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Inside: The Week In Sports


Despite losing his first start, Matt Leinart looks like a pro • Reggie Bush to the rescue in New Orleans • Dr. Z's Forecast: Rams tough

Motor Sports
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Nextel title hopes take a last-lap hit at Talladega • F/1 star Juan Pablo Montoya makes his stock car debut


Photograph by John W. McDonough

RED DAWN Rookie Matt Leinart, pitching to Edgerrin James on Sunday during the quarterback's first start for Arizona, threw touchdown passes on his first two possessions. His performance signaled the beginning of a new—and promising—era for the long-suffering Cardinals (page 66).