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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

THE MAIL

THE MAIL

BEATING BAMA

HOW TO BEAT BAMA

THE CRIMSON TIDE ARE EXPERTLY COACHED, STACKED WITH FUTURE NFL TALENT AND CONFIDENT OF RUNNING THE TABLE, BUT OPPONENTS WHO ARE SMART, WILLING AND ARMED WITH THE RIGHT PERSONNEL CAN TAKE EIGHT SIMPLE STEPS AND MAKE ONE GIANT LEAP PAST THE BULLIES OF THE BCS. AND THE TEAM THAT DID JUST THAT IN 2012 IS UP NEXT

By Lars Anderson

One Double Awesome

They have smaller rosters and budgets, but good FCS teams are showing the FBS that they know how to win

By Andy Staples

The MMQB

CJ2K THE HARD WAY

A 2,000-YARD SEASON CREATED HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR CHRIS JOHNSON, WHO DOESN'T MIND THEM AT ALL. JUST DON'T SAY HE'S LOST A STEP

By Alan Shipnuck

PRO BASKETBALL

HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION

SOME OF THE NBA'S BIGGEST STARS DESCEND ON A PRIVATE GYM IN L.A. AND ARE PUT THROUGH THEIR PACES BY A FORMER SYRACUSE WALK-ON, WHO GAVE SI AN EXCLUSIVE BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK

By Pete Thamel

BOXING

A FATHER'S FAITH

ANGEL GARCIA'S UNSHAKABLE BELIEF IN HIS SON DANNY HELPED MOLD THE JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT CHAMP. DANNY'S DEVOTION INSPIRED ANGEL TO TURN HIS LIFE AROUND TOO

By Chris Mannix

PITTSBURGH'S SEPTEMBER TO REMEMBER

Welcome To the Bandwagon

To a generation of Pittsburgh fans, September has always been about school, football ... and the irrelevance of the Pirates. But the franchise's 20-season losing streak is about to end, and now a reawakened baseball town is asking: ARE YINZ READY FOR OCTOBER?

By Lee Jenkins

POINT AFTER

Back to School With Bobby V

By Steve Rushin

Departments

Different Strokes, Same Result

By Alan Shipnuck

The Price Paid

By Mary Ann Easterling

Long Relief

HOT | NOT

Exchange Rate

On Sunday, Real Madrid agreed to buy 24-year-old winger Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur for a $132 million transfer fee. Money well spent? It remains to be seen. But what else could Real have done with the money?

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

Tommy Morrison 1969--2013

Just My Type

By Interview by Dan Patrick

Switching Gears

By Robert Klemko

The Case for ... Challenging the System

By L. Jon Wertheim