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  BYU Honors Edwards With Stadium Name
For BYU coach LaVell Edwards it could not have been a better day. The Cougars thrashed New Mexico 37-13, BYU President Merrill Bateman announced that the University would spend $60 million on a new athletic center long sought by the department, and LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley surprised everyone by naming BYU's stadium after the retiring Edwards. On, and there were fireworks after the game.

  Mormon Kent Named Baseball MVP
With the baseball season ended and the World Series a fading memory, the votes of baseball sportswriters have been counted, giving LDS Church member Jeff Kent the Most Valuable Player award for the National League. Kent is a 9-year veteran second baseman for the San Francisco Giants. He had a fantastic season, batting .334 and hitting 33 home runs and earning a major league record for the most RBIs by a second baseman over a four-year period. He also became popular enough to be voted on the National League's all-star team.

  RM Lewis May Be Headed To NFL's Pro Bowl
LDS returned missionary Chad Lewis is having a great year. A tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles, Lewis is playing the best football of his life, giving a performance that may take him to the NFL's Pro Bowl, and helping his team improve on last year's record to the point that the Eagles look like they will make the playoffs.

  'Mad Dog' Madsen's Wardrobe Gets Shaq Attack
If you're in the NBA, you have to dress like you're in the NBA. At least that's what NBA star Shaquille O'Neal tried to teach LDS Church member Mark "Mad Dog" Madsen, Shaq's rookie teammate on the Los Angeles Lakers. Madsen recently became the latest recipient of Shaq's famous generosity. And in the process, his wardrobe got a major upgrade.

  Cross Country Dynasty Keeps Growing
It takes continued achievement to make a dynasty grow and that is exactly what is happening with the Ricks College cross country program. On November 18, the Ricks women's team captured a sixth consecutive National Junior College Athletic Association championship at Levelland, Texas, some 30 miles west of Lubbock. The women won with a team score of 28 points, the fewest points ever for Ricks in the national finals of a sport where the lowest score counts the most. Utah Valley State College was second with 61 points. The Ricks women also have the national individual champion in Kristen Ogden, a sophomore from Chico, Calif.

  The Holy War -- a historical look at the 76th Meeting between Utah and BYU
It all started on October 14, 1922. Well, according to BYU, anyway. Utah claims the first meeting between the schools was on April 6, 1896, when BYU was still Brigham Young Academy. BYA did in fact play football with mostly high-school aged pupils from 1896 to 1898. Following the death of a player, the Academy suspended play from 1899 until 1919.

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