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Sports Illustrated

Aug. 27, 2012
Aug. 27, 2012

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Aug. 27, 2012

LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
MIKE TROUT
  • Angels teammates, dazzled fans and shell-shocked pitchers already wonder where Mike Trout, all of 21, belongs in the discussion of the game's alltime greats. Front offices in baseball pose a more vexing question: How the hell did we miss this guy?

PRO FOOTBALL
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
PARALYMPICS 2012
  • The stories of Rob Jones and Oksana Masters are remarkable, and if they also prove inspirational, that's fine with them. But they have another narrative they prefer, the one that has brought them together to the brink of Paralympic rowing gold

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VERLANDER

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CHASE FOR THE CY YOUNG

CAIN

Winning last year's AL Cy Young was like taking candy from a baby for Justin Verlander. This year, the babies grew up a bit. Can the Tigers' ace heat up and bring home the hardware? Will the Giants' Matt Cain find a perfect ending to his season in the NL? Go to SI.com for Cliff Corcoran's weekly MLB Awards Watch to find out who's in the running for the biggest prize in pitching. Plus ...

Jay Jaffe's Hit and Run Blog: In what's been announced as Chipper Jones's final season, the 40-year-old third baseman has been hitting .339/.414/.614 since the beginning of July, tops among the Braves' regulars. Doesn't sound like the retiring sort to me....

Power Rankings: The Dodgers played themselves into sole possession of first place in the NL West last week, while the Diamondbacks won four straight games to close to within 4½ games of the Giants, and are now the highest-ranked NL West club on our list.

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CONFERENCE ALIGNMENT

This week SI Video goes on the gridiron with senior writers Stewart Mandel and Andy Staples for a close look at the movers and shakers in college football's major conferences, including Badgers running back Montee Ball. Can Ball lead Wisconsin to a third straight Big Ten title?

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SI VIDEO

Washington, D.C.'s Friendship Collegiate Academy, once a symbol of violence and despair among the city's high schools, is now a place of hope and promise for youth in the nation's capital. Last year, 19 of the school's football players received Division I scholarships. Go to SI.com/underdogs for more on Friendship and other schools that have bounced back from the brink in the new, 10-week SI Video series Underdogs.

PHOTO ILLUSTRATIONBASEBALL ILLUSTRATION BY ALEXIS SANCHEZ; JOHN BIEVER (VERLANDER, BALL); BRAD MANGIN (CAIN)PHOTOMEL LEVINE (KING)THREE PHOTOSILLUSTRATION