Quarterback Darron Thomas of the Oregon Ducks (right) threw for 30 touchdowns with only 6 interceptions this season. The Ducks beat UCLA in the Pac-12 Championship to earn a spot in the Rose Bowl, where they'll face Wisconsin. Steve Dykes/Getty Images hide caption

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LaShawn Merritt crosses the finish line first, in the men's 4x400-meter relay at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea, Sept. 2. Once banned for doping, Merritt has been cleared to run in London next summer.

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Triathletes begin the 1,500-meter swim (just under 1 mile) in the Hudson River as part of last year's New York City Triathlon. Two race participants died during this year's swim portion. Dario Cantatore/Getty Images hide caption

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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco dons a powder blue jersey and shorts to play a different kind of football. He tried out for Sporting Kansas City, a Major League Soccer team, weeks after the start of the 2011 NFL lockout. Daniel Russell - Photography/flickr hide caption

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Lauren Cheney, left, and Carli Lloyd, right, of the U.S. battle for the ball with Yun Mi Jo of Korea DPR in their opening Group C match of the FIFA Women's World Cup at Rudolf-Harbig-Stadion in Dresden, Germany. Boris Streubel/Getty Images hide caption

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When it comes to being a sports anchor, it helps to know more than just the names of the teams playing on the highlight reel. upheaval/iStockphoto hide caption

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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre was the talk of the town on SportsCenter this football season, and not solely because of his ailing ankle. dbking/flickr hide caption

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