September 14, 2008

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PRO FOOTBALL
The Season of Renewal
The stellar Jets debut of Brett Favre was one of many fresh starts on the NFL's opening weekend. But while hope was in ample supply, Tom Brady's injury cast a long shadow over the race for the Super Bowl
Old Schooled
Touted as the next Kurt Warner, the 49ers' J.T. O'Sullivan got a lesson from the original
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Middle Managers
Who wins the showdown between Ohio State and USC could hinge on which of the nation's top linebackers—James Laurinaitis or Rey Maualuga—takes control
TENNIS
Not So Fast, Kiddo
Defying reports that his years of tennis greatness are over, Roger Federer redeemed a disappointing season by beating two of his top young rivals to win his fifth straight U.S. Open
BASEBALL
Art of the Steal
Speedsters (and even a few sluggers) have ushered in a new era of base thieving, a crime wave that could pay off big come October
NASCAR CHASE PREVIEW 2008
WHERE DOES FAST COME FROM?
Strip away the car and the team, and what enables a driver to excel? Sprint Cup favorite KYLE BUSCH and his closest rivals offer thoughts on what it really takes to get up to speed
Survey Says ...
Eyes on the road? Sure, but NASCAR's best drivers have clearly been sizing up their competition as well
Scouting Report
Four former champions are in the Sprint Cup hunt, but a pair of hot young guns leads the field into the postseason
Inside
Live and in HD
The new spread offense at Penn State has an unconventional name—and so far, it has been close to unstoppable
Goal Embargo
Playing its first match in Cuba in 61 years, the U.S. scratched out a victory but flashed few signs of life on offense
Flying Start
Defying all preseason expectations, a takeaway message from Week 1 is, Pick up an Eagles receiver
Point After
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