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October 12, 2009 | Volume 111, Issue 15

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Daniel Graham Cover - Sports Illustrated October 12, 2009

October 12, 2009 | GRANT WAHL
In Central America, soccer is always more than a game

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October 12, 2009 | Chris Mannix
With its regular referees locked out, the NBA eases in replacements

October 12, 2009 | Chris Mannix
Citing the dangers of global warming, a member of Tokyo's 2016 Olympic bid committee said, "It could be that the 2016 Games are the last Olympics in the history of mankind."

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October 12, 2009 | Brian Cazeneuve
Chicago's Olympic bid was brought down by an anti-USOC vibe

October 12, 2009 | Arash Markazi
John Madden opens his video playground to six proud papas of pro quarterbacks

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What smart fans should do this week

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Rice wants people to hear about the Ravens' player development director's courageous battle with ALS. Moreno thinks Quaranta's tale of beating a cocaine addiction is inspiring. As for nominating...

October 12, 2009 | Dan Patrick

October 12, 2009 | Edited by ELIZABETH MCGARR

October 12, 2009 | Puzzle by Mike Baranack
Fill in answers as in a crossword—except the answers are numbers. For rows or columns with multiple clues, enter answers consecutively. The sum will equal the red total at the end of each...

October 12, 2009 | ANDREW LAWRENCE
The Saints' once-soft defense has turned tough thanks to its new hard-hitting, ball-hawking approach

October 12, 2009 | Peter King
Tennessee (0--4) is desperate and has one last shot to revive its feeble playoff prospects. At home against Indianapolis (4--0) this Sunday, coach is sticking with the immobile at quarterback...

October 12, 2009 | DAVID SABINO
Who's up, who's down

October 12, 2009 | GEORGE DOHRMANN
Toby Gerhart, a deceptively fast back who is quieting the skeptics, has Stanford out front in the Pac-10

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October 12, 2009 | LARS ANDERSON
Long-struggling Dale Earnhardt Jr. showed speed at Kansas, but can NASCAR's most popular driver keep it up?

October 12, 2009 | JIM TROTTER
A month into the season the surprising new Broncos are undefeated, in command of the AFC West and playing like they mean business—especially on defense

October 12, 2009 | AUSTIN MURPHY
TCU coach is turning good offensive players into great defenders and threatening the BCS hegemony

October 12, 2009 | AUSTIN MURPHY
Here are three other Top 25 teams getting it done largely with defense—and hoping that's what really wins titles

October 12, 2009 | TOM VERDUCCI
The return of Pedro Martinez to the playoff stage adds spice—and mystery—to an already intriguing first round of matchups

October 12, 2009 | Joe Sheehan
St. Louis has the game's best player and two Cy Young candidates, but top-to-bottom, L.A.'s the better team

October 12, 2009 | Joe Sheehan
Most of the big names are the same as in '07 and so, too, is the story line: Defense again trumps the long ball

October 12, 2009 | Joe Sheehan
At press time the Twins and the Tigers were headed for a one-game playoff—for the right to be squashed by the Bombers

October 12, 2009 | Joe Sheehan
Los Angeles has the right lineup and rotation for October; it just ended up with the wrong matchup—again

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October 12, 2009 | ALEXANDER WOLFF
He broke professional football's color barrier in 1946, yet even though he played alongside Robinson in college, few people remember the great running back or the shameful history of segregation...

October 12, 2009 | ALEXANDER WOLFF
The Redskins' intransigent owner, George Preston Marshall, kept the team in the nation's capital lily-white until 16 years after the NFL was integrated

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October 12, 2009 | PETER KING
SI's fearless NFL expert opines on all the latest news, buzz and inside information. This is just a taste of what you'll get online.

October 12, 2009 | CHRIS BALLARD
the images. Of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow getting plowed over by a Kentucky lineman on Sept. 26, his frame driven backward and crumpling on impact like a 245-pound crash-test dummy. Of Tebow's...