46 Baseball Central
The author traveled through the once-comical AL Central and found more than ahint of October
by Chris Ballard
52 A Man Born for the Job
Inspired by his father, a U.S. senator, the NFL's new commissioner is ready forthe tough calls
by Peter King
54 Postcards fromthe Edge
Life couldn't be better for Edgerrin James, who's got a fat contract and astarring role in Arizona
by Michael Silver
COLLEGE FOOTBALLPREVIEW 2006
66 Troy Smith
In just a year, the Ohio State quarterback has gone from suspended and shamedto the toast of Columbus
by Stewart Mandel
The Dawgs' sack artist always dreamed of being a hoops star, but once he gotover that fixation, he became a smash hit in Athens
by Austin Murphy
76 Big Men onCampus
They're not necessarily the largest, the fastest or the best in the country attheir positions, but each of these nine collegians will play a huge role in histeam's success
It looks like another January date in the Arizona desert for Ohio State andNotre Dame, who will butt heads at Cardinals Stadium for the BCS nationalchampionship
120 5 MinuteGuide
19 Air andSpace
In this Madden, Madden world, the '07 NFL game is still a few buttons shy ofreality by Jeff MacGregor
• A hoopster hero of the skies
• England dumps David Beckham
32 Faces in theCrowd
134 Life ofReilly
Cory Lemke was more than an Iowa golfing prodigy. He was Mark Lemke's son byRick Reilly
• Former Soviet-bloc fighters rule
• Boston ponders a radical move
• A 6'7" rookie gets overlooked
• Bruce Arena's new rebuilding job
PHOTOGRAPHS BYDARREN CARROLL (LSU, TEXAS) AND PETER READ MILLER (NOTRE DAME, OHIO ST., USC,WEST VIRGINIA)
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