LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
Cut or Run?
Now is the time to assess which veteran backs still have something in the tank—and which are out of gas
Highlight Show
Everyone likes what they see of Dion Lewis now. The overlooked Pitt freshman is the country's No. 3 rusher
Now or Never
If the field doesn't close on Jimmie Johnson in the next two races, he'll cruise to a fourth straight Cup title
MLB PLAYOFFS
He's Gotta Play Hurt
How much did it mean to Raul Ibañez to finally play for a winner? Enough to make him play through a serious injury
PRO FOOTBALL
Forty And Flingin'
In his 19th NFL season Brett Favre is turning a new team on with a strong arm and his timeless magic. Will it last?
HOCKEY
Captain Serious
If it's hijinks you want, forget it. But at 21 Jonathan Toews has the skill, the grit and the determined demeanor to lead the Blackhawks to the Cup. No foolin'
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Hooked 'em, Horns
Showing it's not all about offense in the Big 12, Texas turned to its suffocating defense to win a slugfest over Oklahoma
NBA PREVIEW 2009-10
THE RICH GET RICHER
It's been years since the NBA's best teams have been this good. Here's why this is going to be the most exciting title chase in decades
THE HOOPS WHISPERER
LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul are among the players getting an earful from Idan Ravin, who has no playing or coaching pedigree but knows just what they need to hear
Point After
Departments
Gameplan
What smart fans should do this week