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Sun-Up: Ben Roethlisberger breaks nose, keeps playing; Eric Weems' 102-yard kickoff return; Leon Washington celebrates too early; Jayson Werth's big deal; Hottest women of the 1990s

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ben-roethlisberger-nose.jpgBen Roethlisberger is officially tougher than Marcia Brady.

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback broke his nose on national television last night, but wouldn't let a little hiccup like that ruin his good time.

"I just knew it was bleeding, and then when I got to the sideline I could tell just by the look on everyone's face that something wasn't right,'' said Roethlisberger, who took a shot to his schnoz from the left hand of Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata on the Steelers opening possession. "I looked real quick. I don't know, I look like I just went 12 rounds with Pacquiao."

Roethlisberger played through the pain with a blood-splattered jersey, and eventually tossed a game-winning nine-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Redman to give the Steelers a crucial divisional victory over the Baltimore Ravens.
Weems weaves



No one on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers seemed particularly interested in tackling Atlanta Falcons' Eric Weems on this meandering 102-yard kickoff return.

The amazing touchdown was a crucial part of the Falcons' comeback victory, which leaves them with an NFC-best 10-2 record.

Premature celebrations



Leon Washington counted his chickens before they hatched. The Seattle Seahawks return man miscalculated the speed of Carolina Panters punter Jason Baker.

Watching the game film should be a fun time for Mr. Washington.

Werth-while deal?
Free agent Jayson Werth got an early Christmas present in the form of a 7-year, $126 million contract with the Washington Nationals.

The signing comes two days after the Nationals' cleanup hitter from last year, Adam Dunn, inked a four-year contract with the White Sox.

New Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, reacting to the surprisingly high figure, jumped at the opportunity for a one-liner.

"I thought they were trying to reduce the deficit in Washington,"  he said.

Why not?
If you're a bro, this list of the 90 hottest women of the 1990s could make for some good water-cooler conversation.

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