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December 22, 2008 | Volume 109, Issue 25

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Henry R. Luce 1898--1967

December 22, 2008 | Michael Farber
Fear not, fired coaches. There's a good chance you'll work in this town again

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December 22, 2008
As the Capitals' backup goalie for last Friday's game against Ottawa, , a producer for the team's website. It was no gimmick: Starter José Théodore hurt his hip in the morning skate, and minor...

December 22, 2008
Sunderland midfielder, on the English Premier League team's recent form:

December 22, 2008
The Yankees asked the city of New York for $370 million in bonds for their new stadium the same week they signed CC Sabathia to a $161 million contract.

December 22, 2008 | Phil Taylor
Thanks to a little luck, the Heisman cometh to Sam Bradford

December 22, 2008 | Rebecca Shore
Avalanche captain underwent surgery after suffering three broken fingers and tendon damage in his left hand; he is expected to be out for at least three months. The injury didn't happen on the...

December 22, 2008 | Farrell Evans
A film explores Bear Bryant's role in integration

December 22, 2008 | Arash Markazi
replaced at guard when Jordan retired for the first time 15 years ago, and now a Bulls assistant coach, is subbing for President-elect He worked as a stand-in for Obama in a biographical...

December 22, 2008 | Joe Lemire
last week to launch Under Armour's first line of running shoes, the company's senior vice president for brand, Steve Battista, said the marketing campaign would begin on Jan. 1, 2009—"at 12:01...

December 22, 2008
What smart fans should do this week

December 22, 2008
McClain thinks the Stars' Avery exhibited sour grapes in his classless dissing of ex-girlfriend Elisha Cuthbert but believes that with a six-game suspension, "they have punished him enough."...

December 22, 2008 | As told to Arash Markazi
The 2006 World Series of Poker champ can be seen on NBC's

December 22, 2008
Jon, a junior at Bishop Kelley High and the youngest member of the U.S. national men's team, won the USA Shooting national championship in international skeet. He holds 14 junior world titles...

December 22, 2008 | Dan Patrick
The Interview

December 22, 2008 | JIM TROTTER
Longtime defensive strong boys Pittsburgh and Baltimore met to decide the AFC North—and to settle the debate over which unit was the NFL's best this season. The answers are etched in steel

December 22, 2008 | JIM TROTTER
BREAKING NEWS, REAL-TIME SCORES AND DAILY ANALYSIS.

December 22, 2008 | Peter King
Dick LeBeau's revolutionary philosophy—pressure the passer, but keep zones covered—just gets better with age

December 22, 2008 | Peter King
Baltimore coordinator Rex Ryan doesn't care about fancy pedigrees. He's looking for wild men who can hammer

December 22, 2008 | JOE POSNANSKI
Baseball's annual swap meet was a mere sideshow to the circus of showgirls, rodeo, slots and neon kitsch, but it ultimately delivered a $161 million jackpot, a 4 a.m. free-agent signing and a...

December 22, 2008 | JOE POSNANSKI
BREAKING NEWS, REAL-TIME SCORES AND DAILY ANALYSIS.

December 22, 2008 | CHRIS MANNIX
Energized by being reunited with family and friends, Denver native has guided the previously directionless Nuggets to the brink of first place in the West

December 22, 2008 | CHRIS MANNIX
BREAKING NEWS, REAL-TIME SCORES AND DAILY ANALYSIS.

December 22, 2008 | MICHAEL FARBER
He's 43. He hasn't taken an NHL shift in five years. But the former playoff force and erstwhile believes a few good turns in the AHL can lead to his own miracle on ice

December 22, 2008 | MICHAEL FARBER
BREAKING NEWS, REAL-TIME SCORES AND DAILY ANALYSIS.

December 22, 2008
Let the games begin, but know that they are just the beginning: It is only after we transform the players into print and pixels, see them in context, HD and 35mm, that the sports conversation...

December 22, 2008 | Kostya Kennedy
NBC's pioneering online Olympic coverage didn't dim the power of TV

December 22, 2008 | Kostya Kennedy
The powerful PBS documentary chronicled The Greatest's life in the early 1960s when, even as an Olympic champion, he was barred from whites-only restaurants.

