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What Els Could Go Wrong?
Heartbreakingly close in the first three majors of the season, Ernie Els has one last chance to turn a disappointing year into a great one
Big Play With Kent Cayce
Rod Pampling won the International by playing smart and swinging hard, as he did on a 182-yard seven-iron shot that set up his critical eagle at 17
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BASEBALL
A Blue Streak
Coming off a red-hot July and a flurry of deadline trades, the Dodgers are the talk of L.A. again
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BACK IN THE RUNNING
The Bills’ Willis McGahee showed flashes of his old form as he put his surgically reconstructed knee to its toughest test yet
THE OLYMPICS
2004 College Football Preview
The Big Switch
LSU’s Nick Saban is the master at signing multiskilled athletes and putting them at the right positions
Who Wants It?
Jason White has a message for Matt Leinart: Winning the trophy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be
1 USC
The loss of a slew of starters doesn’t faze the Trojans, whose remaining stars are aligned for another title
2 Oklahoma
Forget those final two games? No chance. Last year’s late collapse has the Sooners more fired up for ’04
3 LSU
Picking up where they left off last year, the Tigers and their dominant defense are rarin’ to geaux
4 Georgia
With wideout Fred Gibson healthy, focused and ready to lead, the Dawgs have the legs for a title run
5 Miami
A quick, powerful offensive line will help push the ACC newcomers to the forefront of the conference
6 Florida
A go-for-broke defense led by a hog-wild linebacker will make Year 3 of the Ron Zook era the best yet
7 Texas
The Longhorns’ mission: Beat Oklahoma. If they do, Vince Young could lead them to a Big 12 championship
8 Ohio State
Spearheaded by a butt-kicking Butkus Award hopeful, the Buckeyes will reassert their Big Ten supremacy
9 Florida State
With a healthy one-two punch out of the backfield, the Seminoles look to fight off the ACC’s newcomers
10 Kansas State
Boasting the nation’s best back, the reigning Big 12 champs (take that, Sooners!) go for two in a row
11 Tennessee
With no veteran passer to bail out the offense, the pressure is on the running game to carry the Vols
12 Michigan
If Braylon Edwards’s new outlook is any indication, the Wolverines are serious about another Big Ten title
13 Auburn
The Tigers have retooled their offense--and put the disappointments of last year behind them
14 Missouri
Stop Brad Smith: It’s the easy answer to beating the Tigers but one of the hardest tasks in college football
15 Iowa
Inspired by LSU’s defense-led national championship, the hard-hitting Hawkeyes are setting their sights high
16 Clemson
The powerful right arm of Charlie Whitehurst elevates the Tigers from also-ran status to ACC contenders
17 Maryland
The ACC’s stingiest defense has lost key personnel, but thanks to D’Qwell Jackson, none of its sting
18 Oregon
With a strong season from country-boy quarterback Kellen Clemens, the Ducks will make hay in the Pac-10
19 Utah
Having climbed to the top of the Mountain West, the Utes are now ready to make their BCS push
20 West Virginia
The Mountaineers’ skilled and experienced offensive line will clear a path to the Big East’s BCS bowl bid
21 Nebraska
Change is in the air in Lincoln: The once-grounded Huskers embrace Bill Callahan’s West Coast offense
22 Cal
A prolific passer and a first-class wideout corps headline the most promising Bears team in ages
23 Minnesota
A big-bang backfield and a dominant line have the Gophers believing this is their breakthrough season
24 TCU
With a strong line fronting a potent and balanced offense, the Horned Frogs will again be bowl-bound
25 Toledo
Record-setting quarterback Bruce Gradkowski pilots a Rockets offense that’s ready to soar into the elite
IT WAS AN UGLY DAY,
exactly as forecast. A steady mist was falling; the air was cold. The thing about football is, nobody worth a damn ever ran out on the field believing he couldn’t win.
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Renaissance Fan
Embrace your inner couch potato: Research shows the best and the brightest are often those who cheer the loudest for their favorite team