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October 25, 2010 | Volume 113, Issue 17

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Kevin Durant Cover - Sports Illustrated October 25, 2010

October 25, 2010 | LEE JENKINS
Four teams won 50 games, but all of them flopped in the postseason. Can one of them make a playoff breakthrough? If it's up to Brandon Roy, Portland will

October 25, 2010 | CHRIS MANNIX
Look out, Mavs and Spurs. Yao Ming is back, and—fragile foot permitting—the center could make Houston a force again in the league's most competitive division

October 25, 2010
Until there is a playoff system in place, arguments about programs such as Boise State's will get decided by everyone except the people who should be making the decision: the players on the field....

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LETTERS

October 25, 2010 | LEE JENKINS
Each team is building (or rebuilding) around a young post player such as Blake Griffin, whose return from knee surgery has the Clippers thinking playoffs

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Every SI Story ... Every SI Photo ... Ever SI.COM/VAULT

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The stars. The triumphs. The controversies. And yes, the jinxes. For a complete collection of SI's covers, check out this handsome anthology, available wherever books are sold or at...

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Breaking News | Real-time Scores | Daily Analysis

October 25, 2010 | SELENA ROBERTS
Travel down a road where nuns have come to embrace a fall habit that has delivered no evil. Take a left at a farm in Paxton, Mass., and, in a clearing beside wind-rattled trees that still clung to...

October 25, 2010 | GEORGE DOHRMANN
Tell-all agent Josh Luchs could have a Canseco-like impact

October 25, 2010
Who's Hot

October 25, 2010
WHO IS THE MOST OVERRATED PLAYER?

October 25, 2010 | Lars Anderson
NASCAR's second Hall of Fame class leaves out some deserving names

October 25, 2010 | Lars Anderson
A 25-year-old Colombian soccer fan had his torso tattooed with a full-sized replica of the jersey of former Atlético Nacional defender Andrés Escobar, who was killed following his own goal at the...

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Died

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Rocco Mediate

October 25, 2010 | Chris Mannix
An NBA move to curtail player complaints draws ... complaints

October 25, 2010 | Connell Barrett
Justin Timberlake takes to the tees as a PGA tournament host

October 25, 2010 | Mark Mravic
Serbian hooliganism looms as a menace to the 2012 European Cup

October 25, 2010 | Dan Patrick
The Interview

October 25, 2010 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
Steve Smith

October 25, 2010 | JIM TROTTER
A series of brutal collisions last week showcased the difficulties of policing a game built on violence

October 25, 2010 | Peter King
Both teams should be in crisis, but only one is. When New England dumped Randy Moss on Oct. 6, there was much hand-wringing about the offense—until Deion Branch out-Mossed Moss in his first game...

October 25, 2010 | DAVID SABINO
He may not have regained the starting job, but QB Kevin Kolb is one of several players worth picking up—pronto

October 25, 2010 | MATT GAGNE
Michigan State has adopted the tough personality of its coach and become the best story in the Big Ten

October 25, 2010 | STEWART MANDEL
Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon is drawing comparisons with former Texas Tech star Michael Crabtree, and for good reason. With 12 touchdowns (and 955 yards), the sophomore is on pace to...

October 25, 2010 | PABLO S. TORRE
These three big men—all NBA prospects—will make their respective teams big-time contenders this year

October 25, 2010 | SETH DAVIS
The Big Ten is the nation's top conference. After several down years the league will have two preseason top five teams—Michigan State and Ohio State—and could get seven Big Dance bids. That...

October 25, 2010 | Seth Davis
Off-court troubles threaten to bring surging Baylor down again

October 25, 2010 | LARS ANDERSON
Is the Chase on? Or is it over? The past suggests that Jimmie Johnson is about to make still more history

October 25, 2010 | Joe Posnanski
They don't suffer in infamy the way the Cubs and the Indians do and the Red Sox once did, but the Giants do suffer. In a season full of nail-biters, however, San Francisco has mixed plenty of...

October 25, 2010 | ALBERT CHEN
Yes, Cliff Lee is scary—but two unlikely starters are also fueling the Rangers' postseason drive

October 25, 2010 | Austin Murphy
The national title chase received a seismic shake-up with the upsets of No. 1 Ohio State, No. 5 Nebraska and No. 10 South Carolina

October 25, 2010 | Cory McCartney
Auburn's Cam Newton jumped to the top of the Heisman race with his dazzling effort against Arkansas

October 25, 2010 | Damon Hack
We're living in the golden age of the tight end, as this generation's versatile downfield threats have become preferred targets in today's ever-evolving passing attacks

October 25, 2010 | Peter King
In assembling SI's ranking of the NFL's alltime best at the position, we had to weigh what was most important in each player's era: blocking versus receiving. The list is based on how a tight end...

October 25, 2010 | Peter King
Tight end is one of the most perplexing positions to peg when it comes time to vote for the Hall of Fame

October 25, 2010 | Grant Wahl
The most accomplished import in MLS history, suave Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry has the Big Apple buzzing about its club for the first time since the heyday of Pelé's Cosmos

October 25, 2010 | LEE JENKINS
What do the players do for fun in Oklahoma City? Plenty. Run hills. Eat wings. Hang out. And gear up for a run at the Lakers while basking in the love of the league's most appreciative fan base

October 25, 2010 | IAN THOMSEN
In July, the Heat pulled off the biggest coup in basketball history, persuading LeBron James and Chris Bosh to join Dwyane Wade. Now comes the hard part: creating an offensive system that works...

October 25, 2010
HOW THE LAKERS WILL BEAT THE HEAT NEXT JUNE

October 25, 2010 | IAN THOMSEN
To tighten its stranglehold on a weak division, Boston brought in Shaq and re-signed Ray Allen, a 35-year-old who gives new meaning to the word sprightly

October 25, 2010 | PABLO S. TORRE
The departure of King James will end the Cavaliers' two-year reign, and the Bucks—with their recovering center, Andrew Bogut—are poised to ascend

October 25, 2010 | CHRIS MANNIX
Miami made the big off-season moves, but as Dwight Howard and his Magic teammates see it, until the Heat wins the division, Florida's top team is in Orlando