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September 15, 2008

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Second-year tight end Dante Rosario has officially arrived as a Panther, snagging seven passes for 96 yards (he had six catches all last year), including the big one—a 14-yard last-second touchdown to beat the Chargers. Said winning QB Jake Delhomme: "He's got that fire inside."

Cliff Lee
The pitcher (right) is now 21--2, the highest winning percentage for a 20-game winner ever. That's especially impressive because the Indians are lousy (they'd have been 48--70, through Sunday, without Lee's decisions) and because he was 5--8 last year, and because, well, he's 21--2!

As in Mardy (right), the 26-year-old American who made his deepest run ever into the U.S. Open (fourth round) and even took a set off Rafa before a supportive crowd. Off the court he's also a winner: He's engaged to Deal or No Deal case-holder Stacey Gardner.

While Joe Torre's old team foundered in the Bronx, his Dodgers won eight straight to move into first. And medal-strewn swimmer Dara Torres (right, three silvers in Beijing) was feeling the love again, as she strutted the catwalk at New York Fashion Week in clothes by designer Charles Nolan.


Ocho Cinco
The NFL forbade the Bengals' Chad Ocho Cinco (n� Johnson) from wearing his surname on his jersey—the league said Reebok, wagging the dog, wouldn't have it. By any name Ocho Cinco's Sunday was a dud, with just one catch in a loss to Baltimore. Said he: "I'm not sure what happened."

The SuperSonics are gone, the Mariners remain a colossal bust (an AL-worst 56--86 record, a $117 million payroll), and the Seahawks offer no solace. They're hurting (notably the receivers and running back Maurice Morris) and ineffective, as a 34--10 loss in Buffalo showed.

As in the (actually mammalian) Dolphins, who fell to the Jets for the fifth straight time (page 38), and as in the Marlins, who by losing six of 10 had slipped off the wild-card pace and were drawing their smallest crowds (12,000 and fewer) in months.

Scott Linehan
Year three in St. Louis is already looking too much like years one and two. After rolling over in a 38--3 loss to the Eagles, Linehan's Rams are 11--22 in his coaching tenure, and fans (what's left of them) are getting restless. "I've got to win," he said before the season. Now, how long can he hang on?

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