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January 2

Fiesta Bowl

A bowl-watcher's dream game: The nation's unspotted, top-ranked teams battle it out in the season finale. Nebraska (No. 1) and Florida (No. 2) have raced to 11-0 and 12-0 marks, respectively, won by huge margins, and gained the Bowl Alliance's inaugural invitation to play in the all-but-official major-college championship game. Next season, another of the alliance's bowls will get the first choice of opponents. For now, though, interest focuses on Tempe, Ariz., and the only game played the day after New Year's.

January 6

Women's college basketball

The University of Tennessee, a perennial power, hosts defending college champion Connecticut in a game expected to draw more than 10,000 spectators to Knoxville's Thompson-Boling Arena. These teams had never met until last season, when they played twice, first in a nationally televised regular-season game and then in the NCAA Finals. UConn won both times - and finished the season with a 35-0 record.

January 8

Baseball Hall of Fame selections

The Baseball Writers Association of America announces the results of its annual vote on the game's all-time greats. Players with a minimum of 10 seasons in the major leagues who have been retired for five years are eligible. Candidates must be named on 75 percent or more of several hundred ballots for induction into the Cooperstown, N.Y., shrine.

January 10-21

Gold Cup soccer

Southern California will host eight men's teams from the Americas, including the national teams of Brazil, Mexico, and the United States, in this biennial tournament. The winner of the final played in the Rose Bowl goes on to the Intercontinental Cup. US coach Steve Sampson has loaded his roster with 16 World Cup veterans.

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