September 18, 2011

LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
TEXAS TWO-STEP
The Longhorns benched their starting quarterback, alternated two others and, in the process, finally discovered a way to pull out a close win
CYS MATTER
In a year of mostly ho-hum pennant races, the three-man chase for the top pitching honor in the NL brings welcome drama to the stretch run
STAND-UP PERFORMANCE
Houston's new scheme requires Mario Williams to rise up out of his three-point stance and play as a linebacker, a role he's settling into
TWEAK ONE
Now that the first games are in the books, it's time to make a few minor adjustments
THE RYAN BROTHERS
Oh, Brother, What a Start
They're big, they're brash, and they live for the game. The Ryan twins—Rex of the Jets and Rob of the Cowboys—set the tone for the NFL season with a wild opening-week showdown
NFL OPENERS
ADAPT OR DIE
Infusing new blood into the league's fiercest rivalry, the Ravens demolished the Steelers and changed the balance of power in the AFC. Evolution? In the NFL, you'd better believe
RELOAD, REPEAT
Packing some scary new firepower, the Super Bowl champions look even more dangerous this time around
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
BASEBALL
A PITCHER IN HIS PRIME
Justin Verlander is in that career sweet spot—he's young enough to pump 100-mph gas, old enough to know when to throttle back. The result: a season MVP voters can't ignore
BOXING
STORMY 'WEATHER
As he prepares to return to the ring, against Victor Ortiz, Floyd Mayweather Jr. faces a family feud, felony charges, multiple lawsuits and the unthinkable possibility of defeat
TENNIS
THE OUTRAGE OPEN
Before Samantha Stosur and Novak Djokovic won the U.S. Open singles titles, rain and schedule changes pushed players to the breaking point, and an umpire's call sent Serena Williams beyond it
NASCAR 2011
SCOUTING REPORTS
When the Chase goes green on Sunday, one man will be aiming for a sixth straight title, and the rest of the strongest field yet will be out to stop him. Here's how they'll stand when the final checkered flag flies at Homestead on Nov. 20
POINT AFTER
Departments
UP IN THE AIR
In the wake of a tragedy the NHL's players confront their worst fears about leaving North America for Russia and the easy-money KHL
THE STRIKE ZONE
Tracing the week's news both inside and outside the confines of cool
Pain Relief
In Week 1 the NFL offered touching tributes before providing sweet escape from 9/11