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GOLF PLUS

DOUBLE DIP

Yes, the finale of the FedEx Cup playoffs was confusing, but the event delivered high drama and a family-friendly winner in Bill Haas, who found out later how fortunate he was

By Michael Bamberger

A LOSS THAT'S A WIN

Europe's tense upset victory over the U.S. quickly changed perceptions about the relevance of this grudge match between women's tours

By Alan Shipnuck

Teeing Off

FREE TICKET

Should PGA Tour sponsors' exemptions be used as paybacks or as a way to develop talent?

By Gary Van Sickle

BUZZ WORDS

By Dottie Pepper

LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

ED LETTER

DEEPER INTO FOOTBALL SEASON

By Terry McDonell

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

ZEROS TO HEROES

Winless in 2008, the Lions have used a potent aerial attack to soar to a 3--0 start

By Damon Hack

PETER KING'S THINGS I THINK

By Peter King

FAIL, DO THE CHIEFS

The reigning AFC West champs are hapless, not to mention winless, and the outlook isn't likely to get any better until next April

By Jim Trotter

OKLAHOMA IS O.K.

Oklahoma State may have beaten Texas A&M, but the Cowboys' D still lacks championship teeth, which is good news for the rival Sooners

By Albert Chen

STEWART MANDEL'S EXTRA POINTS

By Stewart Mandel

CHECKERED SEASON

After a regular season marked by combativeness and an inability to win, Tony Stewart has positioned himself as the Chase driver to beat

By Lars Anderson

MLB PLAYOFF PREVIEW

AN OPEN AND SHUT CASE

The story of the postseason begins and ends with aces and closers—the alpha (and omega) males of October baseball. The Phillies have a heavenly rotation, but a certain MVP contender and his flawless finisher in Detroit are this year's best one-two punch

By Tom Verducci

"We're in Baseball Heaven"

For Phillies Nation, every game has felt like October since Cliff Lee's return. Now an ever-growing fan base wonders: Is it still O.K. to boo?

By Gary Smith

PRO FOOTBALL

FITZ MAGIC

The Bills are a shocking 3--0—take that, Pats!—thanks to a Harvard-bred quarterback and a spirit of togetherness that reflects their city

By Ben Reiter

PRO HOCKEY

GETTING INSIDE THE HEAD OF SIDNEY CROSBY

With his recovery from a concussion seemingly stalled, the NHL superstar sought help in alternative medicine and believes he got immediate results

By David Epstein

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

THE THICK RED LINE

Behind a massive front five whom their own coach calls the Big Uglies, undefeated Wisconsin is playing classic Midwestern football, which may not be pretty but is ruthlessly effective

By Lars Anderson

THIS WEEK'S BEST GAMES

Here are the teams and themes to keep an eye on in Week 5

By Richard Deitsch

WALTER PAYTON

THE HERO NO ONE KNEW

One of the game's true icons, a player so esteemed that the NFL's Man of the Year Award bears his name, Walter Payton retired in 1988 as pro football's alltime leading rusher. But even to those closest to him, he had always been an enigma, and in his final years the mysteries deepened

By Jeff Pearlman

Point After

A HIGHER CONSCIOUSNESS

By Phil Taylor

Departments

LETTERS

GET ME REWRITE

It's long past time to toss some of the most ridiculous regulations in sports

By Dick Friedman

HOT | NOT

By Dick Friedman

FOR THE RECORD

Tackling a Dangerous Issue

The NFL's new rules against violent hits are having an impact on the new season

By Jim Trotter

Losing Out in the Long Run

A new rule (No men allowed!) will rewrite the record book in women's road racing

By David Epstein

THE POP CULTURE GRID

FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

One for The Team

With a kidney from his coach, a college ballplayer is back in the game

By Matt Gagne

JUST MY TYPE

By Dan Patrick