40 Midseason Report
• Who will make the playoffs, and who will win it all by Peter King
• Young defenders are making their presence felt by Peter King
• The wild side of Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu by Nunyo Demasio
• Emerging stars bidding to become All-Pros by Paul Zimmerman
• What went wrong in Philadelphia--and can it be fixed? by Peter King
52 Love and Basketball
Portland rookie Martell Webster is mature beyond his years, thanks to a wise old lady who raised him
by L. Jon Wertheim
56 Extreme Makeover
Under the critical eye of coach Charlie Weis, Brady Quinn has led Notre Dame's big turnaround
by Austin Murphy
60 Gone Hollywood
No NHL player is better suited to the glamour of L.A. than Jeremy Roenick, who's already a star for his new team
by Michael Farber
Jeremy Bloom, a former Colorado wideout and the world's best moguls skier, hopes to jump straight from the Olympic medal stand to the NFL
by Tim Layden
6 Leading Off
16 Catching Up With ...
19 Air and Space
Let us stop and be grateful for the many athletes who don't behave like TO by Steve Rushin
• Red Sox emulate evil empire
• Irony abounds in endorsements
30 Faces in the Crowd
82 Life of Reilly
In defense of Air Force coach Fisher DeBerry (and in attack of that defense) by Rick Reilly
78 The NBA
• Why Sacramento's going slow
• New pacts: Who got a raw deal?
80 College Football
• Star-free D propels Hurricanes
• Freshman turns Arizona around
PHOTOGRAPH BY AL TIELEMANS
INSET PHOTOS: John Biever (Quinn)
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JOHN BIEVER (QUINN)
¬†ANSWER MAN Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn had Tennessee's number last Saturday, throwing for 295 yards in a 41-21 win.
DAVID BERGMAN (BLOOM)
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CROWNED BY A KING During Sacramento's sluggish start, Brad Miller delivered a shot to Rockets center Dikembe Mutombo.
JOHN W. MCDONOUGH (WHITE, PARCELLS)
SIMON BRUTY (PATRICK)