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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

THE MAIL

THE MAIL

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

GOOD TO BE KINGS

After a slow start, Drew Doughty and his L.A. teammates have found their groove

By Sarah Kwak

PIERRE MCGUIRE'S IN THE CREASE

By Pierre McGuire

AND POOF! HE'S ...

Not so fast, says the Magic brass of the future of Dwight Howard; the only certainty is that he isn't disappearing anytime soon

By Ian Thomsen

OCCUPY FREE AGENCY

For players outside of baseball's One Percent, the market can be cruel. That's bad for productive vets but good for bargain-hunting teams

By Joe Sheehan

THE REIGN MAKER

In '08, Hugh McCutcheon helped end the U.S. men's volleyball gold drought. Now the coach wants to do the same for the women

By Brian Cazeneuve

SUPER BOWL XLVI

ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANNINGKIND

Pitted once more against the favored and flashy Patriots, Eli Manning and Big Blue proved superior on the biggest stage with a pulse-pounding victory in Super Bowl XLVI that will echo all the way to Canton

By Damon Hack

THIS YEAR'S MIRACLE

Just as in the Arizona desert in XLII, the Giants' final, decisive touchdown drive hinged on a catch that tested the limits of belief

By Peter King

OOPS! I SCORED!

Following his blockers and his instincts, Ahmad Bradshaw tallied a didn't-mean-to touchdown that was the most bizarre game-winner in Super Bowl history—but in the end the G-Men weren't complaining

By Jim Trotter

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

THE GREAT RECRUITING SCRAMBLE

Signing day once again caused a nationwide frenzy, but no program experienced more highs and lows over the final week than Rutgers

By Albert Chen

AN UP-AND-DOWN DAY

What happens when a new coach comes in? Or a top assistant leaves? It doesn't take much for a recruiting class to enter—or fall from—the top 10

By Gene Menez

BASEBALL

THE NEW MAN IN ST. LOUIS

Nobody, least of all David Freese, saw this coming: The World Series MVP is a hero in his hometown—and, after the departure of Albert Pujols, the Cardinals' cornerstone

By Tom Verducci

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

THIS IS HOW TO DOUGIE

The high-scoring and highly efficient inside-out game of sophomore forward Doug McDermott has Creighton fans excited about a different kind of dance

By Kelli Anderson

MIKE POWELL

MAN IN FULL

AS THE COACH AT A HIGH SCHOOL NEAR CHICAGO, MIKE POWELL HAS DONE MORE THAN CREATE STATE WRESTLING CHAMPIONS. HE'S TAUGHT BOYS HOW TO BE MEN AND PROVIDED AN EXAMPLE OF COURAGE UNDER THE MOST TRYING PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES

By Chris Ballard

POINT AFTER

A DYNASTY DOWNSIZED

By Phil Taylor

Departments

THE POWER OF THE GAME

In a fragmented cultural landscape, the TV-perfect NFL unites all

By Tim Layden

HOT | NOT

FOR THE RECORD

Eye of the Storm

After a deadly soccer riot, an American coaching in Egypt makes a case for solidarity

By Grant Wahl

A Champ in Their Corner

Fighters from the obscure to Sugar Ray and Ali relied on the trainer's genius

Edited by Richard O'Brien

Tackling Trauma

NFL stars reach out to troubled kids in a powerful documentary

By Matt Gagne

FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

Run Dry

A drought imperils Mexico's legendary Tarahumara racers

By Melissa Segura

JUST MY TYPE

By Dan Patrick