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SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD

Capturing the Cruel Fiesta

A new photo book explores bullfighting's brutal beauty

By Stephen Cannella

Speaking in Superlatives

Hockey inducts its top Hall of Fame class, and SI picks the best of the rest

By Tom Verducci

Eric Lindros: Worthy of the Hall?

By Kostya Kennedy

Swap Till They Drop

Baseball G.M.'s are set for a tradefest; here's why

By Tom Verducci

Splitting Heirs

By Pablo S. Torre

WORLD RECORDS

Touchdown Jesus Wept

Maybe Notre Dame and Charlie Weis isn't a match made in heaven

By Stewart Mandel

Shalrie Joseph ... Soccer Revolutionary

As told to Elizabeth Newman

WHO'S Hot / WHO'S Not

For the Record

Dick Nolan 1932--2007

The Pugilist at Rest

Boxing's champion Norman Mailer never stood in a neutral corner

By Kostya Kennedy

Dome Cooking

Saints DE Charles Grant makes a N'awlins meal

By Lisa Altobelli

Cranks for the Memories

An infectious new arena anthem has some raunchy lyrics

By Pablo S. Torre

TV Watch

By Adam Duerson

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Sarah Kwak

Faces in the Crowd

SI Fantasy Plus

Shining in the Shadows

Stellar seasons that, for one reason or another, haven't gotten their due

By David Epstein

Start 'Em

WE LIKE THE MATCHUP

By David Sabino

Sit 'Em

WE DON'T LIKE THE MATCHUP

By David Sabino

Intelligence Report

By David Epstein

PRO FOOTBALL

Breaking Away

Behind their go-for-broke quarterback and two high-profile reclamation projects, the Cowboys overpowered the Giants to gain separation in the NFC East. Looming ahead: a showdown with the Packers for conference supremacy

By Damon Hack

A Season in Hell

While the Patriots chase perfection, the last perfect team watches its legacy turn to ashes

By Lee Jenkins

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Bowl Chaos Season

Illinois's upset of No. 1 Ohio State shook up an already tumultuous race for the national championship. With three weeks left, here's who is in the best shape to play for the title

By Austin Murphy

PRO BASKETBALL

Waiting for Kobe?

His arrival would create a new set of problems. But if the Bulls don't start winning soon, they may have no choice but to make a deal for Kobe Bryant

By Jack McCallum

College Basketball Preview

A Fight Between Friends

Two freshmen, old pals, have arrived in L.A. to turn a classic football rivalry into a crosstown hoops war. It's USC vs. UCLA. It's O.J. Mayo vs. Kevin Love

By Grant Wahl

The Best of ENEMIES

Everyone knows about Duke--North Carolina. But college hoops feuds can't get much more contentious than these burgeoning battles, fueled by poaching coaches, blue-chip recruits, buzzer-beaters and simple bad blood

By Luke Winn

A Pillar of Strength

During a stunning run to the finals and its painful aftermath, Rutgers forward Essence Carson became the voice of her embattled team

By Kelli Anderson

Women's Top 10

Seasoned UConn will end its Final Four "drought" and reign again in April

By Richard Deitsch

5 Minute Guide

A fast-break run through the top players, the compelling stories and the underdogs to watch this season

By Seth Davis

COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREVIEW

Scouting Reports

1 North Carolina

The Tar Heels' merriest prankster is highly serious about getting them to the Final Four

By Luke Winn

2 UCLA

Adding a frosh prince, this battle-tested Bruins team finally may finally find its way to a title

By Grant Wahl

3 Tennessee

After a year at Iowa, the return of this native son has the Volunteers thinking San Antonio

By Grant Wahl

4 Memphis

The Tigers are experienced, deep and talented. Their coach wonders whether that'll be enough

By Julia Morrill

5 Georgetown

Big men are a Hoyas tradition, but a versatile guard could be the key to a Final Four return

By Ted Keith

6 Kansas

The do-everything sophomore is gone. Enter another sophomore forward who can do it all

By Ted Keith

7 Louisville

The Cardinals get serious about winning a title, but they still have work to do on defense

By Julia Morrill

8 Indiana

A hardened senior and a precocious freshman are ready to lead the Hoosiers deep into March

By Seth Davis

9 Washington State

Deep and seasoned, the Cougars are out to prove that a record-setting season was no fluke

By Kelli Anderson

10 Marquette

After their martial arts training, the undersized Golden Eagles figure they can fight to the end

By Sarah Kwak

11 Michigan State

Led by a surprising scoring threat, the deep Spartans will try to run opponents off the court

By Seth Davis

12 Duke

There's no established go-to guy, but there is a freshman forward who's happy to fill the role

By Luke Winn

13 Texas A & M

Used to winning ugly, the Aggies have a new coach, a new star and a new plan in motion

By Luke Winn

14 Oregon

Last year's Pac-10 surprise will stage another three-for-all, while applying a bit more muscle

By Kelli Anderson

15 USC

All eyes are on a prized recruit, but the Trojans really need their Taj to be monumental

By Grant Wahl

16 Gonzaga

Getting past the Bulldogs will be a tall order, but it's the little guy who is key to the season

By Kelli Anderson

17 Texas

Schooled by pros, the sophomore playmaker is poised to become the next Longhorns legend

By Luke Winn

18 So. Illinois

A lockdown defense and a well-rounded star will again have the Salukis in the hunt in March

By Ted Keith

19 Xavier

Just like they Drew it up, a mature band of Muskies are panting for a deep March run

By Stewart Mandel

20 Kentucky

The new boss is great at whipping up instant winners, but he could use a big man (or three)

By Seth Davis

Filling the Brackets

Despite enough at-large, mid-major bids to make Billy Packer groan, the Big East and Pac-10 will rule on Selection Sunday

By Bill Trocchi

Inside

Inside: The Week In Sports

NASCAR

By Lars Anderson

College Football

By Mark Beech

High School Football

By George Dohrmann

The NFL

By Jim Trotter

King's Corner

By Peter King

Dr. Z's Forecast

By Paul Zimmerman

The NHL

By Michael Farber

Pierre McGuire's In the Crease

By Pierre McGuire

Life of Reilly

A Day in the Life Of Columbus

By Rick Reilly

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