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Oct. 06, 2008
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Oct. 6, 2008

SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
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Titan Up

This is an article from the Oct. 6, 2008 issue

Tennesseelinebacker David Thornton (50) knocked the ball loose from Bobby Wade after theVikings' receiver was tripped up by defensive back Vincent Fuller (22) onSunday in Nashville. Minnesota recovered the fumble but could do little to slowthe Tennessee D or rookie running back Chris Johnson (inset), who scored hisfirst two NFL touchdowns (page 36) in the unbeaten Titans' 30--17 victory.

Getting ItWhite

Penn Statefans—109,626 strong—dressed in their home whites for a Big Ten game againstIllinois last Saturday in University Park. With a 38--24 victory the NittanyLions improved to 5--0, jumped to No. 6 in the nation and gave coach JoePaterno (inset) his 377th career win.

Paul Newman1925--2008

Known for some ofthe most searing performances in cinema history, Paul Newman preferred roles atthe racetrack, where he was a driver (left, in 1982 at Lime Rock Park inLakeville, Conn.) and team owner. "I'll always talk about racing becausethe people are interesting and fun, the sport is a lot more exciting thananything else I do, and nobody cares that I'm an actor," he once said.Playing a driver in the 1966 film Winning sparked Newman's interest in racing,and his accomplishments behind the wheel included a second-place finish withtwo teammates in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1979. Sports roles came naturallyto Newman (inset, clockwise from top): His first star turn was in 1956 as RockyGraziano in Somebody Up There Likes Me, played minor league hockey lifer RegDonlop in Slap Shot (1977) and starred as Fast Eddie Felson in The Hustler(1961). Twenty-five years later he reprised his role as Felson in The Color ofMoney and won an Academy Award. Newman died of lung cancer last Friday at hishome in Westport, Conn.

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