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Last Ditch

Fighting for his card in the season-ending Tour event, a humble rookie known more for his gloves than his game pushed veteran Davis Love III all the way to the finish line

By Gary Van Sickle

Is That All There Is?

Still high from the Ryder Cup, U.S. captain Paul Azinger is waiting for the big win to have an impact on his career

By Gary Van Sickle

Upping The Ante

More Tour cards to Nationwide pros

By Jim Gorant

Big Play

By Jim Murphy

Detroit Jimmy Says ...

By Jim McGovern

The Natural

A Bhutanese teen takes a big swing and overcomes the odds

By Rick Lipsey

SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD

If You Can Make It Here

How the Giants—and the NFL—took Manhattan

By Stephen Cannella

Blogger, Scribe Embrace

By Mark Bechtel

The Beat

By Arash Markazi

Lost Yardage

Ravaged by the mortgage crisis, a team and a town try to lift each other's spirits

By Lee Jenkins

WHO'S Hot WHO'S Not

For the Record

Days of Pine and Poses

A benched Marbury ponders a return to high school

By Chris Mannix

F√∫tbol Follies

Strange days in the beautiful game

By Mark Bechtel

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Sarah Kwak

Faces in the Crowd

SI, June 16, 2008 Update

By Rebecca Shore

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick

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PRO FOOTBALL

Clinton Portis Gets Real

Once famed for his oddball alter egos—Coach Janky Spanky? Sheriff Gonna Getcha?—the Redskins running back found new purpose following the murder of his friend and teammate Sean Taylor. Now Portis is tearing up the league and leading a football resurgence in Washington

By Damon Hack

Joey Porter Comes Around

After a disconcerting first year in Miami, the linebacker benefits from a coaching change

By Jim Trotter

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Twice the Power

Finishing off their blocks as precisely as they complete each other's sentences, inseparable twins Maurkice and Mike Pouncey clear the way for Florida's revived rushing attack

By Albert Chen

Marching on Atlanta

A dramatic finish won Alabama a spot in the SEC title game, but the Tide will have to play better against Florida

By Stewart Mandel

PRO BASKETBALL

Charlotte's Web

With two titans atop the organization and a Hall of Fame coach on the bench, the five-year-old Bobcats should be a franchise on the rise. Instead, they remain ensnared in mediocrity

By Jack McCallum

HOCKEY

Rebirth of a Phenom

At 16 he was the U.S.'s Sidney Crosby. At 19 he found out he had cancer. At 20 he was benched in the playoffs. Now, at 21, the Boston Bruins' Phil Kessel has finally arrived

By Michael Farber

College Basketball Preview

Beyond the ARC

Tougher shots from behind a new men's three-point line and more stay-in-school stars to cheer mark a 2008--09 season that has several schools with men's and women's teams in national contention

By Grant Wahl

She Said, He Said

Some of the brightest stars from college hoops' dual powerhouses dish on who's got game

Hasheem The Dream

The odyssey of Hasheem Thabeet began in one of the most remote hoops hinterlands. Soon, perhaps, it will take the UConn 7-footer to an unimaginably big stage—bigger even than the first round of the NBA draft.

By Luke Winn

Ready for Moore?

Last season Connecticut forward Maya Moore put together the most magnificent freshman campaign in women's hoops history. Now the hypercompetitive Husky has set her sights on a national title

By Kelli Anderson

Vote Is in—Yes UConn

Connecticut may be the pick to win it all, but the Huskies will have to fight off a deeper field of contenders than usual in the women's top 20

By Andrew Lawrence

5 MINUTE GUIDE

Listings of the most honorable, the up-and-comers, the new hires and the next tournament upstarts

By Kelli Anderson

Scouting Reports

1 NORTH CAROLINA

There'll Be No Stopping the Heels This Year, But the Coach Wants More Stops on D

By Seth Davis

2 UCONN

A Beleaguered Guard, Back From Another Injury, Hopes His Fifth Try Is the Charm

By Luke Winn

3 UCLA

The Bruins' Chances for Another Final Four Are Fab, Thanks to Five Top Recruits

By Lee Jenkins

4 LOUISVILLE

Watch the Cards Carefully. They're Playing With a Loaded Deck

By Mark Beech

5 PURDUE

A Single-Digit Scorer Who Controls Games on D Stokes the Boilermakers

By Luke Winn

6 NOTRE DAME

The Irish Have A Fighting Shot at a Title Thanks to a Trigger-happy Guard

By Luke Winn

7 PITTSBURGH

The Blair Weight Project Has a Panthers Big Man Slimmer and Ready to Run

By Mark Beech

8 DUKE

More Muscular In the Middle, The Blue Devils Are at Last Built for The Long Haul

By Seth Davis

9 TEXAS

A Versatile Star Is Thinking Big Now That He's Getting to Play Small Again

By Joe Lemire

10 TENNESSEE

The Vols' Backcourt Will Find Its Way By Going Through a Maze

By Pablo S. Torre

11 MEMPHIS

A Rose-y Scenario Must Develop for The Tigers to Return to the Title Game

By Seth Davis

12 MICHIGAN STATE

The Spartans' Floor Leader Is Speaking Up—and There's Talk of The Final Four

By Kelli Anderson

13 GONZAGA

A Forward With Big Shoes To Fill Is Ready To Step Up and Make the Zags Contenders

By Kelli Anderson

14 GEORGETOWN

A Top-Rated Recruit and An Unfettered Forward Will Keep Up Big Man U's Tradition

By Pablo S. Torre

15 MARQUETTE

The Golden Eagles Lack Size, but They'll Make Up for It In Speed and Experience

By Luke Winn

16 ARIZONA STATE

The Stars—And One in Particular—Are Aligned For the Sun Devils

By Grant Wahl

17 OKLAHOMA

A Fun-Loving Star Makes the Sooners the Coaches' Pick To Win the Big 12. No Joke

By Kelli Anderson

18 DAVIDSON

Putting Curry In the Middle Of the Mix Could Give The Wildcats A Real Lift

By Grant Wahl

19 MIAMI

Thanks to a Star Guard, The Hurricanes Have Moved Up a Category In Intensity

By Joe Lemire

20 VILLANOVA

The Wildcats Are Putting Their Faith in A Pious Point Guard to Deliver Again

By Kevin Armstrong

Filling the Brackets

SI predicts the 45 automatic bids and at-large picks that will round out the tournament field

By Bill Trocchi

Inside

Inside: The Week In Sports

Mid-Major Step

Edging TCU in the final minute to stay unbeaten, Utah moved closer to earning a BCS berth for the Mountain West

By Mark Beech

Stewart Mandel's Three-Point Stance

By Stewart Mandel

Fuel Injection

In a bold trade for Allen Iverson, the Pistons picked up a player who could provide the Answer to what ails them

By Ian Thomsen

One to Go

A masterly win in Phoenix all but assured Jimmie Johnson of his third Cup title heading into the season finale

By Lars Anderson

What the Heck?

The story just keeps getting stranger in Oakland, but don't expect the commissioner to step in and fix it

By Jim Trotter

Dr.Z's Pick of the Week

By Paul Zimmerman

Fall Housecleaning

Bye weeks are done. Brush away backups for players with greater upside

By David Sabino

Point After

Drop Knowledge, Not Pants

By Phil Taylor

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