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Aug. 29, 2011
Aug. 29, 2011

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Aug. 29, 2011

LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
LETTER TO MIAMI
PRO FOOTBALL
U.S. OPEN
BASEBALL
DODGERS DOWNFALL
  • Chavez Ravine, and its shining stadium on the hill, have always presented one of the most pristine images in baseball. Then the McCourts came along and turned the franchise into a national punch line. On Opening Day 2011, it became something much worse: a crime scene

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2 Leading Off

8 Letters

11 Editor's Letter

13 Scorecard

The perils of athletic genetic testing for kids

20 Faces in the Crowd

22 Just My Type

The Rams' Chris Long on taking a shot at his dad

BY DAN PATRICK

24 Inside ...

Fantasy Football

Load up on running backs

Olympic Sports

U.S. gymnasts on the rise

College Football

Transfers who will star

68 Point After

Ford Frick had the right idea—50 years early

BY JOE POSNANSKI

FEATURES

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

32 16 YEARS LATER IT'S TIME TO GET REAL

A booster's corruption of the Hurricanes prompts a writer to send another letter to a Miami president calling for change

By Alexander Wolff

36 | PRO FOOTBALL

THE 49ERS

Jim Harbaugh is gearing up for the future by looking to the past

By Phil Taylor

40 | TENNIS

U.S. OPEN PREVIEW

There's a whole new dimension to the nation's richest sporting event

By L. Jon Wertheim

44 | BASEBALL

THE BREWERS

Milwaukee's best team in 30 years is taking the city for a ride

By Lee Jenkins

50 | BASEBALL

THE DODGERS' DOWNFALL

The day that L.A.'s shining stadium became a crime scene

By Lee Jenkins

60 | THE ART OF FIELDING

By Chad Harbach

A story adapted from the author's soon-to-be-released novel, which is written with wit and grace and the true fan's eye and ear for the subtleties of the game

"Comparing the tennis of John McEnroe and Chris Evert (left) with the play of today's top pros is like comparing James Naismith's peach-basket game with the modern NBA."

—L. Jon Wertheim, on what to expect when the U.S. Open begins on Aug. 29

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ON THE COVER PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN BIEVER

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PHOTOMIKE MCGINNIS/CAL SPORT MEDIA (MORGAN)SERIOUS FUN The speedy—and irreverent—Nyjer Morgan makes Milwaukee a joy to watch. P. 44PHOTOWALTER IOOSS JR. (EVERT)TWO ILLUSTRATIONSPHOTO