This is an article from the Nov. 16, 2009 issue
Arizona's moribund attack (fourth in the NFL last season, 18th this year) showed signs of life in Sunday's 41--21 win over the Bears. The Cards entered the game averaging a league-worst 64.9 yards per game on the ground, but Tim Hightower (77 yards) and Beanie Wells (right, 72 yards) topped that.
TOYOTA IN NASCAR
Kyle Busch (right) won the Nationwide and truck series races last weekend in Fort Worth, then the Toyota driver just missed a historic triple on Sunday when he ran out of gas while leading late in the Sprint Cup race. His brother, Kurt, ended up winning (in a Dodge).
Freshman QB Andrew Luck threw for 251 yards and two TDs in a 51--42 win over Oregon that left the Cardinal ranked and bowl-eligible for the first time in eight years. "They're strong, mighty good men," beamed coach Jim Harbaugh, who took over a 1--11 program in 2006.
Asia's answer to the Yankees also ended a dry spell, beating the Nippon Ham Fighters in six games to win their 21st Japan Series—but first since 2002. "It felt great to be tossed in the air," manager Tatsunori Hara said after his players gave him the traditional celebratory heave.
Ahead of Sunday's game, the Bengals' Chad Ochocinco sent Baltimore defenders gift baskets—replete with deodorant so they "don't sweat." They needed it. After not allowing a 100-yard rusher in 39 games, the Ravens were burned by Cedric Benson twice in five weeks. He had 117 in Cincy's 17--7 win.
TOYOTA IN FORMULA ONE
The world's biggest carmaker became the third factory in the past year to leave F/1. In eight seasons Toyota had 13 top three finishes but no wins. "Based on the economic environment, we realize we have no choice but to withdraw," Toyota president Akio Toyoda said.
The faculty in Berkeley passed a resolution calling for an end to using campus subsidies and student fees to fund athletics programs. The resolution was nonbinding and ceremonial, but it will likely lead to stronger calls for smaller sports to be cut.
San Francisco ace—and dead ringer for Mitch, the star pitcher in Dazed and Confused—Tim Lincecum pleaded guilty to a civil infraction drug paraphernalia charge after a small amount of pot and a pipe were found in his car during a traffic stop. The incident cost him $372 in fines.
SI PLAYERS NFL POLL
WHO IS THE LEAGUE'S MOST DANGEROUS RETURN MAN?
Devin Hester, Bears 48.6%
Josh Cribbs, Browns 14.9%
Leon Washington, Jets 8.9%
Darren Sproles, Chargers 7.8%
Roscoe Parrish, Bills 6.4%
Hester hasn't scored on a return since 2007, but his 11 career TDs off punts and kickoffs are still the most in the league since he broke in, in 2006.... The Dolphins' Ted Ginn Jr., whose 32.6-yard average and two TDs on kick returns lead the league, received only one vote; the poll was taken in September.... Cribbs and the Broncos' Eddie Royal (no votes) are the only players to carry a punt and a kickoff back for TDs this year.
Based on a survey of 296 NFL players