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September 10, 2007
Clay's pigeons
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September 10, 2007

Leading Off

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Clay's pigeons

With two outs in the top of the ninth inning, the Fenway park scoreboard showed nothing but zeroes for the Orioles last Saturday as Red Sox rookie Clay Buchholz delivered to batter Nick Markakis. With his 115th pitch, Buchholz struck out Markakis looking, giving the 23-year-old from Nederland, Texas, a no-hitter in just his second major league appearance. Catcher Jason Varitek embraced Buchholz (inset) after the 10-0 win.

Zack attack

After Cal linebacker Zack Follett drilled Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge from behind, fellow LB Worrell Williams (inset) picked up Ainge's fumble and raced 44 yards for the opening score last Saturday in Berkeley. In the only matchup between ranked teams last week, No. 12 Cal defeated No. 15 Tennessee 45-31.

Lagat-a Love It

With the finish line in sight, Bernard Lagat surged to victory in the 1,500-meter final on aug. 29 in Osaka, Japan, becoming the first U.S. runner to win the event at the world championships (page 54). Three days later Leroy Dixon (inset) celebrated another of the U.S.'s 14 gold medals after a victory in the 4 × 100 relay.

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