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Fall Camp: Week 1 (Aug. 10-13)
Fall Camp: Week 2 (Aug. 16-20)
Fall Camp: Week 3 (Aug. 23-27)
Week 1: UNLV (Aug. 30 - Sept. 3)
Week 2: San Jose State (Sept. 6-10)
Week 3: Arizona State (Sept. 13-17)
Week 4: Austin Peay (Sept. 20-24)
Week 5: Michigan State (Sept. 27 - Oct. 1)
Week 6: Minnesota (Oct. 4-8)
Week 7: Ohio State (Oct. 11-15)
Week 8: Iowa (Oct. 18-22)
Week 9: Bye (Oct. 25-29)
Week 10: Purdue (Nov. 1-5)
Week 11: Indiana (Nov. 8-12)
Week 12: Michigan (Nov. 15-19)
Week 13: Northwestern (Nov. 22-26)
Bowl Prep: Week 1 (Nov. 29 - Dec. 3)
Bowl Prep: Week 2 (Dec. 6-10)

Friday, Dec. 17

For the seventh time in school history, and the first time since 2000, the Wisconsin football team is heading to the Rose Bowl. The Badgers, ranked No. 5 in the latest BCS standings with an 11-1 record, will face No. 3 TCU, 12-0 on the season, on Jan. 1 at 4 p.m. CT in Pasadena, Calif.

 Morning Newsstand

"UW center Peter Konz has grown accustomed to carrying the weight of his world on his broad shoulders. Just last year it was the uncertainty that followed the discovery of blood clots in his lungs which cut short his season. Just the other day it was the 535 pounds that he put on the bar and squatted, which was a personal best. Welcome to his world - stark reality, and belly laughs," writes Mike Lucas.
  • UWBadgers.com: Setbacks cleared, Konz ready for Rose Bowl

"University of Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Doeren acknowledges he has a hectic schedule these days ... Yet, after being named the head coach at Northern Illinois on Monday, Doeren does not believe dividing his attention between the two jobs will be unmanageable," according to Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Doeren handles balancing act
  • BadgerBlitz.com: Timing was right for Doeren

Every day leading up to the University of Wisconsin football team's Jan. 1 game against TCU, Madison.com is featuring a flashback from previous visits to Pasadena.
  • Madison.com: My Rose Bowl memory: Brian White  |  Chris McIntosh

"One of the biggest reasons UW is 11-1 and bound for the Rose Bowl is that [Bret] Bielema has assembled a strong coaching staff," Tom Oates writes.
  • Madison.com: UW's assistant coaches deserve a lot of credit for success

"It's nearly impossible to overlook John Clay," Tom Mulher says. "Yet after suffering a sprained ligament in his right knee against Purdue on Nov. 6, Clay went from focal point to afterthought."
  • Madison.com: Clay has looked good in practice, expects to shine at Rose Bowl

"David Gilreath knew in August, from the opening day of preseason camp, he would be a more productive player in 2010 than he had been the previous season. For the first time in more than a year he could sprint, get in and out of breaks and accelerate without feeling as if he were running on shards of glass," writes Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers' Gilreath at last puts it all together

"[J.J.] Watt also used the time away to ponder his future - whether to enter the 2011 National Football League draft or return to UW for his senior season. Watt insists he has yet to make a final decision and won't until he receives a report from the NFL draft advisory council, sometime after the bowl game," according to Jeff Potrykus in this notes column.
  • JSOnline.com: Watt ponders entering NFL draft

"[Lance] Kendricks recognized he had developed all the skills it took to be successful in Wisconsin's offense in the bowl game last year," writes Colin Fly.
  • Omaha.com: Quiet Kendricks leading No. 4 Badgers to Rose Bowl

"Senior safety Jay Valai has been a starter for three years at Wisconsin, and at first glance, there's not a lot that jumps out ... Through it all, Valai has emerged as one of the leaders on Wisconsin's defense and helped bolster a secondary that had struggled in his first three years."
  • AP.org: Valai's play looms large for No. 4 Wisconsin

