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November 23, 2009 | Volume 111, Issue 20

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Sherron Collins Cover - Sports Illustrated November 23, 2009

November 23, 2009 | ANDREW LAWRENCE
SI's tip sheet for the new faces to watch, names to know and story lines to follow in 2009--10

November 23, 2009 | KELLI ANDERSON
With Jayne Appel in the middle of a lineup that opponents have to look up to, Stanford spies a national title within its reach

November 23, 2009 | RICHARD DEITSCH
Despite the coach's pointed concern, UConn's still the team to beat

November 23, 2009
Every SI Story ... Every SI Photo ... Ever SI.COM/VAULT

November 23, 2009
This Week in SI

November 23, 2009
College Football Top 25

November 23, 2009 | CHRIS BALLARD
Global icon? Champion for the ages? Consummate team player?

November 23, 2009
I hope the Andre Agassi example teaches fathers out there not to push children too hard. Your child might turn into a great athlete, but I would rather have a great relationship.

November 23, 2009 | ALEXANDER WOLFF
The unlikely genesis of Texas Western's historic NCAA title

November 23, 2009
Who's Hot

November 23, 2009
WHICH TEAM WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO PLAY FOR?

November 23, 2009 | Alan Shipnuck
With newfound maturity, the LPGA's star-in-waiting gets her first victory

November 23, 2009 | Alan Shipnuck
A Japanese lingerie company is selling a bra that unrolls to form a five-foot-long putting mat.

November 23, 2009
Remembered

November 23, 2009
Don Nelson

November 23, 2009
$470 million

November 23, 2009
The math supports Belichick's ploy

November 23, 2009 | STEPHEN CANNELLA
An artist reimagines an LSD-dropping righthander

November 23, 2009
What smart fans should do this week

November 23, 2009
Surgery would let Peverley curtail his workouts: "I'm going for a permanent six-pack so I never have to do sit-ups." But the 6'7", 336-pound McNeill won't toy with perfection. "You see how big I...

November 23, 2009 | Dan Patrick
The Interview

November 23, 2009 | Edited by ELIZABETH MCGARR
Ryan Helms

November 23, 2009
An NAIA legend gets his 1,000th victory

November 23, 2009 | CHRIS MANNIX
With his resounding defeat of Miguel Cotto, Manny Pacquiao proved that boxing's best is getting even better

November 23, 2009 | CHRIS MANNIX
With a new big man who is more adept from the outside, the Suns' offense is shining once again

November 23, 2009 | MARK BEECH
Executing a conservative game plan, Terrelle Pryor led Ohio State to its fifth straight Big Ten title

November 23, 2009 | LARS ANDERSON
With one race to go, Mark Martin appears headed for another runner-up finish—and he's O.K. with that

November 23, 2009 | Peter King
So many good angles in the Titans-Texans game, but I'll pick this one, from Tennessee running back Chris Johnson: "We honestly believe we can win out. That's how confident we are right now." Since...

November 23, 2009 | TIM LAYDEN
In beating the Steelers—again—the Bengals showed that their defense is just as dangerous as their offense

November 23, 2009 | DAVID SABINO
Who's up, who's down

November 23, 2009 | JIM TROTTER
Feeling good and finally content with a reduced role in the offense, LaDainian Tomlinson is rediscovering the joy of running as San Diego makes its move in the AFC West

November 23, 2009 | ALBERT CHEN
The 10--0 Broncos, as overlooked as their lightly recruited quarterback, showed again that they're worthy of a BCS bid. But will there be a spot for Kellen Moore & Co.?

November 23, 2009 | ALBERT CHEN
Thanks to USC's latest loss, things might not be so dire for Boise State

November 23, 2009 | PHIL TAYLOR
Every contender this season can deploy a lockdown defender—the quick, smart, tough player who makes life miserable for the hotshot scorers

November 23, 2009 | PABLO S. TORRE
To SEC foes' regret, a star shot blocker pays for another chance to reject them

November 23, 2009
Rotary Club

November 23, 2009 | GRANT WAHL
John Calipari comes to Kentucky with a huge contract, a banner recruiting class and a history with the state's other big ego, Rick Pitino

November 23, 2009
SI's TOP 20

November 23, 2009 | Luke Winn
The recruiting classes of 2006 and '07 brought forth a bumper crop of point guards: Nine—Ty Lawson, Javaris Crittenton, Mike Conley Jr., D.J. Augustin, Stephen Curry, O.J. Mayo, Derrick Rose,...

November 23, 2009 | Kelli Anderson
The bout of walking pneumonia and mononucleosis that forward Raymar Morgan suffered last season should yield a few benefits this year. For one, "I had no idea how much I could endure," says...

