LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
EARLY RISERS
With four weeks gone by, role players and rookies are beginning to emerge, although not all of them have fantasy staying power
HOUSTON, ONE PROBLEM
Behind Case Keenum, the Cougars have a chance to run the table and—just maybe—crash the BCS. Only their defense stands in the way
A BIG-TIME SAVE
In danger of becoming an also-ran, Jimmie Johnson ended his recent skid and put himself in the driver's seat for a sixth straight Cup title
REBORN LIONS
REMADE IN DETROIT
Three years ago they suffered through a winless season. Now, behind an offense that loves the comeback and a defense with a warrior at its core, the unbeaten Lions are restoring the roar
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
MLB DIVISION SERIES
MOVABLE FEAST
The stage for the 2011 postseason was set long before Opening Day. Go back to '09, when three teams shuffled seven players in a trade that—unlike the playoffs—sent everyone home happy
BRANDON JENNINGS
NHL PREVIEW
IT'S A WHOLE NEW GAME
Nine months after losing its most important star to a concussion, the NHL, led by a proactive new dean of discipline who is well acquainted with head injuries, has rededicated itself to the protection of its players
POINT AFTER
Departments
Not with a Bang
A historic collapse led to a quick parting of the Red Sox and longtime manager Terry Francona