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Feb. 06, 2012
Feb. 06, 2012

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Feb. 6, 2012

LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
SUPER BOWL XLVI PREVIEW
  • A fourth Lombardi Trophy for Tom Brady and Bill Belichick? A place in the pantheon for Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin? History is on the line in Indy as the Patriots and Giants renew their championship rivalry

  • The Giants' epic upset of the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII offers valuable lessons—for both teams—this time around

  • A two-time Patriots Super Bowl winner gives the scoop on Bill Belichick's Super Bowl strategies

  • Three bold decisions by Robert Kraft transformed the Patriots from league laughingstock into the NFL's model franchise

  • A century ago two Ohio powers, Canton and Massillon, battled for supremacy of professional football. Back then the game was a cross between a three-ring circus and trench warfare, and the players were team-switching mercenaries. The championship series might even have been fixed

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PHOTOPhotograph by David CallowDJOKER'S WILD Novak Djokovic tore off his shirt, flexed his muscles and bellowed to his support team at 1:37 a.m. on Monday after his epic five-set, nearly six-hour victory over Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final in Melbourne (page 54). Djokovic defended his title and cemented his No. 1 ranking with his seventh straight win over Nadal, the world's No. 2.PHOTOPhotograph by Erick W. RascoPAGING STEVEN SPIELBERG...Under a ceiling that loomed like a hovering spaceship, Mary Saxer hit the bar during the women's pole vault competition at the U.S. Open Track and Field meet, which kicked off the Olympic track and field season, at Madison Square Garden in New York City last Saturday (page 32). Saxer finished tied for fourth in a field of six with a best vault of 13'10".PHOTOPhotograph by Joe Morahan/NewSport/ZUMAPRESS.comNIGHT FLIGHT Shaun White won the gold medal in superpipe at X Games 2012 in Aspen on Sunday with a perfect score of 100 in the men's final, nailing his signature double McTwist 1260 and unveiling a frontside double cork 1260. It was the fifth straight year that White had won the X Games superpipe competition.