Dunks, kills and college football award show thrills
College Football: After snagging three big awards yesterday, including the Walter Camp Award and the Maxwell Award, Auburn quarterback Cam Newton remains the favorite to win the 2010 Heisman Trophy Saturday night. Before the broadcast, check out ESPN's interview with the controversial quarterback, then tune in as he competes with LaMichael James (Oregon), Andrew Luck (Stanford) and Kellen Moore (Boise State) for college football's highest honor.
Women's College Volleyball: The NCAA women's volleyball regionals start in Austin, Texas Friday, with 11 of the 16 national seeds competing. No. 1 Florida struggled a bit in getting to the regionals, while No. 16 Purdue cruised past Kentucky and Louisville, so this matchup may be more competitive than it looks on paper. Another one to keep an eye on is No. 8 Illinois vs. No. 9 Texas. The Longhorns have won 17 straight matches, while the higher-ranked Illini ended their regular season poorly, dropping five of seven.
In what may be the most well-attended match of the day, No. 2 Nebraska will face off against the unranked Washington Huskies. The Huskers have reached the regionals for 27 straight years (!) and volleyball fever runs rampant in Lincoln. I bet you'll see a lot of Nebraska fans making the trip for this one. You can read more about Nebraska's tremendous volleyball program here.
NBA: Derrick Rose and the Bulls look to beat Kobe Bryant and the Lakers for the first time since 2006. Friday, when asked if he's passing the torch on to Rose, Kobe said "I ain't passing [expletive]." Should be a good one!
Friday night the Atlanta Hawks will seek their first win in San Antonio since 1997. Both teams have been hot in their last ten games, as the Spurs have won 8-of-10 and the Hawks have gone 7-3.
NFL: Our resident football guru Melissa Jacobs is all over Week 14 in the NFL. Check out her preview here.