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December 29, 2008 | Volume 109, Issue 26

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Sweet Jasmine Cover - Sports Illustrated December 29, 2008

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Henry R. Luce 1898--1967

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December 29, 2008 | Stephen Cannella
Seemingly trivial incidents led to the lasting memories of 2008

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By Braves president John Schuerholz, the agents who represent shortstop During negotiations with the Braves, Furcal's agent, Paul Kinzer, asked for a signed terms-of-agreement sheet. Schuerholz...

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Bears receivers coach, on why his charges have dropped so many passes lately:

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A British firm is marketing an aftershave that is said to combine the scents of several soccer teams' locker rooms.

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Apocalypse Now: There were signs everywhere

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Career losses by British welterweight Peter Buckley, 39, who retired in October after 300 fights.

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Celtics coach, after being asked how long Kevin Garnett would be out with a strained abdominal muscle:

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Acts of compassion in a grueling race

December 29, 2008 | Arash Markazi
LAST WEEK in New York City, was a guest at the premiere of 's a documentary short about the war-ravaged Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mutombo's native country. The NBA All-Star and the actor...

December 29, 2008 | Chris Mannix
LAST SATURDAY'S WBA heavyweight title fight in Zurich between Nikolay Valuev and Evander Holyfield had all the elements of a Barnum & Bailey production. There was a sideshow attraction...

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What smart fans should do this week

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President Bush may not be the only one in the line of footwear fire. Ariza wouldn't mind hurling his size 13 1/2's at the Lakers' equipment manager for "always giving me bad equipment." Kessel...

December 29, 2008 | As told to Sarah Kwak
SI caught up with the Man at Macy's flagship store in New York City

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Hilliard, a senior swingman at Elizabeth City State, was named CIAA player of the week after having two double doubles in three games. His 33 points and 13 rebounds in the Fresh City Classic...

December 29, 2008 | Dan Patrick
The Interviews

December 29, 2008 | AUSTIN MURPHY
Florida at least has to slow the point-a-minute Oklahoma offense and give its own high-powered attack a chance to run off with the BCS championship

December 29, 2008 | AUSTIN MURPHY
Has shone since replacing injured starter A.J. Jones in mid-November.

December 29, 2008 | AUSTIN MURPHY
BREAKING NEWS, REAL-TIME SCORES AND DAILY ANALYSIS.

December 29, 2008 | Albert Chen
With speedsters it likes to isolate in the middle of the field, Florida figures to give the Sooners all they can handle too

December 29, 2008 | Mark Beech
Big Ten pride, Big 12 defense and the mid-majors' image are all on the line as the busiest bowl season kicks into gear

December 29, 2008 | MICHAEL FARBER
This kind of reckoning is never a science, but let's do the math: An absurdly difficult catch to ignite a Super Bowl upset plus a heart-stopping swim in the Olympics plus the gutsiest golf...

December 29, 2008 | Tom Verducci
Josh Hamilton gave Yankee Stadium one final unforgettable display in the Home Run Derby

December 29, 2008 | Kelli Anderson
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh turned beach volleyball into brilliant Olympic TV

December 29, 2008 | Jack McCallum
In the Celtics' stirring Finals comeback, a quartet of role players supplied the knife edge of victory

December 29, 2008 | Austin Murphy
In just his third season, Turner Gill turned a longtime doormat into a bowl-bound conference champion

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December 29, 2008 | Phil Taylor
An altruistic act by eight high school runners in Washington reaffirmed the value of sportsmanship

December 29, 2008 | Kevin Kerr
No, you really can't. From a point guard's fruit-related injury to a third baseman's wimpy delivery, it's been another sublime year for the ridiculous

December 29, 2008 | MARK BECHTEL
The sports world said goodbye to two members of the Steel Curtain, a couple of Brooklyn Dodgers pitchers and a pair of legendary basketball coaches, as well as the singular Kiwi beekeeper who...

December 29, 2008 | MARK BECHTEL
A staff writer when SI was born in 1954, Astor became its first photo editor a year later. Under his watch the magazine began using more color photos, and he hired or develped some of SI's top...

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December 29, 2008 | JIM GORANT
Since being rescued 20 months ago from the dogfighting ring financed by Michael Vick, all but a few of the have been recovering in sanctuary, foster care and adoptive homes. Now even the most...

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For leading the Dolphins from the depths of 1--15 to the brink of the AFC East title, Chad Pennington deserves the league's MVP award • Peter King's pick: Chargers over Broncos

December 29, 2008 | Jim Trotter
Cast off by the Jets to make way for Brett Favre, Chad Pennington deserves the MVP for turning around Miami

December 29, 2008 | Peter King
When you've watched football long enough, nothing surprises you. The 2008 Broncos might be the exception. After losing three of the last five, Denver (8--7) is on the verge of blowing a three-game...

December 29, 2008 | Ian Thomsen
With teams' needs becoming obvious, here are five trades that should be made before the February deadline

December 29, 2008 | Michael Farber
Nashville's Shea Weber really rips 'em from the point. The league's newest elite defenseman is a hitter and a passer too

December 29, 2008 | Pierre McGuire
Devils coach says two players stand out as the hardest working he has coached: Pittsburgh's , whom Sutter had at the 2005 World Junior Championships, and New Jersey left wing . With a team-high...

December 29, 2008 | Kevin Armstrong
The demotion of veteran floor leader Greg Paulus in favor of Nolan Smith has given Duke a much-needed spark

December 29, 2008 | Seth Davis
Syracuse is for real. In winning 72--65 last Saturday at Memphis, sophomore guard Jonny Flynn and the Orange (11--1 through Sunday) proved they are a Final Four--caliber team.

December 29, 2008 | Phil Taylor
HARDLY ANYONE takes kindly to being called a racist, presumably even those for whom the term is a perfect fit. Accusations of racial bias, therefore, generally ensure that the accused spend so...