39 Reason to Believe
Despite Jose Canseco's charges, spring training raises hopes that the Steroid Era may end
by Tom Verducci
48 The Driver's Seat
Before the Nextel Cup roars to life at Daytona, SI talks to the men behind the wheel
by Lars Anderson
56 The Aussie Rules
Utah's Andrew Bogut is not from a basketball country, but he's the best big man in this nation
by Kelli Anderson
60 Death--and Life?
While a labor dispute was killing this season, optimists at the NHL conjured a bright future
by Michael Farber
64 The Future Is Now
LeBron James, at the tender age of 20, is being measured against the NBA's greatest
by Charles P. Pierce
6 Leading Off
15 Air and Space
Thirty days hath Stovember. Or at least it hath in the long-overdue Jock Calendar by Steve Rushin
• Are collegians overscrutinized?
• Looking back at Reggie, Mailman
• Titans lure USC offensive guru
27 Faces in the Crowd
82 The Life of Reilly
Julio Franco wants to play baseball until he's 50. That's, uh, three years from now by Rick Reilly
76 The NFL
• Brady is SI's Player of the Year
• Montana vs. Brady, by the stats
78 College Basketball
• Thompson turns Hoyas around
• Iowa guard's legal troubles
80 College Hockey
• Bowling Green goalie fights MS
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