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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

RUNNING WILD

For one day, the relentlessly pass-happy NFL was dominated by backs

By Jim Trotter

PETER KING'S THINGS I THINK

By Peter King

EARLY RISERS

With four weeks gone by, role players and rookies are beginning to emerge, although not all of them have fantasy staying power

By David Sabino

HOUSTON, ONE PROBLEM

Behind Case Keenum, the Cougars have a chance to run the table and—just maybe—crash the BCS. Only their defense stands in the way

By Pablo S. Torre

STEWART MANDEL'S EXTRA POINTS

By Stewart Mandel

A BIG-TIME SAVE

In danger of becoming an also-ran, Jimmie Johnson ended his recent skid and put himself in the driver's seat for a sixth straight Cup title

By Lars Anderson

REBORN LIONS

REMADE IN DETROIT

Three years ago they suffered through a winless season. Now, behind an offense that loves the comeback and a defense with a warrior at its core, the unbeaten Lions are restoring the roar

By Damon Hack

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

TIDE AND PUNISHMENT

As Florida now painfully knows, Alabama has the best defense in the nation. It's also one of the best ever

By Lars Anderson

GAMES OF THE WEEK

Here are the teams and themes to keep an eye on in Week 6

By Gene Menez

MLB DIVISION SERIES

MOVABLE FEAST

The stage for the 2011 postseason was set long before Opening Day. Go back to '09, when three teams shuffled seven players in a trade that—unlike the playoffs—sent everyone home happy

By Tom Verducci

BRANDON JENNINGS

Soooo where is everybody hooping today???? #LA

The lockout is forcing NBA players to organize their own games, which suits Brandon Jennings just fine

By Lee Jenkins

NHL PREVIEW

IT'S A WHOLE NEW GAME

Nine months after losing its most important star to a concussion, the NHL, led by a proactive new dean of discipline who is well acquainted with head injuries, has rededicated itself to the protection of its players

By Michael Farber

HEAD PROTECTION

By David Epstein

SCOUTING REPORTS

ATLANTIC

By Sarah Kwak

NORTHEAST

By Michael Farber

SOUTHEAST

By Brian Cazeneuve

CENTRAL

By Sarah Kwak

NORTHWEST

By Brian Cazeneuve

PACIFIC

By Sarah Kwak

POINT AFTER

WHAT THE GAME NEEDS

By Joe Posnanski

Departments

LETTERS

TIME TO STAND UP

Inspired by a young hero, DeSean Jackson takes on bullying

By Michael Rosenberg

HOT | NOT

FOR THE RECORD

Not with a Bang

A historic collapse led to a quick parting of the Red Sox and longtime manager Terry Francona

By Ben Reiter

Mama Knows Best

At 40, Taj McWilliams-Franklin has led the Lynx to their first WNBA finals

By Andrew Lawrence

A Fan's Notes ...

... and tweets, texts and calls. For some, the action at the game is not on the field

By L. Jon Wertheim

JUST MY TYPE

By Dan Patrick

FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick