LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
BYE TIME
With off weeks abounding in the NFL, managing a fantasy roster is as much about finding a one-week fix as a long-term points producer
PRICE IS RIGHT
Led by its unheralded, unflappable sophomore quarterback, Washington has suddenly become a contender in the Pac-12
POST PRESENTS
Three teams' fortunes were greatly improved after the unexpected off-season signings of these big-impact big men
STILL A MYSTERY
What did we learn from Tiger Woods's first start in eight weeks? Not much, except that the door's wide open for those who would be king
JUST WIN, BABY!
MOTOR SPORTS
It's a Real Pennant Race
NASCAR has its tightest Chase ever, but with a dominant victory at Kansas Speedway, Jimmie Johnson and the 48 team made it clear that they're again bringing the heat—and with six races remaining in this high-octane fall classic, Mr. Five-Time is gunning for Cup No. 6
MLB PLAYOFFS
CENTRAL CASTING
A funny thing happened while the glamour teams on the coasts were making World Series plans: The postseason was hijacked by the game's middle class, of which one member is poised to become the game's next superpower
DÉJ√Ä BREW
Nearly a decade after taking over the postseason as a rookie, Francisco Rodriguez is trying to set up another World Series run
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
WALK-ON HOME RUN
Last year Dominique Whaley was serving footlong Italian subs. Now he's dishing out punishment as Oklahoma's top running back. One thing hasn't changed, however: He's still paying his own way
THE INVISIBLE FASTBALL
POINT AFTER
Departments
THE STRIKE ZONE
Tracking the week's news both inside and outside the confines of cool