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GETTING WARMER

Sept. 12, 2011
Sept. 12, 2011

Table of Contents
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
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GETTING WARMER

Last year a wrist injury kept Argentina's Juan Martín del Potro from defending his U.S. Open crown. This year the weather held him back: He buckled in the 85° heat against Frenchman Gilles Simon, losing his third-round match in four sets on Sunday. "I'm still trying to recover my game, my fitness, my mind, everything," says the 18th-seeded Del Potro. "I know that's tak[ing] a long time, but I'm doing [it] faster than everybody [is] thinking." ... Australian Open champ Kim Clijsters withdrew before the start with a strained abdominal muscle injury, while the French (Li Na) and Wimbledon (Petra Kvitova) champs lost in the first round. In the 17 previous instances in which different women won the first three Slam events, this is the first time that none reached the second round at the Open.

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PHOTOCARLOS M. SAAVEDRA