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GOLF PLUS

PGA Tour CONFIDENTIAL

Which captain made the best wild-card picks, and which one will have the edge in Wales? Who's the best partner for Tiger, and can Phil rediscover his magic? Who will be the hero, and who will be the goat? And, most important, can the U.S. retain the Ryder Cup?

By Michael Bamberger

TOP 10 TOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS

All's Well, Captain

By Gary Van Sickle

Tough Year

By Sal JohnSON

Teeing Off

Shooting Down Time

A retired general proves that age is no excuse and golf really is a game for life

By Bill Ely

Tiger Trouble

By Brandel Chamblee

LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

Out of Thin Air

Carlos Gonzalez's Triple Crown surge has sparked another late-season Rockies run. But are his stats a Coors Field mirage?

By Joe Sheehan

Welcome Matt

With a healthy, versatile back and a brainy new offensive coordinator, the Bears could make big plays their Forte

By Jim Trotter

Manning Bowl II

By Peter King

Smackdown

In a lost weekend for the ACC, ugly losses by Florida State and Virginia Tech exposed a league at a crossroads

By Albert Chen

STEWART MANDEL'S Extra Points

By Stewart Mandel

Reality Check

When 32 teams took the field last week, the fantasy universe met the real world. What did we learn?

By David Sabino

CULTURE CLASH

Worlds Collide

The NFL's 2010 season will be a conflict between button-down traditionalism and media-amplified showmanship—a culture clash embodied in the opening week matchup between the staid Patriots and the brash Bengals. Round 1 goes to the old guard

By Tim Layden

Bruise Control

A bone-crunching win in the opener augurs well for the Super Bowl--champion Saints, whose title defense will depend on the performance of the D

By Peter King

TERRELLE PRYOR

The Scarlet Leader

By Austin Murphy

TENNIS

The U.S. Open From Hell

By S.L. Price

TRACK AND FIELD

Off to a Blazing Start

By Tim Layden

NASCAR CHASE PREVIEW

The Man With A Plan

By Lars Anderson

The Amazing Race

THE AMAZING RACE

How Ty Cobb, Nap Lajoie, a grudge-holding manager, a clumsy bribe, shoddy record-keeping and a very cool car made the batting title chase a national obsession 100 years ago

By L. Jon Wertheim

The Vault

The Vault

SI.COM

Breaking News | Real-time Scores | Daily Analysis

Point After

Lost in Transition

By Selena Roberts

Departments

Letters

All Hail a King Without Bling

With his dazzling, team-first play at the world championships, Kevin Durant set a majestic standard

By Jack McCallum

Who's Hot Who's Not

The Pop Culture Grid

Going Digital

A gesture of solidarity by NFL players has fans all riled up—finally

By Jim Trotter

For the Record

Many Happy Endings

An SI editor follows up on Michael Vick's canine victims

By Ben Reiter

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Elizabeth McGarr

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick