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COLOR PHOTOPhotograph by Simon Bruty Stoked   Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel puts a heavy shoulder into Colts receiver Brandon Stokley during New England's 20-3 win in their AFC playoff game in Foxborough on Sunday (page 38). The Pats' defense hit hard all day, all over the field, much to the chagrin of Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (inset). COLOR PHOTODAVID BERGMAN [See leadin above]   [See caption above] COLOR PHOTOPhotograph by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images Ice and Easy Michelle Kwan faced down the competition during the short program on her way to winning her ninth U.S. figure skating championship in Portland last Saturday (page 52). In the men's competition Johnny Weir (below) won his second straight title.
COLOR PHOTOSTEVE DIPAOLA/REUTERS [See leadin above]   [See caption above] COLOR PHOTOPhotograph by John W. McDonough Star Turn   A severely sprained right ankle sidelined Kobe Bryant only six minutes into his matchup with LeBron James and the Cavaliers last Thursday in L.A. The Lakers prevailed 98-94 without Bryant, who has been placed on the injured reserve list and will miss at least five games. COLOR PHOTOLUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS [See leadin above]   [See caption above]