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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

THE MAIL

THE MAIL

EDITOR'S LETTER

What Will Happen Next

By Terry McDonell

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

K Boom

Balanced? Check. Heisman front runner? Check. Undefeated? Check. Seven wins in, it's time to take Kansas State seriously as a national title contender

By Stewart Mandel

Who's That Back?

Sixth-round rookie Alfred Morris, the latest discovery of run-game guru Mike Shanahan, is carrying the load and making life easier for RG3

By Matt Gagne

PETER KING'S: THINGS I THINK

By Peter King

Sporting Chance

A phenomenal rebranding success, Sporting KC is a favorite for the MLS title and—sorry, Chiefs and Royals—the hottest team in town

By Grant Wahl

A Two-Man Race

By Lars Anderson

Kendall Hunter: Long Reliever

By David Sabino

WORLD SERIES

THAT'S A CROWN QUESTION, BRO

HOW GOOD IS MIGUEL CABRERA? HE CAN DO ANYTHING, AS LONG AS HE DOESN'T TRY TO DO EVERYTHING—AND HE HAS THE TRIPLE CROWN TO PROVE IT. THE GAME'S BEST HITTER, THE SPORT'S BIGGEST STAGE: THIS IS WHAT A WORLD SERIES SHOULD BE

By Michael Rosenberg

In Play Is the Thing

If you want home runs, San Francisco isn't your team. But a lineup full of contact-crazy hitters can still run up the score

By Ben Reiter

The Prediction

By avoiding strikeouts and pressuring the Tigers' shaky D, the Giants will take home another title

By Joe Sheehan

MEDIA

Mr. October

HE CUTS MANY FIGURES—VOICE OF THE SUMMER, VOICE OF THE FALL, ENGAGING, POLARIZING—AND THAT'S BEFORE WE EVEN GET TO THE SHADOW OF HIS OLD MAN. BUT IN A CLIMACTIC MONTH WHEN JOE BUCK'S WORLDS ARE COLLIDING, WE ARE REMINDED HE'S SOMETHING ELSE: AS GOOD AS IT GETS

By Michael Rosenberg

PRO FOOTBALL

The Last Days of 63

IN THE 42 YEARS SINCE TOM DEMPSEY KICKED THE LONGEST FIELD GOAL IN NFL HISTORY, HIS MARK HAS BEEN MATCHED THREE TIMES, BUT NEVER SURPASSED. NOW THE MOST MYSTERIOUSLY ENDURING RECORD IN SPORTS MAY FINALLY BE RIPE TO FALL (LEGATRON, ANYONE?)

By Tim Layden

NBA PREVIEW

Is This the Face of a Bad Guy?

AN UGLY EXIT FROM ORLANDO TURNED DWIGHT HOWARD FROM A LOVABLE MAN-CHILD INTO ONE OF THE LEAGUE'S MOST REVILED PLAYERS. BUT IN L.A. EVERYONE FROM HOTEL WORKERS TO HOWARD'S TEAMMATES IS DISCOVERING THAT THE LAKERS' NEWEST SUPERSTAR STILL HAS A FUN-LOVING SIDE

By Lee Jenkins

Merrily They (Pick and) Roll Along

By Lee Jenkins

A Play with Many Parts

By Data by Synergy Sports Technology

The Pick Artist

Brooklyn's Reggie Evans isn't much of a threat to roll and score, but when the league's hardest-working man screens you, you feel it

By Chris Mannix

SCOUTING REPORTS

IN THE 2012 FINALS, MIAMI LOOKED VERY MUCH LIKE A BUDDING DYNASTY. BUT THE THUNDER IS A YEAR WISER. AND THE LAKERS ONE-UPPED THE HEAT WITH A BIG FOUR. WHO'LL COME OUT ON TOP COME JUNE? ...

By Ian Thomsen

1 | Miami HEAT

By Paul Forrester

2 | Indiana PACERS

By Chris Mannix

3 | New York KNICKS

By Ian Thomsen

4 | Brooklyn NETS

By Ian Thomsen

5 | Boston CELTICS

By Ian Thomsen

6 | Atlanta HAWKS

By Paul Forrester

7 | Chicago BULLS

By Chris Mannix

8 | Philadelphia 76ERS

By Ian Thomsen

9 | Milwaukee BUCKS

By Chris Mannix

10 | Toronto RAPTORS

By Ian Thomsen

11 | Detroit PISTONS

By Chris Mannix

12 | Cleveland CAVALIERS

By Chris Mannix

13 | Washington WIZARDS

By Paul Forrester

14 | Charlotte BOBCATS

By Paul Forrester

15 | Orlando MAGIC

By Paul Forrester

1 | Oklahoma City THUNDER

By Sam Amick

2 | Los Angeles LAKERS

By Ian Thomsen

3 | San Antonio SPURS

By Chris Mannix

4 | Denver NUGGETS

By Sam Amick

5 | Los Angeles CLIPPERS

By Ian Thomsen

6 | Memphis GRIZZLIES

By Chris Mannix

7 | Dallas MAVERICKS

By Chris Mannix

8 | Utah JAZZ

By Sam Amick

9 | Minnesota TIMBERWOLVES

By Sam Amick

10 | Phoenix SUNS

By Ian Thomsen

11 | Golden State WARRIORS

By Ian Thomsen

12 | New Orleans HORNETS

By Chris Mannix

13 | Portland TRAIL BLAZERS

By Sam Amick

14 | Houston ROCKETS

By Chris Mannix

15 | Sacramento KINGS

By Ian Thomsen

POINT AFTER

Oh, the Cares of the Idle Rich

By Phil Taylor

Departments

Moving the Needle

Lance Armstrong toppled, the war on PEDs continues in a new direction with new alliances

By David Epstein

HOT | NOT

Fighting for a Cure

New York junior middleweight Boyd Melson goes into the ring to raise money for spinal cord research

By Bryan Armen Graham

Fitting Finale

With a victory at Ascot, Frankel wrapped up one of the greatest careers in racing

By Tim Layden

For the Record

Fever Rising

Tamika Catchings added an elusive title to her decorated career, but now she wants another

By Andrew Lawrence

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

This Best in The World Beat On

By Stephanie Apstein

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick