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September 07, 2009 | Volume 111, Issue 9

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September 07, 2009
Running on a wild pitch, Chula Vista's Nick Conlin slid safely across home plate to tie the score at 3--3 in the fourth inning of the Little League World Series championship game in Williamsport,...

September 07, 2009 | Peter King
If continuity is the key to the defending champions' success, then '09 is looking like another good year

September 07, 2009 | Peter King
A new coordinator won't mess with their defensive style. Will his new tactics get them past the Steelers?

September 07, 2009 | Ben Reiter
Branded a bust in Chicago, tailback Cedric Benson is one of several castoffs being counted on to help a woeful team change its stripes

September 07, 2009 | Ben Reiter
It'll take a Mangenius to fix all the mistakes by the lake—and the floundering franchise hopes it has one in its new coach

September 07, 2009 | Damon Hack
With the core players hitting their prime, this bunch is (finally) ready to reach the top in a daunting division

September 07, 2009 | Peter King
What do you do when the second-leading receiver in NFL history is gone? Indy turned to its bench instead of the draft

September 07, 2009 | Don Banks
The defense's new boss knows all about smashmouth. But can hard hitting make up for a massive loss up front?

September 07, 2009 | Damon Hack
After an off-season housecleaning, Jack Del Rio's underachievers are restoring their toughness and direction

September 07, 2009 | Peter King
With Shawne Merriman pumping electricity back into the defense, the prospects are looking sunnier for the Bolts

September 07, 2009 | Lee Jenkins
The rush is on to shape an LSU-dominated front seven into a unit that pressures the other team, for a change

September 07, 2009 | Jim Trotter
The big shake-up came at QB, but if the defense can't keep the score down, it won't matter who's throwing the ball

September 07, 2009 | JIM TROTTER
Structure and discipline? With team? Those are the watchwords for a new staff that's going back to basics

September 07, 2009 | Adam Duerson
The already formidable running game will carry an even greater load, and that includes backs catching more passes

September 07, 2009 | Andrew Lawrence
You-know-who has left town, and now Big D looks to homegrown wideout Roy Williams to make some noise

September 07, 2009 | Andrew Perloff
The defense took some big hits, but a high-scoring offense that got younger and better can crank it up one more notch

September 07, 2009 | Adam Duerson
An already stout defense got a whole lot better in the off-season—but is that where the help was needed most?

September 07, 2009 | Lee Jenkins
A cannon-armed new quarterback has raised the stakes, and now it's up to the wide receivers to raise their game

September 07, 2009 | Lee Jenkins
Brett Favre adds a new dimension to the offense—it's called a passing game—and juices the postseason prospects

September 07, 2009 | Lee Jenkins
If the No. 1 back regains his form and the reconfigured defense comes together, the Pack will have a playoff shot

September 07, 2009 | Peter King
New season, new coach, new players, new outlook. Time to turn the page on the past and start fresh

September 07, 2009 | Andrew Lawrence
Youth is served in the remaking of the defense, but a knowledgeable veteran will be central to its success

September 07, 2009 | Damon Hack
After earning the top seed last season, they sank to the depths in the playoffs. Now depth is their biggest concern

September 07, 2009 | Damon Hack
Don't expect much? Fine—this bunch is glad to sneak up on teams with their dynamic offense and a rejuvenated D

September 07, 2009 | Damon Hack
A new coach schooled in Tampa's defensive tradition will try to restore some of that swashbuckling swagger

September 07, 2009 | JIM TROTTER
Given a fresh start thanks to a coaching change, Julius Jones plans to energize an offense that counts heavily on the run

September 07, 2009 | JIM TROTTER
They're rethinking the defense—fewer risks, more consistency—so that the offense doesn't have to do it all

September 07, 2009 | George Dohrmann
The franchise once led by Joe Montana and Steve Young needs one of its two unspectacular passers to take charge

September 07, 2009 | Peter King
Attempting a ground-up renovation, a rookie coach hopes his cornerstone will be a raw and respectful rookie tackle

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September 07, 2009 | PHIL TAYLOR
several smiling Buddhas in Madame Katherine's parlor, along with a menorah and figurines of Christ and the Virgin Mary. Madame Katherine has her bases covered. We sit across from each other in...

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Henry R. Luce 1898--1967

September 07, 2009 | DAVID EPSTEIN
Sex testing an athlete isn't nearly as simple as it sounds

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WHICH BALLPARK DO YOU MOST LIKE TO PLAY IN?

September 07, 2009
A slugging California crew continues the U.S.'s dominance in Williamsport

September 07, 2009
Former NHL coach Jacques Demers, who admitted in 2005 that he was functionally illiterate, was appointed to Canada's Senate by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

September 07, 2009
At age 73, Toni Sailer , who in 1956 became the first skier to win gold in all three Alpine events at one Olympics. A native of Kitzbühel, Austria—he was known as the Blitz from Kitz—Sailer was a...

September 07, 2009
Players who have homered in their first major league at bat, after Arizona catcher John Hester hit a 420-foot shot against Houston last Friday.

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September 07, 2009 | Richard Deitsch
After a disastrous stint with the Lions, Matt Millen returns to the broadcast booth, site of his best work

September 07, 2009
Solo circumnavigators keep getting younger

September 07, 2009
What smart fans should do this week

September 07, 2009
Buchanon, an eight-year NFL vet and one of the few people watching T.O.'s low-rated VH-1 series, sees himself in the laid-back image Owens projects on the show. "That show is hilarious," Buchanon...

September 07, 2009 | As told to Sarah Kwak
The Dodgers fan stars in , in theaters on Friday

September 07, 2009 | Dan Patrick

September 07, 2009
John, a senior at Felisa Rincon de Gautier Institute for Law and Public Policy, won the all-around title in the 14--15 division at the Visa Championships for the third straight year. He placed...

September 07, 2009 | Elizabeth McGarr
A teen athlete keeps beating the odds

September 07, 2009 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
The start of the FedEx Cup playoffs proved that what happened at Hazeltine did not stay there

September 07, 2009 | Rick Lipsey
On Sunday won the U.S. Amateur at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa with a 7-and-5 rout of , a Clemson senior, in the final. At 17, An became the Amateur's youngest champ, making good on his...

September 07, 2009 | JON HEYMAN
The forecast for this winter? A flurry of trades that could include some of the biggest stars in the game

September 07, 2009 | Joe Sheehan
The trade wasn't entirely about shedding salary for the Rays. No, the trade was an acknowledgment that Kazmir was no longer one of the team's top five starting pitchers. His ERA was 5.92 at...

September 07, 2009 | DAVID SABINO
None were among the top 70 picks in April, but these opportunistic rookies deserve a spot on your draft board

September 07, 2009 | ALBERT CHEN
A breakaway threat who might score on any play, Cal's Jahvid Best could juke his way into the Heisman race

September 07, 2009 | TIM LAYDEN
They're among the greatest athletes in sports—and often the loudest. As Offenses become ever more reliant on their skills, the NFL's new stars are dominating the air and the airwaves. Welcome to...

September 07, 2009 | JIM TROTTER
Already among the elite receivers, Larry Fitzgerald went stratospheric in the 2008 playoffs. A snapshot look at one of the NFL's most compelling figures

September 07, 2009 | PETER KING
That would be quarterback in the NFL, of course. So what does it take to make it? SI gathered five of the league's elite young players at the position, opened up the notebook and let them tell us

September 07, 2009 | Peter King
SI.com's Monday Morning Quarterback columnist called on five NFL experts to evaluate the league's passers in critical categories

September 07, 2009 | TERRY McDONELL
Super Bowl in Miami, SI's NFL writers and editors gathered for dinner at Joe's Stone Crab. At one point senior writer Peter King, who was sitting at the end of the table wearing a bib, was...

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September 07, 2009 | Ben Reiter
He directed the most prolific offense in NFL history two years ago. Now Tom Brady is back, and the outlook is Super

September 07, 2009 | Andrew Lawrence
A fad, or the future? This season will tell whether the Wildcat, which sparked the Fins' playoff run, is here to stay

September 07, 2009 | Andrew Perloff
The Rex Ryan era begins—and it's no surprise that the tone will be set by a swarming, stifling, run-stopping defense

September 07, 2009 | Ben Roethlisberger
There's a new star in town, but the reality is that one man—even one with his own TV show—can't turn things around