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WALTER PAYTON: THE HERO NO ONE KNEW

BY JEFF PEARLMAN P. 70

SIDNEY CROSBY'S CONCUSSION

BY DAVID EPSTEIN AND MICHAEL FARBER P. 60

BROTHERLY LOVEFEST

BASEBALL HEAVEN IN PHILLY

BY GARY SMITH

P. 46

ACES AND CLOSERS: THE KEYS TO OCTOBER

BY TOM VERDUCCI

P. 42

CLIFF LEE AND CLOSER RYAN MADSON ARE READY TO THROW DOWN IN THE POSTSEASON

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ON THE COVER PHOTOGRAPH BY AL TIELEMANS (PHILLIES)