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Google Nexus 10: The most potent alternative to iPad?

Google Nexus 10 is good, but definitely not an iPad killer

When the Apple iPad was rolled by the legendary Steve Jobs few years back, the fanfare surrounding it was something extraordinary. Several companies, primarily Samsung, tried to match its success, and failed. But, do we have a game changer on hand in the form of Google Nexus 10?

Is Brady Going to Burn You?

 There's no foolproof way to know the future for Brady (NYSE: BRC) or any other company. However, certain clues may help you see potential stumbles before they happen -- and before your stock craters as a result. Rest assured: Even if you're not monitoring these metrics, short-sellers are.


The Rise and Fall of Hot IPOs

Investors got excited when MakeMyTrip(Nasdaq: MMYT) went public this summer. India's leading online travel website popped 89% on its first day of trading, making it the hottest IPO in nearly three years.

Is Toll Brothers a Good Turnaround Play?

Everyone loves a comeback. So when Toll Brothers (NYSE:TOL) reported fourth-quarter earnings earlier this month and showed its second straight quarter of profitability, I was intrigued. After 11 straight quarters of losses -- yes, you read that correctly -- I wondered whether this was a turnaround story in the making, a chance to get in on the cheap with a company that has weathered a major storm. So should you consider adding Toll Brothers to your portfolio? Let's take a closer look at the numbers.

Free tix for Giants-Vikes game in Detroit

Detroit -- Detroit football fans who'd like to watch the Minnesota Vikings play the New York Giants Monday at Ford Field can have free tickets, the NFL said Sunday.

The Giants-Vikings was moved to Detroit thanks to the collapse of the Metrodome's inflatable roof under the weight of a 17-inch snowfall that hit downtown Minneapolis this weekend.

Vikings fans with tickets to the Giants game who can make their way to Detroit will be given priority seating at Ford Field. But all other seats for the game will be distributed free at the stadium box office starting at 9 a.m. EST Monday, USA Today reported,

All Vikings fans will be given refunds for the moved game.

Roddick returns for 2011 Davis Cup

White Plains, N.Y. -- Andy Roddick, who finished 2010 ranked No. 8 in the world, has committed to play Davis Cup tennis for the United States next year.

Roddick wasn't on the U.S. team that lost a first-round series in March to Serbia, which went on to win the 2010 Davis Cup title. But he said he would rejoin the team for its March 4-6 first-round series against Chile.

Those matches will mark the debut of Jim Courier as U.S. team captain.

"Having Andy commit to the 2011 campaign is huge for our team," Courier said. "Andy not only brings his outstanding Davis Cup record but also his experience and team leadership, which will be invaluable to our efforts.

Van Horne named Frick Award winner

Cooperstown, N.Y. -- Dave Van Horne, the play-by-play broadcaster for the Florida Marlins, Wednesday was named the 2011 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award.

Van Horne previously broadcast Montreal Expos games.

"Dave Van Horne introduced Major League Baseball to English-speaking fans in Montreal, and his voice became the standard for two generations of Expos fans," baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson said.
"Since 2001, Dave has energized Marlins fans in South Florida with his infectious love for the game, his excitable play-by-play, and his signature 'Up, up and away' home-run calls."

Del Potro continues comeback in Sydney

Sydney -- Juan Martin del Potro, who played in just three tournaments in 2010 because of injury, has entered an Australian Open tune-up event as part of his comeback.

Del Potro, 22, won the 2009 U.S. Open title and was ranked as high as No. 4 in the world before a right wrist injury curtailed his play. He made it to the Round of 16 at the Australia Open but played in only two other tournaments since, losing in the first round each time.

The lack of play caused his world ranking to fall to No. 257.

Tournament officials have extended del Potro a wild-card invitation to the Sydney Invitational, which takes place the week before the 2011 Australian Open. That tournament begins Jan. 17.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

Texas A&M accepts Cotton Bowl invitation

College Station, Texas -- Texas A&M has accepted a bid to play in this season's Cotton Bowl game, bowl officials announced Tuesday.

The Aggies have compiled a 9-3 regular season record, good enough to earn them an invitation to the Jan. 7 event, where they will face a Southeastern Conference opponent, most likely Louisiana State, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The upcoming appearance will be Texas A&M's first trip to the Cotton Bowl since the 2004 season.

The Aggies won six straight games after starting the season 3-3, downing Oklahoma, Nebraska and Texas to end the regular season as one of the nation's hottest teams.

Roethlisberger limping but likely to play

Pittsburgh -- Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's sprained foot likely won't keep him on the sidelines Sunday against Baltimore, Pittsburgh Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday.

However, Roethlisberger is wearing a special boot and may be limited in practice this week because of the injury, suffered in the first half against Buffalo last weekend.

"I am going to be optimistic and hopeful and he may be a full participant, but there is a chance he couldn't be," Tomlin said. "There is some pain and discomfort. We will see where the week takes us."

Roethlisberger threw for 246 yards but was sacked five times in the Steelers' 19-16 overtime victory against the Bills.