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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

VIKING SAGA

Can Donovan McNabb still lead a team? He's running out of time to prove it

By Jim Trotter

PETER KING'S THINGS I THINK

By Peter King

BYE TIME

With off weeks abounding in the NFL, managing a fantasy roster is as much about finding a one-week fix as a long-term points producer

By David Sabino

PRICE IS RIGHT

Led by its unheralded, unflappable sophomore quarterback, Washington has suddenly become a contender in the Pac-12

By Austin Murphy

STEWART MANDEL'S EXTRA POINTS

By Stewart Mandel

POST PRESENTS

Three teams' fortunes were greatly improved after the unexpected off-season signings of these big-impact big men

By Chris Mannix

SETH DAVIS'S: HOOP THOUGHTS

By Seth Davis

STILL A MYSTERY

What did we learn from Tiger Woods's first start in eight weeks? Not much, except that the door's wide open for those who would be king

By Alan Shipnuck

JUST WIN, BABY!

AL DAVIS 1929--2011

By Richard Hoffer

The Wisdom of a Maverick

For an NFL owner looking to make his mark, Al Davis was a mentor and a friend

By Jerry Jones

MOTOR SPORTS

It's a Real Pennant Race

NASCAR has its tightest Chase ever, but with a dominant victory at Kansas Speedway, Jimmie Johnson and the 48 team made it clear that they're again bringing the heat—and with six races remaining in this high-octane fall classic, Mr. Five-Time is gunning for Cup No. 6

By Lars Anderson

MLB PLAYOFFS

CENTRAL CASTING

A funny thing happened while the glamour teams on the coasts were making World Series plans: The postseason was hijacked by the game's middle class, of which one member is poised to become the game's next superpower

By Albert Chen

DÉJ√Ä BREW

Nearly a decade after taking over the postseason as a rookie, Francisco Rodriguez is trying to set up another World Series run

By Joe Lemire

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

WALK-ON HOME RUN

Last year Dominique Whaley was serving footlong Italian subs. Now he's dishing out punishment as Oklahoma's top running back. One thing hasn't changed, however: He's still paying his own way

By Pablo S. Torre

GAMES OF THE WEEK

Here are the teams and themes to follow this weekend

By Gene Menez

THE INVISIBLE FASTBALL

THE INVISIBLE FASTBALL

SIX DECADES AGO A MINOR LEAGUE PITCHER ACCOMPLISHED SOMETHING WE'LL NEVER SEE AGAIN

By Chris Ballard

POINT AFTER

THE BALLAD OF EAST AND WEST

By Phil Taylor

Departments

LETTERS

Masthead

SECOND-RATE? RELEGATE!

Europe offers a minor solution to a major American problem

By Grant Wahl

THE STRIKE ZONE

Tracking the week's news both inside and outside the confines of cool

FOR THE RECORD

A Clear Run at the Games

After a new ruling scraps a controversial IOC doping ban, LaShawn Merritt looks to London

By David Epstein

Country First

For one Patriot, the call to duty comes from an authority above even Bill Belichick

By Dan Greene

What I Did on Vacation....

Mulling the comings and goings of LeBron and his ilk during an NBA stoppage

JUST MY TYPE

By Dan Patrick

FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

Plenty of Horns

The thrill's the point in a Pamplona-style bull run held in Arizona

By Matt Gagne