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THE CHASE BEGINS

NASCAR PREVIEW P. 76

JIMMIE JOHNSON

CARL EDWARDS

JEFF GORDON

JUSTIN VERLANDER

MVP

AT LEAST HE SHOULD BE. THERE'S NO DOUBT HE'S THE RED SOX' AND YANKEES' WORST OCTOBER NIGHTMARE

By BEN REITER P. 62

The Tigers and their flamethrowing ace are ready to roar into the postseason

THE FIGHT

MAYWEATHER ORTIZ

BY CHRIS MANNIX P. 68

WHY BOXING MATTERS

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ON THE COVER PHOTOGRAPH BY TOM DAHLIN (VERLANDER)

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RUSSELL LABOUNTY/AUTOSTOCK (48 CAR)

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JARED C. TILTON/GETTY IMAGES FOR NASCAR (99 CAR)

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NIGEL KINRADE/AUTOSTOCK (24 CAR)

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