This is an article from the Sept. 14, 2009 issue
Days after an alum rented a South Bend billboard to mock his four years atNotre Dame as a "coaching internship," Charlie Weis—whom ESPN's LouHoltz called the most underrated coach in America (Really, Lou?Really?)—pitched his first Irish shutout, 35--0 over Nevada. Maybe things arelooking up, after all.
Michigan won its first opener in three years with a 31--7 stroll over WesternMichigan, giving another under-fire coach a respite. "Maybe I'll sleep twohours tonight," said Rodriguez, who's accused of forcing players to put inlonger hours than the NCAA allows.
Milwaukee turned its first triple play in 10 years with a 5-4-3 around-the-hornjob against the Giants on Sunday, then won the game in the 12th on firstbaseman Prince Fielder's homer. Said second baseman Felipe Lopez, "When Ithrew it, I was like, Oh, my God, it's a triple play!"
Behind a sublime Kakà, the five-time World Cup champs became the first SouthAmerican team to secure a berth in the 2010 Cup with a 3--1 drubbing ofArgentina—a result that could keep the world's best player, Argentina's LionelMessi, from making the tournament.
As Oregon coach Chip Kelly was forced to suspend his sucker-punching star back,LeGarrette Blount (page 53), Winnipeg Blue Bombers coach Mike Kelly had toapologize for calling Saskatchewan, home of the CFL rival Roughriders, "thecrotch of Canada." It got worse on Sunday: Riders 29, Bombers 14.
Cut by the Giants, the wideout is fine-tuning his résumé. (Skills: One-handedcatches, Super Bowl heroics. Honors: 2005 Pro Bowl. References: Eli Manning,Tom Coughlin, Jon Bon Jovi). "This is part of the journey," Tyree said."I'm filled with expectations about what's next."
On Sunday, Tampa was shut down by Edwin Jackson—who was sent to Detroit lastwinter for .188-hitting Matt Joyce—to fall seven games out of the wild-cardrace. The next day Carlos Pe√±a (39 homers) was lost for the season when a CCSabathia heater broke two fingers.
A Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode in which an Olympic delegate isblackmailed by a firm hoping to bring the Games to Rio in 2016 was not a hit inBrazil. Rio's mayor called it "pathetic" and speculated that it mightend up harming the USOC's Chicago 2016 bid.
SI PLAYERS TENNIS POLL
WHICH IS THE TOUGHEST TOURNAMENT TO WIN?
French Open 30.3%
U.S. Open 24.2%
Australian Open 6.1%
French Open 36.7%
U.S. Open 20.0%
Davis Cup 6.7%
Eight of nine U.S. men and six of seven U.S. women surveyed picked the FrenchOpen. "I think all of us Americans are trying to find our inner MichaelChang on the clay," said Sam Querrey.... Four of five Spanish men saidWimbledon. "The grass is mostly for soccer, not tennis, in Spain," saidGuillermo Garcia-Lopez.... The Australian Open and any event on the ChallengerTour each received one vote from a male player.
Based on a survey of 33 women players and 30 men at theU.S. Open