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STEWART MANDEL'S: EXTRA POINTS

Sept. 12, 2011
Sept. 12, 2011

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Sept. 12, 2011

LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
TEN YEARS
  • The games we watched played a substantial role in fostering a return to normalcy after 9/11. In the decade since the attack, with two wars still raging, sports still provide comfort—but they have also inspired, united and reminded

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
BASEBALL
  • The Braves' three-headed relief monster—two parts lefty, one part Rookie of the Year front-runner, 100% filthy—has made life historically brutish and short for hitters. Now all the trio needs is a worthy nickname

TRACK AND FIELD
PRO BASKETBALL
  • No one loves the game more than the Mercury guard, a leading contender for WNBA MVP, but even she didn't understand what hoops meant to her until a string of harrowing events threatened to derail her career

TCU Coach GARY PATTERSON
  • Twenty-five years ago TCU coach Gary Patterson was a tumbleweed assistant clinging to a Division II job. No one expected he would rise to the top of his profession—not even the author, who lived with him then

POINT AFTER
Departments

STEWART MANDEL'S: EXTRA POINTS

Look for the Big East to pounce if, as appears increasingly likely, the Big 12 falls apart. With its ESPN television contract up for renegotiation in 2012, the Big East may go after such schools in limbo as Kansas and Missouri.... Severe weather cut short the debut of Michigan coach Brady Hoke. But the Wolverines' 34--10 three-quarter win over Western Michigan showed that their defense, under new coordinator Greg Mattison, was both more aggressive and more athletic.... USC failed to score in the second half of its 19--17 win over Minnesota. The Trojans have a seasoned QB (Matt Barkley) and one fantastic receiver (Robert Woods), but their lack of additional playmakers is surprising given their recruiting muscle—even in light of their four-year probation for NCAA rules violations.

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PHOTOPETER READ MILLER (WOODS)