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December 26, 2011 | Volume 115, Issue 25

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Eric LeGrand Cover - Sports Illustrated December 26, 2011

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• Young men like Kitam Hamm are such a rare find these days. Here is a kid who, despite the odds stacked against him, is determined to fight and succeed. He is proof that there is no stopping...

December 26, 2011 | PETER KING
Remember how the labor stalemate was going to drive fans from the NFL?

December 26, 2011 | PETER KING
Eastern Carolina is trying to raise money for a new basketball practice facility by challenging its supporters to purchase as many $50 "tickets" to a "virtual bowl game"—in reality, $50 donations;...

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Which player is most in need of a haircut?

December 26, 2011 | Austin Murphy
A onetime Olympic hopeful straps on a snowboard two years after a near-fatal accident

December 26, 2011 | Kevin Kerr
Remembering the year's least monumental moments—the punch lines that made headlines

December 26, 2011 | DAN PATRICK
Urban Meyer

December 26, 2011 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK

December 26, 2011 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
"Chemistry is something that you don't just throw in the frying pan and mix it up with another something, then throw it on top of something, then fry it up and put it in a tortilla and put it in a...

December 26, 2011 | IAN THOMSEN
A new Western power will topple the champs, but the Heat is the team to beat

December 26, 2011 | PABLO S. TORRE
A team's out-of-conference performance can provide a critical boost or keep it on the wrong side of the bubble come Selection Sunday. Before league play revs up in the new year, consider three...

December 26, 2011 | SETH DAVIS
Pittsburgh freshman Khem Birch is making a huge mistake. By transferring less than halfway through his first season, the 6'9" Birch, a former McDonald's All-American who was averaging 4.4 points...

December 26, 2011 | ALBERT CHEN
Ten BCS programs have made new coaching hires. The early forecast: no title contenders and many who will weather a tough 2012

December 26, 2011 | GRANT WAHL
FIFA's Year of Corruption shows that real change will only come when the man at the top leaves

December 26, 2011 | CHRIS MANNIX
The Super Six tournament produced a breakout star in Andre Ward and established a formula that could revitalize the sport

December 26, 2011 | SARAH KWAK
The league's highest scoring lines have boosted their respective teams into contention, but are they being asked to do too much?

December 26, 2011 | TERRY MCDONELL
WE EXPECTED surprises, and still we were surprised. The decision of what to put on the cover of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED has been the top editor's since the founding of the magazine in 1954. There have...

December 26, 2011 | ALEXANDER WOLFF
What was the year's best? SI's editors nominated 15—and, for the first time, asked you to decide. In a year of surprising champions and stellar individual performances, it was an inspiring former...

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December 26, 2011 | CHRIS BALLARD
You must remember this: Amid the chaos of the rioting after Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, a young couple, captured in a moment of intimacy. Here is how fate and chance converged on the streets...

December 26, 2011 | MARK BECHTEL
From a Cy Young pitcher to a beer-pitching pass rusher, from a cantankerous owner who revolutionized football to a crafty fútbol player who helped usher in a revolution, the sports world said...

December 26, 2011 | PHIL TAYLOR
A year ago at this time, a little-known third baseman who had played in only 87 major league games was on probation following his second arrest on DWI charges. Today he is the World Series MVP and...