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September 14, 2009 | Volume 111, Issue 10

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September 14, 2009 | JOE POSNANSKI
The best way to rule the NL? Start signing AL players

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September 14, 2009 | Peter King
For New England's draft-loving coach, there's no time like the future

September 14, 2009 | Peter King
A theater festival in New York City next month will include an Off-Broadway show called

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By commissioner Roger Goodell, effective in Week 3 of the NFL season, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick . After Vick completed his prison term for running a dogfighting ring, Goodell ruled that...

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Pitches Pittsburgh's Ross Ohlendorf needed to strike out the side in the seventh inning against St. Louis last Saturday; he became the 40th pitcher to do so.

September 14, 2009
Red Sox G.M., in a text message to on the prospect of former pitcher Curt Schilling running for the Senate:

September 14, 2009 | Chris Mannix
Minnesota's prized draft pick from Spain decides to put off his NBA dreams

September 14, 2009 | Sarah Kwak
Exploring what can go wrong when you're too true to your team

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What smart fans should do this week

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Anderson majored in studio art at Virginia Tech and now designs T-shirts for his old high school, Deep Creek, in Chesapeake, Va. The 6'3", 246-pound Applewhite says, "I can eat anything and still...

September 14, 2009 | As told to Sarah Kwak
The R&B star and Ohio native is on tour this fall

September 14, 2009 | Dan Patrick

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McNamara, a senior at Concordia--St. Paul, was named the AVCA Division II player of the week after averaging 13.23 assists per set to help the No. 1 Golden Bears to a 4--0 start, including wins...

September 14, 2009 | TIM LAYDEN
By beating the colts (again) in a historic Woodward, Rachel Alexandra cemented her status as Horse of the Year

September 14, 2009 | GRANT WAHL
Poised, polished and just 19, Jozy Altidore looks set to reach heights unprecedented for an American

September 14, 2009 | S.L. PRICE
A cluster of top-seeded women succumbed to self-doubt and shaky mechanics during a volatile first week at the Open

September 14, 2009 | Andrew Lawrence
As a practice player on the U.S.'s 2007 Davis Cup team, functioned as an apprentice who—when not hitting balls with his compatriots—was charged with learning from veterans like . But after his...

September 14, 2009 | JIM TROTTER
Buffalo became the third team to fire its offensive coordinator on the brink of the season. Can it work?

September 14, 2009 | Peter King
When Chicago opens at Green Bay on Sunday, the matchup will showcase not only QBs and but also two rejuvenated defenses. While the Pack has transitioned smoothly to the 3--4 under new...

September 14, 2009 | DAVID SABINO
Who's up, who's down

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Mighty Mel

September 14, 2009 | MARK BEECH
After a win at Wake, QB (and world-class hurdler) Robert Griffin has Baylor aiming for its first bowl bid in 15 years

September 14, 2009 | LARS ANDERSON
Even nursing a fractured foot—injured playing Frisbee!—Carl Edwards is ready to kick it in gear for the Chase

September 14, 2009 | ALBERT CHEN
After manhandling Georgia for its biggest opening win, then seeing Oklahoma and Sam Bradford get flattened by BYU, Oklahoma State is the team to beat in the Sooner State

September 14, 2009 | LARS ANDERSON
New quarterback Greg McElroy and sophomore running back Mark Ingram needed two quarters to get the Alabama offense rolling over Virginia Tech

September 14, 2009 | AUSTIN MURPHY
The first true freshman to start a USC opener at quarterback, Matt Barkley was his usual unflappable self in a rout of San Jose State

September 14, 2009 | GEORGE DOHRMANN
Showing it can play a little defense too, Boise State stifled high-powered Oregon and made an early BCS statement

September 14, 2009 | LEE JENKINS
Inspired by the memory of —and the remarkable recovery of his friend —L.A. has overcome a bleak start to seize control of the AL West

September 14, 2009 | RICHARD HOFFER
AS A GAWKY TEENAGER IN THE 1960S, JUST WANTED TO FIND SOMETHING HE WAS REALLY GOOD AT. LITTLE DID HE KNOW HE WOULD BECOME AN OLYMPIC CHAMPION AND TURN A SPORT LITERALLY UPSIDE DOWN

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September 14, 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.

September 14, 2009 | SELENA ROBERTS
hero wasn't ready for his close-up. How could he have been? Kaleb Eulls never imagined TV trucks would roll past the dried cornfields and boarded-up general stores of rural Mississippi to find...