LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
CHAIN REACTION
No man is an island—sorry, cornerbacks—and this week's suggested pickups show how one guy's play can affect the prospects of another
REWRITING HISTORY
With one wild catch, a converted QB secured a spot in Michigan State lore—and put the Spartans in prime position in the Big Ten
SUPER SAVER
By backstopping the Capitals to a perfect start, the unbeatable Tomas Vokoun has been the best pickup of the new season
WORLD SERIES
LONG, STRANGE TRIP
Forget all you thought you knew about October baseball: The only predictable thing about this year's postseason was its unpredictability. Texas and St. Louis capped it with the best kind of World Series, one that was lengthy, competitive and—for a certain incandescent Cardinals slugger—historic
PRO FOOTBALL
PILE ON THE CHARGERS
Each year San Diego has the look of a Super Bowl contender, only to face an East Coast team and get whacked. Until the Bolts prove it on the field, they'll fight their rep as talented but too soft
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
SOCCER
BECKHAM'S LAST STAND
In the fifth and final year of his MLS contract, he's back at the top of his game at last. Now, as the 2011 playoffs begin, he and the Galaxy look to stamp his American experiment a success by winning a championship
JAMARCUS RUSSELL
THE MAN WHO ISN'T THERE
The No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft should be out on the field commanding an NFL team this Sunday. JaMarcus Russell, though, is home in Mobile, absorbing shots to his character and resting on what's left of his $39 million. The most maligned figure in football tells his side
POINT AFTER
Departments
THE STRIKE ZONE
Tracking the week's news both inside and outside the confines of cool
The Jaw of Life
With NFL hot seats heating up, an old Steelers savior stands out as the most likely to succeed
Bid Hub Fans Enough
The Red Sox' collapse is history, but Boston still wallows in the blame game