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October 03, 2011 | Volume 115, Issue 14

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I think we should call the Braves' relievers the Wagner Boys. In his one season in Atlanta, closer Billy Wagner helped develop Craig Kimbrel, Jonny Venters and Eric O'Flaherty into the nastiest...

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Which NFL player gets your MVP award for his Week 3 performance?

October 03, 2011 | TERRY MCDONELL
Since Jeff Pearlman left SPORTS ILLUSTRATED in 2003, he has written five books, two of them New York Times best sellers. Among Pearlman's great strengths are the thoroughness of his reporting and...

October 03, 2011 | DICK FRIEDMAN
It's long past time to toss some of the most ridiculous regulations in sports

October 03, 2011 | DICK FRIEDMAN
Organizers from the Greenlands Labour Club in Preston, England, defended as "perfectly legal" the cage fighting matches the club staged between boys as young as eight, which took place in front of...

October 03, 2011 | DICK FRIEDMAN

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Who is the most underrated player in football?

October 03, 2011 | Jim Trotter
The NFL's new rules against violent hits are having an impact on the new season

October 03, 2011 | David Epstein
A new rule (No men allowed!) will rewrite the record book in women's road racing

October 03, 2011 | David Epstein
"The pants cannot guarantee a win."

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[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

October 03, 2011 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK

October 03, 2011 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
Among the 52 four-legged competitors at the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge nationals outside St. Louis this weekend will be Vhoebe, who in June set the world record in the diving-for-distance...

October 03, 2011 | Matt Gagne
With a kidney from his coach, a college ballplayer is back in the game

October 03, 2011 | DAN PATRICK
Clayton Kershaw

October 03, 2011 | DAMON HACK
Winless in 2008, the Lions have used a potent aerial attack to soar to a 3--0 start

October 03, 2011 | PETER KING
1. I think the leash is short for Donovan McNabb. It's fine for Vikings coach Leslie Frazier to say the 0--3 start isn't his quarterback's fault, but it is McNabb's fault more than anyone else's...

October 03, 2011 | JIM TROTTER
The reigning AFC West champs are hapless, not to mention winless, and the outlook isn't likely to get any better until next April

October 03, 2011 | ALBERT CHEN
Oklahoma State may have beaten Texas A&M, but the Cowboys' D still lacks championship teeth, which is good news for the rival Sooners

October 03, 2011 | ALBERT CHEN
To watch an interview with Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez, go to or scan this bar code with your smart phone.

October 03, 2011 | STEWART MANDEL
The Nov. 5 Alabama-LSU game is shaping up to be a national semifinal. The Tigers, who've beaten three ranked teams, and the Tide, who throttled No. 14 Arkansas 38--14 last Saturday, look like the...

October 03, 2011 | LARS ANDERSON
After a regular season marked by combativeness and an inability to win, Tony Stewart has positioned himself as the Chase driver to beat

October 03, 2011 | TOM VERDUCCI
The story of the postseason begins and ends with aces and closers—the alpha (and omega) males of October baseball. The Phillies have a heavenly rotation, but a certain MVP contender and his...

October 03, 2011 | GARY SMITH
For Phillies Nation, every game has felt like October since Cliff Lee's return. Now an ever-growing fan base wonders: Is it still O.K. to boo?

October 03, 2011 | BEN REITER
The Bills are a shocking 3--0—take that, Pats!—thanks to a Harvard-bred quarterback and a spirit of togetherness that reflects their city

October 03, 2011 | DAVID EPSTEIN
With his recovery from a concussion seemingly stalled, the NHL superstar sought help in alternative medicine and believes he got immediate results

October 03, 2011 | LARS ANDERSON
Behind a massive front five whom their own coach calls the Big Uglies, undefeated Wisconsin is playing classic Midwestern football, which may not be pretty but is ruthlessly effective

October 03, 2011 | LARS ANDERSON
How big are the Badgers' boys? Pretty big. Here are the heaviest offensive lines in football—college or pro

October 03, 2011 | RICHARD DEITSCH
Here are the teams and themes to keep an eye on in Week 5

October 03, 2011 | JEFF PEARLMAN
One of the game's true icons, a player so esteemed that the NFL's Man of the Year Award bears his name, Walter Payton retired in 1988 as pro football's alltime leading rusher. But even to those...

October 03, 2011 | PHIL TAYLOR
I don't remember how I stumbled across Matt O'Neill's blog,, last February, but I knew instantly that I had to bookmark it, if only out of solidarity. O'Neill has always wanted...

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October 03, 2011 | GARY VAN SICKLE
Should PGA Tour sponsors' exemptions be used as paybacks or as a way to develop talent?

October 03, 2011 | GARY VAN SICKLE
Who gets your vote for PGA Tour Player of the Year?

October 03, 2011 | DOTTIE PEPPER
What picked me up and brought me down about the Solheim Cup

October 03, 2011 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
Yes, the finale of the FedEx Cup playoffs was confusing, but the event delivered high drama and a family-friendly winner in Bill Haas, who found out later how fortunate he was

October 03, 2011 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
Europe's tense upset victory over the U.S. quickly changed perceptions about the relevance of this grudge match between women's tours