SPORTS ALMANAC: On this date...
DEC. 7 :: 1973 -- Jerry West of the Los Angeles Lakers sets an NBA record with 10 steals in the Lakers' 115-111 loss to the Seattle Supersonics.
1985 -- Auburn tailback Bo Jackson beats Iowa quarterback Chuck Long by 45 points in the balloting for the Heisman Trophy, the closest vote in the 51-year history of the trophy.
1991 -- AJ Kitt becomes the first American in seven years to win a men's World Cup race, taking the first downhill of the season in Val D'Isere, France.
2002 -- St. John's (Minn.) coach John Gagliardi wins his 400th game with a 21-14 victory over Linfield in the Division III quarterfinals. Gagliardi is the second coach to reach the 400 mark, eight victories behind Eddie Robinson.
2003 -- The computer rankings have Oklahoma as the country's top team while the human poll voters pick USC. Despite getting walloped by Kansas State 35-7, No. 3 Oklahoma takes its 12-1 record to the Sugar Bowl against No. 2 LSU, which won the Southeastern Conference championship by beating Georgia 34-13. No. 1 USC, which finished third in the BCS rankings, plays No. 4 Michigan in the Rose Bowl.
2006 -- Willie Parker breaks Pittsburgh's single-game rushing record with 223 yards as the Steelers rough up the Cleveland Browns 27-7. Parker, the first player in Steelers history to have two 200-yard games in a season, betters John "Frenchy" Fuqua's record of 218 yards against Philadelphia in 1970.
2008 -- The Arizona Cardinals clinch their first division title in 33 years by beating the woeful St. Louis Rams 34-10. The Cardinals, long the league's doormat franchise with just one winning season in the past 24 years, earn their first playoff berth since 1998 and first divisional title since they won the NFC East in 1975.