In Canada, hockey season is in full swing. New Year's Day means a Winter Classic! The Detroit Red Wings will visit the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Centennial Classic in Toronto. The Original Six rivals head outdoors to celebrate the National Hockey League's 100th anniversary.
In the United States: the last Sunday of regular season NFL means Football.
Sunday night football will bring Green Bay (9-6) at Detroit (9-6) in a showdown for the NFC North title (with the loser possibly earning a wild-card berth). Aaron Rodgers has thrown 11 Touchdowns and 0 Interceptions on Green Bay's current five-game winning streak, but Detroit has been very strong at home, and have been winners of their last six games at Ford Field.
NCAA Basketball Sunday pits Syracuse vs. Boston College in an ACC opener at Conte Forum. Then-freshman Tyler Lydon's 20 points led the Orange to a 75-61 win here last year. The day also features Penn State at Rutgers in Big Ten play in Piscataway. Nittany Lions freshman Lamar Stevens and Rutgers junior Deshawn Freeman are forwards to watch. Penn State prevailed 70-58 here last season. Marquette, coming away from a convincing win at Georgetown, visits Seton Hall this afternoon. The basketball day concludes this evening with Washington State at Washington. Wazzu senior forward Josh Hawkinson and Huskies freshman star Markelle Fultz highlight this Pac-12 opener at Alaska Airlines Arena. UW swept last season's series 99-95 in OT.