped in with special glasses for the four-time NBA champion. Now, Parker, whose vision is back to 100 percent, is helping the company launch a kids line, Bollé Sport Protective. The glasses (available with prescription or non-prescription lenses) come in cool colors and names like Swag, Dominance, and Baller.

Before his Spurs took on the Brooklyn Nets in New York last Wednesday, Parker sat down with SI Kids to talk about his experience with the eyewear, his hot start from beyond arc, and if he’ll ever come out of his rap retirement.
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Shaq-a-Claus Teams Up With Toys for Tots This Christmas 0

  • Hoophead
  • Posted by: Sam Page
  • December 11, 2014, 4:25 PM

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For 20 years, starting in his native Orlando, Shaquille O'Neal has bought toys for underprivileged kids. Now he has teamed up with Toys"R"US to become "Shaq-A-Claus, their spokesperson in their annual campaign with Toys for Tots, an organization that delivers toys to kids in need during this holiday season. 

SI Kids talked to Shaq-A-Claus recently about the campaign, his favorite toys, and some things he's working on that may be in your stocking next year. 

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Fantasy Football 2014: Week 15 Waiver Wire 0

  • Fantasy Fix
  • Posted by: David Gonos
  • December 10, 2014, 3:23 PM

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Most fantasy leagues are now officially down to the final four teams, and league champions will be crowned over the next two weeks. If you’re reading this article, it’s likely you can sympathize more with Ohio State than with TCU or Baylor.

In the fantasy playoffs, you have to be wary of overthinking your matchups and undoing all that you’ve done up to this point. If you lose, you lose, but you don’t want to be mad at yourself for the entire offseason because you played a lesser player with a good matchup instead of one of your stars with a below-average matchup.

Check Michael Beller’s Week 15 stat projections later this week, and if you have two players close in value for one lineup spot, go with who you consider to be the better player in general — even if he’s ranked two spots lower than the other player. Let your opponent beat you — don’t let overanalysis end your season early.

Each week, we’ll share 8-12 players we think are worth a look in standard fantasy football leagues based on performance and upcoming matchups. Each of these players listed are owned in fewer than 30 percent of leagues on CBS Sports, ESPN and Yahoo! leagues.

Since they are barely owned in more than 30 percent of CBS leagues, you won’t see these rising players on this list: Robert Griffin III, Alex Smith, Jonathan Stewart, Matt Asiata, Donte Moncrief, Jared Cook, Connor Barth and the Panthers defense.
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2014 Sports Illustrated Kids Gotta Get it Guide 0

  • GearHead
  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • December 10, 2014, 11:31 AM

2014 gotta get it guide

Need some cool gift ideas? Look no further! Sports Illustrated Kids has you covered with the hottest sneakers, tech, and gear for the holidays. Click the images below and discover some great stuff!
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MLS Will Kick Off 20th Season With New Game Ball 0

  • Goalazo
  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • December 9, 2014, 2:23 PM

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The LA Galaxy’s 2014 MLS Cup championship celebration is barely over, and already the league is looking toward next year. The 2015 season will be MLS’ 20th anniversary, and a few months ago the league debuted its new crest. But that won’t be all that’s new. When the Galaxy begins its title defense, there will be a new ball on the pitch, too.

Yesterday, MLS and Adidas debuted the league’s new official match ball, Nativo. The ball is built with six identical panels for max aerodynamics and stability, while a mico-texture surface improves grip and touch. Adidas says Nativo is its “most tested ball ever,” but that’s kind of a moving benchmark. Brazuca, the 2014 World Cup match ball, was also called “the most tested ball ever” when it debuted last December.

Here’s a closer look at Nativo:
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Mariota, Cooper, and Gordon are 2014 Heisman Finalists 0

  • Gridiron Guru
  • Posted by: Lauren Shute
  • December 9, 2014, 11:17 AM

2014 heisman trophy finalists

For years, two special trophies have brought a very important ending to college football season. The first award was the BCS crystal football and the second was the Heisman Trophy. There’s a new national championship trophy this season, but the Heisman is still standing. And yesterday, we learned who is one step closer to taking it home.

On Monday, 1996 Heisman winner Danny Wueffel announced the three finalists for the trophy recognizing the year’s most outstanding college football player. All three have been in the mix since the start of the year. During a season in which a new playoff has brought twists, turns, and ultimately a new college football playoff trophy, it’s nice to have some tradition within the Heisman race.

Let’s meet the 2014 Heisman finalists: 
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