44 | PROFOOTBALL
The Vikings runningback showed once again why he's the most formidable force in the NFL
By Damon Hack
52 | PROFOOTBALL
An also-ran from2008 is likely to reach Super Bowl XLIV. Could it be Drew Brees's Saints?
By Tim Layden
The chaoticfortnight included rain delays, an epic meltdown, and titles for Kim Clijstersand Juan Martín del Potro
By S.L. Price
66 | COLLEGEFOOTBALL
A come-from-behindvictory over Notre Dame took some of the heat off the Michigan coach
74 | BASEBALL
Shot in theArms
Thanks to pitchingcoach Dave Duncan, St. Louis is a Lourdes for the inconsistent, the hurt andthe aging
80 | NASCAR CHASEPREVIEW
The regular-seasonpoints leader, now a driver-owner, has a rosier outlook but the same fiercewill to win
4 Leading Off
• So long, LisaLeslie
• Whither theCoyotes?
28 Just My Type
Amar'e Stoudemireon eyes, Suns, Shaq
by Dan Patrick
31 Faces in theCrowd
34 Inside ...
• The NFL
The Ravens air itout
• The WNBA
96 The Vault
100 Point After
A fantasy footballdraft ... for schoolkids
Mark Reynolds'sstellar season has made little news (page 34).
ON THE COVERPhotograph by Fred Vuich Inset: Al Tielemans
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