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28 Party's Just Startin'
Thanks to the relentless scouting and player development showcased in Boston's sweep of the Rockies, the bash might last for years to come
By Tom Verducci

•Five trades that should be made

PRO FOOTBALL

38 Super Bowl XLI ½
It's the biggest game of the season—again. But this time, after losing three straight to Indianapolis, the Patriots look too hot to handle
By Paul Zimmerman

40 This One's for Hep
Ben Roethlisberger vowed to beat adversity with his college coach. Now, the fiery play of the Stealers' QB honors his mentor's memory
By Lee Jenkins

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

46 Duck Season
Move over, USC. The team to beat in the Pac-10 is Oregon, which used its dynamic duo to beat the Trojans
By Austin Murphy

•Showdown: Oregon vs. ASU

ALBERTO SALAZAR

No Finish Line

His heart once powered him to a world's best in the marathon. When it stopped for 14 minutes, he learned life is the only long run that really matters
By Alexander Wolff Page 50

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• A new era for the Yankees
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26 Faces in the Crowd

72 Life of Reilly
Honoring a true Hawaii football hero—66 years later by Rick Reilly

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62 College Football
• West Virginia's Big East prospects

63 High School Football
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66 The NFL
• Should stars play on special teams?

68 NASCAR
• The rift within the Roush team

70 The NBA
• Yao Ming's new life on the outside

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PHOTODUSTIN SNIPES (DIXON)46 O, YEAH Quarterback Dennis Dixon guided Oregon out of USC's shadow in the Pac-10 with a 24--17 victory last Saturday in Eugene. PHOTOJOHN D. HANLON (SALAZAR) PHOTOTOP: JOHN IACONOANDRUW JONES PHOTOROBERT BECKDONTRELLE WILLIS PHOTODAMIAN STROHMEYERMIKE LOWELL PHOTOBRAD MANGINALEX RODRIGUEZ PHOTOJOHN BIEVERJOHAN SANTANA PHOTOJEFFREY PHELPS/MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL/AP (MCGEE) PHOTOJOHN W. MCDONOUGH (DUNCAN) TWO PHOTOSGARY BOGDON (BRADY); BOB ROSATO (MANNING)
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