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Jan. 18, 2010
Jan. 18, 2010

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Jan. 18, 2010

LEADING OFF
GOLF PLUS
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
BCS CHAMPIONSHIP
NFL PLAYOFFS
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Departments

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40 | BCS CHAMPIONSHIP

This is an article from the Jan. 18, 2010 issue

Alabama

All the elements for a long run at the top are there: a single-minded coach, lots of returning talent, a dazzling recruiting class and a rival beset by uncertainty

By Austin Murphy

NFL PLAYOFFS

46 | NFC Matchups

Kurt Warner leads a potent offense into New Orleans, but can Arizona itself stop the pass?

By Jim Trotter

• The fired-up Dallas defense will give Brett Favre and Minnesota all they can handle

By Damon Hack

50 | AFC Matchups

Colts beware: Baltimore is bringing its bruising defense and ground game to Indianapolis

By Tim Layden

• San Diego has to go through New York's Darrelle Revis, the NFL's best corner, to advance

By Lee Jenkins

54 | Drew Brees

The most prolific QB of recent seasons is also a driving force in the reconstruction of New Orleans

By Peter King

• The Chargers will rely on their kicking, coverage and return units against the upstart Jets

By Lee Jenkins

62 | COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Impact Transfers

Disappointed with their first choice of schools, transfers are thriving elsewhere and even changing the national title picture

By Kelli Anderson

Departments

4 Leading Off

12 Letters

16 Scorecard

Mark McGwire admits steroid use

21 Faces in the Crowd

22 Just My Type

Cardinals coach on outlasting Packers

by Dan Patrick

30 Inside ...

The NBA

Wizards' makeover

The NHL

Henrik Sedin surges

Baseball

Paying Tim Lincecum

College Basketball

96 teams in March?

76 The Vault

Cowboys-Eagles, 1981

80 Point After

Gilbert Arenas is not like you and me

by Phil Taylor

Having Fun Yet, Mr. Mayor?

Is running Detroit any kind of retirement gig for a 66-year-old NBA Hall of Famer? You might think it's crazy, but Dave Bing doesn't

By Michael Rosenberg

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