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March 07, 2011 | Volume 114, Issue 10

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College Football Investigation Cover - Sports Illustrated March 07, 2011

March 07, 2011
While the consensus may be that Jake Plummer's early retirement from the NFL was a little odd, he also happens to be the envy of many in that he is surrounded by a loving family and friends and is...

March 07, 2011 | IAN THOMSEN
The moves of Melo and other big names are exciting—but untenable

March 07, 2011
Tracking the week's news both inside and outside the confines of cool

March 07, 2011 | George Dohrmann
How UCLA got an emotional boost from a familiar family member

March 07, 2011 | George Dohrmann
A notoriously anti-Barca newspaper in Madrid apologized last week for an "error in computer graphics" in which a soccer player was digitally removed from a game photo, which made it appear that a...

March 07, 2011 | Matthew Kitchen
Hall of Fame centerfielder Duke Snider died Sunday at age 84 of natural causes in Escondido, Calif. An eight-time All-Star—and a key figure in Roger Kahn's heralded book The Boys of Summer—Snider...

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Died

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Brian Wilson

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55.5

March 07, 2011 | Richard Hoffer
After 40 years Ali-Frazier I still takes the title

March 07, 2011 | Brian Hendrickson
Feting the end of an epic geek streak

March 07, 2011 | Dan Patrick
Jimmer Fredette BYU GUARD The Mountain West Conference's alltime leading scorer had 25 points and nine assists to help beat then No. 6 San Diego State on Saturday.

March 07, 2011 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
Lamonte Thomas

March 07, 2011 | David Epstein
Chile's running miner steps up the pace

March 07, 2011 | PETER KING
At the combine, scouts puzzled over the relative strengths of QBs Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert

March 07, 2011 | PETER KING
Ready for Anything

March 07, 2011 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE
The salary cap decimated the Blackhawks' Cup-winning roster. The toll those moves took is now apparent

March 07, 2011 | PIERRE MCGUIRE
Defenseman Kris Letang is a major reason the injury-riddled Penguins continue to win. In a 6--5 shootout victory in Toronto last Saturday, he never seemed to leave the ice, playing 32:47. His...

March 07, 2011 | JOE SHEEHAN
What does the loss of the Cards' ace mean? It means the NL Central has become a two-team race

March 07, 2011 | GEORGE DOHRMANN
Sports Illustrated

March 07, 2011 | GEORGE DOHRMANN
The number of players on each team in the study who were found to have police records

March 07, 2011 | GEORGE DOHRMANN
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and CBS News performed 7,030 background checks on 2,837 players who were on the rosters of SI's 2010 preseason football top 25 as of last Sept. 1. The checks were done through...

March 07, 2011 | Andy Staples
When a coach has to decide whether to take a chance on a player who has been in trouble with the law, he has to size up the offense and the offender and rely on his own moral code—or a gut feeling

March 07, 2011 | Jeff Benedict
Twenty-two Panthers players—the most of any team in the study—turned out to have criminal records, including four arrested for alleged violent incidents last season

March 07, 2011 | Armen Keteyian
Many coaches and administrators are open to a universal system that would require schools to conduct criminal background checks before admitting athletes

March 07, 2011 | Lee Jenkins
By discovering a Jordanesque killer instinct, point guard Derrick Rose has transformed himself into the MVP front-runner—and Chicago into a title contender

March 07, 2011 | Franz Lidz
C.J. Wilson's unique personality defies easy description. But the game's unlikeliest ace has a simple job: help the Rangers return to the World Series

March 07, 2011 | Pablo S. Torre
On his journey from Nigeria to Nashville, Vanderbilt center Festus Ezeli started late, then conquered doubts and nerves to become the nation's most improved player

March 07, 2011 | Grant Wahl
He hasn't lost a league game at home in nine years and is eyeing an unprecedented third Champions League title with a third team. Real Madrid's maestro may be the best coach in any sport, anywhere

March 07, 2011 | DAVID EPSTEIN
Next week Lance Mackey will choose 16 of his 120 huskies, tie them to his sled and try to become the first musher to win five straight Iditarods. But even that can't compete with his other...

March 07, 2011 | JOE POSNANSKI
Today is a good day. Nick Charles never knows when the good days will come, but he tries to embrace them. "Let's go for a walk," he says. We walk together unsteadily along the streets of downtown...

March 07, 2011 | BEN CRANE
What's the state of the Tour? Is Tiger a double-edged sword? Where's your favorite Tour stop? If you were commissioner, what would you change? And how do you feel about armchair rules officials?

March 07, 2011 | STEVE BESLOW
Using the most recent PGA Tour stats and data gathered at the world's largest amateur tournament, SIGOLF+ shatters three putting myths

March 07, 2011 | HARRISON FRAZAR
I've banked more than $9.3 million and still have the game to compete on the PGA Tour, but after 13 roller-coaster, injury-filled years, it may be time to call it a career

March 07, 2011 | HARRISON FRAZAR
Age: 39

March 07, 2011 | RORY MCILROY
Nothing against the PGA Tour, but cutting back my U.S. schedule is the most prudent way for me to pursue my goals of winning majors and rising to No. 1 in the world, all the while remaining true...

March 07, 2011 | RORY MCILROY
Age: 21

March 07, 2011 | MARK CALCAVECCHIA
Seems like I've been grinding on Tour forever, but there are millions of reasons why I remain highly motivated

March 07, 2011 | MARK CALCAVECCHIA
Age: 50

March 07, 2011 | YANI TSENG
With three majors, the No. 1 ranking, four wins already in 2011 and a new friend named Annika, my life (at 22, no less) couldn't be better. Now, let's talk

March 07, 2011 | YANI TSENG
Age: 22

March 07, 2011 | JUSTIN HICKS
At age 36—after 13 years of picking the range, folding sweaters, working in bag rooms and knocking around the mini-tours—I finally realized my dream: I'm a rookie on the PGA Tour

March 07, 2011 | JUSTIN HICKS
Age: 36

March 07, 2011 | PETER UIHLEIN
In certain circles my last name is synonymous with golf, but my passion for the game comes from within and my journey in the game—from Massachusetts to Florida to Oklahoma and, in April, to...

March 07, 2011 | PETER UIHLEIN
Age: 21

March 07, 2011 | JAMES P. HERRE
Welcome to the first SPORTS ILLUSTRATED GOLF+ PGA Tour Confidential Issue. You may be familiar with PGA Tour Confidential. In 2008 we inaugurated the print version of the Confidential roundtable...

March 07, 2011
EDITOR James P. Herre

March 07, 2011 | DOUG FORD
George Low was the greatest putter I ever saw. The only thing he could do better was live large on someone else's dime

March 07, 2011 | SURVEYS BY JESSICA MARKSBURY
SI Golf+ surveyed more than 200 pros from the PGA, LPGA and Champions tours on everything from politics to policies to preferred ball flight. The results (and the players' candid comments) might...

March 07, 2011 | DUSTIN JOHNSON
To improve on consistency, I'm focusing on everything from the grind of my wedges to the stains on my shirt

March 07, 2011 | KEVIN COOK
Golf's hunky hotties want to link up with you for fun, friendship and ???

March 07, 2011 | GARY VAN SICKLE
The ascension of Martin Kaymer to No. 1 in the world and a command performance by Luke Donald at the Match Play Championship signaled the end of the Tiger-Phil era as we knew it and the coronation...

March 07, 2011 | GARY VAN SICKLE
Golf in the Buff