The year in pictures for Scott Tolzien and James White.
  • JSOnline.com: Tolzien photo gallery  |  White photo gallery

Senior left guard John Moffitt comments on the honor of having the 'All-American' title and the team's preparation for the matchup with TCU in the Rose Bowl.
  • FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Moffitt talks All-American award, TCU Small Video Graphic

 Tracking TCU

"Wisconsin is known for its big offensive line and a trio of hefty running backs, but TCU coach Gary Patterson is concerned about another key element of the Badgers' attack," according to Stefan Stevenson in this notes column.
  • Star-Telegram.com: TCU wary of Wisconsin's passing

This is the second of a four part series where Bucky's 5th Quarter exchanges five questions with Ben Findley, who covers TCU for SBNation's Mountain West Connection. This week they take a look at the head coaches.
  • Buckys5thQuarter.com: Get to know TCU, Part 2: Head coach Gary Patterson

 Badgers in the Pros

"Injured S Jim Leonhard is out for the remainder of the season, but he's still working behind the scenes, trying to help his teammates prepare for games," writes Rich Cimini.
  • ESPN.com: Just call him Scooter Leonhard

Casey Rabach has his own signature sandwich at Harris Teeter.
  • Redskins.com: A look back at Rabach's signature sandwich

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayRT Ricky Wagner (58) blocks during the Badgers' game vs. Indiana, Nov. 13, 2010 (David Stluka photo)

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@BuckyBadger  |  RT @DCBadgers: Go @buckybadger RT @HouseFloor: H.Res. 1767: commending Wis. Badger football team for outstanding season & 2011 Rose Bowl bid
Posted Dec. 17 at 11:01 a.m.

 What They're Saying on Facebook  Facebook.com/WisconsinBadgers

Badger fan Brian Roessler, in response to "Departing Doeren wants Rose Bowl win" ... "Thanks Dave - make NIU a winner just not against Bucky"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

UW averaged 45.2 points per game in Big Ten play, a school-record and the second-best mark in conference history (Penn State averaged 48.1 points in 1994). UW scored on 55 of 86 possessions (64.0 percent) in league play, not including six possessions on which they ran out the clock to end the half or game.

Thursday, Dec. 16

For the seventh time in school history, and the first time since 2000, the Wisconsin football team is heading to the Rose Bowl. The Badgers, ranked No. 5 in the latest BCS standings with an 11-1 record, will face No. 3 TCU, 12-0 on the season, on Jan. 1 at 4 p.m. CT in Pasadena, Calif.

 Morning Newsstand

"As part of his summer routine, Devin Smith would leave his home in Texas and travel to California where he would visit his uncle and grandfather. Each day, Smith would go out for a run. What made it special was that his relatives lived in Pasadena," writes Mike Lucas.
  • UWBadgers.com: Pasadena a second home for Smith

"You probably wouldn't have found "Legends" and "Leaders" on UW athletic director Barry Alvarez' list of potential names for the new divisions in the Big Ten. Then, again, you probably wouldn't have found a list, either," according to Mike Lucas.
  • UWBadgers.com: Alvarez focused on bowl prep, not name game

The Sporting News can be added to the list of publications that are recognizing members of the Wisconsin football team as All-Americans.
  • UWBadgers.com: Sporting News honors Badger trio  |  Bielema named finalist for the Bryant Award

Brian Wozniak was interviewed by the Cincinnati Enquirer.
  • Cincinnati.com: Sitting down with Loveland grad and UW tight end Wozniak

"Folks in Columbus, and especially East Lansing, may not be satisfied with the way the Big Ten Conference's Rose Bowl rep was decided, but Denver Post sports reporter Terry Frei believes it's karma some 68 years in the making," writes Adam Mertz.
  • Madison.com: From noted author's view, karma took 68 years to swing to UW

