Captain Antonio Di Natale returned from injury to score the only goal that gave Udinese a 1-0 win over Palermo on Sunday -- a result that keeps the pressure on Juventus at the top of Italy's Serie A table.
A big thanks to Cobi Jones for pitching in with the last Rankings, but as U2 once said, we're stealing them back. Somewhere through our post-Halloween haze, we've got our eye on this weekend's calendar for some mega-showdowns around the world.
One of the most well-worn clich�s in sports is that "staying at the top is tougher than getting there." It's also one of the most idiotic. If you're smart and have even the most basic resources at your disposal you can, once you attain success, parlay it into a virtuous cycle, making it even harder for the competition to knock you off your perch.