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Sept. 08, 2008
Sept. 08, 2008

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Sept. 8, 2008

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WHO'S Hot

This is an article from the Sept. 8, 2008 issue

Jayson Werth
Bumped up from platoonist to everyday player, the Phillies outfielder had hit.500 over seven games through Sunday—including three homers at Wrigley Field,with his folks on hand. Oh, yes, the Phils had won seven of 10. Said Werth, anIllinois native, "It's a good spot, a good club, and it's good to beloved."

Bill Stewart
Rich who? Stewart, Rich Rodriguez's successor at West Virginia, said he wantedthe team to pass more, and did it ever! QB Pat White had 25 completions and acareer-high five TDs to beat Villanova. White, for one, loves it. "Withthis new staff," he told Charleston's Gazette, "anything ispossible."

Hamed Haddadi
Hey, Grizzlies fans, who's your Haddadi? Answer: the 7'2", 254-pound centerfrom Iran (yes, Iran) whom Memphis signed after his play in Beijing. Whowouldn't have noticed? He led all Olympians, with averages of 11.2 rebounds and2.1 blocks.

John Carney
Still kicking. On cutdown day the 44-year-old placekicker got picked up—and bythe Super Bowl champion Giants no less. Declared Carney, who played 13 gameswith Jacksonville and Kansas City last season, "l feel strong andhealthy."

WHO'S Not

Pittsburgh
A long way from Philadelphia. Squandering a 14--0 lead to Bowling Green was nofun for the NCAA's Panthers (page 35), and baseball's Pirates are settingstandards of lowliness. Ten straight losses closed out a 7--21 August for theBucs. Even All-Star outfielder Nate McLouth (above) was scraping bottom—goingjust 2 for 19 over five games.

Mike Sherman
Ah, for the calm of Green Bay. In his coaching debut at Texas A&M theformer Packers head man got embarrassed at home by Arkansas State, drawing, ofcourse, the ire of the blogosphere. After the Aggies' four-turnover meltdownSherman said, "I'm not discouraged. But I am disappointed."

May-Treanors
Fallible! Who knew? Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh actually lost a beachvolleyball match (they'd won 112 straight), though Misty's outlook may bebrighter than husband Matt Treanor's (left). The catcher, a backup for thescuffling Marlins, is hitting .232.

Manchester
Getting dissed by an Arsenal footballer is one thing—but this? Man U fullbackNemanja Vidic (left) reportedly went off on the city (he later backtracked),saying its "main attraction is considered to be the timetable at therailway station, where trains leave for other, less rainy cities."

SI PLAYERS TENNIS POLL

Whom would you rather watch play?

Roger Federer, world No. 2 75%

Rafael Nadal, world No. 1 25%

FAST FACTS
The survey was completed during the first week of the U.S. Open.... Federer,27, and Nadal, 22, are the only men in tennis's Open era to meet in six GrandSlam finals. Nadal is 4--2 in those matches; overall he is 12--6 versusFederer.... After watching Federer win the 2007 Australian Open, tennis greatRod Laver said, "It's hardly fair that one person can do all this.... Theway he moves around the court, you feel like he's barely touching theground."

[Based on a survey of 71 ATP and WTA players] • Formore on the poll, and to comment on it, go to SI.com/players.

PHOTOCHRISTOPHER SZAGOLA/CAL SPORT MEDIA (MCLOUTH)PHOTOJOHN ALBRIGHT/ICON SMI (SHERMAN)PHOTORHONA WISE/ICON SMI (TREANOR)PHOTORICHARD HEATHCOTE/GETTY IMAGES (VIDIC)PHOTOJEFF GENTNER/AP (STEWART)PHOTODAVID E. KLUTHO (WERTH)PHOTOBOB MARTIN (NADAL)PHOTOBOB MARTIN (FEDERER)