"As UW prepares for TCU, [John] Clay is preparing to make an impact when his team needs him most, in the Granddaddy of Them All," writes Max Henson.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Wisconsin's forgotten man ready to shine
  • ESPN.com: Wisconsin RB Clay Small Video Graphic  |  Chat

"The 97th Rose Bowl features two teams that, perhaps unfairly, are noted for their play on a specific side of the ball," according to Adam Holt.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Hyped matchup of offense, defense more than it seems

"[Dave] Doeren, who was named the [Northern Illinois] coach Monday, reiterated he is determined to finish his fifth and final season at UW by helping the Badgers beat TCU in the Rose Bowl," according to Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Departing Doeren wants Rose Bowl win

The year in pictures for J.J. Watt.
  • JSOnline.com: Recapping the Badgers season - Watt photo gallery

"[Peter Konz] has always enjoyed stories and is a storyteller at heart. The Badgers' sophomore center is nothing if not a Renaissance man," writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Konz preps for leading role on offense  |  Lots of love for the O-line

 Tracking TCU

"When Patty Williamson finally made it to her husband's side, the first words out of TCU assistant coach Eddie Williamson's mouth were, "Did we score?" The TCU Frog horn had just blown, and Williamson was lying on a table in the training room, oxygen mask on his face, having a heart attack," in this story by Stefan Stevenson.
  • Star-Telegram.com: TCU coach living like he loves life

 Badgers in the Pros

Owen Daniels had receptions of 25 and 30 yards in Monday night's loss to Baltimore.
  • NFL.com: Daniels' 25-yard reception Small Video Graphic  |  30-yard grab Small Video Graphic

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayFS Aaron Henry makes a tackle during the Badgers' game against Purdue, Nov. 6, 2010 (Neil Ament photo).

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@BigTenScott  |  Carimi is WIS' first unanimous All-American since fellow offensive lineman Joe Thomas was honored in 2006.
Posted Dec. 16 at 9:03 a.m.

 What They're Saying on Facebook  Facebook.com/WisconsinBadgers

Badger fan Barb Zakszewski, in response to "Not a normal Sunday" ... "Proud of Bucky Badger and the entire 2010 Wisconsin Bager team!! Stand-up guys and coaches who are FINALLY getting some recognition!! Thanks for one of the BEST seasons yet in Wisconsin Badger football history!!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

Five Badgers were named to the Associated Press All-America team, including two first-teamers (LT Gabe Carimi and LG John Moffitt), two second-teamers (TE Lance Kendricks and DE J.J. Watt) and one third-teamer (RB John Clay). That is the most A.P. All-Americans in school history, surpassing the mark of three set in 1993 and tied in 1999.

Wisconsin and Nebraska were the only teams in the country with five different players named to the A.P. All-America team.

Wednesday, Dec. 15

For the seventh time in school history, and the first time since 2000, the Wisconsin football team is heading to the Rose Bowl. The Badgers, ranked No. 5 in the latest BCS standings with an 11-1 record, will face No. 3 TCU, 12-0 on the season, on Jan. 1 at 4 p.m. CT in Pasadena, Calif.

 Morning Newsstand

"No one would have batted an eye at the start of the football season if it'd been suggested a University of Wisconsin safety would earn All-Big Ten Conference recognition. But no one would've picked junior free safety Aaron Henry as the one," Tom Mulhern writes.
  • Madison.com: Injuries slowed but didn't halt Henry's plan for success

"After being off during the first week of bowl preparation so his body could heal, Wisconsin tight end Lance Kendricks is back at work," according to Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Kendricks goes back to work after injury

"Almost overnight, national perception of the Badgers has been transformed," according to Adam Mertz.
  • Madison.com: Badgers have gone from plodding to brilliant in national eye

"For many Wisconsin football fans, UW's run to the Big Ten Conference title and a berth in the Rose Bowl this season has conjured memories of the 1999 season. That sense of déjà vu continued Tuesday with the release of the Associated Press All-America team," writes Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Five Badgers named AP All-Americans
  • BadgerHerald.com: Award season good to Badgers

