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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

Deep Impact?

The Jets are gambling that talented but troubled wideout Braylon Edwards is worth the risk

By Andrew Lawrence

Pitt Stop

By Peter King

Cut or Run?

Now is the time to assess which veteran backs still have something in the tank—and which are out of gas

By David Sabino

Highlight Show

Everyone likes what they see of Dion Lewis now. The overlooked Pitt freshman is the country's No. 3 rusher

By Mark Beech

Now or Never

If the field doesn't close on Jimmie Johnson in the next two races, he'll cruise to a fourth straight Cup title

By Lars Anderson

MLB PLAYOFFS

The Return Of Mystique And Aura?

They're not just a pair of dancers at a New York nightclub; they're the near-nightly story of this postseason, when the Yankees got their old, late-'90s groove back

By Joe Posnanski

He's Gotta Play Hurt

How much did it mean to Raul Ibañez to finally play for a winner? Enough to make him play through a serious injury

By Lee Jenkins

PRO FOOTBALL

Forty And Flingin'

In his 19th NFL season Brett Favre is turning a new team on with a strong arm and his timeless magic. Will it last?

By Jim Trotter

HOCKEY

Captain Serious

If it's hijinks you want, forget it. But at 21 Jonathan Toews has the skill, the grit and the determined demeanor to lead the Blackhawks to the Cup. No foolin'

By Michael Farber

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Hooked 'em, Horns

Showing it's not all about offense in the Big 12, Texas turned to its suffocating defense to win a slugfest over Oklahoma

By Albert Chen

JOE PATERNO TOP OF THE WORLD, PA!

HE'S 82. HE HAS THE CAREER-WINS RECORD. ISN'T IT TIME TO QUIT? BITE YOUR TONGUE. AS LONG AS HE HAS AN IMPACT AT PENN STATE, ANGELO PATERNO'S SON IS STAYING PUT

By Joe Posnanski

NBA PREVIEW 2009-10

THE RICH GET RICHER

It's been years since the NBA's best teams have been this good. Here's why this is going to be the most exciting title chase in decades

By Ian Thomsen

THE HOOPS WHISPERER

LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul are among the players getting an earful from Idan Ravin, who has no playing or coaching pedigree but knows just what they need to hear

By Chris Ballard

SCOUTING REPORTS

By PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH BY Ian Thomsen

1 CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

By Ian Thomsen

2 BOSTON CELTICS

By Ian Thomsen

3 ORLANDO MAGIC

By Ian Thomsen

4 WASHINGTON WIZARDS

By Chris Mannix

5 ATLANTA HAWKS

By Chris Mannix

6 TORONTO RAPTORS

By Pablo S. Torre

7 CHICAGO BULLS

By Andrew Lawrence

8 MIAMI HEAT

By Paul Forrester

9 DETROIT PISTONS

By Pablo S. Torre

10 PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

By Chris Mannix

11 INDIANA PACERS

By Pablo S. Torre

12 CHARLOTTE BOBCATS

By Adam Duerson

13 NEW YORK KNICKS

By Chris Mannix

14 NEW JERSEY NETS

By Chris Mannix

15 MILWAUKEE BUCKS

By Andrew Lawrence

1 LOS ANGELES LAKERS

By Ian Thomsen

2 SAN ANTONIO SPURS

By Ian Thomsen

3 PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS

By Paul Forrester

4 UTAH JAZZ

By Elizabeth McGarr

5 DALLAS MAVERICKS

By Elizabeth McGarr

6 DENVER NUGGETS

By Lee Jenkins

7 NEW ORLEANS HORNETS

By Chris Mannix

8 PHOENIX SUNS

By Lee Jenkins

9 LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS

By Lee Jenkins

10 GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

By Arash Markazi

11 OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER

By Adam Duerson

12 HOUSTON ROCKETS

By Chris Mannix

13 MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES

By Chris Mannix

14 MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES

By Andrew Lawrence

15 SACRAMENTO KINGS

By Arash Markazi

Point After

The Voice From Above

By Selena Roberts

Departments

Letters

The Man with The Plan

Stadium? Yes. Owner? Check. Now L.A. just needs a team

By L. Jon Wertheim

L.A. Stories?

Handicapping the candidates for California relocation

By Peter King

Who's Hot Who's Not

For the Record

A Tough One-hander

A birth defect couldn't keep Kevin Laue from a college career

By Kevin Armstrong

Statue-tory Violations

A look back at a monumentally odd year for monuments

Gameplan

What smart fans should do this week

Tobin Bell

The part-time coach stars in Saw VI, out on Friday

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