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December 24, 2007 | Volume 107, Issue 25

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Brandon Day Cover - Sports Illustrated December 24, 2007

December 24, 2007
Hex Redux

December 24, 2007 | Pablo S. Torre
Ask Tony Romo, T.O. and Randy Moss: Division I-AA is second to none

December 24, 2007
WHO'S Hot

December 24, 2007
Who's the most intimidating defensive player in football?

December 24, 2007
Carjacked At gunpoint before a home game against the Bobcats last Saturday, Hawks forward Shelden Williams (below). The 24-year-old, who is in his second NBA season, told police that his 2008...

December 24, 2007 | Albert Chen
NOT SO long ago, such a meeting was unimaginable. But on Dec. 12—the same day that Marion Jones was officially erased from the Olympic record books and one day before the unveiling of the Mitchell...

December 24, 2007
4 Starting quarterbacks the Panthers have used this year, the most ever by an NFL team.

December 24, 2007
[This article consists of an image with art text. Please see hardcopy or PDF for details.] The Trentonian Dec. 14, 2007

December 24, 2007
GREG ODEN Trail Blazer rookie who's making $3.9 million this year, on how he likes Portland: "The only thing is, they don't have any Wal-Marts near my house. I go to Best Buy or Target, but those...

December 24, 2007 | As told to Ben Reiter
RED SOX MANAGER

December 24, 2007 | Sarah Kwak
What to watch and watch for

December 24, 2007
Becca Prichard CLEMSON, S.C. > Cross-country Prichard, a 28-year-old sophomore at Spartanburg Methodist, won the NJCAA half-marathon in 1:22:00 and finished sixth at the national cross-country...

December 24, 2007 | TOM VERDUCCI

December 24, 2007 | TOM VERDUCCI
Q & A

December 24, 2007 | TERRY MCDONELL
Sports photography is fundamentally improvisational—informed by intense anticipation. It's all about getting the picture. To paraphrase the great Henri Cartier-Bresson, to make a brilliant image...

December 24, 2007 | TERRY MCDONELL
Photos of the Year See a gallery of other exclusive SI pictures from 2007.

December 24, 2007
Snow Man's Land Browns running back Jamal Lewis tried to break free from linebacker Angelo Crowell (55) and the rest of the slipping and sliding Bills defense on Sunday in Cleveland. Lewis found...

December 24, 2007
The NFL The Raiders are juggling priorities in their handling of rookie QB JaMarcus Russell • Laurence Maroney emerges just in time for January • Dr. Z's Forecast: The Giants tumble

December 24, 2007 | Jim Trotter
Silver and Bleak Top pick JaMarcus Russell was no help in another dismal year for the Raiders, who still like him in the big picture

December 24, 2007 | Jim Trotter
The football gods were not happy that the coach of a 4--9 team on a seven-game losing streak, the Ravens' Brian Billick, would play for overtime rather than go for a win on fourth down at the...

December 24, 2007 | Peter King
Amid the hubbub of Spygate, the hate-hate relationship with Eric Mangini and the run to a perfect season, the Patriots found something in the sleet and rain at Gillette Stadium on Sunday that will...

December 24, 2007 | Paul Zimmerman
In 3 1/2 hours the Giants went from king of the NFC wild cards to "Oh, my god, we could be out of the playoffs." At this point in the season, after New York's surprising loss to the Redskins at...

December 24, 2007 | Chris Mannix
Minus Zero The Wizards keep on winning without injured star Gilbert Arenas. Could his days in Washington be numbered?

December 24, 2007 | Chris Mannix
On the current trade market: "Things are pretty quiet out there. The names I'm hearing most often now are Jason Williams (right) of the Heat and Sam Cassell of the Clippers. I'm not sure either...

December 24, 2007 | Joe Lemire
Choice Words The earlier isn't necessarily the better as recruits often rethink their verbal commitments, to the coaches' chagrin

December 24, 2007 | Joe Lemire
TRINITY (Euless, Texas) vs. JUDSON (Converse, Texas), Dec. 22

December 24, 2007 | Joe Lemire
A NOSE FOR THE END ZONE Osceola (Kissimmee, Fla.) senior RB Bubba Brown finished with the state record for most points in a season (278, topping the 268 of RB Antone Smith, now at Florida State)...

December 24, 2007 | Michael Farber
Double Feature One of Chicago's two rookies seems sure to win the Calder Trophy—but which will be the better player in the long run?

December 24, 2007 | Pierre McGuire
Now that defenseman Scott Niedermayer (right), has returned to the Ducks (he had flirted with retirement), watch for Anaheim's power play to start climbing from 21st in the league, where it ranked...

December 24, 2007 | Andrew Lawrence
Kevin Who? With no lone star, tenacious Texas has launched the post-Durant era by shooting to its best start in 26 years

December 24, 2007 | Andrew Lawrence
1 Chris Lofton (right) has lost his shooting touch. Tennessee's senior guard entered the season as a player of the year candidate after going 47.9% from the field in 2006--07. Through Sunday he...

December 24, 2007 | Jack McCallum
I am trying to imagine what it's like to be Isiah Thomas. Last week, after another discouraging loss, this one by 10 points to the Dallas Mavericks at Madison Square Garden, the New York Knicks'...