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OCTOBER 3, 2005

VOLUME 103, NO. 13

BASEBALL

42 Down to the Wire
Two AL series loom as do-or-die showdowns for playoff berths
by Tom Verducci

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

46 A Spartan's Revenge
Quarterback Drew Stanton has Michigan State in contention for its first Big Ten title in 15 seasons
by Austin Murphy

PRO FOOTBALL

50 Brady Time
The Patriots' quarterback again shows that he owns the final two minutes
by Michael Silver

NHL PREVIEW 2005-06

A Whole New World
The league is back with a redrawn rink and a salary cap. Can a faster, higher scoring NHL win back fans?

56 New Rules
A guide to nine ways in which the game has changed, from smaller goalie gear to hotter rivalries

60 New Order
Since the lockout, the have-nots have become haves
by Michael Farber

65 Scouting Reports
A look at each team and why Jarome Iginla (right) and the Flames will win the Cup

Departments

8 Leading Off
16 Catching Up With ...
19 From the Editor
20 Letters

23 Air and Space
To sleep, perchance to win? Not to hear coaches tell it by Steve Rushin

26 Scorecard
• A Finals to build on for the WNBA
• Andy Roddick relocates his mojo

34 Faces in the Crowd

37 Players

90 The Life of Reilly
A legless football player is sidelined by a brainless ref
by Rick Reilly

Inside ...

84 College Football
• Is there another power in Florida?
• Virginia Tech is special again

86 The NFL
• Vikings QB finds his groove
• It's panic time in Houston

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INSET PHOTOS: Lou Capozzola (Crosby); Bob Rosato (Brady)

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DAMIAN STROHMEYER (RINGER)

46 THE HANG OF IT

Michigan State freshman Javon Ringer came up just short of the goal line on this 10-yard run during the Spartans' 61--14 rout of Illinois.

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DAVID E. KLUTHO (IGINLA)

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FRED VUICH (VINATIERI)

ADAM HAD 'EM

New England's Adam Vinatieri is a happy kicker after his 43-yard field goal with one second remaining beat the Steelers 23--20. To see how the Patriots stand in Dr. Z's power rankings, go to SI.com/zimmerman.

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AL TIELEMANS (QUINN)

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DICK RAPHAEL (DENT)

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ANTHONY J. CAUSI/ICON SMI (MARTIN)