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Oct. 22, 2007
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WHO'S Hot WHO'S Not

WHO'S Hot

This is an article from the Oct. 22, 2007 issue

Browns
The Ivy Leaguers beat Princeton last Saturday while in Cleveland the Dawgs were barking about a 3--3 start (three straight wins at home) and an offense that pounded out 41 points on Sunday—with receiver Braylon Edwards (above) hauling in three TDs. Can they rest easy? Cleveland has two weeks to prepare for winless St. Louis.

Lorena
Hailed in Newsweek's Women & Power issue, honored as a Women's Sports Foundation sportswoman of the year and very much a No. 1: Ochoa clinched the LPGA title (and brought in $250,000) with an easy win in Palm Desert.

Tony Gonzalez
Some kind of record! The Chiefs star's 64 career TD catches is the most for a tight end. He's on pace for 101 receptions this year, K.C. has won three of four, and, says Gonzalez, "I'm very, very happy."

Casey Stoner
Oh, to be a 22-year-old Stoner. One race after winning the MotoGP world title, the wunderkind from Oz (right) thrilled his countrymen by taking the Australian Open. Can it get better? "I don't think so," he said.

WHO'S Not

Bears
Cal was anything but Golden against Oregon State, while in Chicago coach Lovie Smith (above) and da once-vaunted locals were 2--4, scuffling on defense (the Vikings hung up 34 points on Sunday) and torturing their metaphors. "If there's a panic button around here," said defensive end Alex Brown, "we all need to race to it."

Serena
It's not just that she lost, but how: Williams made 59 unforced errors and blew a one-set lead to Elena Dementieva in the finals of the Kremlin Cup. "It was so frustrating," said Serena (right), whose sister Venus lost last week, too, in Bangkok.

Kelvin Sampson
This some kind of record? While under NCAA sanctions for making impermissible phone calls to recruits, the incorrigible Indiana hoops coach made more impermissible calls to recruits. It'll cost him a $500,000 raise.

Leo Mazzone
The fall of a Brave. Hailed as a genius in Atlanta, the pitching coach was fired by the Orioles after two seasons in which his charges twice finished with baseball's 29th-best ERA.

SI PLAYERS NFL POLL

Which NFL punter has the most impact on a game?

¬´ Brian Moorman, Bills..... 19%

Shane Lechler, Raiders........ 18% »

Mike Scifres, Chargers......... 13%

Todd Sauerbrun, Broncos...... 6%

Jeff Feagles, Giants.................6%

FAST FACTS
Players couldn't vote for a punter on their own team.... Moorman's 75-yard punt against the Patriots in Week 3 was the longest in the NFL this season through Sunday.... Lechler's 46.2 career average is the highest in NFL history; his net of 44.1 leads the league this year.... At 41, Feagles is the NFL's oldest punter.... No player who was exclusively a punter has made the Hall of Fame.

[Based on a survey of 278 NFL Players] • For more on the poll and to comment on it, go to SI.com/players.

PHOTODAVID MAXWELL/EPA (EDWARDS)PHOTOTANNEN MAURY/EPA (SMITH)PHOTODIMA COROTAYEV/EPSILON/GETTY IMAGES (WILLIAMS)PHOTOJOSH THOMPSON/CAL SPORT MEDIA (LECHLER)PHOTOPAUL CROCK/AFP/GETTY IMAGES (STONER)PHOTOED WOLFSTEIN/ICON SMI (MOORMAN)PHOTOCHARLES BAUS/CAL SPORT MEDIA (OCHOA)