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October 13, 2008 | Volume 109, Issue 14

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Manny Ramirez Cover - Sports Illustrated October 13, 2008

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October 13, 2008 | David Epstein

October 13, 2008 | David Epstein
BREAKING NEWS, REAL-TIME SCORES AND DAILY ANALYSIS.

October 13, 2008 | David Epstein
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Who is the most overrated quarterback in the NFL?

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His record ninth Association of Surfing Professionals world championship, (above), in Mundaka, Spain. The 36-year-old won five of the first seven ASP events this year; he wrapped up the title...

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VIJAY SINGH This year's FedExCup champion, on trying to stay in shape at age 45:

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An Elgin, Ill., high school student was forced to remove a Cubs jersey she wore to school because a staffer thought fukudome was a curse word.

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VIJAY SINGH This year's FedExCup champion, on trying to stay in shape at age 45:

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October 13, 2008 | L. Jon Wertheim

October 13, 2008 | L. Jon Wertheim
17 Wins, in as many starts, by five-year-old filly Peppers Pride, the most consecutive victories by any North American thoroughbred.

October 13, 2008 | Joe Lemire
FiveThirtyEight

October 13, 2008 | L. Jon Wertheim
Wins, in as many starts, by five-year-old filly Peppers Pride, the most consecutive victories by any North American thoroughbred.

October 13, 2008 | Adam Duerson

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AT 26, WIZARDS star Gilbert Arenas says he's never asked a woman on a date—they've always asked him. So to keep his record intact, he got creative in popping the question to longtime girlfriend...

October 13, 2008 | Rachel Cicurel
his comeback last month, Lance Armstrong said he is more concerned about aiding the fight against cancer than winning races. But his noble intentions haven't stopped European cycling officials...

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Zurrer, a senior defender at Illinois, scored the game-winning goal against Washington and was named to Soccer Buzz's Team of the Week. A two-time All-America and the 2006 Big Ten co--Defensive...

October 13, 2008 | Sarah Kwak

October 13, 2008 | Dan Patrick
BASEBALL FAN .

October 13, 2008 | AUSTIN MURPHY

October 13, 2008 | AUSTIN MURPHY
No. 1 OU vs. No. 5 Texas

October 13, 2008 | AUSTIN MURPHY
BREAKING NEWS, REAL-TIME SCORES AND DAILY ANALYSIS.

October 13, 2008 | AUSTIN MURPHY

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October 13, 2008 | Joe Lemire

October 13, 2008 | DAMON HACK

October 13, 2008 | DAMON HACK
BREAKING NEWS, REAL-TIME SCORES AND DAILY ANALYSIS.

October 13, 2008 | DAMON HACK
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October 13, 2008 | TOM VERDUCCI

October 13, 2008 | TOM VERDUCCI
BREAKING NEWS, REAL-TIME SCORES AND DAILY ANALYSIS.

October 13, 2008 | TOM VERDUCCI
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October 13, 2008 | LEE JENKINS

October 13, 2008 | LEE JENKINS
BREAKING NEWS, REAL-TIME SCORES AND DAILY ANALYSIS.

October 13, 2008 | LEE JENKINS
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October 13, 2008 | MICHAEL FARBER

October 13, 2008 | MICHAEL FARBER
BREAKING NEWS, REAL-TIME SCORES AND DAILY ANALYSIS.

October 13, 2008 | MICHAEL FARBER
A Healthy Glow

October 13, 2008 | MICHAEL FARBER
Which tough guy do you want on your side?

October 13, 2008 | MICHAEL FARBER
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October 13, 2008 | MICHAEL FARBER

October 13, 2008 | MICHAEL FARBER

October 13, 2008 | MICHAEL FARBER

October 13, 2008 | MICHAEL FARBER

October 13, 2008 | KOSTYA KENNEDY

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BREAKING NEWS, REAL-TIME SCORES AND DAILY ANALYSIS.

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October 13, 2008 | Sarah Kwak

October 13, 2008 | Sarah Kwak
Injuries to Penguins defensemen Ryan Whitney and Sergei Gonchar mean slick youngsters Kristopher Letang and Alex Goligoski will get lots of ice time. This will ultimately create defensive depth...

