Super Bowl XLI½?
New England's Tom Brady (pictured, left) and Indianapolis' Peyton Manning (also pictured) are widely considered to be the best two quarterbacks in the NFL. They also play on the only undefeated teams in the league. Well, that will change today, barring a rare tie. The Patriots (8-0) travel to face the Colts (7-0) in what some are calling this season's real Super Bowl.
Raiders, 49ers face also-struggling foes
The Oakland Raiders (2-5) and the San Francisco 49ers (2-5) aren't having the best of seasons. They will both square off with opponents who are also struggling. The Raiders host the 3-5 Houston Texans, and the 49ers travel to face the 1-6 Atlanta Falcons. Page C-6
U.S. boxers golden
Flyweight Rau'shee Warren (pictured at left) and welterweight Demetrius Andrade (pictured above) became the first Americans to win gold medals at the World Boxing Championships in eight years with convincing victories in the finals on Saturday. Warren beat Thailand's Somjit Jongjohor 13-9 despite having two front teeth knocked out. Andrade gave the Americans their second gold when his bout with Thailand's Non Boonjumnong was stopped in the second round due to an injury.
Back on the track
Patrick Valenzuela returned to racing for the first time in nearly a year Saturday, riding two winners at Zia Park. Valenzuela hadn't ridden since sustaining a rib injury in a paddock accident at Hollywood Park on Nov. 26. The 45-year-old jockey won a pair of claiming races Saturday aboard Devil Action and Must Be a Topper. Since November 1978, Valenzuela has been suspended or denied a jockey's license for 82 months -- nearly seven years -- because of substance abuse problems.