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May 14, 2012 | Volume 116, Issue 20

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Junior  Seau Cover - Sports Illustrated May 14, 2012

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Frank Deford's reflection on the NBA is a compelling reminder of how sports were more genuine in the days before professional athletes became deified celebrities. For all that we've gained with...

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Is Rajon Rondo the best point guard remaining in the NBA playoffs?

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"If a drunk lady wandered onto the court during a Spurs-Jazz game, how many points would she score against Al Jefferson in the pick-and-roll?"

May 14, 2012 | CHRIS BALLARD
Imagine if someone wanted to write a book about the greatest—or worst—moment of your high school sports career

May 14, 2012 | CHRIS BALLARD
A stunt woman in Sydney broke a Guinness World Record last week by riding a motorized toilet at a speed of 46 mph.

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Who is the league's best pure shooter?

May 14, 2012 | Stewart Mandel
The departure of the Big East commissioner is a sign of the times

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Peyton Manning has one Super Bowl ring; Eli Manning has two. On-field advantage: Eli. But how do the brothers stack up off the gridiron? The younger Manning's appearance last weekend on Saturday...

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"Sometimes you just have to put eye in your butt and, you know, play for everybody."

May 14, 2012 | Austin Murphy
A new coffee-table book paints a vibrant portrait of one of surfing's original gear guys

May 14, 2012 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK

May 14, 2012 | Dan Greene
A naval officer gets the nod to pursue his NFL dream

May 14, 2012 | DAN PATRICK

May 14, 2012 | TOM VERDUCCI
Will Albert Pujols hit again? Of course—but a massive slump has lowered expectations for his first year in Anaheim

May 14, 2012 | JOE SHEEHAN
Mariano Rivera's unparalleled career could be over

May 14, 2012 | JOE SHEEHAN
Since 1997, when Mariano Rivera took over as the closer, few things have been as stable as the Yankees' bullpen: Only four New York relievers have double-digit saves in that span. Compare that...

May 14, 2012 | IAN THOMSEN
Last year nothing went right for the Heat. This year, as its foes drop one by one, the odds appear to be increasingly in Miami's favor

May 14, 2012 | MICHAEL FARBER
Thirty-nine one-goal games, 20 decided in OT, three Game 7s: Nobody captures the drama of NHL Spring quite like the erudite Mike Emrick

May 14, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
As she settles into her first full NASCAR season, Danica Patrick is trying to master a new car— and make new friends

May 14, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
Here's a comparison of Danica Patrick's first eight races of her first full seasons in IndyCar and NASCAR's Nationwide series

May 14, 2012 | JIM TROTTER
Junior Seau was a beloved figure in San Diego and one of the greatest linebackers the NFL has seen. His suicide at age 43 has left even those who knew him best stunned, confused and searching for...

May 14, 2012 | TERRY MCDONELL
Senior writer Jim Trotter met Junior Seau when he walked into the Chargers' locker room as a beat reporter for the first time in 1995. "So you're the new guy," the 6'3", 250-pound All-Pro...

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Founder: Henry R. Luce 1898--1967

May 14, 2012 | PETER KING
Throughout Seau's career, writers—the author included—held him up as a superhero impervious to injury. Time to rethink our idol-making

May 14, 2012 | DAVID EPSTEIN
While brain trauma receives the most attention, the factors that may contribute to suicide among former players are manifold

May 14, 2012 | TIM LAYDEN
An undervalued horse ridden by an unknown jockey roared to an unexpected victory and began pursuit of the elusive Triple Crown

May 14, 2012 | CHRIS MANNIX
Showing a brilliance that fans may never fully appreciate, Floyd Mayweather Jr. stayed unbeaten despite a furious challenge from Miguel Cotto

May 14, 2012 | MICHAEL FARBER
For better and worse, players from the former Soviet bloc have been the focus of playoff drama. Are they playing to type, or just playing hockey?

May 14, 2012 | CHRIS BALLARD
You might assume that Kobe Bryant inherited his talent for basketball and his burning need to dominate from his father, former NBA and Italian league player Joe (Jellybean) Bryant. But Joe and...

May 14, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR
I remember sitting at the dinner table with my family six years ago when my son Ben finally said the words I had been expecting, and dreading, for years. He had played basketball, baseball and...

May 14, 2012 | DAMON HACK
Oozing with talent but winless on the PGA Tour, Rickie Fowler gave the game a huge jolt at the Wells Fargo by taking down fellow 23-year-old Rory McIlroy, setting up a Whiz Kid rivalry

May 14, 2012 | DAMON HACK
In the two years since his maiden PGA Tour win, at Quail Hollow, McIlroy has played 49 times around the world and has three victories and 29 top 10s. In seven starts this year he has a win, three...

May 14, 2012 | DAMON HACK
Camilo Villegas

May 14, 2012 | DOTTIE PEPPER
What do you do when you achieve so many of your goals so early in your career? Do you play to win more majors? Do you chase the almighty dollar? How do you reset your goals? This is where Rory...

May 14, 2012 | BILL COORE
The new short course at Bandon Dunes may represent the game's hope for the future

May 14, 2012 | BILL COORE
Will Sean Foley be Tiger Woods's coach at the end of 2012?