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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

THE MAIL

THE MAIL

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

TIME TO RISE

The fortunes of five teams rest on these players, all of whom need to step up

By Chris Mannix

IMBALANCE OF POWER

The DH has enabled AL teams to overspend on free-agent sluggers. Now it's time to let the senior circuit play the same game

By Joe Sheehan

AHEAD OF THE PAC

The Pac-12 is down (again), but these three smaller conference teams are making an outsized impact

By Kelli Anderson

JONESING FOR GOLD

Recovered from a debilitating spinal disorder, hurdler Lolo Jones took a giant leap toward restoring her former luster

By David Epstein

SUPER BOWL XLVI PREVIEW

HERE WE GO AGAIN

A fourth Lombardi Trophy for Tom Brady and Bill Belichick? A place in the pantheon for Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin? History is on the line in Indy as the Patriots and Giants renew their championship rivalry

By Jim Trotter

17-14 HINDSIGHT

The Giants' epic upset of the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII offers valuable lessons—for both teams—this time around

By Tim Layden

INSIDE THE HOODIE

A two-time Patriots Super Bowl winner gives the scoop on Bill Belichick's Super Bowl strategies

By Dan Klecko

KRAFTWORK

Three bold decisions by Robert Kraft transformed the Patriots from league laughingstock into the NFL's model franchise

By Peter King

THE FIRST SUPER BOWL

A century ago two Ohio powers, Canton and Massillon, battled for supremacy of professional football. Back then the game was a cross between a three-ring circus and trench warfare, and the players were team-switching mercenaries. The championship series might even have been fixed

By Richard Hoffer

TENNIS

GAME, SET, MATCHLESS

In an epic final, Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal to win an Australian Open tournament that stretched the top two players to their limits and reinforced the glorious supremacy of the sport's Fab Four

By L. Jon Wertheim

WILSON RAMOS

UNDER SIEGE

By Thomas Lake

POINT AFTER

GOVERNMENT, BAIL OUT!

By Phil Taylor

Departments

PARTING SHOTS

Things get ugly in Indy as Peyton Manning and the Colts face what's next

By Tim Layden

FOR THE RECORD

Witt's End, Revisited

Was Yale QB Patrick Witt's story too good to be true? A new report raises troubling questions

By Pablo S. Torre

Paint By Number 13

A famous NFL flameout finds himself at ease these days at the easel, of all places

By Ben Reiter

HOT | NOT

FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

HEAD GAMES

By Grant Wahl

JUST MY TYPE

By Dan Patrick