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SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD

ThisClose to Phelps

Milorad Cavic is still coping with his one-hundredth-of-a-second loss

By Joe Posnanski

WHO'S Hot WHO'S Not

For the Record

White Blokes Can Jump

Oh, snap: British playground baller dekes NBA dude

By Eben Harrell

Passing History

Cocky QB Benny Friedman was an innovator

By Elizabeth McGarr

THE BEAT

By Arash Markazi

Ads: Still Super

By Joe Lemire

Game Plan

What smart fans should do this week

Taylor Kitsch

The Friday Night Lights star and British Columbia native is a hockey fanatic

As told to Sarah Kwak

Faces in the Crowd

SI, Nov. 17, 2008 Update

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick

Sportsman of the Year

MICHAEL PHELPS

He turned a pool in Beijing into the center of the universe, captivating millions with his exhilarating achievements. Now he's using his fame to get more kids swimming safely and to promote his sport as more than a once-every-four-years event

By Alan Shipnuck

SPORTSMEN OF THE YEAR 1954 - 2008

SMALL STEPS, GREAT STRIDES

On the 40th anniversary of the first Special Olympics, SI presents its first Sportsman of the Year Legacy Award to the movement's founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who has used athletics to change the world for people with intellectual disabilities

By Jack McCallum

An Athlete's Tale

Loretta Claiborne found an outlet in running and a voice speaking out for Special Olympics

By Jack McCallum

Going Strong at 41

By Elizabeth McGarr

Watching in Wonder

No one sees the impact of Special Olympics quite the way that the athletes' No. 1 boosters do

By Elizabeth McGarr

Raising the Bar

By Elizabeth McGarr

Unusual Direction

The Farrelly brothers used their trademark humor for a unique look at Special Olympics

By Jack McCallum

The Next 40 Years

By Elizabeth McGarr

Pride of Place

By Elizabeth McGarr

PRO FOOTBALL

A Strong Front

Spread the news: The methodical Giants offense is powering through the NFL's toughest division thanks to an unwavering line that puts opponents on their backs and rules the locker room

By Tim Layden

Formidable Fives

Which offensive lines besides the Giants' are dominating in 2008? Senior writer Peter King ranks the rest of the best

By Peter King

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

War for the Rose

The 112th meeting between Oregon State and Oregon was one of a handful of showdowns last week in which heated rivals squared off with much more than bragging rights at stake

By Austin Murphy

PRO BASKETBALL

The Truth Revealed

Forget the clashes with coaches, the bad-boy labels and the stabbing—Boston's championship wiped all that away. But there's still something bothering the Celtics' Paul Pierce

By S.L. Price

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

2 on 5

One night in 1992, in a small town in Alabama, the North Jackson Chiefs won a game against seemingly insurmountable odds. Then came the crashes and the gunshots and one man's fateful choice

By Thomas Lake

BASEBALL

Tex, Inc.

All eyes are on Mark Teixeira, a switch-hitting, slick-fielding, image-savvy superstar who—with an assist from überagent Scott Boras—has definitely arrived

By Lee Jenkins

BOXING

Political Punch

When Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao takes on Oscar De La Hoya, he'll be fighting for more than an eight-figure purse. He'll be representing countrymen who adore him—and trying to win their votes

By Pablo S. Torre

HOCKEY

The Other Alex

Quieter and less prolific than teammate Alexander Ovechkin, the Capitals' enigmatic Alexander Semin was the NHL's most overlooked talent—until he suddenly opened his mouth

By Michael Farber

Stanton Barrett

Stanton Barrett risks his life so he can risk his life

How do you finance a passion for stock car racing? As a movie and TV stuntman, of course

By Gary Smith

Inside

Inside: The Week In Sports

LT Phone Home

LaDainian Tomlinson has gotten lost in the Chargers' wayward offense—and wonders what it means for his future

By Jim Trotter

Peter King's Pick of the Week

By Peter King

Last Grasps

Which players will come through in the closing weeks? Count on a few unlikely producers over some big names

By David Sabino

Huge Starts

Flaunting refined games, three big bangers have muscled their way into the early player of the year discussion

By Kelli Anderson

Seth Davis's Three-Pointer

By Seth Davis

Devin Sent

He's no Jason Kidd—and that's a good thing for the Nets, who have turned Devin Harris into an offensive force

By Chris Mannix

Point After

The Old Man And the J

By Phil Taylor

Departments

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Letters

Long Time Coming

Eunice Kennedy Shriver's Legacy

By Terry McDonell

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