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September 14, 2009
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September 14, 2009

Who's Hot Who's Not

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THE IRISH
Days after an alum rented a South Bend billboard to mock his four years at Notre Dame as a "coaching internship," Charlie Weis—whom ESPN's Lou Holtz called the most underrated coach in America (Really, Lou? Really?)—pitched his first Irish shutout, 35--0 over Nevada. Maybe things are looking up, after all.

RICH RODRIGUEZ
Michigan won its first opener in three years with a 31--7 stroll over Western Michigan, giving another under-fire coach a respite. "Maybe I'll sleep two hours tonight," said Rodriguez, who's accused of forcing players to put in longer hours than the NCAA allows.

BREWERS FIELDERS
Milwaukee turned its first triple play in 10 years with a 5-4-3 around-the-horn job against the Giants on Sunday, then won the game in the 12th on first baseman Prince Fielder's homer. Said second baseman Felipe Lopez, "When I threw it, I was like, Oh, my God, it's a triple play!"

BRAZILIAN FOOTBALLERS
Behind a sublime Kaká, the five-time World Cup champs became the first South American team to secure a berth in the 2010 Cup with a 3--1 drubbing of Argentina—a result that could keep the world's best player, Argentina's Lionel Messi, from making the tournament.

Who's Not

KELLYS
As Oregon coach Chip Kelly was forced to suspend his sucker-punching star back, LeGarrette Blount (page 53), Winnipeg Blue Bombers coach Mike Kelly had to apologize for calling Saskatchewan, home of the CFL rival Roughriders, "the crotch of Canada." It got worse on Sunday: Riders 29, Bombers 14.

DAVID TYREE
Cut by the Giants, the wideout is fine-tuning his résumé. (Skills: One-handed catches, Super Bowl heroics. Honors: 2005 Pro Bowl. References: Eli Manning, Tom Coughlin, Jon Bon Jovi). "This is part of the journey," Tyree said. "I'm filled with expectations about what's next."

RAYS HITTERS
On Sunday, Tampa was shut down by Edwin Jackson—who was sent to Detroit last winter for .188-hitting Matt Joyce—to fall seven games out of the wild-card race. The next day Carlos Peña (39 homers) was lost for the season when a CC Sabathia heater broke two fingers.

BRAZILIAN BIDDERS
A Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode in which an Olympic delegate is blackmailed by a firm hoping to bring the Games to Rio in 2016 was not a hit in Brazil. Rio's mayor called it "pathetic" and speculated that it might end up harming the USOC's Chicago 2016 bid.

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