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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

Snack on This

Even three years removed from his last snap, Plaxico Burress insists he will still feast on opposing secondaries

By Ben Reiter

Coming Soon

There's a new beast of the AL East on the way—not this year, but in the not too distant future

By Joe Sheehan

Opening Shots

Ten boxers emerged from the Olympic trials and—thanks to a new coach—they've got a fighting chance in 2012

By Chris Mannix

DUSTIN PEDROIA

THE MUDDY CHICKEN HITS IT BIG

By Tom Verducci

WHO'S FIRST AT SECOND?

By Joe Sheehan

BASEBALL

TREVOR BAUER WILL NOT BE BABIED

By Lee Jenkins

PRO FOOTBALL

You're Wrong About Jay Cutler

The Bears' QB doesn't mind if you think he's an unreliable quitter or a future Super Bowl champ. But the popular notion that he's not tough? He's not sure where that came from

By Michael Rosenberg

GOLF

ANOTHER FALSE START

By Michael Bamberger

BASKETBALL

LITHUANIA CALLING

By Luke Winn

TOOMER'S OAKS

Something Went Very Wrong At Toomer's Corner

A die-hard Alabama fan is about to be tried for allegedly poisoning Auburn's beloved oak trees. To understand why someone would do this, you have to look at the fan's roots

By Tommy Tomlinson

Point After

No Loss For Words

By Joe Posnanski

Departments

Letters

Dangerous Minds

A recent rash of suicides underscores the importance of mental health care in sports

By Pablo S. Torre

The Strike Zone

Tracking the week's news both inside and outside the confines of cool

Decision Time

Danica Patrick's move revs up NASCAR's Silly Season

By Lars Anderson

Golden Gauge?

Sizing up a new stat for sizing up QBs

By David Sabino

Out for Blood

The NFL's new testing plan promises to be an effective deterrent to HGH use

By David Epstein

For the Record

Bubba Smith 1945--2011

By Dick Friedman

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

Lost Horizon

A boxing landmark throws in the towel

By Bryan Armen Graham