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Leading Off

Hand Delivered
Arizona State safety Josh Barrett (19) got the worst of this close encounter with USC's LenDale White during the Trojans' 38-28 victory last Saturday in Tempe, Ariz. White, who gained 197 yards on 19 carries, helped No. 1 USC rally from a 21-3 halftime deficit and win its 26th straight game, a school and Pac-10 record.

Miss Adventure
Antonio Tarver found the ropes--not Roy Jones Jr.'s chin--with a 10th-round punch last Saturday in Tampa. Tarver recovered and easily retained his light heavyweight title by unanimous decision (page 81).

Eye-popping
Rangers defenseman Dale Purinton gouged Colton Orr of the Bruins during a fight in last Saturday's preseason game in Boston. Orr's troubles began when he was speared by Purinton, setting off the slugfest. He was not seriously injured.

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Photograph by John W. McDonough

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Photograph by Chris O'Meara/AP

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Photograph by Lou Capozzola