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Positively Smashing

Angela Stanford edged out the star attraction, Michelle Wie, yet everyone agreed that the LPGA season began with a bang on multiple fronts at the SBS Open

By Alan Shipnuck

Wait Watcher

Dustin Johnson's win takes a while

By Jim Gorant

Big Play

By Brad Redding

The Pepper Mill

By Dottie Pepper

Getting Drafty

Another option on how to fix the Tour's most vexing problem

By Jim McGovern

SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD

The Italian Job

David Beckham's move to Milan looks dead. Is he still welcome in L.A.?

By Grant Wahl

WHO'S Hot WHO'S Not

For the Record

Brett Is Set

The end wasn't pretty, but Favre's legacy is safe

By Peter King

Tickets with Flex

By Joe Lemire

Joe Goldstein 1927--2009

To an old-school sports p.r. man, all publicity was good

By Charles Leerhsen

Game Plan

What smart fans should do this week

Bill Paxton

As told to Sarah Kwak

Faces in the Crowd

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

The Big Brutal

With its canny coaches, take-no-prisoners style and battle-tested stars, the Big East is the best—and toughest—conference in the land. Spend a week with Syracuse and see what it's like

By Jack McCallum

ACC: Also Crushingly Competitive

Want power programs and internecine ferocity? The ACC gives the Big East a run

By Tim Layden

NASCAR

A Bang-up Revival

In a wreck-marred Daytona 500 cut short by rain, NASCAR's ultimate survivor, Matt Kenseth, showed that he's back and gunning for the Cup

By Lars Anderson

HOCKEY

Stimulus Needed

The Penguins have the best player in hockey as well as its leading scorer, yet last year's Stanley Cup runner-up is still in desperate need of a rescue plan. It all starts with you, Kid

By Michael Farber

SNOWBOARDING

Good 'n' Ugly

With a year to go before the Vancouver Games, halfpiper extraordinaire Shaun White and his fellow riders put on a show at Cypress Mountain, despite a slew of glitches at the Olympic venue

By Austin Murphy

One-Track Mind

For Alpine favorite Lindsey Vonn, the focus is solely on winning gold in Vancouver

By Tim Layden

SOCCER

Proving Ground

This year's major tests will determine whether cerebral, intense coach Bob Bradley can lift the U.S. into the ranks of the world powers

By Jonah Freedman

The Fabulous New Life Of COLE HAMELS

SUDDENLY EVERYONE WANTS A PIECE OF THE WORLD SERIES HERO. HOW DOES HE COPE? WITH HELP FROM A SAVVY CELEBRITY: HIS WIFE

By Ben Reiter

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Inside: The Week In Sports

Fast Times

Philly is winning again after reverting to a running attack, but is it the right style to get deep into the postseason?

By Chris Mannix

Burned Siena?

The Saints beefed up their schedule in hopes of marching into the tournament with an at-large bid, but it could backfire

By Mark Beech

Seth Davis's Three-Pointer

By Seth Davis

Market Forces

The economy and the looming prospect of no salary cap will suppress spending on free agents below the marquee level

By Jim Trotter

Point After

How Low Can Coaches Go?

By Phil Taylor

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