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Sept. 15, 2008
Sept. 15, 2008

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Sept. 15, 2008

SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
PRO FOOTBALL
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
TENNIS
  • Defying reports that his years of tennis greatness are over, Roger Federer redeemed a disappointing season by beating two of his top young rivals to win his fifth straight U.S. Open

BASEBALL
NASCAR CHASE PREVIEW 2008
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ParalympicParagon

This is an article from the Sept. 15, 2008 issue

Before donning herprosthetics, Jessica Long of Middle River, Md., toweled off on Sunday afterfinishing second in a heat of the 100-meter butterfly S8 at the ParalympicGames in Beijing. Nine hours later she won the final (inset) in 1:11.96, thenearned a second gold on Monday in the 100 free. Long was scheduled to competein a Phelpsian seven events over nine days.

Final Charge

Serena Williamstook off in red-hot pursuit of a shot during the U.S. Open final on Sunday inFlushing Meadow. With a 6--4, 7--5 victory over Jelena Jankovic, Williams—whodidn't lose a set during the tournament—seized her third Open title (inset),her ninth Grand Slam and the No. 1 world ranking (page 56).

Brady Out

Patriotsquarterback Matt Cassel (16), who had attempted all of 39 passes in his firstthree NFL seasons combined, threw a 51-yard, third-and-11 strike to Randy Moss(not pictured) from his one-yard line to help New England beat the Chiefs,17--10, on Sunday in Foxborough, Mass. Pressed into duty when the reigningleague MVP Tom Brady left the game in the first quarter with a serious injuryto his left knee (inset), Cassel completed 13 of 18 passes for 152 yards and atouchdown in the teams' season opener.

PHOTOPhotograph by Greg Baker/APPHOTOJAMIE MCDONALD/GETTY IMAGESTWO PHOTOSPhotographs by Bob MartinTWO PHOTOSPhotographs by Damian Strohmeyer