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September 28, 2009 Table Of Contents

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Talk Show

The Jets backed up their bravado by shutting down the Patriots and seizing early control of the AFC East

By Damon Hack

Fresh Heirs

By Peter King

Market Watch

Who's up, who's down

By Richard Deitsch

New Stripes

Their offense turbocharged by a change at coordinator, the Auburn Tigers are piling up points and winning games

By Lars Anderson

Elusive Rattler

By Pablo S. Torre

Wait 'til Next Year

The free-agent gold mine is in the class of 2010, but if you do insist on entering this year's market ... beware

By Joe Sheehan

Ready 'n' Steady

In his Chase debut Juan Pablo Montoya showed he has the speed—and the control—to be a Cup contender

By Mark Beech

Comeback Hits

Landing seemingly every punch he threw, Floyd Mayweather looked ready to take on the ring's best

By Chris Mannix


Tiger Town

No city has been harder hit by the economic downturn than Detroit, and that forced Tigers owner Mike Ilitch to take a most drastic measure: He raised the payroll and reinvested dramatically in his franchise. What's unfolded this summer, one year removed from a last-place finish, has lifted a city

By Lee Jenkins


A Dog Finds Its Bite

Winless a year ago, Washington bought into the message of its new coach, a former USC aide, and stunned the Trojans

By Austin Murphy

Back Down to Earth

BYU's BCS hopes were crushed as the Cougars were manhandled by Florida State

By Albert Chen


Be Like Mike!

For years the once great 49ers lacked direction, purpose and commitment. Not anymore. In his first full season as coach, Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Singletary has San Francisco playing his way: intense, no-nonsense, team-first football

By Jim Trotter


The Power of One

At age 17 Bonnie Richardson won the Texas state track team championship all by herself. Then she did it again

By Gary Smith

Point After

Blowing Saves, Not His Stack

By Phil Taylor



Assignment Detroit

By Terry McDonell



Stadium, revenue, ambition—everything is bigger in Texas now

By Chris Ballard

Who's Hot Who's Not

The Big Gamble

Can Chicago afford the Olympics?

By David Epstein

For the Record

Pretty Damned Good

A British soccer film that isn't really about British soccer

By Mark Bechtel

My _____ Hurts

The many aches and pains of Mike Hampton


What smart fans should do this week

Josh Charles

The Baltimorean and former Sports Night star is in The Good Wife on CBS

As told to Sarah Kwak

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Elizabeth McGarr

Cross Stat

By Puzzle by Mike Baranack

The Vault

Things I Think I Think

By Peter King