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January 15, 2007 | Volume 106, Issue 2

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January 15, 2007
Young at Heart I loved Jeffri Chadiha's article about Vince Young (Home Run, Dec. 18). As a Tennessee Titans fan, I feel Chadiha did a good job showing how quickly Vince has matured and how much...

January 15, 2007 | Steve Rushin
IN LIFE, there are three—and only three—things I do that Tiger Woods does not: 1) frisk myself for a second ball before teeing off on water holes, 2) check the LESS THAN $25 MILLION box when...

January 15, 2007 | William F. Reed
In his first talk with SI in 10 years, college basketball's winningest coach reflects on his style, his regrets and his favorite burger joint

January 15, 2007
Died After a fall from a seaside cliff in San Pedro, Calif., USC kicker Mario Danelo, 21. Danelo's body was found last Saturday afternoon on a beach at the bottom of the cliff; as of Monday police...

January 15, 2007
Less than a month after undergoing cancer surgery, a Bruins rookie is back on the ice

January 15, 2007
207 Consecutive NCAA losses, dating back to 1996, by Caltech's basketball team before the Division III Beavers beat Bard 81--52 last Saturday.

January 15, 2007
TRAILING IN the dying seconds of a pivotal game, Dallas sees its shot at a comeback win disappear—and its season end—when its holder, a quarterback who wears number 9, muffs a perfect snap on a...

January 15, 2007 | Tom Verducci
The Yankees are retooling in uncharacteristically frugal fashion

January 15, 2007 | Richard Deitsch
The 35-year-old former Redskins QB—and North Carolina Democrat—was sworn in as a U.S. congressman last week

January 15, 2007 | Adam Duerson
THE GOOD, the bad and the ugly. That's how Hoover (Ala.) High football coach Rush Propst characterizes his team's 2005 season, the subject of MTV's reality series Two-A-Days (now out on DVD). His...

January 15, 2007 | Adam Duerson
A West Virginia fan was photographed defecating on a seat in the Georgia Tech band seating area during the Gator Bowl.

January 15, 2007 | Adam Duerson
If the eyes are a window to the soul, we know what Swiss ski jumper Guido Landert was thinking as he stood atop the Bergisel run in Innsbruck during the Four Hills tournament last week: It's all...

January 15, 2007 | Adam Duerson
MARTIN ST. LOUIS, Lightning forward, after it was suggested that he could win the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship: "I'd better get into a fight."

January 15, 2007 | Chris Mannix
What to watch and watch for

January 15, 2007
Kira Sharp WEST JORDAN, UTAH > Soccer Sharp, a senior forward at Metropolitan State College of Denver, kicked the winning goal in overtime to beat Grand Valley State 1--0 and give the Roadrunners...

January 15, 2007 | David Epstein
Wally Backman SI, APRIL 11, 2005

January 15, 2007 | As told to Ben Reiter
CHARGERS QUARTERBACK

January 15, 2007
WHO'S Hot

January 15, 2007 | Lisa Altobelli
A system designed by a Navy SEAL got the Saints' Drew Brees in shape to succeed

January 15, 2007
Where linebacker Adalius Thomas learned to eat

January 15, 2007 | Lisa Altobelli
Brees's long list of food allergies includes dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs and nuts. "If I stayed away from everything I'm allergic to, I'd lose 20 pounds," says the 6-foot 209-pounder. "Some are...

January 15, 2007
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January 15, 2007 | Arash Markazi
The nation's top girls' player got hooked on hoops when she was only a toddler

January 15, 2007 | E.M. Swift
Bill Hanson has won 500 games by keeping his edge

January 15, 2007 | E.M. Swift
TED DONATO (below), class of 1987, is one of several Hanson graduates to go on to the NHL.

January 15, 2007 | E.M. Swift
For more high school news and rankings from RISE and Dave Krider's Primetime Performer of the Week, go to SI.com/highschool.

January 15, 2007 | AUSTIN MURPHY
With Chris Leak running the spread-option offense to perfection, Florida blew by Ohio State and won the BCS title in coach Urban Meyer's second season

January 15, 2007 | AUSTIN MURPHY
1. USC Ten starters will be back on a defense that stuffed Michigan in the Rose Bowl, and QB John David Booty could be a Heisman contender.

