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January 30, 2006 | Volume 104, Issue 4

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January 30, 2006
Young Love

January 30, 2006
LETTERS • E-mail us at letters@SI.timeinc.com or fax us at 212-467-2417. Letters should include the writer's full name, address and home telephone number and may be edited for clarity and space....

January 30, 2006 | Steve Rushin
If you've ever played goalie on a frozen lake--your blocker made from wood paneling duct-taped to an oven mitt, your Stanley Cup an empty Cool Whip tub wrapped in aluminum foil--you'd find the...

January 30, 2006 | Tom Verducci
After sneaking out of Fenway in an ape suit, Theo Epstein is back with a plan that will help create a New World Order for baseball

January 30, 2006 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
Sidney Crosby can beat most goalies. It's the NHL's refs that are giving him fits

January 30, 2006 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
Swept By snowboarder Shaun White (above), the five Grand Prix events that determined who made the four-man U.S. men's Olympic halfpipe team. White, 19, had already clinched a spot on the team...

January 30, 2006 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
5,006 Career points scored by LeBron James, 21, who became the youngest NBA player to reach the 5,000-point milestone.

January 30, 2006 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
Not following in his father's footsteps has worked out well for the top MLS draft pick

January 30, 2006 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
After winning $296 million, Jerry Bailey quits riding for a job in the broadcast booth

January 30, 2006 | L. Jon Wertheim
Daughters of world-class athletes are running rampant on the women's tennis tour

January 30, 2006 | Richard Deitsch
The host of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live is broadcasting from the GEM Theatre in Detroit during the week of Super Bowl XL

January 30, 2006 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
Men and women just aren't wired the same way, and vive la différence! When Kris Benson was traded from the Mets to the Orioles, he said he was excited because he'd get to work with Baltimore...

January 30, 2006 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
Collectors thinking of investing in a Van Gogh should know this: What goes up must come down. With a leonine-themed aircraft floating in the distance, a balloon in the likeness of the Dutch...

January 30, 2006 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
A Denver doctor offered a free vasectomy in exchange for tickets to the AFC Championship Game.

January 30, 2006 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
TOM PENDERS,

January 30, 2006 | Chris Mannix
What to watch and watch for

January 30, 2006 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
Knowshon Moreno MIDDLETOWN, N.J. > Football

January 30, 2006 | As told to Chris Mannix
NETS FORWARD

January 30, 2006 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
WHO'S HOT

January 30, 2006 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
What was your welcome-to-the-NFL moment? The third game of my rookie season [1998] in Miami, we were doing turn protection and it was like, Here's my chest. [Dolphins DE] Jason Taylor just drilled me.

January 30, 2006 | Gerald Green
On Jan. 6, Celtics rookie guard-forward Gerald Green, 19, was sent to the Fayetteville (N.C.) Patriots of the NBDL. Green, a first-round pick who is averaging 11.4 points in five games for...

January 30, 2006 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
[This article contains a table -- Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

January 30, 2006 | JACK MCCALLUM
Forget Jordan. Step aside, LeBron. Scoring machine Kobe Bryant had the second-highest point total in NBA history. Now the question is, Can he crack triple digits?

January 30, 2006
That 80s Show

January 30, 2006 | PAUL ZIMMERMAN
After resounding wins in the conference championship games, the NFC favorite Seahawks and the AFC upstart Steelers have peaked just in time for the NFL title game. All signs point to an emotional...

January 30, 2006 | MICHAEL SILVER
SEATTLE 34 CAROLINA 14 After laying the Panthers low, hard-hitting rookie linebacker Lofa Tatupu may be the man who brings the Seahawks their first Super Bowl trophy

January 30, 2006 | PETER KING
PITTSBURGH 34 DENVER 17 With seven straight wins, including five away from home, the Steelers are focusing on the moment-and riding the inspiration of Jerome Bettis

January 30, 2006 | MICHAEL FARBER
In the dead of the NHL lockout Red Wing Brendan Shanahan singlehandedly brought together some of the sport's key figures for an improbable summit that rewrote the rule book and revived the game....

January 30, 2006 | MICHAEL FARBER
Brendan Shanahan is the only active NHLer with more than 500 goals and 2,000 penalty minutes. He also has the most seasons with 30 goals and 100 penalty minutes in history (below). With 22 goals...

January 30, 2006 | Kostya Kennedy
A new schedule heavy in intradivision games has helped some teams gorge on weak opponents

January 30, 2006 | GRANT WAHL
His lovable name, long-range game and tattooed 6'11" frame have made homespun Kevin Pittsnogle West Virginia's most valuable natural resource since coal. And his Mountaineers are a force to be...

January 30, 2006 | SETH DAVIS
On a shocking Saturday, down went Duke, Florida and Pitt--and with them the nearly impossible dream of an unbeaten season--but surprisingly, their coaches weren't all that upset

January 30, 2006 | Jack McCallum
The Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash doesn't fit any NBA mold, yet the Canadian Kid is following up his MVP season with an even better one

January 30, 2006 | Jack McCallum
Read Jack McCallum's insider every Thursday and more about pro hoops, including the latest scores and standings, at SI.com/NBA.

January 30, 2006
Tennis

January 30, 2006 | L. Jon Wertheim
Martina Hingis returned to a game that sorely missed her, and she immediately made an impact on the Australian Open

January 30, 2006 | L. Jon Wertheim
As any local will tell you, Melbourne lays claim to more Greek residents than any other city outside of Greece. As soon as chronic underachiever Mark Philippoussis (a Melbournian of Greek...

January 30, 2006 | Julia Morrill
An NBA scout evaluates the potential of No. 1 Connecticut's top players.

January 30, 2006 | Luke Winn
With an upset of No. 2 Florida, Tennessee and its fiery coach sent a message: It's no longer business as usual in Knoxville

January 30, 2006 | Richard Deitsch
If you find yourself in McConnells, S.C., don't be surprised if you come across someone wearing a hat or a T-shirt bearing the slogan latta-tude, a tribute to the most famous citizen in the tiny...

January 30, 2006 | SETH DAVIS
MEMPHIS BLUES

January 30, 2006 | Ian Thomsen
Chris Bosh has assumed the mantle of franchise player in Toronto, but unlike his predecessors he'd prefer to stick around

January 30, 2006 | Ian Thomsen
With no obvious No. 1 pick emerging, says one Eastern Conference personnel director, "this is the most nondefinitive lottery in a decade." An informal survey of six NBA front office officials...

January 30, 2006 | Ian Thomsen
THE HOTLINE

January 30, 2006 | Rick Reilly
Now this message for America's most famous athletes: Someday you may be invited to fly in the backseat of one of your country's most powerful fighter jets. Many of you already have--John Elway,...