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PIERRE MCGUIRE'S IN THE CREASE

Oct. 31, 2011
Oct. 31, 2011

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Oct. 31, 2011

LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
WORLD SERIES
PRO FOOTBALL
  • Each year San Diego has the look of a Super Bowl contender, only to face an East Coast team and get whacked. Until the Bolts prove it on the field, they'll fight their rep as talented but too soft

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
SOCCER
  • In the fifth and final year of his MLS contract, he's back at the top of his game at last. Now, as the 2011 playoffs begin, he and the Galaxy look to stamp his American experiment a success by winning a championship

JAMARCUS RUSSELL
  • The No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft should be out on the field commanding an NFL team this Sunday. JaMarcus Russell, though, is home in Mobile, absorbing shots to his character and resting on what's left of his $39 million. The most maligned figure in football tells his side

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PIERRE MCGUIRE'S IN THE CREASE

The unsung hero of the Maple Leafs' 5-1-1 start is 6'6", 215-pound center David Steckel. Obtained in a trade with the Devils for a fourth-round pick, he's won face-offs at a 61.4% clip, fourth best in the NHL. Credit Leafs G.M. Brian Burke for recognizing that size and strength matter on draws: None of the league's top 10 face-off men are under 5'11"... . The surprising Avalanche (6-2-0) may have the best third line in the NHL in center Ryan O'Reilly and wingers Daniel Winnick and 18-year-old Gabriel Landeskog, the No. 2 pick in the 2011 draft. The trio has six goals and nine assists and gives Colorado enviable depth... . The Stars needed goalie Kari Lehtonen to rebound from a mediocre 2010--11, and so far he has done everything they could have hoped, ranking third in the NHL with a 1.48 GAA and fourth with a .957 save percentage.

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