SUPER BOWL XLII
18 AND ... NO!
Behind a ferociousassault on quarterback Tom Brady and a final drive for the ages, the upstartGiants broke the Patriots' seasonlong unbeaten streak with one of the greatestupsets in NFL history
BY TIM LAYDEN • Page 36
• Unheralded Heros• By Jim Trotter
• The DecisiveDrive • By Dr. Z
52 Fit for aKing
Behind the leadership and late-game heroics of LeBron James, the Cavaliers haveshaken off a disappointing start and jumped into the Eastern title hunt
By Phil Taylor
56 The RealSteal
While many fixated on the destination of a two-time Cy Young winner, Oriolesace Erik Bedard emerged as a target who could make an equally big impact
By Ben Reiter
62 The CourtSupremes
With an obsessive coach and foreign talent, Trinity has not lost since 1998
By Michael Bamberger
66 A Time toHeal
After a series of family tragedies, Darnell Jackson has become a force forKansas
By Luke Winn
70 Forged toFight
Middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik still draws his strength from the SteelValley
By Richard Hoffer
10 Leading Off
16 From theEditor
• Invading athletes' privacy
• The Bengals sign another Palmer
• First Person: Caron Butler
• An NBA ref has mob ties
• Dish from the Super Bowl party
30 Faces in theCrowd
34 Just My Type
• Dwight Howard and more
84 Point After
• What Bill Belichick's Patriots learned about taking on the world: It'sexhausting
by Selena Roberts
80 The NBA
• What L.A. needs from Pau Gasol
82 The NHL
• Two young experts in agitation
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