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Air and Space

Teaching Tiger Cub Control

By Steve Rushin

SI Players: Life On And Off The Field

Philip Rivers

CHARGERS QUARTERBACK

As told to Ben Reiter

Who's Hot / Who's Not

Strapped In

A system designed by a Navy SEAL got the Saints' Drew Brees in shape to succeed

By Lisa Altobelli

A Raven's Nest

Where linebacker Adalius Thomas learned to eat

The Pop Culture Grid

Early to Rise

The nation's top girls' player got hooked on hoops when she was only a toddler

By Arash Markazi

Mr. Ice--Not Nice--Guy

Bill Hanson has won 500 games by keeping his edge

By E.M. Swift

College Football

Urban Renewal

With Chris Leak running the spread-option offense to perfection, Florida blewby Ohio State and won the BCS title in coach Urban Meyer's second season

By Austin Murphy

What about Boise?

Though they ran the table and beat Oklahoma in dazzling fashion, the Broncos rank No. 5 in the eyes of one voter

By Stewart Mandel

Pro Football

Rare Birds

Behind a castoff quarterback and an underappreciated star running back, the Eagles have turned around a seemingly lost season with an inspiring display of perseverance

By Tim Layden

Remember Us?

The Seahawks ruled the NFC last year. Now they're scrapping and scraping to keep their title

By Michael Silver

Guess Again

Using a baffling array of looks, the Patriots outfoxed the Jets and served notice that they're still a conference powerhouse

By Peter King

Fresh Cup of Joe

Used shrewdly during the season, Colts rookie Joseph Addai is hitting his stride at the right time

By Jeffri Chadiha

Pro Basketball

Forecast: Sunny and Hot

His knees healthy and his attitude adjusted, Phoenix's Amaré Stoudemire is brilliantly blending his explosive skills into a well-stocked team that may finally be poised to win a title

By Jack McCallum

College Basketball

Leader of The Pack

Rather than join the NBA, Nevada forward Nick Fazekas rolled the dice and returned to Reno for his senior year. Now the Wolf Pack is off to its best start in 55 years and laughing all the way, thanks to its star's impeccable timing

By Kelli Anderson

Golf

The New Rules Of Golf

The Mercedes-Benz Championship marked the start of the PGA Tour's novel (and complex) FedEx Cup race. After a week awash in talk of points and resets and playoff scenarios, here's how it will work

By Alan Shipnuck

Tennis

The Late Bloomer

After years of steady improvement as a player and a competitor, James Blake is suddenly, at age 27, the face of American tennis--and a threat to go deep in Melbourne

By L. Jon Wertheim

Inside

Inside: The Week In Sports

The NHL

By Brian Cazeneuve

The NBA

By Chris Mannix

College Basketball

By Grant Wahl

Life of Reilly

Wrestling with A Demon

By Rick Reilly

Departments

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Letters

Memorable Knight

In his first talk with SI in 10 years, college basketball's winningest coach reflects on his style, his regrets and his favorite burger joint

By William F. Reed

For the Record

Cheap Thrills

The Yankees are retooling in uncharacteristically frugal fashion

By Tom Verducci

Q&A Heath Shuler

The 35-year-old former Redskins QB—and North Carolina Democrat—was sworn in as a U.S. congressman last week

By Richard Deitsch

The Beat

By Adam Duerson

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Chris Mannix

SI Update

By David Epstein

Faces in the Crowd