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September 21, 2009 | Volume 111, Issue 11

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September 21, 2009 | CHRIS BALLARD
people, Trey Lee spent the night of Sept. 9 cramming for his fantasy football draft. The difference is that he had to stop at 8:30, when his mother told him to go bed. That's how it goes when...

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A coach's case for kicking conventional wisdom to the curb

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September 21, 2009 | Kelli Anderson
A WNBA trailblazer calls it a career

September 21, 2009 | Kelli Anderson
An animal-rescue group will donate five bags of dog food to a Washington, D.C., shelter for every time Michael Vick is tackled when the Redskins play the Eagles next month.

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September 21, 2009 | Michael Farber
A move to Canada is the best way to fix the NHL's Phoenix disaster

September 21, 2009 | MARK BECHTEL
A former coach predicts where the NFL is headed

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What smart fans should do this week

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The Kardashian query put Dunbar on the spot: Teammate Reggie Bush is the on-again, off-again boyfriend of Kim Kardashian; he popped up on the reality show Dunbar's reason for liking Kim's younger...

September 21, 2009 | Dan Patrick

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Fill in answers as in a crossword—except the answers are numbers. For rows or columns with multiple clues, enter answers consecutively. The sum will equal the red total at the end of each...

September 21, 2009 | BEN REITER
After a season lost to a concussion, the Blue Jays' Aaron Hill has come back as the unlikeliest of sluggers

September 21, 2009 | Joe Sheehan
The Red Sox' and match up with any team's top two starters. Since midseason, however, the rest of Boston's rotation has been in flux. went on the DL in June with an ERA above 8.00. made the...

September 21, 2009 | ALBERT CHEN
Surprise, surprise. Run-loving Baltimore suddenly has a passing game and, perhaps, a QB who is ready to lead

September 21, 2009 | Peter King
This is not just a football game. It is a litmus test. The Saints' offense demolished teams in the preseason, then put up 45 points, 515 total yards and six TD passes against the toothless Lions...

September 21, 2009 | DAVID SABINO
Who's up, who's down

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The Yankee Stadium crowd rose in tribute as shortstop Derek Jeter slapped a single to right off Orioles righthander Chris Tillman last Friday night for the 2,722nd hit of his career, eclipsing...

September 21, 2009 | MARK BEECH
The high-scoring Cougars entered the BCS conversation with a stunning victory at No. 5 Oklahoma State

September 21, 2009 | KELLI ANDERSON
Driven by Diana Taurasi and fueled by last season's failures, Phoenix enters the playoffs as the favorite

September 21, 2009 | DAMON HACK
With another tackle-breaking, ankle-snapping performance—180 yards, three TDs and a big W for the Vikings— simply confirmed that he's the most formidable force in football

September 21, 2009 | JIM TROTTER
The NFC North might have an exciting mix of quarterbacks, but the name of the game is still defense

September 21, 2009 | TIM LAYDEN
If the past is any indication, a team that missed the playoffs in 2008 will make it to Miami for Super Bowl XLIV. So who is this year's Arizona? Drew Brees's Saints lead the

September 21, 2009 | S.L. Price
and won the U.S. Open singles titles after a crazy two weeks that included big upsets, rain delays and a meltdown by

September 21, 2009 | AUSTIN MURPHY
Embattled but unbowed, took a giant step toward returning Michigan to prominence as the Wolverines rallied to beat Notre Dame

September 21, 2009 | ANDY STAPLES
Charlie Weis might have been undone by his own play call

September 21, 2009 | JOE POSNANSKI
Three days in September offered a window into the powers of a pitching savior, who has turned St. Louis into the Lourdes of baseball, a sanctuary where dying arms and careers go to be revived

September 21, 2009 | LARS ANDERSON
Once NASCAR's stormiest soul, has settled into his new role as a driver-owner, and after finishing the regular season on top of the points, he's ready for all the bumps, bangs and battles of the...

September 21, 2009 | LARS ANDERSON
The high cost of modern racing has largely squeezed the driver-owner out of the sport

September 21, 2009 | MARK BEECH
is eyeing a historic four-peat, but he faces a field of former champs and proven race winners (including one very hungry, very fast old man). Here are five checkpoints to watch for as the most...

September 21, 2009 | MARK BEECH
Who'll move up, who'll move down—and who'll come out on top when the checkered flag flies at Homestead

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September 21, 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.

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September 21, 2009 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
The American romp at Merion inspired visions of a U.S. Open to come

September 21, 2009 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
DID THE LATEST FORMAT TWEAKS MAKE THE FEDEX CUP PLAYOFFS BETTER, WORSE OR THE SAME?

September 21, 2009 | Dottie Pepper
I'm still scratching my head over International captain Greg Norman's Presidents Cup picks. One is a junior golfer and the other is sinking faster than the Titanic. O.K., I'll give Norman a pass...

September 21, 2009 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
After took all the suspense out of who would walk away with the third leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs, the BMW Championship really got interesting