December 22, 2008 | Adam Duerson
live NFL game in digital 3-D, between the Raiders and the Chargers on Dec. 4, was screened in theaters in Boston, L.A. and New York ; now league execs are plotting how to bring 3-D into people's...

December 22, 2008
SI plays matchmaker with the best broadcasters of 2008

December 22, 2008 | Joe Lemire
Olympics aside, marquee matchups led to a record Super Bowl (Giants-Pats drew 97.5 million) and a record cable event (Cowboys-Eagles on the Sept. 15 Monday , 18.6 million). Also, with their best...

December 22, 2008 | Stephen Cannella
The Giants dominated on bookshelves as well as on the field

December 22, 2008 | Stephen Cannella
When Haruki Murakami runs, he contemplates his next best seller, not his sore quads. The Japanese novelist and marathoner brilliantly meditates on writing and jogging in .

December 22, 2008
AT FIRST GLANCE, the Olympics depicted by David Maraniss in bear little resemblance to the event Michael Phelps dominated this year. They were the first Summer Games to be televised in the U.S.;...

December 22, 2008
were published by SI Books or written by SI writers and editors this year. The lineup includes:

December 22, 2008
, Warrick Dunn's memoir, begins with a heart-wrencher: the Buccaneers running back's 2007 death-row confrontation with the man who murdered his mother in '93. Dunn writes movingly about coming...

December 22, 2008 | Adam Duerson
is the sports movie of the year

December 22, 2008 | Adam Duerson
What sets the exciting apart from countless other martial arts--boxing flicks is that countless other martial arts--boxing flicks weren't written by a Pulitzer Prize winning--playwright—David Mamet.

December 22, 2008 | Mark Bechtel
isn't a traditional sports movie. To a great extent it's a combination documentary and caper flick, but that would be moot were it not for one man's extraordinary athletic ability. On Aug. 7,...

December 22, 2008 | Rebecca Shore
is more than a motocross legend, he's a numbers game: more than 60 broken bones, 25 concussions, nine X-Games golds and one dislocated spine. In his friends and family, in a series of funny and...

December 22, 2008
Face it. When you hear the name Adam Carolla , the phrase "master comedic thespian" generally doesn't rush to mind. But as an over-the-hill boxer in —the year's best sports comedy—the former Man...

December 22, 2008 | Stephen Cannella
A virtual trainer led a video-game boom

December 22, 2008 | Mark Bechtel
Free Darko waxes wise on the NBA

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December 22, 2008
Behind massive rookie tackle Jeff Otah and first-year back Jonathan Stewart, Carolina's running game is finding its legs at just the right time • Peter King's pick: Panthers over Giants

December 22, 2008 | Damon Hack
With a revamped right side of the line and a pair of explosive backs, Carolina is making a run at the Super Bowl

December 22, 2008 | Peter King
Not even a month ago, this Sunday night's game between the Panthers and the Giants looked like a gimme for the New Yorkers. Carolina was struggling to beat the likes of the Raiders and the Lions;...

December 22, 2008 | Mark Beech
Their games need polish, but a few freshmen have elevated their teams by fitting in rather than standing out

December 22, 2008 | Seth Davis
Kansas needs more perimeter punch. The Jayhawks' inability to generate outside offense beyond junior guard () was the main reason they lost to Massachusetts, which came in with a 2--6 record.

December 22, 2008
James Madison quarterback Drew Dudzik leaped near the end zone, was drilled by Montana's Craig Mettler (50) but got the ball across the goal line for two points in a Division I-AA semifinal last...

December 22, 2008 | Chris Mannix
Hoping to give their clubs a jolt, the Sixers and the Wizards turned to men with no recent coaching pedigree

December 22, 2008 | Chris Mannix

December 22, 2008 | Chris Ballard
ENVY ME, for I have drunk deep from the chalice of wisdom. For four days I have done nothing but read pro athletes' blogs, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds. (Don't know what a Twitter feed is? Ask...