"In the midst of preparing for the Rose Bowl and semester exams, three members of the University of Wisconsin football team will make time for a good cause Thursday," Andy Baggot writes.
  • Madison.com: Players make time for a good cause

What was the big difference between the first eight games and the last four games this season? Adam Holt says it's the surge coming on the defensive side of the ball.
  • BadgerHerald.com: UW defense a threat to force turnovers

JSOnline.com is working on its Rose Bowl coverage, starting off with some photo galleries.
  • JSOnline.com: Recapping the Badgers season - one photo gallery at a time

"As much as the Horned Frogs should be an unfamiliar squad -- TCU plays in the Mountain West Conference and its 8,700 students dwarf in comparison to UW's 42,000 -- the Badgers find themselves surprisingly prepared," writes Mike Fiametta.
  • BadgerHerald.com: In Dalton, Badgers face blend of Big Ten

 Tracking TCU

"Make no mistake, TCU coach Gary Patterson says, the Horned Frogs' Rose Bowl week in Southern California will be a business trip," writes Stefan Stevenson.
  • Star-Telegram.com: TCU means business in Rose Bowl preparation

"A new TCU uniform was unveiled Tuesday at Cowboys Stadium for the Horned Frogs' first Rose Bowl appearance as a part of Nike's national Media Summit," according to Travis L. Brown.
  • ESPN.com: Nike unveils new TCU uniform for Rose Bowl

 Badgers in the Pros

"DeAndre Levy was as surprised as anyone he intercepted the pass that turned momentum the Lions' way in Sunday's 7-3 victory over the Green Bay Packers," according to Dave Birkett.
  • FreeP.com: Levy surprised by interception in win over Packers

"After missing the last five games with a hamstring injury, Texans tight end Owen Daniels made his return to the lineup on Monday night," Sam Khan Jr. writes.
  • Chron.com: Daniels comes back strong

Buffalo Bills receiver Lee Evans was placed on season-ending injured reserve on Tuesday, two days after sustaining a sprained ankle in Buffalo's win over Cleveland.
  • WSJ.com: Evans out for season with ankle injury

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayDE Louis Nzegwu (93) leads a gang tackle during the Badgers' game at Iowa on Oct. 23, 2010. (photo by Neil Ament)

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@BigTenNetwork  |  Voting for the 1st round ends Thurs. a.m. in our Rose Bowl Bracket. Who will advance? http://bit.ly/rosebowl
Posted Dec. 14 at 10:09 a.m.

 What They're Saying on Facebook  Facebook.com/WisconsinBadgers

Badger fan Pamela Draves, in response to "Not a normal Sunday" ... "Thank you Gabe for your hard work and dedication! Best of everything to you...."  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

Five Badgers (LT Gabe Carimi, RB John Clay, TE Lance Kendricks, G John Moffitt, DE J.J. Watt) earned All-American honors on Tuesday, the most honorees in one season for UW since 1999. That year, Nick Davis, Ron Dayne, Jamar Fletcher, Chris McIntosh and Casey Rabach were all recognized.

Tuesday, Dec. 14

For the seventh time in school history, and the first time since 2000, the Wisconsin football team is heading to the Rose Bowl. The Badgers, ranked No. 5 in the latest BCS standings with an 11-1 record, will face No. 3 TCU, 12-0 on the season, on Jan. 1 at 4 p.m. CT in Pasadena, Calif.

Scott Tolzien was presented with the Unitas Golden Arm Award on Friday night. Here's a highlight package of the senior QB.

