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COLLEGE FOOTBALL
They Got Game
The first 115 meetings between bitter rivals Kansas and Missouri were mostly forgettable, but this Saturday's victor will be one win from playing for the national title
PRO FOOTBALL
The Fight for Second
While the Patriots continue to operate on a higher plane, NFL Nation is left to wonder whether a viable contender—Dallas? Green Bay? Indy?—will rise to meet them. Time is running short
The Football Clinic
Another Sunday, another precision display from the Patriots. Credit their play-calling, their execution and their sheer will
NASCAR
Bringing It Home Again
With a flawless run at Homestead, Jimmie Johnson sewed up his second straight Nextel Cup and proved that he and his Hendrick Racing team are the best of their era
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
A Big-time Gamble
As blue-chip recruits across the country signed with schools last week, other promising players like point guard Oscar Bellfield waited to make their commitments—determined to prove how good they really are
SOCCER
Orange Groove
Behind its Canadian Rastafarian midfielder, Dwayne De Rosario, the Houston Dynasty—er, Dynamo—seized its second straight MLS Cup
Features
The Road to Bad Newz
Through his rise and fall, Michael Vick stayed loyal to a tight circle of friends—homeboys who used him and ultimately sold him out. He's not the first pro athlete to be swallowed up by his old neighborhood
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