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SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD

No Childish Player Left Behind

Signing troublemakers is an unscientific—and risky—business. But it won't stop

By Phil Taylor

WHO'S Hot WHO'S Not

For the Record

Revolting Development

A hoops-dreaming sportswriter tries to hang in the NBA D-League

By Chris Mannix

The Daytona $4.99?

Recessionary times hit NASCAR

By Mark Beech

Trust Wordy

A former SI writer wittily explores the language

By J.D. Walsh

THE BEAT

By Arash Markazi

Comets Flame Out

By Joe Lemire

Game Plan

What smart fans should do this week

Ryan Kwanten

The Australian actor stars in HBO's True Blood

As told to Sarah Kwak

Faces in the Crowd

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Comeback Gators

Do-it-all quarterback Tim Tebow got help from improbable sources as Florida rallied to knock off No. 1 Alabama, taking the SEC championship and earning a shot at the national title

By Austin Murphy

A Punishing Run

Led by a sublimely balanced attack, Oklahoma hit 60 again and roared into the BCS title game

By Albert Chen

PRO FOOTBALL

Playing It Smart

In a crazy year for NFL quarterbacks, no story is as unlikely as that of Kerry Collins, who seized his last chance and has coolly led the Titans to 12--1

By Tim Layden

Young Man's Game?

Atlanta's Matt Ryan and Baltimore's Joe Flacco are flouting conventional wisdom on rookie quarterbacks

By Peter King

PRO BASKETBALL

Point of Contention

Clippers guard Baron Davis is using the NBA as a platform to work as a social activist, movie producer and entrepreneur. Anybody got a problem with that?

By L. Jon Wertheim

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

The Game of His Life

He lost part of his leg in a near-fatal accident and learned he has cancer, but Northern State's Don Meyer is courtside again in Aberdeen, S.D., doing what he loves best and poised to set the NCAA men's record for wins

By Grant Wahl

GONE GLOBAL

TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE

Imagine Mark Cuban with three times as many teams and five times as much money. He'd still be a piker compared with the Russian zillionaires who offer a life of luxury to lure world-class athletes and are bankrolling a new national sports machine

By Alexander Wolff

Inside

Inside: The Week In Sports

The End

Long boxing's most glittering—and marketable—star, Oscar De La Hoya cashes out against Manny Pacquiao

By Richard Hoffer

Heavy Waits

By Chris Mannix

Good Buy?

Highly paid Jason Spezza's offensive skills are worth the price, but Ottawa gets shortchanged by his inconsistency

By Kostya Kennedy

Pierre McGuire's In the Crease

By Pierre McGuire

Indycision '08

Even after the Colts' sixth straight victory, it's a toss-up as to whether they'll be a serious threat in January

By Jim Trotter

Peter King's Pick of the Week

By Peter King

Defense Wrests

No longer intent on just scoring, Gonzaga is dialing in on D—and better equipped for a deep run in March

By Luke Winn

Seth Davis's Three-Pointer

By Seth Davis

Point After

Gift Idea for the Meddling Parent

By Selena Roberts

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