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Inside: The Week in Sports


The two Chicago teams collide while heading in opposite directions • A good tip for Astros closer Brad Lidge • What? Coors Field is a haven for pitchers?


Under new coach Paul Westhead the Phoenix Mercury will try to make like the Suns and run, run, run • The four playoff picks look familiar


Photograph by Jeff Roberson/AP

SHOCK AND AWE Fans at U.S. Cellular Field watch in astonishment as the White Sox' Scott Podsednik (22) rushes to the defense of teammate A.J. Pierzynski (12), who was sucker-punched by Cubs catcher Michael Barrett following a collision at home plate last Saturday. Both benches emptied, and four players were ejected.