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Leading Off

Wishful Thinking
The Eagles shattered LaDainian Tomlinson's vision of a record-breaking 19th straight game with a touchdown on Sunday in Philadelphia, keeping the Chargers' running back out of the end zone and holding him to only seven yards on 17 carries in the Eagles' 20-17 win.

Wayne Storm
Nine games into his NHL coaching career--and two decades after he played for the Edmonton Oilers (inset)--Wayne Gretzky showed Coyotes defenseman Paul Mara that he knows how to get his points across. The earful wasn't enough: Phoenix lost to the Canucks 3-2 last Thursday in Vancouver.

Neighborhood Watch
Outside his League City home, 27 miles south of Houston, D.J. Alvarez (far right) and his friends caught their Astros in the World Series last weekend, while just three blocks west of U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, members of the Bravo family (inset) repaired to the porch to take in their White Sox. The Sox won the first two games (page 46).

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