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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

THE BIG FINISH

You didn't get the news? A final four is coming to the BCS, and it starts in the SEC

By Stewart Mandel

STEWART MANDEL'S EXTRA POINTS

By Stewart Mandel

REBORN AGAIN

A combination of experience and a simpler game plan has—finally—turned 49ers quarterback Alex Smith into a playmaker

By Jim Trotter

PETER KING'S THINGS I THINK

By Peter King

ROLE PLAYING

There are few secrets left to uncover by this point in the season, but there are players rising up the depth chart—and others sliding down it

By David Sabino

J√úRGEN'S WAY

The U.S. will improve slowly under new coach Jürgen Klinsmann, who was hired to excel in the World Cup, not win early friendlies

By Grant Wahl

WORLD SERIES

Boom or Bust

Money pitchers and fat payrolls are the keys to a title, right? Not in 2011, when the Rangers and the Cardinals turned the script upside down, riding big bats, lockdown bullpens and ... more big bats to the World Series. In a postseason of firsts, another looms for Texas

By Tom Verducci

LONG TIME COMING

By Joe Sheehan

PRO FOOTBALL

SO WHAT WERE YOU EXPECTING?

Six weeks into the season, the conventional wisdom has been turned on its head— and sometimes back again. Trying to sort the contenders from the pretenders? Beyond Green Bay, it's anyone's guess

By Tim Layden

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

MOORE WITH LESS

Boise State's Kellen Moore is as imposing as a grocery sacker and barely faster than a lineman, but he's about to become the winningest quarterback in history. Here's his secret

By Austin Murphy

GAMES OF THE WEEK

Here are the teams and the themes to follow this weekend

By Lars Anderson

IN MEMORIAM

DAN WHELDON 1978--2011

By Lars Anderson

PRO HOCKEY

THE JAGR HOCKEY SCHOOL

After an off-season overhaul diminished their attack, the Flyers brought Jaromir Jagr back from Siberia (literally), but the 39-year-old winger has provided much more than an instant offensive boost

By Brian Cazeneuve

JERRY WEST

Basketball was the easy part

In a new, searingly honest autobiography Hall of Famer Jerry West reveals the sources of the drive that led him to succeed both on the court and in the Lakers' front office, and of the depression that haunted him every step of the way

By Gary Smith

JERRY WEST ON ...

By Jerry Buss

POINT AFTER

DO YOU BELIEVE IN TIM TEBOW?

By Phil Taylor

Departments

LETTERS

LEARNING TO PLAY NICE

To curb concussions, the NFL must get through to its players

By Damon Hack

HOT | NOT

FOR THE RECORD

By Ben Reiter

A Heavyweight Job

As the new head of HBO Sports, Ken Hershman has a chance to shape the boxing landscape

By Chris Mannix

Goats of Octobers Past

With the World Series in full swing, SI reconsiders the Fall Classic's most painful moments with an eye toward exculpation

By Ben Freed

Castaway

An ex--U.S. soccer coach has big plans for a tiny (and terrible) tropical island team

By Alexandra Fenwick

FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

A Grasp On Success

Diabetic and born with one hand, a player excels and inspires

By Matt Gagne

JUST MY TYPE

By Dan Patrick