October 13, 2008 | Sarah Kwak
Injuries to Penguins defensemen Ryan Whitney and Sergei Gonchar mean slick youngsters Kristopher Letang and Alex Goligoski will get lots of ice time. This will ultimately create defensive depth...

October 13, 2008 | Michael Farber

October 13, 2008 | Michael Farber
Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov is the NHL's most underappreciated player.... Top priority for the Bruins: Improve the penalty kill, which was 28th in the league last season.... With Wade...

October 13, 2008 | Michael Farber
Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov is the NHL's most underappreciated player.... Top priority for the Bruins: Improve the penalty kill, which was 28th in the league last season.... With Wade...

October 13, 2008 | Sarah Kwak

October 13, 2008 | Sarah Kwak
Rookie defenseman Karl Alzner will make an impact in Washington.... Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette is on the hot seat right out of the gate.... Here's one guarantee in Tampa: With all of the...

October 13, 2008 | Sarah Kwak
Rookie defenseman Karl Alzner will make an impact in Washington.... Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette is on the hot seat right out of the gate.... Here's one guarantee in Tampa: With all of the...

October 13, 2008 | Brian Cazeneuve

October 13, 2008 | Brian Cazeneuve
As if the Red Wings weren't loaded enough, young energy players Darren Helm and Tomas Kopecky have just begun to come into their own.... The glue guy on Chicago is forward Patrick Sharp, who...

October 13, 2008 | Brian Cazeneuve
As if the Red Wings weren't loaded enough, young energy players Darren Helm and Tomas Kopecky have just begun to come into their own.... The glue guy on Chicago is forward Patrick Sharp, who...

October 13, 2008 | Sarah Kwak

October 13, 2008 | Sarah Kwak
Expect Wild forward Mikko Koivu to be a Selke Trophy finalist.... With the return of hard-shooting defenseman Sheldon Souray and the acquisition of world-class puck-mover Lubomir Visnovsky, the...

October 13, 2008 | Sarah Kwak
Expect Wild forward Mikko Koivu to be a Selke Trophy finalist.... With the return of hard-shooting defenseman Sheldon Souray and the acquisition of world-class puck-mover Lubomir Visnovsky, the...

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October 13, 2008 | Brian Cazeneuve

October 13, 2008 | Brian Cazeneuve
The Stars have no holes.... The challenge for Sharks coach Todd McLellan is to cultivate captain Patrick Marleau and help turn around his career. Marleau, a --19 last season, didn't jibe with...

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Javon Ringer is making a Heisman run, but how far can he carry Michigan State? • Tyrone Willingham's days at Washington appear to be numbered

October 13, 2008 | Stewart Mandel
Ball State hasn't missed a beat since losing star receiver to a career-ending spinal injury on Sept. 20. After consecutive routs of Kent State (41--20) and Toledo (31--0), the 6--0 Cardinals...

October 13, 2008 | Mark Beech

October 13, 2008 | Paul Zimmerman
I asked a defensive coach who later has to face Miami how to stop the direct-snap attack that's given Ronnie Brown the look of an old single-wing tailback. "Seal off the edges and don't let him...

October 13, 2008 | Jim Trotter

October 13, 2008 | David Sabino

October 13, 2008 | Lars Anderson

October 13, 2008 | Lars Anderson
NASCAR officials had a hand in the end of Tony Stewart's 43-race winless streak on Sunday at Talladega. On the last lap Stewart (right) blocked Regan Smith, prompting Smith to drop below the...

October 13, 2008 | Lars Anderson
NASCAR officials had a hand in the end of 's 43-race winless streak on Sunday at Talladega. On the last lap Stewart blocked , prompting Smith to drop below the yellow line that runs along the...

October 13, 2008 | Selena Roberts
THE MAVERICK wanted a game changer. Al Davis had watched his Raiders get repeatedly poked in their one good pirate's eye by cooler opponents and knew Oakland's menacing fan base was losing its...