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THE DAILY QUICKIE
A-Rod says he's probably not going to Boston. We don't know where Vladimir Guerrero is going. We know Dave Wannstedt better win or he's going, going, gone from Miami. It's all in the latest edition of The Daily Quickie.


Let's face it -- with all the comings and goings in 2003, the sports world gave us more than our usual dose of drama. But which ones cracked our list for best moves of the year? There's only one way to find out.

10]  Andy Roddick hires Brad Gilbert
After losing in the first round of the French Open, Roddick fired his longtime coach and hired Gilbert. Roddick went on to win 19 straight matches, including his first major, the U.S. Open.
9]  MLS signs Freddy Adu
DC United inked the 14-year-old phenom to a six-year deal in mid-November, winning out in a bidding war that involved world soccer powers Manchester United, Inter Milan, and Barcelona, among others.
8]  Jerry Jones hires Bill Parcells
After three straight 5-11 seasons, Jones finally hired a coach who knows more about football than he does. Parcells has the Cowboys at 8-5 and in the thick of the playoff chase.
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NFL FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
Sunday Patriots 7 Jaguars 36½
Sunday Jets 3 Steelers 40
Sunday Titans 1 Bills 40
Monday Dolphins 2 Eagles 36½
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Rose USC 7 Michigan NL
Orange Florida State 2 Miami NL
Sugar Oklahoma LSU NL


 
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