Madison Bumgarner came as close to winning the World Series single-handedly as anyone could. But the bedrock of the San Francisco championships is a manager--front office relationship that's as stable as it is sublime
TODAY'S DEFENSES—HELLO, 7--1 CARDINALS!—APPLY PRESSURE BY THREATENING THE VITAL LANES BETWEEN THE CENTER AND THE GUARDS. AND ONCE A TEAM HAS SLOTTED A PAIR OF BLITZERS IN THOSE "A" GAPS? THAT'S WHEN THE FUN BEGINS
It's that time of year when clocks get reset, holiday songs get airtime and UConn gets the preseason No. 1 ranking. But to win their fifth title in seven seasons, the Huskies will have to overcome a quartet of worthy challengers
Movember, the annual mustache-growing fund- and awareness-raiser for men's health issues, is upon us. In celebration, here are a few of the more notorious 'staches in sports broken down into their primary elements
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Hold That Tiger Despite the best efforts of Ole Miss cornerback Senquez Golson (21), Auburn wide receiver Sammie Coates came down with this reception last Saturday with 13:03 to play and the third-ranked Tigers trailing the No. 4 Rebels by three. Auburn went on to score on the drive and won 35--31, as Coates finished with five receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown. Ole Miss fell to 7--2 (4--2 in the SEC); the Tigers are 7--1 (4--1).
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Bayern Beware Martin Garcia, aboard Bayern, held off Jamie Spencer, riding Toast of New York (center), by a nose last Saturday to win the richest prize in North American racing, the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. (Victor Espinoza guided Derby and Preakness champ California Chrome to third.) The victory—trainer Bob Baffert's first in 13 Classics—came after a 10-minute inquiry, during which stewards reviewed whether Bayern had impeded 5--2 favorite Shared Belief out of the gate.
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Marathon, Anyone? Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki was greeted by the world's No. 1 player, Serena Williams, after finishing the New York City Marathon on Sunday. Wozniacki, 24, who had never run more than 13 miles, had hoped to complete the 26.2-mile course in 3:30; she did it in 3:26:33.