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Leading Off


Passing Lane
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers had an unobstructed view of Vincent Jackson when he whistled a four-yard touchdown pass to his wide receiver on Sunday, one of his three scoring throws in a 30--10 victory over the Patriots in San Diego.

Manny Handled
Dodgers leftfielder Manny Ramirez had to be restrained by catcher Russell Martin and manager Joe Torre when the benches cleared in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series on Sunday. The brouhaha started shortly after L.A.'s Hiroki Kuroda threw a pitch over the head of Phillies batter Shane Victorino in apparent retaliation for Brett Myers's throwing behind Ramirez in Game 2. The Dodgers got their first win in the series, 7--2 (page 40).

Blowing His Top
Safety Ahmad Black (35) and end Justin Trattou (94) were among the Florida players who applied a helmet-popping hit to LSU running back Charles Scott last Saturday in Gainesville, Fla. The Gators held Scott to 35 rushing yards and upset the previously unbeaten Tigers, 51--21.


Photograph by Peter Read Miller


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Photograph by Heinz Kluetmeier