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Sept. 21, 2009
Sept. 21, 2009

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Sept. 21, 2009

GOLF PLUS
LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
NFL OPENING WEEKEND
TENNIS
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
BASEBALL
CHASE PREVIEW
Departments

Lineup

44 | PROFOOTBALL

This is an article from the Sept. 21, 2009 issue

Adrian Peterson

The Vikings runningback showed once again why he's the most formidable force in the NFL

By Damon Hack

52 | PROFOOTBALL

Dark Horses

An also-ran from2008 is likely to reach Super Bowl XLIV. Could it be Drew Brees's Saints?

By Tim Layden

60 |TENNIS

U.S. OpenCircus

The chaoticfortnight included rain delays, an epic meltdown, and titles for Kim Clijstersand Juan Martín del Potro

By S.L. Price

66 | COLLEGEFOOTBALL

Rich Rodriguez

A come-from-behindvictory over Notre Dame took some of the heat off the Michigan coach

By AustinMurphy

74 | BASEBALL

Shot in theArms

Thanks to pitchingcoach Dave Duncan, St. Louis is a Lourdes for the inconsistent, the hurt andthe aging

By JoePosnanski

80 | NASCAR CHASEPREVIEW

Tony Stewart

The regular-seasonpoints leader, now a driver-owner, has a rosier outlook but the same fiercewill to win

By LarsAnderson

Departments

4 Leading Off

14 Letters

18 Scorecard

• No-puntfootball

• So long, LisaLeslie

• Whither theCoyotes?

28 Just My Type

Amar'e Stoudemireon eyes, Suns, Shaq

by Dan Patrick

31 Faces in theCrowd

34 Inside ...

• Baseball

Toronto's bigbat

• The NFL

The Ravens air itout

• CollegeFootball

Houston's bigupset

• The WNBA

Beware theMercury

96 The Vault

Young DerekJeter

100 Point After

A fantasy footballdraft ... for schoolkids

by ChrisBallard

Mark Reynolds'sstellar season has made little news (page 34).

ON THE COVERPhotograph by Fred Vuich Inset: Al Tielemans

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