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Behind the Music
Despite a veneer of showbiz glitter and a breakthrough win by Marc Turnesa, everyone in Las Vegas was talking about the harder edge to life on the PGA Tour
Inside
Seattle's Worst
Injuries at QB and a decimated wideout corps are contributing to a miserable farewell season for Mike Holmgren
Toothless Tigers
Having lost their coach, their quarterback and some top recruits, Clemson faces a major rebuilding job
The Old Magic
Bernard Hopkins silenced critics by thrashing undefeated middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik, 17 years his junior
Stock Futures
It may be hurting his competitive effort this year, but Tony Stewart is building a smokin' team for 2009
BASEBALL
The New Reality
Someday soon—in a year, two tops—you won't think twice if you hear the words, "THE RAYS ARE IN THE WORLD SERIES!" In the meantime these young American League champs are worthy of taking on the Phillies
"Historically, We Suck"
Many a tree has been felled, many a sonnet delivered in the name of the Cubs fan and his 100 years of suffering—but what of the snakebitten Philadelphia fan, whose own title drought stands at precisely 100 seasons?
PRO FOOTBALL
Go Strong or Get Toasted
To cut it as an NFL cornerback requires the ability to read minds, eyes and hips; the tools to match up with wideouts half a foot taller; and above all the ego to bounce back from regular doses of abject—and very public—humiliation
Sharing Secrets
In their war with the wideouts, cornerbacks typically turn to one another, trading tips and tricks to gain a tactical edge
HOCKEY
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Coming Attractions
Every week brings a new showcase battle as the BCS race heats up. Next up is No. 3 Penn State, thinking title game if it can get by Ohio State at the Horseshoe. And after that...
REPORT FROM IRAQ
F√öTBOL AMERICANO
Friday Night F√öTBOL
Like other high school football teams across northern Mexico, Prepa Tec of Monterrey wondered how it would match up against a top Texas program. Last month it found out
NBA PREVIEW 2008-09
WORTH HIS WAIT
Sixteen months after he was chosen first overall, a healthy Greg Oden has finally taken the court for the Blazers. With the addition of his rebounding and shot blocking—and maybe even his scoring—to a talented core, Portland is ready to make a move in the West
UPS AND DOWNS
A forecast of how many more—or fewer—wins every team will have this season compared to last (and some history too)
5 MINUTE GUIDE
A primer on the players, coaches, teams and issues to keep an eye on as the season begins (plus a little trade talk for when the February deadline nears)
8 PHOENIX Suns
With three of its core players 34 or older, the retooled team gears up for a last playoff run
Point After
Departments

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)