36 | WORLD SERIESPREVIEW

It'll Be aBash

This year's FallClassic promises a slugfest, with long-ball-packed lineups led by the Phils'Ryan Howard and the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez

By Lee Jenkins

A-Rod Rebooted

Thanks to atweaked batting stance, the Bombers star is finally producing in thepostseason

By TomVerducci

44 | PROFOOTBALL

New OrleansSaints

With quarterbackDrew Brees distributing the ball evenly and even taking it into the end zonehimself, the high-scoring Saints can't be beat

By Tim Layden

50 | COLLEGEFOOTBALL

No-name Ducks

Upset in Week 1and beset by injuries, Oregon's unheralded players fought to the top of thePac-10 and into a showdown with USC

By AustinMurphy

54 | TENNIS

Andre Agassi

In a powerfulautobiography the Grand Slam champion is brutally candid about his domineeringfather, his dislike for his sport and his past use of crystal meth

Departments

4 Letters

6 Leading Off

14 Scorecard

• Umps, refs catchheat

• MLB owner fireswife

22 Faces in theCrowd

26 Just MyType

Ron Artest onL.A., Greece and Detroit

by Dan Patrick

28 Inside ...

• The NFL

49ers holdoutplays

• The NHL

Rangers wingerscores

• Soccer

New Galaxythrives

• CollegeFootball

Cast-off QBreforms

64 The Vault

Magic's rookieyear

68 Point After

A fan shares awill to live with her team

by ChrisBallard

SI ALTERNATECOVER

In most parts ofthe country, readers received an issue with this cover featuring the Phillies'Ryan Howard.

ON THE COVERPhotograph by Bob Rosato Inset: John Burgess

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