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February 21, 2011 | Volume 114, Issue 8

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Rajon Rondo Cover - Sports Illustrated February 21, 2011

February 21, 2011 | TERRY McDONELL
A week of smiles climaxed like a sophisticated punch line when Bill Murray won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am with D.A. Points (page 42). Similarly, if you're an SI subscriber, you...

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Founder: Henry R. Luce 1898--1967

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Like Aliquippa, Pa., many cities across the country still experience the crippling social dilemma in which sports are the only way out of poverty and despair. While a part of me still believes...

February 21, 2011 | GRANT WAHL
It's time to depose soccer's longtime leader

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Tracking the week's news both inside and outside the confines of cool

February 21, 2011 | Jack McCallum
Jerry Sloan's legacy? It goes far beyond just Malone and Stockton

February 21, 2011 | Jack McCallum
Alabama—whose archrival, Auburn, plays football at Jordan-Hare Stadium—has offered an athletic scholarship to Saginaw, Mich., basketball recruit Jordan Hare.

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Retired

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Stephen Jackson

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February 21, 2011 | Matt Gagne
A coaching transplant goes to unexpected lengths to help an ailing player

February 21, 2011 | Ryan Hatch
David Beckham's good deed evokes past acts of automotive altruism

February 21, 2011 | Dan Patrick
Mike Krzyzewski

February 21, 2011 | Chris Mannix
Kelly Pavlik's battle with alcohol abuse

February 21, 2011 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
Meghan Agosta

February 21, 2011 | MICHAEL FARBER
The abrupt end to Peter Forsberg's second (or third) comeback was a crushing blow to the Avalanche

February 21, 2011 | PIERRE MCGUIRE
Rookie Brad Marchand has boosted the Bruins' offense. He scored no goals in just 20 games last year, but playing alongside vets Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi—who have taken Marchand, 22, under...

February 21, 2011 | LUKE WINN
Five years removed from a Cinderella Final Four run, George Mason is looking like a bracket buster again

February 21, 2011 | SETH DAVIS
Kansas may be the nation's new No. 1 team, but Pittsburgh may be the best team. The Panthers improved to 23--2 by winning two tough road games last week, at West Virginia and Villanova, even...

February 21, 2011 | CHRIS MANNIX
Owners spent money at a desperate pace last summer—not all of it wisely, as these five contracts attest

February 21, 2011 | Jim Trotter
As a federal prosecutor, DeMaurice Smith gained a reputation for never backing down from a challenge. Now the head of the NFL Players Association is proving to be a formidable force for the union...

February 21, 2011 | Jim Trotter
As the expiration of the current bargaining agreement approaches—March 3 is D day—the two sides remain far apart on the major issues

February 21, 2011 | Tom Verducci
Spring has sprung, and camps are suddenly full of pitchers like Joaquin Benoit: They don't start, they don't close—but they became very wealthy this winter

February 21, 2011 | Tom Verducci
Joaquin Benoit, Rafael Soriano and Bobby Jenks are three of six free-agent setup men who signed deals worth $12 million or more this winter. That's as many as there were from 2006 to '09.

February 21, 2011 | Tom Verducci
As camps open, these are the plotlines that well-informed fans should follow this spring

February 21, 2011 | Alan Shipnuck
Entertaining the gallery all the way to the end, Bill Murray (yes, that Bill Murray) teamed with D.A. Points to win the Pebble Beach Pro-Am and got an assist for helping the journeyman pick up his...

February 21, 2011 | Ian Thomsen
In the rarest of stretches, one title favorite hosted four others in 10 days. The result: lessons learned, records broken and February games of playoff intensity

February 21, 2011 | Lars Anderson
Dale Earnhardt died in the 2001 Daytona 500, but even as the green flag flies for this year's race and a new Sprint Cup season, his legacy is felt throughout the sport—and in the lives of three...

February 21, 2011 | Lars Anderson
What's new in NASCAR this year? Here are three key changes

February 21, 2011 | Lars Anderson
Jimmie Johnson has won five straight Cup titles and is gunning for yet another, but half a dozen of NASCAR's best have a shot at ending his streak

February 21, 2011 | ELIZABETH MCGARR
The decade since Dale Sr.'s death in 2001 has been one of constant change for NASCAR

February 21, 2011 | E.M. Swift
Fifty years ago, a fiery plane crash destroyed an entire generation of U.S. figure skaters and some of the sport's most celebrated coaches, including a grande dame whose influence is still felt today

February 21, 2011 | JOE POSNANSKI
On the night the Cavaliers lost their 26th game in a row—matching the NFL's Buccaneers for the longest losing streak in the history of North American major pro team sports—a young woman bounced...

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MY BAG

February 21, 2011 | REES JONES
If we want to renew our struggling game, we have to play to its strengths

February 21, 2011 | REES JONES
SHOULD TIGER WOODS HAVE BEEN FINED FOR SPITTING ON A GREEN IN DUBAI?

February 21, 2011 | DOTTIE PEPPER
In 1997 I saw a young LPGA player head off for her practice round at the Sprint Titleholders Championship only to find another player on the tee. "Ma'am," the youngster said, "amateurs aren't...

February 21, 2011 | JOHN GARRITY
More than two decades ago, the author rediscovered a long-abandoned gem designed by Old Tom Morris on a wild, remote Scottish island. Today, with an assist from American friends, Old Tom's Ghost...

February 21, 2011 | JOHN GARRITY
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