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Mock Draft 2006

A dozen of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED's savviest stalwarts gathered in early August to divide up the fantasy football world. Who chose wisely? Who screwed up? You make the call

By Albert Lin

Rock-Solid

Sweet dreams! You'll sleep more soundly if you draft one or more of these perennially productive players

By Gene Menez

Need To Know

By David Sabino

Training Camp Confidential

By Gene Menez

5 Minute Fantasy

By David Sabino

Seen & Heard

By Adam Duerson

SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus

The New Dean

Dean Wilson recasts his image--and gets a Ryder Cup captain off the hook

By John Garrity

Second Annual Junior Golfer Survey

SI asked a group of teenagers, all serious golfers, for their opinions on equipment, tour players and if they'd vote for a Democrat or a Republican for president

Girl Power

A 14-year-old wins the U.S. Amateur

By Jim Gorant

Big Play With Mitchell Spearman

By Mitchell Spearman

Intelligent Designer

After the platypus, I thought, Why not 18 in the Texas panhandle?

By Evan Rothman

Air and Space

Imitation of Life

By Jeff MacGregor

SI Players: Life On And Off The Field

Howie Kendrick

ANGELS INFIELDER

As told to Ben Reiter

Who's Hot - Who's Not

The Questions with Matt Holliday

Rockies Outfielder

Painted Lady

The inking woman's soccer star

By Elizabeth Newman

The Pop Culture Grid

Coming Out Party

You want me to sign your what? Making it in the big leagues

Power Moves

The rookie started core training in earnest last January. By the NFL combine he was faster, stronger and more explosive. People noticed

By Elizabeth Newman

Features

Baseball Central

The once-comical AL Central is now the best division in the majors. For six days the author traveled through the new center of the baseball universe and found bullpen bar bedlam, ersatz Elvises and more than a hint of October

By Chris Ballard

A Man Born for the Job

Inspired by his father, whose stance against the Vietnam War cost him a Senate seat, new NFL commissioner Roger Goodell understands the tough decisions

By Peter King

Postcards from The Edge

Life couldn't be better for Edgerrin James--he's got a fat contract, a starring role in a high-powered offense, a state-of-the-art stadium and an Arizona Cardinals team that's finally ready to win

By Michael Silver

2006 College Football Preview

2006 College Football Preview

College Football Preview

Troy Smith

What a difference a year makes. The Buckeyes' signal-caller has gone from suspended and shamed platoon player to the toast of Columbus

By Stewart Mandel

Quentin Moses

The Dawgs' sack artist always dreamed of being a hoops star, but once he got over that fixation, he became a smash hit in Athens

By Austin Murphy

The Biggest Man On Campus

Overshadowed among this year's Heisman candidates, Cal's quiet but explosive running back has the tools—and the supporting cast—to win the most coveted award in college football.

By Phil Taylor

Big Men On Campus

They're not necessarily the largest, the fastest or the best in the country at their positions, but each of these nine collegians will play a huge role in his team's success this season. Their value is measured in a variety of ways--athleticism, strength, determination and a love for the action on Saturday afternoons-- and for good reasons they are all ...

2006 College Football Preview

Scouting Reports

1 OHIO STATE

By Stewart Mandel

2 NOTRE DAME

By Austin Murphy

3 TEXAS

By Gene Menez

4 LSU

By Mark Beech

5 USC

By Phil Taylor

6 WEST VIRGINIA

By Gene Menez

7 AUBURN

By Mark Beech

8 CAL

By Phil Taylor

9 FLORIDA

By Austin Murphy

10 MICHIGAN

By Mark Beech

11 GEORGIA

By Austin Murphy

12 FLORIDA STATE

By Mark Beech

13 LOUISVILLE

By Stewart Mandel

14 OKLAHOMA

By Gene Menez

15 CLEMSON

By Lars Anderson

16 ARIZONA STATE

By Phil Taylor

17 MIAMI

By Lars Anderson

18 NEBRASKA

By Lars Anderson

19 PENN STATE

By Gene Menez

20 OREGON

By Phil Taylor

ACC

By Lars Anderson

Big East

By Luke Winn

Big Ten

By Mark Beech

Big 12

By Gene Menez

Pac-10

By Phil Taylor

SEC

By Mark Beech

The Rest

By Luke Winn

5 Minute Guide

Compiled by Mark Beech and Gene Menez

Inside

Inside: The Week in Sports

Boxing

By Richard Hoffer

Baseball

By Albert Chen

Soccer

By Grant Wahl

Life of Reilly

Making Up for Lost Time

By Rick Reilly

Departments

Leading Off

Letters

Return Flight

News of a foiled terrorist plot brought back difficult memories for the former basketball player who helped subdue the "Shoe Bomber"

By L. Jon Wertheim

Identity Crisis

When athletes share the same name, bad things can happen to good people

For the Record

No Bonus for Honus

A dispute over authenticity has stalled the sale of what could be a $1 million baseball card

By E.M. Swift

Another Strike

A former Marlins pitching prospect once again falls victim to his drug addiction

By Michael Bamberger

The Beat

By Adam Duerson

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Chris Mannix

Faces in the Crowd