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Fall Guy
A Comeback by Mike Weir Underscored This Point: There's a Lot of Life in a Season Left for Dead
Residual Effect
Four weeks after his confidence-boosting win over Tiger, Mike Weir reaffirms that he's a match for any player
WORLD SERIES PREVIEW
The Possible Dream?
The wait is finally over for the amazing Rockies, who, after enduring the longest-ever layoff between playoff series, face their most formidable opponent yet in the Red Sox. Behind Josh Beckett, the best postseason pitcher of his generation, Boston is in the midst of an October surge of its own
College Football
Mizzou Accomplished
With a more relaxed coach Gary Pinkel loosening the reins, Missouri has a newfound swagger, scoring points in bunches and showing it can play a little defense too
NHL
When He Is Bad...
... Islanders left wing Chris Simon is horrid: a stick-swinging recidivist who drew a 25-game ban for slashing an opponent's face. So why do so many players—and his beloved coach—stand by him?
PRO FOOTBALL
Shadow Warriors
Like their brethren across the league, the Detroit Lions' practice squad players live in a world of blurred lines and constant uncertainty, one step removed from the NFL dream—or from football oblivion
NBA PREVIEW 2007-08
Extreme Makeover
In a span of 33 days this summer Celtics G.M. Danny Ainge pulled off two megadeals that reversed the course of his stumbling franchise, bringing together three All-Stars who have Boston thinking championship again. Here's how he did it
4 Miami Heat
In fighting trim, an aging Shaq is out to show he's still able after a season of lows
NBA PREVIEW: 2007-08
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