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LEADING OFF

Oct. 01, 2012
Oct. 01, 2012

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Oct. 1, 2012

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LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
CHANGE THEY CAN BELIEVE IN
  • IT'S NOT AN EMPTY SLOGAN, BUT A REAL MESSAGE OF HOPE FROM THE BANKS OF THE POTOMAC TO THE INNER HARBOR: THE BELTWAY HAS BECOME THE LATEST SPORTS SUPERPOWER

ROBERT GRIFFIN III
DAVEY JOHNSON
  • IT HAD BEEN A HEART-WRENCHING DECADE BETWEEN BIG LEAGUE JOBS FOR NATIONALS MANAGER DAVEY JOHNSON. BUT THE GAME HAD NOT PASSED BY A ROGUE GENIUS WHO STILL HAS ALL THE ANSWERS

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PHOTOPhotograph by Bill Frakes'NOLES GONE WILDER Against Clemson in Tallahassee last Saturday night, Florida State running back James Wilder Jr. scored on a five-yard run in the fourth quarter. It was the third of four straight Seminoles TDs after Clemson had taken a 31--21 lead. Fourth-ranked Florida State went on to win 49--37 and, at 4--0, is the lone unbeaten team in the ACC. To see more great photos from this weekend's college football action, go to SI.com/Top25PHOTOPhotograph by Simon Bruty3-PEAT AFTER ME For the third straight Sunday, Robert Griffin III (page 52) shone for the Redskins; in his home debut the rookie threw for 221 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 85 yards and another score. But RG3's heroics weren't enough to surmount the 'Skins' defensive shortcomings, as Washington fell to the Bengals 38--31 to drop to 1--2.PHOTOPhotograph by Mike Mastrandrea/ZUMAPRESS.comSUBMISSION IMPOSSIBLE Vitor Belfort (white trunks), who arrived at UFC 152 last Saturday night an 8-to-1 underdog, provided a rare Bones-chilling moment when he caught Jon Jones in an armbar in the first round of their light heavyweight fight in Toronto. The champ, however, escaped disaster and submitted Belfort 54 seconds into the fourth round to hold on to his crown.