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Sports Roundup: Kobe Bryant contract, USC vs. UCLA and more

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Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers talks with the media during a news conference before the start of the Lakers and Washington Wizards game at Verizon Center on November 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. Rob Carr/Getty Images

It's Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Rivalry Week all at once, baseball owners don't seem to care about PED's and the Black Mamba will be forever draped in Purple and Gold. This all means it's time for sports with Andy and Brian Kamenetzky.  

We start with Kobe Bryant's new contract and all of the questions oozing out of it. We lay out the details, including length, term, pay, etc.

The question of Kobe's value is being debated and that's a bit of a tricky one because NBA salaries are controlled by a cap. Is Kobe worth the dough? 

Last year Tim Duncan of the Spurs cut his salary in half to allow the team to spend more money on other players. They went to the Finals and today they are 13-1. Should Kobe have taken less money?

While basketball experts have forecast that his contract will cripple the Lakers, Kobe has taken to Twitter to let them all know that they have no idea what they're taking about.

Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez is a bitter battle with MLB over his 211-game drug suspension and is now his lawsuit is naming one big name. Meanwhile, MLB owners continue to seemingly be very forgiving of players who have served drug suspensions. 

Which leads us to the Baseball Hall of Fame. There's name on this ballot that could set a tone for future potential inductees. How sacred is a Hall of Fame ballot anymore?  

This is a pretty big week. Hanukkah starts tonight, Thanksgiving tomorrow and USC vs UCLA football on Saturday. The college rivalry pranks have already begun, journalism school style. Last night USC students emptied Daily Bruin newspaper racks and replaced them with the Daily Trojan.  

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