Tolzien highlight video Small Video Graphic

 Morning Newsstand

"Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Doeren has been named the head coach at Northern Illinois, it was announced on Monday."
  • UWBadgers.com: Doeren named head coach at Northern Illinois

"It's no surprise that Rose Bowl officials are happy to welcome back Badgers fans for the first time since UW made consecutive trips to Pasadena after the 1998 and '99 seasons," writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Rose Bowl officials love snow, city, fan support

"Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema assures he started preparing long ago to remake his coaching staff if necessary. The first move became necessary late Sunday when defensive coordinator Dave Doeren, a member of Bielema's first staff in 2006, agreed to become head coach at Northern Illinois," writes Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers prepared for life after defensive coach

Paul Myerberg lists Wisconsin's win over Ohio State as the No. 7 moment of the college football season.
  • PreSnapRead.com: Ten moments for 2010, Part I

"[Pat] Richter's athletic career is best summed up in one sentence: He went to Wisconsin on a basketball scholarship, became a two-time consensus all-American in football and everyone, including Richter, will tell you his best sport was baseball," writes Tom Oates.
  • Madison.com: In a class by himself: five decades later, Richter still No. 1

 Tracking TCU

"Only the BCS process could stop TCU fans from realizing all of their football dreams in 2010. The Horned Frogs held seven of their 12 opponents to seven points or less, and only one victory was decided by less than a touchdown. The reward for a second-straight unbeaten season and another Mountain West title is a berth in the Rose Bowl against Wisconsin on New Year's Day."
  • DallasNews.com: A review of the 2010 TCU football season

 Badgers in the Pros

"[DeAndre] Levy's third-quarter interception in the end zone helped the Lions beat the Green Bay Packers 7-3 at Ford Field, ending a run of 10 straight losses in the series for Detroit," writes Jim Polzin.
  • Madison.com: Packers notes
  • NFL.com: Levy picks it off in the end zone Small Video Graphic

Garrett Graham did not play last night do to a shoulder injury.
  • NBCSports.com: Graham ruled out for Monday

Lee Evans suffered an ankle injury on Sunday and may be placed on injured reserve, which would end his season.
  • BuffaloBills.com: I-R possibility for Evans

"It takes an almost catastrophic injury for [Jim] Leonhard to miss time," says Scott Cacciola. "So his teammates knew something was wrong last week when a cart arrived to wheel him away from the practice field. The episode had a psychic impact on the team."
  • WSJ.com: Jets try to replace the irreplaceable

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayThe Wisconsin Badgers line up against the defense of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Badgers' game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on October 16, 2010. (Photo by David Stluka)

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@BuckyBadger | Great memory for Badger fans! RT @timelines: Today in Wisconsin football, 1999: Ron Dayne won his Heisman Trophy http://bit.ly/eW8D8z
Posted Dec. 14 at 10:00 a.m.

 What They're Saying on Facebook  Facebook.com/WisconsinBadgers

Badger fan Randy Lee, in response to "Carimi wins Outland Trophy" ... Completely awesome!! Wow! Conratulations to Gabe and to the entire Badger O-Line! He deserves it and you all made him better by playing as well as you have done along side him. Win the Rose Bowl! On Wisconsin!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

The Badgers have had five different players (RB John Clay, LT Gabe Carimi, TE Lance Kendricks, QB Scott Tolzien and DE J.J. Watt) and two coaches (head coach Bret Bielema and offensive coordinator Paul Chryst) be named finalists for major national awards.

Three of those players, Carimi (Outland), Tolzien (Unitas) and Watt (Lott) won the awards they were up for.

Monday, Dec. 13

For the seventh time in school history, and the first time since 2000, the Wisconsin football team is heading to the Rose Bowl. The Badgers, ranked No. 5 in the latest BCS standings with an 11-1 record, will face No. 3 TCU, 12-0 on the season, on Jan. 1 at 4 p.m. CT in Pasadena, Calif.

