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Second To None
He has been overshadowed this season by teammate Josh Hamilton; in fact, he has been overshadowed at almost every stop in his career since high school. But in this golden season of the second baseman, nobody has been more productive—almost historically so—at the position than the Rangers' Ian Kinsler
PRO FOOTBALL
Hot Tub to Hot Seat
After two wayward seasons, Cardinals passer Matt Leinart says he has his priorities straight. With Kurt Warner gunning for his starting job, he'd better
OLYMPIC BASEBALL
Davey Goes For Gold
Eight years after his last major league job, the once hard-living, big-winning manager Davey Johnson is trying to rally the underdog U.S. in what may be baseball's last Olympic stand
COLLEGE FOOTBALL 2008
Can't Beat the Spread
The hottest offense thrives on speed, stretching the defense across the field and exploiting mismatches all over. It's near unstoppable, and more and more coaches are converting
Dissecting the Spread
Architect of Texas Tech's high-octane offense, coach Mike Leach reveals QB Graham Harrell's progressions in DOUBLE SLOT RIP Y-CROSS
Wrestling With the Beast
Defensive coordinators are comparing notes as they scramble to find ways to stop—or at least slow—the spread, but this much they know: The best weapons are speed and solid tackling
NFL Holdout
Wary of an offense that features too many snaps out of the shotgun and not enough downfield passing, the pro game has yet to embrace the spread
Look Who's Back
With a deep and experienced roster, the Buckeyes bid for a third straight trip to the BCS title game
Help Wanted
Scoring points won't be a problem, but the Gators will go places only if their defense returns to its '06 form
Who's Hungry?
A stinging defeat in the Fiesta Bowl is motivating a Sooners defense that is eager to make amends
Catching Up
Converted tight end Travis Beckum has the Badgers eyeing their first Rose Bowl berth in nine seasons
Hammer Time
A new coordinator—the fourth in four years—remodels the defense so it will stand up against the pass
Inside
The Next Step
Three superstars who made big news with their recent trades will soon make bigger news (and bucks) as free agents
Sunny-side Up
Nothing—not gibes from his owner, point deductions or copycat crews—can spoil Carl Edwards's 2008 joyride
Lining Up
These offensive interiors are a reason to pick up—or pull away from—the players who operate behind them
PGA Preview?
With Tiger Woods out, Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh showed in Akron how fantastic—and flawed—they still are
Point After
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