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December 21, 2009 | Volume 111, Issue 25

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Mark Ingram's never giving up on his dad is truly inspiring. His ability to overcome family issues and still have such athletic success is remarkable.

December 21, 2009 | ALEXANDER WOLFF
The NCAA has to control rough play in college hoops

December 21, 2009
Who's Hot

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WHAT GRADE WOULD YOU GIVE ROGER GOODELL FOR THE JOB HE'S DOING AS COMMISSIONER?

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Set

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551,230

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Andy Reid

December 21, 2009 | Albert Chen
Notre Dame gets its (Irish)man: Cincinnati's savior, Brian Kelly

December 21, 2009 | Albert Chen
Two British women attempting to row across the Atlantic Ocean plan to complete the entire voyage in the buff.

December 21, 2009
Last week

December 21, 2009 | Alan Shipnuck
What Woods's "indefinite leave" will cost him—and the Tour

December 21, 2009
What smart fans should do this week

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Whenever he needs a quick pick-me-up, Afflalo turns to the Bible: "It just makes you feel good." Smyth is intrigued by Andre Agassi's hot-selling memoir, in which the tennis star opens up about...

December 21, 2009 | Dan Patrick
The Interview

December 21, 2009 | Pablo S. Torre
A Sam Cooke buff has a hit at Prairie View

December 21, 2009 | Edited by ELIZABETH MCGARR
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December 21, 2009 | KELLI ANDERSON
Despite losing its top three players, Syracuse is better on both ends of the floor—and this season's biggest surprise

December 21, 2009 | SETH DAVIS
Kansas State is a Sweet 16--caliber team. Behind a combined 50 points on 10-for-18 three-point shooting from guards Jacob Pullen (below) and Denis Clemente, the Wildcats throttled...

December 21, 2009 | Peter King
When the Chargers and Bengals meet on Sunday in San Diego with a first-round playoff bye at stake, the key for 9--4 Cincinnati won't be its pass-catch combination of Carson Palmer and Chad...

December 21, 2009 | JIM TROTTER
As he assaults the record book, the Titans' Chris Johnson is staking his claim to be the league's premier back

December 21, 2009 | PIERRE MCGUIRE
Two former first-round picks in their third seasons are being dangled as trade bait: Oilers center Andrew Cogliano and Coyotes center Peter Mueller. Cogliano is coming off two 18-goal seasons and...

December 21, 2009 | MICHAEL FARBER
Buffalo's Tyler Myers, the league's best rookie, handles a load once unthinkable for a teenage defenseman

December 21, 2009 | JOHN ED BRADLEY
Never, it seems, have punters been more valuable to NFL teams. So who are these guys—and why hasn't a single punter been voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

December 21, 2009 | JOHN ED BRADLEY
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December 21, 2009 | Adam Duerson
Drop back 15 and boot it away on fourth down? It's not automatic anymore

December 21, 2009 | David Sabino
As the booming 55-yard punt that rolls into the end zone illustrates, raw numbers don't always tell the story of a punter's effectiveness. So to quantify a punter's value to his team, SI adapted...

December 21, 2009 | LEE JENKINS
Sacramento rookie Omri Casspi, the first Israeli to play in the NBA, is a dedicated collector of floor burns as well as a modern extension of the league's Jewish roots

December 21, 2009 | KELLI ANDERSON
Baylor freshman center Brittney Griner possesses an unprecedented combination of size, skill, speed and shooting touch—and a dazzling repertoire of dunks

December 21, 2009 | Edited by MARK BECHTEL
The sports-entertainment crossover: It's good (Peyton Manning's ads), it's bad (Ron Artest's rapping)—and once in while, it's sublimely funny. Just ask speedskating savior Stephen Colbert

December 21, 2009 | Edited by MARK BECHTEL
JAN. 27: GOLF LOVER JOHN UPDIKE DIES AT 76

December 21, 2009 | Edited by MARK BECHTEL
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December 21, 2009 | Mark Mravic
TAKE A trio of irrepressible pranksters, hand them the keys to the world's fastest and most exotic vehicles, and set them loose on a private airfield, and you have the essence of Top Gear, the...

December 21, 2009 | Dick Friedman
AS THE eight original American Football League franchises played their 50th season, Showtime's winning five-part documentary Full Color Football used artfully chosen vintage footage (was every...

December 21, 2009 | Ben Reiter
John who? Thanks to Cris Collinsworth, fans haven't missed a certain retired legend on Sunday nights

December 21, 2009 | Dick Friedman
IF IT could, NBC might schedule Sunday Night Football seven nights a week. While the fourth-place network's average prime-time rating in 2009--10 has fallen 3% from last season, SNF's is up more...

December 21, 2009 | Jack McCallum
Think NBA fans and the Web generation don't buy books? Think again

December 21, 2009 | Jack McCallum
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December 21, 2009 | Mark Bechtel
Invictus is a reminder of the power of sports—and the majesty of movies

December 21, 2009 | Mark Bechtel
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December 21, 2009 | Mark Bechtel
ON THE occasion of its 30th birthday, ESPN gave itself—and its viewers—a very nice gift: 30 documentaries that examine the past three decades in sports. But the project, called 30 for 30, isn't...

December 21, 2009 | Melissa Segura
THERE IS nothing saccharine about Sugar, a film that traces the journey of fictional Dominican pitcher Miguel (Sugar) Santos as he tries to yank his family out of poverty with his killer curveball...

December 21, 2009 | Rebecca Shore
Led by a certain name-changing wide receiver, athletes revealed more of themselves than ever

December 21, 2009 | Rebecca Shore
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December 21, 2009
Every SI Story ... Every SI Photo ... Ever SI.COM/VAULT

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1956

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Mark Ingram Closest Heisman Finishes

December 21, 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.

December 21, 2009
Not Sitting Pretty

December 21, 2009 | PHIL TAYLOR
If you have not yet discovered the little piece of paradise that is the NFL Network's new RedZone channel, a magical place where it is possible to watch only the most entertaining parts of...