 Afternoon Newsstand

"There has been a quieter success story playing out only about two football field lengths away from Camp Randall Stadium, on the University of Wisconsin-Madison engineering campus. [Gabe] Carimi is a graduating senior in civil and environmental engineering who's been named Academic All-Big Ten for four straight years," writes Brian Mattmiller.
  • Wisc.edu: Carimi applies the team concept to engineering success
  • ESPN.com: Six from Big Ten are FWAA All-Americans

"A gracious J.J. Watt was named the winner of the Lott IMPACT trophy on Sunday night in Newport Beach, Calif., capping a big week for the University of Wisconsin football team," Tom Mulerhn writes.
  • Madison.com: Watt wins Lott Award, third UW player to win national award

"John Clay's right knee feels stronger each day. Wisconsin's junior tailback was again wearing a brace on the knee during practice Sunday night, but he sounded eager to ditch the protective hardware," writes Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers' Clay says he is ready

"While the non-AQ teams continue to duke it out with voters each year to gain respect, the Badgers already understand and acknowledge the challenge that lies ahead because Wisconsin has just as much to prove in Pasadena," says Max Henson.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Badgers not falling for non-AQ trap

"Do you go with what's working in Montee Ball and James White? Or do you rely on your veteran running back John Clay, who just happens to have a Big Ten offensive player of the year award to his credit?" asks Jordan Schelling.
  • BadgerBlitz.com: Ball would be starting running back right now

Paul Myerberg hands out his end-of-yard awards for the Big Ten.
  • PreSnapRead.com: 2010 End-of-Year Awards: Big Ten

Pat Forde and Ivan Maisel preview the Wisconsin-TCU matchup in the Rose Bowl.
  • ESPN.com: Rose Bowl preview Small Video Graphic

"Long before Scott Tolzien became one of the faces of the University of Wisconsin football team, he had a rooting interest in its fortunes," according to Andy Baggot.
  • Madison.com: Reality TV hits home for current Badgers

Tom Mulhern "got a chance to watch the University of Wisconsin football team's 90-minute developmental practice late Saturday morning, which was open to the media."
  • Madison.com: Developmental practice shows off depth in both lines

"The point of [Culmer] St. Jean's history lesson is the question of whether these players needed to go through the misery of 7-6 to experience the joys of 11-1. Many of the team's fifth-year seniors -- especially the six captains -- appear to agree with that premise," writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: 2008's bitter season pays off for this year's senior class

"It's understandable why [Bret] Bielema isn't too concerned about his players' ability to focus with all the distractions leading up to the Rose Bowl," says Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Not a normal Sunday

 Tracking TCU

"There seemed to be little rust after a two-week layoff for TCU as the third-ranked Horned Frogs practiced Saturday and Sunday and picked up where they left off after the regular-season finale Nov. 27," says Stefan Stevenson.
  • Star-Telegram.com: Hard hitting signals Frogs' return to work

"TCU receiver Jeremy Kerley is a finalist for the inaugural Paul Hornung Award."
  • ESPN.com: TCU's Jeremy Kerley gets recognition

 Badgers in the Pros

Mark Tauscher writes about his favorite winter activities.
  • TravelWisconsin.com: Favorite winter activities

Chris Pressley was signed to Cincinnati's active squad on Friday.
  • Bengals.com: Murray to IR; Pressley active

O'Brien Schofield has signed a four-year contract with Arizona.
  • Yahoo.com: Cardinals sign Schofield to 4-year deal

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayWR Jared Abbrederis fends off a tackler during the Badgers' game against Austin Peay, Sept. 25, 2010 (David Stluka photo)

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@JJWatt99 | Thank you to everyone for the support, it is an unbelievable honor to win the Lott Trophy. Thank you to everyone who helped get me here!
Posted Dec. 13 at 8:35 a.m.

 What They're Saying on Facebook  Facebook.com/WisconsinBadgers

Badger fan Lois Forsmo, in response to "Wisconsin junior defensive end J.J. Watt announced as the winner of the 2010 Lott IMPACT Trophy Award. Congratulations J.J." ... "Well deserved!~ Congratulations, JJ. It has been a pleasure to watch you play~"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

Entering this season, Wisconsin had not scored 70 points in a game since 1915. The Badgers did so three times in 2010. Other than Wisconsin, there were just four 70-point games in the country this season. Wisconsin scored 70 against two conference opponents. The only other team to score at least 70 points against a conference foe was Northern Illinois (71 vs. Eastern Michigan).

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