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Welcome, Matt

Last year Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart (above) torched the Notre Dame secondary for 400 yards and five touchdown passes in USC's 41-10 triumph in L.A. The good news for No. 9 Notre Dame: It had two weeks to prepare for the top-ranked Trojans' visit this year, and the Irish are 24-4 since 1986 after a bye week. The bad news? An extra week off didn't do them any good last year. Leinart won't be the only Heisman hopeful on the field this time. Irish eyes are smiling over Brady Quinn, who has thrown for 300 yards in three straight games. NBC 3:30 p.m.


No. 11 Florida at No. 10 LSU

It didn't take long for the tide--and the Tide--to turn against Florida coach Urban Meyer. A 31-3 loss to Alabama two weeks ago prompted a Florida paper to describe the Gators in a headline as URBAN MYTHS. Despite a 35-9 win against Mississippi State last Saturday, Meyer needs a win today to keep Florida fans off his back and his team in contention in the SEC East. CBS 3:30 p.m.

Lightning at Penguins

It's young star meets really young star. Not long ago Tampa Bay center Vincent Lecavalier (right), 25, was the NHL's best prospect. These days that title goes to Sidney Crosby (page 52), Pittsburgh's 18-year-old phenom who at week's end was tied for third in the league in scoring. Both teams' top vets aren't too bad either: 40-year-old Mario Lemieux will have his hands full with the reigning MVP, Tampa Bay's 30-year-old right wing Martin St. Louis. Check listings, 7:30 p.m.

Laffit: All about Winning

Railbirds who revere Laffit Pincay Jr. (above) should head for Santa Anita Park, where patrons will receive a free DVD of a documentary on the jockey who won a record 9,530 races. Narrated by Kevin Costner, Laffit details the Hall of Famer's four-decade career, which began in Panama and ended when he retired after breaking his neck in a fall in 2003.

MONDAY 10/17

Rams at Colts A few years ago St. Louis was the Greatest Show on Turf, but thanks to Peyton Manning and a revamped defense that is allowing less than a touchdown a game (page 38), the undefeated Colts are darn close to perfect. As for this year's 2-3 Rams, quarterback Marc Bulger leads the NFL's fourth-ranked offense, but they'd be thrilled to be known simply as a playoff team. ABC 9 p.m.


2005 Mohegan Sun Killerspin Championships

The world's top Ping-Pong players serve and slice in Uncasville, Conn. The most-watched entrant is sure to be Biba Golic (left), a blonde 27-year-old Serbian native now living in Chicago who is one of the top players in the U.S.--and is called the Anna Kournikova of table tennis. ESPN2 4 p.m.