6 Leading Off

12 Letters

17 Air and Space

The Bob tube: Knight sitcom should be Must-Flee TV by Steve Rushin

18 Scorecard

• Hey, NHL: You can fix this

• Athens medalist in tragic crash

• Lose teeth, end Bambino curse

26 Faces in the Crowd

70 The Life of Reilly

Are you ready for some football--for credit? Prof. Reilly is by Rick Reilly

Inside ...

63 Tennis

• Where have the lefties gone?

• Mary Pierce's comeback

66 Baseball

• Bonds, Suzuki near batting titles

68 The NFL

• Booker crams for Miami opener


30 Kickoff

The first full weekend of play answered some burning questions and raised a few new ones

•Will scandal undo Colorado?

•Can Sproles win the Heisman?

•Who will run LSU's attack?

•Is Virginia the surprise team?

•Which coaches may be fired?

•Can the Irish turn it around?


38 Hello, Rookie

When passion is needed, Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. answers the call

by Jeffri Chadiha


42 Jump Starter

No Nomar? No problem! Orlando Cabrera has helped jolt the Red Sox back to life

by Tom Verducci


48 Army Salvation

Why would Bobby Ross, 67, leave retirement to run the worst team in Division 1-A?

by John Ed Bradley


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