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We know, we know—four weeks in a row. Thanks to world titles, megadeals andunbeaten seasons, teams from Boston have taken over SI's last four covers(inset), and in yet another precious moment of late on the Hub's sports scene,fireworks and the beaming mug of newcomer Kevin Garnett lit up the TD BanknorthGarden before the tip-off of the Celtics' season last Friday. KG didn'tdisappoint his new fans in the opener: Garnett had 22 points, 20 rebounds, fiveassists, three steals and three blocks in a 103--83 win over the Wizards.

Rookie on aRoll
En route to setting an NFL record with 296 yards rushing in just his eighthgame, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson rambled for a 46-yard,fourth-quarter touchdown on Sunday at the Metrodome. Peterson is the league'sleading rusher at midseason with 1,036 yards (page 46). Also in Minnesota's35--17 victory, Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie (inset) set an NFL recordby returning a failed field goal attempt 109 yards.

Neil's Diamond
In 1965 SI photographer Neil Leifer rigged a camera under the second base bagat Dodger Stadium, where he captured Willie Davis in mid-slide. That and otherpriceless shots—including those of (below, left to right) Sandy Koufax, CaseyStengel and Bill Mazeroski—are available in a new, limited-edition collection,Neil Leifer's Ballet in the Dirt: The Golden Age of Baseball (inset).

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FROM LEFT: JOHN BIEVER

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FROM LEFT: WALTER IOOSS JR.

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FROM LEFT: ROBERT BECK

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FROM LEFT: MICHAEL O'NEILL

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Photographs by Neil Leifer