LEADING OFF
GOLF PLUS
That's a Wrap
Phil Mickelson won the Tour Championship, but Tiger Woods concluded the '09 season by raking in golf's biggest pot
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
Make-Believe
In the never-ending mind game between QB and DB, the pump-fake is the passer's secret weapon
Bargain Binge
Scouring the unemployment line in search of a steal? These neglected players can spruce up your roster
Total Package
Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour has run and passed for more yards than Tim Tebow (without the attention)
Making Tracks
With a dominating win at Dover, Jimmie Johnson served notice that his drive for a fourth Cup is in high gear
Odd Man Up
His retirement over, the highly unorthodox Vitali Klitschko reaffirmed his place among the top heavyweights
BASEBALL
Mariano Saves
As the gates swing open upon another October, baseball will once again attempt to divine one of the game's great mysteries: how a man, closing fast on 40 and armed with but a single pitch, continues to dominate in the clutch like no other player
PRO FOOTBALL
Belichick's Biggest Challenge
The test for the Patriots in 2009 is to remain competitive at the highest level while working in new players and new schemes. All just part of the coach's grand plan
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
The Cincinnati Shuffle
Bearcats coach Brian Kelly has tirelessly pitched the program's potential to players and fans. Now the team has its first top 10 ranking, and there's buzz about a BCS title run
PRO BASKETBALL
NHL PREVIEW 2009--10
It's All About the SIX
Four decades after the NHL's landmark expansion, the Original Six teams remain the soul and the economic engine of the league. And for the first time in 30 seasons two of them could meet in the finals
Scouting Reports
Move over Penguins and Red Wings. The Blackhawks and captain Jonathan Toews are young, fast and ready to win it all
Point After
Departments
Russian In
Thanks to a foreign savior, the Nets' Brooklyn dream is still alive
Gameplan
What smart fans should do this week