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What's the Problem?

LPGA commissioner Carolyn Bivens has increased purses, brought in deep-pocketed new sponsors and made the players' needs priority one. So why isn't she getting more love?

By Michael Bamberger

Tiger Two-Step

Woods succeeds while losing in Asia

By Jim Gorant

Big Play with Michael Hebron

By Michael Hebron

Boy Trouble

Playing against the guys was tough, but it has served me well

By Jessica Shambora

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10 Telling Tussles

The weeks are dwindling, and the fantasy playoffs loom, setting up these games as the ones that will make or break your season

By Gene Menez

Start 'Em

WE LIKE THE MATCHUP

By David Sabino

Sit 'Em

DON'T LIKE THE MATCHUP

5 Minute Fantasy

By Adam Duerson

Air and Space

Give Us Your Tired Excuses

By Steve Rushin

SI Players: Life On And Off The Field / Thanksgiving Special

Zack Crockett

RAIDERS FULLBACK, AND CHEF

As told to Ben Reiter

Who's Hot / Who's Not

Tale of My Tattoo

The Pop Culture Grid

The Questions with Mike Rucker

Panthers Defensive End

Beyond the Bird

Choose sides with well-seasoned pros

Features

The Buckeyes Have It

In a classic showdown played just hours after the death of a Wolverines legend, No. 1 Ohio State edged No. 2 Michigan to earn a spot in the national title game--where the two teams could meet again

By Austin Murphy

Bo Schembechler 1929-2006

By Tim Layden

TWO TOUGH

The Cover Two defense has a storied lineage that runs from the Steel Curtain in the '70s to today's stifling Chicago Bears unit. Here's where it comes from, how it works--and how to beat it

By Tim Layden

Quirk Study

Clippers center Chris Kaman is often reduced to his eccentricities and his hair, er, style, but there's more to his story--and to his $52 million game

By Richard Hoffer

A Champ at Last

A gritty racer under all that corporate polish, oft-frustrated Jimmie Johnson--NASCAR's premier driver over the past four years--dodged trouble at Homestead and finally won his first Nextel Cup points title

By Lars Anderson

The Well-Guarded Guard

It took three very tough and determined brothers to foster the talents of a young Derrick Rose and protect him from a miasma of Chicago gangs, dealers, hangers-on and, perhaps scariest of all, agents

By George Dohrmann

SI's Preseason Top 20

Follow the nation's top teams with updated power rankings each week at SI.com

By Jon Mahoney

Preseason Girls' Top 10

Christ the King is going for its third consecutive national title, but teams from California and Georgia are the favorites

By Clay Kallam

Magnet School

Lake Howell High is leading a local hoops boom that is turning central Florida into a must-see destination for college recruiters

By Chris Mannix

Inside

Inside: The Week In Sports

The NFL

By Tim Layden

Peter King's Corner

By Peter King

Dr. Z's Forecast: Chicago Hits a Road Block

By Paul Zimmerman

College Football

By Phil Taylor

STEWART MANDEL'S TWO-MINUTE DRILL

By Stewart Mandel

The NHL

By E.M. Swift

Pierre McGuire's In the Crease

By Pierre McGuire

Life of Reilly

Dingbats, Dodos And Doozies

By Rick Reilly

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Letters

World Beater

He won 95% of his matches and opened an oceanic gap on the No. 2 player. This year Roger Federer became the MJ of tennis

By L. Jon Wertheim

Money Players

Baseball's off-season spending spree reaches historic heights

By Tom Verducci

For the Record

By David Epstein

Tony Triolo 1930 -- 2006

The Beat

By Adam Duerson

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Chris Mannix

Faces in the Crowd