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TURN, TURN, TURN

Dec. 12, 2011
Dec. 12, 2011

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Dec. 12, 2011

LEADING OFF
GOLF PLUS
  • How big was Tiger's victory at the Chevron? Can Luke Donald hang on to No. 1? Who's most likely to become the top American? How do the major venues rate, and who will win the four championships?

  • Great majors, a new No. 1, LPGA dominance, an old school fight for the money title and the rediscovery of a vintage track too tough to die made 2011 a terrific year in golf

  • The game will long remember Europe's leading light, a pioneering woman and a television innovator

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR / SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR, 1981
SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR, 1976
  • A couple of recent divorces have dusted up the Girl Next Door, but as always she will never sit back and accept defeat

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR, 1982
  • A man can gather plenty of insight on the road from boy wonder to senior statesman for the sport he loves

PRO FOOTBALL
  • The Patriots' defense, built from spare parts, castoffs and converted receivers, ranks dead last in the NFL, and yet New England is once again cruising to the playoffs. The real test is yet to come

SPECIAL REPORT
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
BASEBALL
  • In 136 major league seasons, there's never been a more dizzyingly dramatic day than Sept. 28, 2011. The Red Sox and the Braves may disagree, but for everyone else it's a date that will live in ecstasy

PRO HOCKEY
  • With the club slumping and captain Alex Ovechkin seemingly checked out, the Capitals dumped their coach. Now one of the NHL's superstars isn't just struggling to rediscover his game, but he's also trying to shed an ugly label

  • The NHL's coaching carousel began to go 'round in earnest last week, with three jobs turning over in a four-day stretch. Besides the departure of Bruce Boudreau and the arrival of Dale Hunter in Washington, D.C., here's the lowdown on what went wrong and what to expect from here on in

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
WALTER IOOSS JR.
Departments

TURN, TURN, TURN

The NHL's coaching carousel began to go 'round in earnest last week, with three jobs turning over in a four-day stretch. Besides the departure of Bruce Boudreau and the arrival of Dale Hunter in Washington, D.C., here's the lowdown on what went wrong and what to expect from here on in

ST. LOUIS BLUES

This is an article from the Dec. 12, 2011 issue

In Ken Hitchcock

Out Davis Payne

Reason for the change

The Blues are a big team and are built to play physical, but that element was missing during a 6-7-0 start. Doug Armstrong became the first G.M. in the NHL to swing his ax, cutting Payne loose on Nov. 6 after only one full season and a career record of 67-55-15.

Will it work?

So far Hitchcock, who won a Cup with the Stars in 1999, has brought fire, focus, and energy to St. Louis—as well as the physical edge for which his teams are renowned—going 8-2-3 through Sunday. The Blues' talented young players have responded well, and the club should make the playoffs.

CAROLINA HURRICANES

In Kirk Muller

Out Paul Maurice

Reason for the change

After spending handsomely on unrestricted free agents Anthony Stewart, Alexei Ponikarovsky and Tomas Kaberle, Carolina was off to a 8-13-4 start. Star forward Eric Staal has looked awful (five goals, nine assists, --17), and the Hurricanes were playing soft.

Will it work?

The passionate Muller will bring great energy and should have Carolina digging hard every night. Watch for the club to become much more aggressive in all facets of the game, especially on the forecheck and the penalty kill. But making the playoffs will be tough.

ANAHEIM DUCKS

In Bruce Boudreau

Out Randy Carlyle

Reason for the change

Like a lot of highly demanding coaches, Carlyle came to the Ducks with a short shelf life, and after six years the 2007 Cup winner was past his expiration date. He's a good coach, but the Anaheim players had simply had enough.

Will it work?

General manager Bob Murray was clearly looking for someone to change the environment on his club, and the affable Boudreau, who isn't afraid to let his players get creative, will certainly do that. A postseason berth is a long shot, but the fact that Murray pulled the trigger quickly at least gives the Ducks a better chance.

PHOTORON CHENOY/US PRESSWIRE (HITCHCOCK)PHOTOANDY MEAD/YCJ/ICON SMI (MULLER)PHOTOJAKE ROTH/US PRESSWIRE (BOUDREAU)