November 23, 2009 | Luke Winn
In April 2008 Villanova coach Jay Wright went to an AAU tournament to scout Talib Zanna, a 6'9" forward from Nigeria. Wright's Wildcats were due to lose three senior forwards after the 2008--09...

November 23, 2009 | Elizabeth McGarr
Jai Lucas may be the most talented walk-on in America. Last December the former McDonald's All-American transferred from Florida, where in 2007--08 he started 36 games and made the All-SEC...

November 23, 2009 | Grant Wahl
Even before he had played a minute of college basketball, Wildcats freshman point guard John Wall was seriously entertaining the question: Is he a contender for national player of the year?...

November 23, 2009 | Seth Davis
During a pickup game with Purdue teammates in late July, junior forward Robbie Hummel drove to the basket and made a layup. That would not have been noteworthy except that eight months earlier, in...

November 23, 2009 | Joe Lemire
In his early teens, Ed Davis would tag along with his father, Terry, to Virginia Union's Barco-Stevens Hall for pickup games. At times the temperature in the gym reached 110°, but that wasn't the...

November 23, 2009 | Kevin Armstrong
Devin Ebanks was 13 when his mother, Yvonne Jackson, brought him from their Long Island City, N.Y., housing project to Rikers Island, the infamous New York City jail. As a veteran corrections...

November 23, 2009 | K. Anderson
Late one night two years ago swingman Quincy Pondexter, then a sophomore, sat in coach Lorenzo Romar's office and vented about his lack of playing time. Finally Romar told him, "Let's call...

November 23, 2009 | Kevin Armstrong
When Stanley Robinson returned to school this fall, he did it with flags aflutter. The senior forward drove from his Birmingham home all the way to Storrs with UConn banners affixed to each side...

November 23, 2009 | George Dohrmann
When Patrick Christopher decided last April not to declare for the NBA draft, he called Jerome Randle, his backcourtmate at Cal, and arranged to meet him at a Bay Area restaurant. "He was excited...

November 23, 2009 | Seth Davis
Last February, as Duke was in the midst of a dismal stretch in which it dropped four of six games, associate head coach Chris Collins called guard Jon Scheyer into his office and administered some...

November 23, 2009 | Mark Beech
Last spring Tyler Smith thought he was ready to go pro. Tennessee's All-SEC power forward declared for the draft after leading the Vols in scoring (17.4 points per game) and assists (3.4) as a...

November 23, 2009 | Joe Lemire
If Gordon Hayward plays like a guard trapped in a forward's body, it's because he is. Hayward wasn't projected to be taller than 6'2", so his father, Gordon Sr., who coached him until high school,...

November 23, 2009 | Richard Deitsch
The state of Michigan basketball often can be summed up by how coach John Beilein addresses Corperryale L'Adorable Harris, the given name of All--Big Ten junior guard Manny Harris. "If Coach is...

November 23, 2009 | George Dohrmann
Coach Thad Matta offers a statistic that underscores the difference in his team before and after guard-forward David Lighty broke a bone in his left foot in the seventh game last season. "With...

November 23, 2009 | Grant Wahl
Last season, after he had benched Edgar Sosa for what seemed like the 88th time in three years, Cardinals coach Rick Pitino sat solemn-faced across from the point guard in a private meeting in his...

November 23, 2009 | Pablo S. Torre
Each new morning at Mississippi State brings more of the same. "We're all anxiously waiting," sophomore Dee Bost says. "We want him. We need him."

November 23, 2009 | George Dohrmann
This was a summer of discontent for the Hoyas, who started last season 12--3 and were ranked as high as No. 9 but went into a death spiral, finishing 4--12, missing the NCAA tournament and losing...

November 23, 2009 | Pablo S. Torre
Siena's recipe for mid-major success begins in an actual kitchen in Loudonville, N.Y. There Margaret McCaffery cooks her famous desserts—most notably French apple cobbler with caramel sauce—while...

November 23, 2009 | BILL TROCCHI
In addition to the top 20, SI predicts which teams will complete the NCAA field on Selection Sunday

November 23, 2009 | GARY VAN SICKLE
Stephen Ames won the Children's Miracle Network Classic, but at the last official PGA Tour event of the season, winning wasn't everything

November 23, 2009
MY BAG

November 23, 2009 | JEFF SILVERMAN
As golf gets squeezed by the economy, going brown could save some green

November 23, 2009 | JEFF SILVERMAN
WHICH OVERSEAS WIN WAS MORE IMPRESSIVE?

November 23, 2009 | DOTTIE PEPPER
Apparently the road to Daytona goes through Ohio. More specifically, through Miami University and the law firm of Taft, Stettinius and Hollister. Past commissioners Charlie Mechem and Ty Votaw are...