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FOR OCT. 17, 2016

+October Surprise

They beat the Orioles on a walk-off home run in the AL wild-card game. Then they beat the Rangers in the Division Series on a dash-off, finishing a three-game sweep and eliminating Texas for the second consecutive year. The Blue Jays are back in the American League Championship Series—can they reach the World Series for the first time since 1993? Go to for complete coverage of both the ALCS and NLCS, including previews and picks for each series, video from SI's and's baseball experts, a photo gallery featuring the top moments in LCS history, and live tweeting of each game with @si_mlb



This week SPORTS ILLUSTRATED launches a new multiplatform series: SI True Crime. New installments will be published each month, diving deep on stories of sports crime and punishment through in-depth storytelling, enhanced photos, video and interactive elements. With the trial date for Cardell Hayes, the man accused of fatally shooting former Saints defensive end Will Smith(page 48), set for Dec. 1, SI True Crime breaks down the case evidence and the events leading up to the shooting. Go to to explore the paths of both Hayes and Smith on that fateful day, including surveillance video of the fender benders that police say led to the shooting.


Digital Bonus

Does Anyone Remember The Titans?

From the SI Vault: Oct. 25, 2001

The desegregation of T.C. Williams High in 1971 led to a state football title and a Disney movie. Thirty years later all that progress has been reversed. What happened?

By Tim Layden

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