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Leading Off

Aug. 27, 2007
Aug. 27, 2007

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Aug. 27, 2007

SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Baseball
U.S. Open Preview
2008 Beijing Olympics
High School Football
NEW ORLEANS

Leading Off

Flying Fish
Dolphins running back Patrick Cobbs glided into the end zone well head of the Chiefs' defense during last Thursday night's preseason game at Arrowhead Stadium. Cobbs's seven-yard dash with 4:30 to play cut Kansas City's lead to 10-9, and rookie quarterback John Beck's ensuing two-point conversion run provided the tying and winning points. Cobbs finished with 27 yards on four carries.

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Tuscany Derby
Oversized jockeys, no saddles, silks that look like pajamas—you call this a horse race? It's the Palio di Siena, run twice a year in the Piazza del Campo of the medieval city. The stakes last Thursday: civic pride, as one rider from each of 10 Siena contradas (districts), decked out in his contrada's colors and emblems, vie for bragging rights to the delight of an overflow crowd of residents and tourists.

Phil Rizzuto 1917-2007
Once the slick-fielding little shortstop who helped the Yankees win eight World Series in the 1940s and '50s, the Scooter remained a beloved fixture in New York for 40 more years as one of the team's broadcasters (inset, circa 1965). He won the American League MVP award after hitting .324 in 1950 but was remembered best by recent generations for exclaiming, "Holy cow!" in disbelief, and saying of someone who bothered him, "What a huckleberry!" Rizzuto died in his sleep on Aug. 13 at the age of 89.

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