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Surprise Ending
Since Vijay Singh had already locked up the FedEx Cup, conventional wisdom held that the Tour Championship would be a snoozer. Instead, Camilo Villegas and friends turned the event into a riveting glimpse of the future
Block Party
Ole Miss's stunning win over Florida was just one of seven upsets involving Top 25 teams in a chaotic week that also saw the emergence of Alabama as a contender for the national championship
Hidden Treasure
Freshman back Jacquizz Rodgers darted through the USC defense as Oregon State delivered the first big shocker of '08
Runaway Rookies
From Titans speedster Chris Johnson to the Bears' versatile Matt Forte, the Cowboys' explosive Felix Jones and more, NFL-ready first-year backs are leaving defenses gasping in their wakes
Joe Maddon Has a Vision
In the company of Tampa Bay's progressive, contrarian skipper, there's always the chance of witnessing something you've never seen before—like, say, the Rays in the playoffs
The Halo Effect
If Joe Maddon is unconventional, give some credit to the Angels' Mike Scioscia, who taught him baseball's "book" can be overrated
The Latino Athlete Now
A fixture in the U.S. for decades, players of Hispanic heritage are flexing their muscles in the culture and business of sports as well as on the field
Flash Point
Denis Clemente had the speed and skill to follow his famous relative into baseball, but he took another path
Who Makes the Most
A soccer star may lead the list of the 30 highest-paid Latino athletes (in annual salary and endorsement income), but baseball players are clearly in the majority
Hard Charger
San Diego defensive end Luis Castillo is an ambassador for the NFL from Latin America to Afghanistan
Goal Oriented
As the U.S.'s top water polo player, high-scoring Brenda Villa now has young Latinos following in her wake
American F√∫tbol
The future Latino stars of the U.S. World Cup team may now be playing on a pioneering youth soccer club in suburban L.A.
On the Rise
Thanks to some breakout stars, the ACC is surprising the country—and maybe itself—with its top-to-bottom strength
An Early SOS
The Browns are among the one-win teams that had high expectations for 2008. Is there time for a turnaround?
The Third Man
Look out, Jimmie and Carl: Undersung Greg Biffle is off to a roaring start in the Chase and hard on your bumpers
Gold Star
A franchise-first title is just one reward San Antonio's Sophia Young is closing in on; she might be the MVP too
Point After