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September 21, 2009 Table Of Contents

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You Have to Hand It to Him

After Tiger Woods took all the suspense out of who would walk away with the third leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs, the BMW Championship really got interesting

By Alan Shipnuck

Teeing Off

Flash Forward

The American romp at Merion inspired visions of a U.S. Open to come

By Michael Bamberger

Scott or Hot?

By Dottie Pepper




With a Bang

After a season lost to a concussion, the Blue Jays' Aaron Hill has come back as the unlikeliest of sluggers

By Ben Reiter

Just Say Clay

By Joe Sheehan

Air Raven

Surprise, surprise. Run-loving Baltimore suddenly has a passing game and, perhaps, a QB who is ready to lead

By Albert Chen

Soaring Saints

By Peter King

Market Watch

Who's up, who's down

By David Sabino

Hello, Houston

The high-scoring Cougars entered the BCS conversation with a stunning victory at No. 5 Oklahoma State

By Mark Beech

Mercury Racing

Driven by Diana Taurasi and fueled by last season's failures, Phoenix enters the playoffs as the favorite

By Kelli Anderson


Star Burst

With another tackle-breaking, ankle-snapping performance—180 yards, three TDs and a big W for the Vikings—Adrian Peterson simply confirmed that he's the most formidable force in football

By Damon Hack

Simply Smashing

The NFC North might have an exciting mix of quarterbacks, but the name of the game is still defense

By Jim Trotter

Why Not Us?

If the past is any indication, a team that missed the playoffs in 2008 will make it to Miami for Super Bowl XLIV. So who is this year's Arizona? Drew Brees's Saints lead the charge of the dark horses

By Tim Layden


It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Game

Kim Clijsters and Juan Martín del Potro won the U.S. Open singles titles after a crazy two weeks that included big upsets, rain delays and a meltdown by Serena Williams

By S.L. Price


Ain't No Doubt About It

Embattled but unbowed, Rich Rodriguez took a giant step toward returning Michigan to prominence as the Wolverines rallied to beat Notre Dame

By Austin Murphy

Pass-Fail Course

Charlie Weis might have been undone by his own play call

By Andy Staples


Dave Duncan Will Heal You

Three days in September offered a window into the powers of a pitching savior, who has turned St. Louis into the Lourdes of baseball, a sanctuary where dying arms and careers go to be revived

By Joe Posnanski



Once NASCAR's stormiest soul, Tony Stewart has settled into his new role as a driver-owner, and after finishing the regular season on top of the points, he's ready for all the bumps, bangs and battles of the 10-race finale

By Lars Anderson

Look Out Ahead

Jimmie Johnson is eyeing a historic four-peat, but he faces a field of former champs and proven race winners (including one very hungry, very fast old man). Here are five checkpoints to watch for as the most competitive Chase yet unfolds

By Mark Beech

Point After

A Child Shall Draft Them

By Chris Ballard



Just Go for It!

A coach's case for kicking conventional wisdom to the curb

By L. Jon Wertheim

Who's Hot Who's Not

Smooth Move

A WNBA trailblazer calls it a career

By Kelli Anderson

For the Record

Out of the Ashes?

A move to Canada is the best way to fix the NHL's Phoenix disaster

By Michael Farber

Quoth the Raven

A former coach predicts where the NFL is headed

By Mark Bechtel


What smart fans should do this week

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick

Faces in the Crowd

Cross Stat

The Vault

Things I Think I Think

SI's fearless NFL expert opines on all the latest news, buzz and inside information. This is just a taste of what you'll get online.

By Peter King