The NBA
Cavs center puts his best foot forward--Shaq wants to be
winningest Lakers pivot--The stingy Celts

The NFL
Reinstated Carter gives Saints a spark--Scouts split on Texas QB
Simms--Dr. Z: Warner or Bulger?

Motor Sports
Long-overdue final-weekend drama in the Winston Cup--What it'll
take for Stewart to fall from the top

COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN W. MCDONOUGH TO JAM AND TO HOLD Ruben Patterson threw one down on the Lakers' Kobe Bryant during the Trail Blazers' 98--85 overtime loss on Nov. 3 in Los Angeles.