LEADING OFF
GOLF PLUS
LONG, LOST SOUL
Nobody on the PGA Tour hits it farther than star-in-the-making Gary Woodland, but as he begins his third season on the game's biggest stage, he's searching for answers after a business decision cost him the coach who got him this far
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
ROYAL PAIN
After (yet another) one-game ban and a spat that hastened his embattled coach's demise, second-year center DeMarcus Cousins is back in the Sacramento lineup. But how long will he stay there?
THE L.A. GALAXY
The Dodgers are on the block—bids are due on Jan. 23; a winner will be chosen by April 1—and the market of potential buyers is crowded with marquee names. Here are the contenders
BCS CHAMPIONSHIP
ABSOLUTELY ALABAMA
In a defensive tour de force that featured just enough offensive punch (a touchdown, at last!), the Crimson Tide shut down LSU and left no doubt as to whom should be crowned national champion
NFL PLAYOFFS: AFC
A MILE-HIGHER POWER
Some in Denver lost faith after the Broncos fell back to earth with three straight losses. But Tim Tebow never did, and after stunning the Steelers, he leads his flock on to New England
NEW FACES, OLD SCHOOL
In the first postseason in franchise history, the Texans are leaning on a tested playoff formula: dominant ground game, dazzling defense
NFL PLAYOFFS: NFC
TAKE IT OUTSIDE!
At home in the dome, with Drew Brees at the controls, the Saints' record-setting offense works like a well-oiled machine. But will the engine stall in the open air of the later rounds?
THE RIGHT TIME TO PEAK
The Giants' defense, porous for most of the season, got its act together just in time for the playoffs. Note to the Packers: This is not the team you beat last month
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
"WE'RE BACK, BABY!"
Indiana fans from Albany to Zionsville—and across the nation—have embraced the shockingly successful Hoosiers, who have emerged from a decade in the dumps to become the sport's new darlings
POP HERRING
Did This Man Really Cut MICHAEL JORDAN?
For years the NBA Hall of Famer has claimed that his high school coach underestimated his talent as a sophomore. Clifton (Pop) Herring, whose life has been a struggle since then, tells a different story
POINT AFTER
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