January 15, 2007 | Stewart Mandel
Though they ran the table and beat Oklahoma in dazzling fashion, the Broncos rank No. 5 in the eyes of one voter

January 15, 2007 | TIM LAYDEN
Behind a castoff quarterback and an underappreciated star running back, the Eagles have turned around a seemingly lost season with an inspiring display of perseverance

January 15, 2007 | TIM LAYDEN
In September, Philly was using eight defensive linemen interchangeably, keeping everybody fresh. Well, against the Giants on Sunday, I counted only five. The Eagles are a tired team, and with a...

January 15, 2007 | Michael Silver
The Seahawks ruled the NFC last year. Now they're scrapping and scraping to keep their title

January 15, 2007 | Michael Silver
Great defensive teams usually have a run-the-ball outlook, but could Chicago be tempted by the prospect of easy pickings against the Hawks' crippled secondary? I doubt it. The Bears don't have the...

January 15, 2007 | PETER KING
Using a baffling array of looks, the Patriots outfoxed the Jets and served notice that they're still a conference powerhouse

January 15, 2007 | PETER KING
Last season in Foxborough, San Diego scored 24 unanswered second-half points and ran off to a 41--17 win. "My worst half in football," Bill Belichick called it. This time the Pats are riding a...

January 15, 2007 | Jeffri Chadiha
Used shrewdly during the season, Colts rookie Joseph Addai is hitting his stride at the right time

January 15, 2007 | Jeffri Chadiha
The book is, be judicious in blitzing Peyton Manning because he gets to his hot reads so quickly. In two recent games Baltimore threw Manning the most relentless set of blitzes he'd ever faced,...

January 15, 2007 | Jack McCallum
His knees healthy and his attitude adjusted, Phoenix's Amaré Stoudemire is brilliantly blending his explosive skills into a well-stocked team that may finally be poised to win a title

January 15, 2007
'Do or Die Despite losing his helmet in the midst of a burst through the Eagles' defense, Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey fought on for extra yardage on Sunday at the Linc. Shockey's headstrong...

January 15, 2007 | Kelli Anderson
Rather than join the NBA, Nevada forward Nick Fazekas rolled the dice and returned to Reno for his senior year. Now the Wolf Pack is off to its best start in 55 years and laughing all the way,...

January 15, 2007 | Alan Shipnuck
The Mercedes-Benz Championship marked the start of the PGA Tour's novel (and complex) FedEx Cup race. After a week awash in talk of points and resets and playoff scenarios, here's how it will work

January 15, 2007 | L. JON WERTHEIM
After years of steady improvement as a player and a competitor, James Blake is suddenly, at age 27, the face of American tennis--and a threat to go deep in Melbourne

January 15, 2007 | L. JON WERTHEIM
In the Bag

January 15, 2007
The NHL The play of two self-assured rookies has kept the Avalanche in the playoff picture • Canada takes home its third straight world junior championship

January 15, 2007 | Brian Cazeneuve
Loud and Clear

January 15, 2007 | Brian Cazeneuve
For the third straight year Canada won the world junior championships, beating Russia 4--2 last Friday in Sweden. The difference maker was goalie Carey Price (right), the Canadiens' first-round...

January 15, 2007 | Chris Mannix
The Wiz Whiz

January 15, 2007 | Chris Mannix
ON LAKERS center Andrew Bynum (right), who through Sunday had averaged 13.3 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.0 blocks since returning to the starting lineup on Jan. 4: "Anytime you have a Hall of Fame...

January 15, 2007 | Grant Wahl
Worth the Wait

January 15, 2007 | Grant Wahl
1 Arron Affalo (right) needs to drive more. In UCLA's 68--66 loss to Oregon last Saturday the Bruins guard didn't have a free throw and took II of his 12 shots from three-point range.

January 15, 2007 | Rick Reilly
THIS IS 19 months ago, and 15-year-old Corey Detwiler and his dad are wrestling in the dining room.

January 15, 2007 | Rick Reilly
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