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Game Plan
What smart fans should do this week
NFL WILD-CARD WEEKEND
Road to Redemption
All but out of it a month ago, the Chargers forged past the Colts and on to a divisional-round matchup with mighty Pittsburgh
No Looking Back
The struggles of the Eagles and their star quarterback seem a million miles distant after their professional dismantling of the Vikings
Edging Forward
Arizona has found a running game at just the right time—and it's all-but-forgotten Edgerrin James carrying the load
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Why Not Us?
One-loss USC and undefeated Utah both made their case to be included in the national-title talk, and proved beyond a doubt that a playoff is more needed than ever
Football Frenzy
Who was hot and who wasn't in the busiest postseason ever, along with a sneak peek at who will be on the riseé and on the declineí in 2009
HOCKEY
The Trouble with Sean Avery
The crude dissing of his former girlfriends was merely the last straw. Self-absorbed and a loudmouth throughout his career, the Stars' agitator has been cast out because he's a lousy teammate
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
A Traveling Buddy Act
Chance encounters brought together two players and a coach at Artesia High. They followed one another to Arizona State, where star guard James Harden once again is vital to their title hopes
Inside
New Wave
Andre Johnson (above) is one of several picks who bring youthful vitality to this All-Pro list. Ol' Ray Lewis makes it too
Bibby Boom
The young Hawks have finally become an Eastern Conference force by trusting someone (almost) over 30
Point After
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