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Oct. 27, 2008
Oct. 27, 2008

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Oct. 27, 2008

SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
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BASEBALL
PRO FOOTBALL
HOCKEY
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
REPORT FROM IRAQ
F√öTBOL AMERICANO
NBA PREVIEW 2008-09
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SATURDAY 10/25
No. 7 Oklahoma State at No. 1 Texas
Name a Cowboy who, according to his coach, "gets a little upset when youdon't throw it to him every play." No, it's not Terrell Owens. It'sOklahoma State's do-it-all sophomore, Dez Bryant (right), who leads the Big12's best offense with 99.5 receiving yards per game and is the conference'stop punt returner (20.6 yards per return and two TDs).
ABC 3:30 p.m.

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Breeders' Cup
With the injured Big Brown now retired, there won't be much competition in theBreeders' Cup Classic for Curlin, the 4-year-old who last month became thefirst North American horse to top $10 million in career earnings. A victory inthe last race of the day at Santa Anita over a field that includes undefeatedJapanese sensation Casino Drive would make Curlin the second horse (Tiznow isthe other) to win consecutive Classics.
ABC 1 p.m.; ESPN 3:30 p.m.

Penguins atRangers
At 6-1-1, New York is off to its best start in 25 years, and the Rangers havetheir second line to thank. Free-agent pickup Aaron Voros (left), who had justseven goals in 55 games with the Wild last season, already has a team-high fivethis year, and he and linemate Brandon Dubinsky top the Blueshirts with ninepoints apiece.
Check listings 7 p.m.

MONDAY 10/27
Colts at Titans
Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher made it clear: As long as Kerry Collins is winning,Vince Young is sitting. And that's exactly what Collins has been doing. The14-year veteran QB is averaging less than 150 yards per game, but he's stillled the Titans to a franchise-best 7--0 start.
ESPN 8:30 p.m.

TUESDAY 10/28
Cavaliers at Celtics
After missing Cleveland's first three preseason games, while receivingtreatment for a mood disorder, Delonte West (left) opened up last week. Theguard, who has suffered from depression since childhood, said, "For a whileyou feel like a weaker man because you've got to raise your hand and ask forhelp. But I found out over the last week, that made me a stronger person."In his second game back he led the Cavs with 17 points and 10 assists as theygot their first preseason win, against the Sixers. West will face his oldteam—the defending champs—in the season opener.
TNT 8 p.m.

SI PICK OF THEWEEK

SUNDAY 10/26
Skate America
Many eyes will be on 2006 world champ Kimmie Meissner, 19, who's trying tobounce back after a disappointing 2008 season (seventh-place finishes at bothnationals and worlds). But the real skater to watch will be Mirai Nagasu(above) of Arcadia, Calif., who will be making her first appearance at asenior-level international competition. She's no stranger to the spotlight,though. Nagasu won gold at the U.S. championships last January at age 15—butwasn't able to compete at the worlds because she wasn't old enough.
NBC 4 p.m.

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