2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- Grand jury focused on key fatal Ferguson 'tussle'
- Aguero up with Messi, Ronaldo - Lampard
Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard believes that his team-mate Sergio Aguero stands comparison with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo following his stunning Champions League hat-trick against Bayern Munich. Having opened the scoring in the 21st minute of Tuesday's game at the Etihad Stadium, Aguero struck again in the 85th and 91st minutes as City roared back from behind to win 3-2 and keep their hopes of a last-16 place flickering. City will go through if they win away to Roma in their last Group E game on December 10 and CSKA Moscow fail to win away to Bayern, while a draw could also be enough if the Russian champions lose in Munich.
- The science of setting the NFL schedule
The NFL runs dozens of computers for 24 hours a day for 12 weeks to evaluate its millions of possible schedule combinations. Each team's opponents are set at the end of the previous season based on records and the rotation of interdivision matchups. The puzzle is determining which week each game will be played, and which TV slot it will slide into.
- T-wolves lose top scorer Martin to wrist surgery
Kevin Martin, who leads the Minnesota Timberwolves with 20.4 points a game this season, underwent successful surgery Tuesday to repair a fractured right wrist, the NBA club announced. The operation, performed by Thomas Graham at the Cleveland Clinic, is expected to sideline the 31-year-old point guard from six to eight weeks. Martin suffered the injury early in the first quarter of Minnesota's 115-99 victory over the New York Knicks last Wednesday, a matchup in which he scored 37 points. The 11-year NBA veteran began his NBA career in 2004 with Sacramento and has also made stops in Houston and Oklahoma City.