28 Party's Just Startin'
Thanks to the relentless scouting and player development showcased in Boston's sweep of the Rockies, the bash might last for years to come
By Tom Verducci
•Five trades that should be made
38 Super Bowl XLI ½
It's the biggest game of the season—again. But this time, after losing three straight to Indianapolis, the Patriots look too hot to handle
By Paul Zimmerman
40 This One's for Hep
Ben Roethlisberger vowed to beat adversity with his college coach. Now, the fiery play of the Stealers' QB honors his mentor's memory
By Lee Jenkins
46 Duck Season
Move over, USC. The team to beat in the Pac-10 is Oregon, which used its dynamic duo to beat the Trojans
By Austin Murphy
•Showdown: Oregon vs. ASU
No Finish Line
His heart once powered him to a world's best in the marathon. When it stopped for 14 minutes, he learned life is the only long run that really matters
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• A new era for the Yankees
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26 Faces in the Crowd
72 Life of Reilly
Honoring a true Hawaii football hero—66 years later by Rick Reilly
62 College Football
• West Virginia's Big East prospects
63 High School Football
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66 The NFL
• Should stars play on special teams?
• The rift within the Roush team
70 The NBA
• Yao Ming's new life on the outside
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