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Photograph by John Biever

No Skirting the Issue

 The Michigan State mascot, Sparty, stares down several members of the Wisconsin offense during a break in the action last Saturday in East Lansing, Mich., where the Spartans beat the Badgers 49-14 (page 136).


Photograph by Robert Laberge/Getty Images

Single-Serving Size

Maria Sharapova puts plenty of bend on her serve to Vera Zvonareva at the WTA Tour Championships at the Staples Center in Los Angeles last Friday. Sharapova went on to beat Serena Williams in the final on Monday.


Photograph by Greg Nelson

Heat Feat

 Miami center Shaquille O'Neal slams one down on Spurs center Rasho Nesterovic (under basket) as forward Tim Duncan (left) and guard Manu Ginobili look on in San Antonio last Friday. The Spurs won 93-84.