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STEWART MANDEL'S EXTRA POINTS

Oct. 17, 2011
Oct. 17, 2011

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Oct. 17, 2011

LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
JUST WIN, BABY!
MOTOR SPORTS
  • NASCAR has its tightest Chase ever, but with a dominant victory at Kansas Speedway, Jimmie Johnson and the 48 team made it clear that they're again bringing the heat—and with six races remaining in this high-octane fall classic, Mr. Five-Time is gunning for Cup No. 6

MLB PLAYOFFS
  • A funny thing happened while the glamour teams on the coasts were making World Series plans: The postseason was hijacked by the game's middle class, of which one member is poised to become the game's next superpower

  • Nearly a decade after taking over the postseason as a rookie, Francisco Rodriguez is trying to set up another World Series run

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
THE INVISIBLE FASTBALL
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STEWART MANDEL'S EXTRA POINTS

Nebraska's comeback from a 27--6 deficit against Ohio State could give much-needed momentum to coach Bo Pelini, who's been losing the confidence of Cornhuskers fans. QB Taylor Martinez needs to keep making smart decisions, as he did in the second half against the Buckeyes, when he rushed for one TD and passed for two more ... . Wake Forest is sneaking back up on the ACC. Following a 35--30 upset of struggling Florida State, coach Jim Grobe's Demon Deacons—who went 28--12 from 2006 to '08, but 8--16 the last two seasons—are off to their first-ever 3--0 conference start... . Coach Mike Stoops, after an inconsistent eight-year run, is likely near the end at Arizona. Stoops rose to prominence as the defensive coordinator for his older brother Bob at Oklahoma, but the injury-riddled Wildcats (1--5) rank 115th nationally in yards allowed.

This is an article from the Oct. 17, 2011 issue

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