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SCORECARD

After the Gold Rush

The ill will between two post-Athens tours signals a rift between USA Gymnastics and some of its biggest stars

By E.M. Swift

The Man Behind the Mask

A hockey goaltender's secret life as a bandit turned him into a folk hero in postcommunist Hungary

By Bill Syken

A Prince Only Machiavelli Could Love

Hal Chase was the best first baseman of his age, but maybe the worst person ever to play big league ball

By Charles Hirshberg

Pound for Pounded

Once seemingly unbeatable, Roy Jones lost a second consecutive bout, casting an ominous cloud over his future

By Franz Lidz

Will Skate for Food

In the first week of the lockout, NHL players were taking games wherever they could find them

By Michael Farber

Trivial Matters

By David Sabino

Faces in the Crowd

CATCHING UP WITH

Graig Nettles, Third Baseman

OCTOBER 26, 1981

By Andrew Lawrence

LETTERS

LETTERS

AIR AND SPACE

The Rinks Robbery

By Steve Rushin

SI Players

JAKE DELHOMME

Panthers Quarterback

As told to Peter King

Who's Hot Who's Not

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

SI PLAYERS POLL

Based on a survey of 354 players

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

Dear Dr. Zzzz

NFL players know the importance of sleep--they just differ on how to get it. All the snooze that's fit to print

By Peter King

Video Matchup

CHIEFS vs. RAVENS

My New Life

...WITH DANNY WUERFFEL

By Adam Duerson

The Questions

By Duane Clemons

Fin City

Hurricanes, injuries and Ricky's retirement--it's hardly the Perfect Season, but the sun's gonna shine again

Over View

Baseball

The Pride of St. Louis

The Cardinals have baseball's best record and most powerful lineup, but are they adequately armed for October?

By Daniel G. Habib

Basball

Who'll Be the Fall Guys?

The Cardinals aren't the only playoff team with pressing issues as baseball goes through a change of seasons

By Tom Verducci

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Return to Odessa

A new movie based on his controversial 1990 best seller about high school football in West Texas took the author on a long-dreaded journey to revisit his main characters

By H.G. BISSINGER

PRO FOOTBALL

Turned Around by A Tackle

With a blue-collar defense built around Pro Bowl lineman Marcus Stroud, the surprising Jaguars stuffed the rival Titans and stayed atop the AFC South

By Josh Elliott

College Football

The Big Ten's Big Shift

In a year when the conference's traditional powers look vulnerable, Kyle Orton and explosive Purdue are leading a realignment of the pecking order

By Austin Murphy

Gophers Gone Wild

The one-two rushing punch of Marion Barber and Laurence Maroney has Minnesota dreaming of Roses

By Kelley King

Inside

Inside The Week in Sports

Inside College Football

Born Leader

Inspired by his deaf parents and brother, quarterback Stefan LeFors is lifting Louisville to new heights

By Mark Beech

Hawkins Has Boise Rolling

FIFTEEN STRAIGHT WINS

By Mark Beech

Three and Out

By Stewart Mandel

Phil Taylor's Sidelines

By Phil Taylor

Inside Tennis

Racket Boss

For his dominance of the men's field and for the virtuosity of his game, Roger Federer is SI's player of the year

By L. Jon Wertheim

Inside The NFL

Selling Point

No-nonsense coach Dennis Green says he will succeed in Arizona if the Cardinals buy into his system

By Peter King

Hat Trick a Treat for Freak

EAGLES' JEVON KEARSE

By Jeffri Chadiha

Backfield Woes Mount in Miami

DOLPHINS' RUN GAME

By Peter King

King's Corner

By Peter King

Rams Shut Out On Turnovers

By Peter King

Dr. Z's Forecast

By Paul Zimmerman

Inside Baseball

Artful Dodgers

Despite a badly banged-up rotation, L.A. won a critical showdown with the Giants to maintain its NL West lead

By Alan Shipnuck

The A's Shaky September

WILD AL WEST

By Albert Chen

Tom Verducci's View

By Tom Verducci

LIFE OF REILLY

Questioned Marks

By Rick Reilly

Departments

Leading Off

The Single Guy

He's taken flak for not being flashy or rattling the rafters with the ball. But Ichiro Suzuki is a baseball miniaturist fashioning a season like no man has had before

By Leigh Montville

Montreal Bids Adieu

The Expos' final homestand in Canada filled les habitants with little but ennui

By Michael Farber

Blood Simple

A new test for an old form of cheating catches an Olympic gold medalist

By George Dohrmann

Go Figure

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

For the Record

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

Court of Appeals

The U.S. men can salvage a Slam-less season by winning the Davis Cup

By L. Jon Wertheim

The Show

By Bill Scheft

Q+A Tim McGraw

The Grammy-winning musician plays the alcoholic father of a high school football player in Friday Night Lights

By Tim McGraw

The Beat

By Lisa Altobelli

The Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Julia Morrill

Under Review

By Mark Bechtel

Peter King's Five Things I Think I Think

By Peter King

The Poll Position

Edited by Mark Bechtel

Baseball Playoff Highlights

Edited by Mark Bechtel