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August 31, 2009 | Volume 111, Issue 8

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August 31, 2009 | RICHARD HOFFER
The once-bad Raiders have become an NFL punch line

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Once again, John Calipari leaves a job just before sanctions come down

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A Long Island company is offering insurance to fantasy football owners that allows them to recoup their league fees if a player on their team gets hurt.

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At age 69, Paul (Duke) Hogue , the center on the University of Cincinnati teams that won back-to-back NCAA titles in the early 1960s. In 1962 Hogue who was named the Most Outstanding Player of...

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Dodgers catcher, on the oversized glove he's using to catch knuckleballer Charlie Haeger:

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Sale price of the Cubs from the Tribune Co. to the family of financier Tom Ricketts, who also got Wrigley Field and a stake in Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

August 31, 2009 | Bill Syken
Look who's in the middle of a fierce battle at quarterback

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year Loren Seagrave, the new coach of long jumper Dwight Phillips, assessed his charge and pronounced, "Fat don't fly." The 2004 Olympic gold medalist had let himself go after failing to qualify...

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What smart fans should do this week

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Sutton has a history with Lady Gaga's pop hit. "I hosted a drag show at Northwestern last year," says the former Wildcats running back. "One of the performers came out to that song. Plus my...

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Valle, a 43-year-old high school teacher, won three gold medals in the women's 40--44 division at the World Masters Athletic Championships in Lahti, Finland. She was first in the 800 meters...

August 31, 2009 | Rebecca Sun
Joey Cheek spent the weekend of his 30th birthday with a rumbling stomach. The 2006 Olympic speedskating champ was participating in a fasting chain, started by actress Mia Farrow, in solidarity...

August 31, 2009 | L. JON WERTHEIM
Backed by the sport's loudest cheering section, Sam Querrey was the hottest player on the hardcourt circuit

August 31, 2009 | MARK BEECH
With an experienced defense led by cat-quick linebacker Greg Jones, Michigan State is a Big Ten dark horse

August 31, 2009 | DAVID SABINO
Whether it's because of doings on the field or off, these players should be climbing your draft board

August 31, 2009 | LARS ANDERSON
Three years after a leap to Team Red Bull, brainy Brian Vickers is competing for a postseason slot

August 31, 2009 | KELLI ANDERSON
After changing coaches twice and barely making the playoffs, Sky Blue FC won WPS's first championship

August 31, 2009 | TIM LAYDEN
As stunning as his performance was in Beijing, Usain Bolt topped it at the world championships in Berlin by crushing his records in the 100 and 200 meters and stretching the boundaries of...

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The Titans' A.J. Trapasso punted both on the field and on the giant high-def screen at the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, last Friday during Tennessee's 30--10 loss to Dallas. Another...

August 31, 2009 | TOM VERDUCCI
The prodigiously fearsome tandem of Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum, for starters, plus a half-dozen others—some old, some baby-faced new—who could be the tissue-thin difference between playing in...

August 31, 2009 | TOM VERDUCCI

August 31, 2009 | Albert Chen
Feeling the heat? These six players are being counted on to bring it as the season enters its final month

August 31, 2009 | DAMON HACK
The Giants are auditioning all their young wideouts and hoping that one of them——can replace Plaxico Burress as Eli Manning's go-to guy

August 31, 2009 | JIM TROTTER
Four longtime standouts are drawing little to no interest around the league

August 31, 2009 | JOE POSNANSKI
What is the greatest collection of talent assembled under one dugout roof? A forthcoming book makes the case for the , a juggernaut so sleek that it produced a Hall of Fame manager, three regulars...

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August 31, 2009 | PETER KING
SI's fearless NFL expert opines on all the latest news, buzz and inside information. This is just a taste of what you'll get online.

August 31, 2009 | CHRIS BALLARD
a month now, and the top of Arthur Webb's right big toe remains a sunken rectangle of pale, wrinkled skin. Not that he's upset, considering that Webb is the one who yanked the toenail off with a...

August 31, 2009 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
Sparked by surprisingly spirited captain's pick , a young and feisty U.S. team used a familiar game plan—step on their necks in singles—to swamp the Europeans and win a pulsating Solheim Cup

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August 31, 2009 | JEFF SILVERMAN
Y.E. Yang's PGA win could be a transcendent moment for the game

August 31, 2009 | JEFF SILVERMAN
IF ASKED, COULD YOU EXPLAIN HOW THE FEDEX CUP PLAYOFFS POINT SYSTEM WORKS?

August 31, 2009 | Dottie Pepper
The Solheim Cup provided a great week when the LPGA needed one. Here are a few gripes and highlights.