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December 05, 2011 | Volume 115, Issue 22

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Blake Griffin Cover - Sports Illustrated December 05, 2011

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Dewayne Dedmon is a prime example of how emotional abuse can influence a child's development. We should all be thankful that this young man had the courage to escape an environment that threatened...

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Should the NFL order Ndamukong Suh to take anger management classes to help control his temper?

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Founder: Henry R. Luce 1898--1967

December 05, 2011 | MICHAEL FARBER
Sidney Crosby's blockbuster return shows where the focus in sports belongs

December 05, 2011 | MICHAEL FARBER
The manager of Samoa's rugby team was fined 100 pigs last week for his behavior at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, where he is alleged to have neglected the team and spent much of his time...

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Who is your favorite NFL commentator?

December 05, 2011 | L. Jon Wertheim
Hit by an abuse scandal of its own, Syracuse seeks to avoid the missteps made by Penn State

December 05, 2011 | Rebecca Shore
A new film goes over the top in its celebration of some extreme athletes

December 05, 2011 | Rebecca Shore
"It was a true honor to be so close to such a legend."

December 05, 2011 | Alexandra Fenwick
A sportscasting giant is interpreted for a generation that never knew him

December 05, 2011 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK

December 05, 2011 | DAN PATRICK
Justin Verlander

December 05, 2011 | ANDY STAPLES
The rebuilding job for a new coach begins immediately. For Rich Rodriguez's first two days, SI was there for every minute

December 05, 2011 | ANDY STAPLES
Before his disastrous turn at Michigan, Rich Rodriguez achieved success wherever he coached, particularly at West Virginia from 2001 to '07. But a closer look reveals two sides to his record.

December 05, 2011 | ANDY STAPLES
The triumphs and trials of Urban Meyer's coaching career

December 05, 2011 | JIM TROTTER
Wins or stats: What's the best way to measure a passer? Many evaluators think the latter—which is bad news for some young QBs

December 05, 2011 | PETER KING
1. I think Week 12 was very, very bad for the future of two coaches: Norv Turner (the Chargers lost their sixth in a row, to Denver at home) and Steve Spagnuolo (the Rams lost to the 4--7...

December 05, 2011 | DAVID EPSTEIN
After two ACL surgeries and a combined 14 months of rehab, Purdue forward Robbie Hummel has got his groove back

December 05, 2011 | David Sabino
As the fantasy postseason approaches, matchups matter. Winning requires hot players with weak opponents. Below are a few smart roster fillers—along with their schedules for the all-important Weeks...

December 05, 2011 | LEE JENKINS
After almost failing to reach a new collective bargaining agreement, the owners and players struck a last-minute deal that will yield a 66-game schedule starting on Christmas Day, at least six...

December 05, 2011 | Ian Thomsen
Thanks to the lockout, teams have a shorter free-agency period to fill their holes—and big names are at a premium

December 05, 2011 | Chris Mannix
BOSTON CELTICS (56--26 in 2010--11)

December 05, 2011 | Chris Mannix

December 05, 2011 | Chris Mannix
MIAMI HEAT (58--24)

December 05, 2011 | Sam Amick

December 05, 2011 | Sam Amick

December 05, 2011 | Sam Amick

December 05, 2011 | LARS ANDERSON
Sorry, Cowboys and Cardinal and Hokies. Like it or not, No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama are virtually locked in for Tigers-Tide II, and this time the megamatchup will be for all the marbles

December 05, 2011 | CORY McCARTNEY
Here are the teams and the themes to follow this week

December 05, 2011 | DAMON HACK
A first-ever postseason berth is the righteous cause in Houston—but with two QBs already lost to injury, the Texans will need hard-charging, deep-thinking feature back Arian Foster to lead the way

December 05, 2011 | KELLI ANDERSON
Twenty-five years ago college hoops drew a line in the hardwood. Scorned, reviled, embraced only by the desperate, it changed the game forever

December 05, 2011 | KELLI ANDERSON
Having an elite three-point shooter can spell the difference between making the Big Dance and a madness-free March. Here are the top six players to watch from behind the arc this season

December 05, 2011 | JEFF BENEDICT
A top student and football star in South Central L.A., Kitam Hamm is one of a growing number of high school athletes who face life-and-death decisions every day as they try to survive in...

December 05, 2011 | MICHAEL McKNIGHT
All-city L.A. wide receiver Dannie Farber was out eating dinner with his girlfriend when he was shot by a gang member

December 05, 2011 | JEFF BENEDICT
Dominguez High coach Keith Donerson helps kids avoid trouble by making them choose football over gangs

December 05, 2011 | PHIL TAYLOR
The first wave of tears has passed, and now it is the small moments, the little things they once took for granted, that remind them of their loss. When Tiffany Bias, Oklahoma State's sophomore...