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Oct. 03, 2011
Oct. 03, 2011

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Oct. 3, 2011

GOLF PLUS
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Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
MLB PLAYOFF PREVIEW
PRO FOOTBALL
  • The Bills are a shocking 3--0—take that, Pats!—thanks to a Harvard-bred quarterback and a spirit of togetherness that reflects their city

PRO HOCKEY
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
WALTER PAYTON
  • One of the game's true icons, a player so esteemed that the NFL's Man of the Year Award bears his name, Walter Payton retired in 1988 as pro football's alltime leading rusher. But even to those closest to him, he had always been an enigma, and in his final years the mysteries deepened

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PHOTOPhotograph by Damian StrohmeyerLAST WORD BELONGED TO THE HERD Patriots wideout Wes Welker (83) may have left a trail of Bills in his wake all Sunday afternoon, pulling in a career-high 16 receptions for 217 yards and two touchdowns, but Buffalo responded by picking off Tom Brady four times to hurdle a 21-point first-half deficit for a 34--31 victory, the franchise's first against New England, in 16 meetings, since September 2003 (page 56).PHOTOPhotograph by Simon BrutyPAWS, FOR EFFECT The pregame laying of hands on Howard's Rock by Clemson players and coaches before they run down the Hill above the east end zone of Memorial Stadium has been one of college football's most colorful traditions for nearly five decades. This fall, it has augured especially well. One week after they ended defending-national-champion Auburn's 17-game winning streak, the Tigers took down another titan in Death Valley, defeating ACC favorite Florida State 35--30.PHOTOPhotograph by Nancie BattagliaWHATEVER FLOATS YOUR BOAT An armada of canoes and kayaks converged in Fourth Lake in upstate New York to form what organizers of a fund-raiser for the Susan B. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research believe to be the largest floating raft in history. The estimated 1,925 boats registered for the aquatic group hug— which, if the number of participants is verified by the Guinness Book of World Records—would eclipse the 1,619-boat floating raft that stands as the current high-water mark.