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GOLF PLUS

'CANE-DO KID

Bookended by natural disasters, a shaken and stirred Barclays was saved by the blistering play of Dustin Johnson, who had to go low to win the opening leg of the playoffs

By Alan Shipnuck

BAD TIMING

The golfing world wants to know: What's wrong with Tiger Woods's swing? A simple yet revolutionary new thesis provides the answer

By John Novosel

Teeing Off

FAUX WOODS

Think you've found a great Internet deal on hot new clubs? You had better think again

By Wayne Mack

Brandel Chamblee LONG GONE

By Brandel Chamblee

LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

NFL PREVIEW

PETER KING'S 2011 AWARDS

CHAOS BY DESIGN

By Peter King

What Ever Happened to Tackling?

Even as ballcarriers get bigger, more athletic and more elusive, the list of rules to protect them grows longer. That's put defenders on their heels, and turned the pure takedown into a dying art

By Tim Layden

PICKY, PICKY

By Paul Forrester

SCOUTING REPORTS

By Peter King

FALCONS 24, CHARG ERS 20

By Peter King

1 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

By Ben Reiter

2 NEW YORK JETS

By Ben Reiter

3 BUFFALO BILLS

By Ben Reiter

4 MIAMI DOLPHINS

By Ben Reiter

JUST WHAT THE PATS ORDERED

NEW ENGLAND GETS THE DIVISION'S EASIEST RIDE

By Ben Reiter

1 PITTSBURGH STEELERS

By Damon Hack

2 BALTIMORE RAVENS

By Damon Hack

3 CLEVELAND BROWNS

By Damon Hack

4 CINCINNATI BENGALS

By Damon Hack

ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH

THE DIVISION STARTS WITH A BIG BANG IN WEEK 1

By Damon Hack

1 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

By Albert Chen

2 HOUSTON TEXANS

By Andrew Lawrence

3 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

By Andrew Lawrence

4 TENNESSEE TITANS

By Andrew Lawrence

TAKING ON ALL COMERS

TOUGH OUT-OF-DIVISION GAMES WILL BE THE TEST

By Andrew Lawrence

1 SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

By Jim Trotter

2 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

By Jim Trotter

3 OAKLAND RAIDERS

By Jim Trotter

4 DENVER BRONCOS

By Jim Trotter

A SIMPLE TWIST OF SLATE

IT'S SAN DIEGO'S TURN TO RIDE A COMFY SCHEDULE

By Jim Trotter

1 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

By Matt Gagne

2 DALLAS COWBOYS

By Matt Gagne

3 NEW YORK GIANTS

By Matt Gagne

4 WASHINGTON REDSKINS

By Matt Gagne

PERCHANCE TO DREAM

PHILLY'S STACKED, BUT THE SLATE FAVORS THE 'BOYS

By Matt Gagne

1 GREEN BAY PACKERS

By Peter King

2 DETROIT LIONS

By Peter King

3 CHICAGO BEARS

By Peter King

4 MINNESOTA VIKINGS

By Peter King

PACK UP AND HIT THE ROAD

AWAY-GAME SUCCESS COULD SWING THE DIVISION

By Dan Greene

1 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

By Peter King

2 ATLANTA FALCONS

By Peter King

3 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

By Peter King

4 CAROLINA PANTHERS

By Peter King

THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT

SAINTS-FALCONS ISN'T THE DIVISION'S ONLY SHOW

By Ryan Hatch

1 ST. LOUIS RAMS

By Jim Trotter

2 ARIZONA CARDINALS

By Jim Trotter

3 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

By Jim Trotter

4 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

By Jim Trotter

THE LATE LATE SHOW

SECOND-HALF GAMES WILL DECIDE THE TITLE

By Jim Trotter

EDITOR'S LETTER

HOW WE GET THOSE STORIES

By Terry McDonell

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

STAR STRUCK

How badly does track need Usain Bolt? His DQ at the worlds is a jolting reminder

By Tim Layden

IN NEED OF A SAVE

A thrilling title game was a reminder that WPS has the world's best players. But will talent be enough to keep the league afloat?

By Grant Wahl

THE ARMS RACES

There are intense quarterback battles at four traditional power programs, and the fates of those teams rest on who emerges as the winner

By Lars Anderson

STEWART MANDEL'S: EXTRA POINTS

By Stewart Mandel

SNAKES ALIVE!

The worst-to-first Diamondbacks seem to have made a quick turnaround, but their surge has been several years (and G.M.'s) in the making

By Joe Sheehan

POINT AFTER

PROTECT THE PASSER

By Phil Taylor

Departments

Letters

Masthead

A Coach in the Game

Pat Summitt's courage will help in the fight against Alzheimer's disease

By Kelli Anderson

HOT | NOT

FOR THE RECORD

The Kids Are Alright

A wild U.S. win (barely) overshadowed some silly adult stuff at the Little League World Series

By Ben Reiter

Red and White: Hardly Blue

With 'Bama football in full swing, life goes on in tornado-ravaged Tuscaloosa

By Lars Anderson

Thirst Quencher

Finally, some clarity in horse racing's muddy field of 3-year-olds

By Mark Beech

FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

JUST MY TYPE

By Dan Patrick