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September 30, 2007

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44 Little BigHitter
Colts free safety Bob sanders plays with a ferocious physicality that belieshis size
By Damon Hack

COLLEGEFOOTBALL

50 SpecialDelivery
Quarterback Matt Ryan has helped make Boston College a BCS contender
By Mark Beech

VOLLEYBALL

58 In Praise ofKarch
At 46, Karch Kiraly is retiring after defining both versions of his sport
By Kelli Anderson

SOCCER

64 The Talk of theCup
Chatty forward Abby Wambach has led the U.S. to the World Cup semifinals
By Mark Bechtel

PLAYOFFPORTFOLIO

LATE &GREAT

Summer's over, butthe heat's just starting to rise for some of baseball's biggest stars as theyprepare to take the October stage. Their collective response: Bring it

66 RE-ARMED ANDDANGEROUS

Closer JonathanPapelbon gives the Red Sox a vital weapon in the postseason
By Tom Verducci

70 FACES OFOCTOBER

A photo gallery ofAlex Rodriguez and other difference makers
By Walter Iooss Jr.

Departments

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19 Players
• O. J. Simpson's enduring fame
• First Person: Morten Andersen
• A drag racing legend crashes
• Whither Barry Bonds?
• The shrinking running back

38 Faces in theCrowd

94 Best ofReilly
One way to pick up practical knowledge at Middlebury: Pick Up Butch by RickReilly

Inside . . .

82 The NFL
• Brett Favre has the Pack back

86 CollegeFootball
• A power rusher propels Wisconsin

88 High SchoolFootball
• The spread of the spread option

92 NASCAR
• Roush Fenway is resurgent

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PHOTOBOB ROSATO (SANDERS)44 MIGHTY MITE As long as 5' 8" Bob Sanders (21) stays healthy, the Colts have a defense to be reckoned with. TWO PHOTOSWALTER IOOSS JR. (PAPELBON, RODRIGUEZ) PHOTOMELLEVINE (DR. Z AND DECKER; HEYMAN) PHOTOAL TIELEMANS (HEISMAN) PHOTOCOURTESY OF DAN RUBENSTEIN (TAILGATING) PHOTODAVID BERGMAN (NFL) PHOTOBERNARD PAPON/EPA (LANDIS) PHOTOGREG NELSON (THOMAS) PHOTOBRAD MANGIN (BONDS)

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