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December 28, 2009 | Volume 111, Issue 26

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Lebron James Cover - Sports Illustrated December 28, 2009

December 28, 2009
In his book Summer of '49, David Halberstam wrote "In an age where, because of television, fame was regularly confused with accomplishment, and where many of the society's new instant celebrities...

December 28, 2009 | AUSTIN MURPHY
Here's why Texas can knock off 'Bama in the BCS title game

December 28, 2009 | Albert Chen
Too many bowls to keep tabs on all of them? Here are the five most scintillating matchups

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Who's Hot

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Tiger Woods was mentioned on the cover of the New York Post for 20 consecutive days, surpassing the 9/11 attacks (19 days) for the longest streak in the paper's history.

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Won

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Larry Holmes

December 28, 2009 | Michael Farber
Hockey's New Year's Day game is generating serious heat

December 28, 2009 | Lars Anderson
In her first stock car test, Danica Patrick got a passing grade

December 28, 2009 | Edited by ELIZABETH MCGARR
Kendall Gaffney

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An NAIA powerhouse eyes the next level

December 28, 2009 | Kevin Kerr
Slugger centaurs and Queen's footmen and Saudi princesses, oh my!

December 28, 2009 | Dan Patrick
Stolen Moments

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An odd decade's worth of apocalyptic signs and They Said Its

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Citing the sport's role in "creating understanding between people," a Swedish legislator nominated soccer for the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.

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On facing Red Sox pitcher and countryman Daisuke Matsuzaka: "I hope he arouses the fire that's dormant in the innermost recesses of my soul. I plan to face him with the zeal of a challenger."

December 28, 2009 | L. JON WERTHEIM
The Aughts: A decade hard to name also defies easy description. A swimmer awash in gold, a fallen golf star ... the years brought dizzying heights and depths—and glimpses of the decade to come

December 28, 2009 | L. JON WERTHEIM
Weightiest moments of the Aughts

December 28, 2009 | L. JON WERTHEIM
In the 2000s, the champs among champs

December 28, 2009 | L. JON WERTHEIM
Their actions drew scorn, their names live in infamy

December 28, 2009 | L. JON WERTHEIM
A tennis star who made Grand Slam victories a habit is the cream of an elite crop

December 28, 2009 | L. JON WERTHEIM
Who will dominate the '10s? These players are on the cusp of stardom

December 28, 2009 | JOE POSNANSKI
The magic carpet ride began for Boise State with the unbelievable finish to the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, but what became of the heroic prince and the beautiful princess who waltzed into a nation's...

December 28, 2009 | TIM LAYDEN
Blitzing is king in the modern NFL, and the Double A Gap Blitz, a legacy of late Eagles coordinator Jim Johnson, is one big game-changer. Here's how it works

December 28, 2009 | MARK BECHTEL
From a right-leaning quarterback to a bass-playing power forward to a clotheshorse coach, the sports figures who died made marks that will last for ages—even those who passed away far before their...

December 28, 2009 | MARK BECHTEL
Bill Davidson, 86 The owner of the Pistons (for 35 years), the Shock and the Lightning, all his teams won titles in 2003--04.

December 28, 2009 | MARK BECHTEL
Roy DeCarava, 89 Best known for his 1955 book The Sweet Flypaper of Life, a collaboration with Langston Hughes about Harlem, DeCarava took photos for SI for 14 years.

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Fallen Saint

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Breaking News | Real-time Scores | Daily Analysis

December 28, 2009 | SELENA ROBERTS
Nancy Tarpein wasn't accustomed to chivalry. As a senior living in a vast stretch of singlewide mobile homes that from the sky look like scattered gum sticks near the base of the Colorado Rocky...