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November 23, 2009 Table Of Contents

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2010 Starts (Or Stops) Here

By Gary Van Sickle

Teeing Off

Color Commentary

As golf gets squeezed by the economy, going brown could save some green

By Jeff Silverman

The New Guy

By Dottie Pepper




A Masterpiece

With his resounding defeat of Miguel Cotto, Manny Pacquiao proved that boxing's best is getting even better

By Chris Mannix


With a new big man who is more adept from the outside, the Suns' offense is shining once again

By Chris Mannix

Safety First

Executing a conservative game plan, Terrelle Pryor led Ohio State to its fifth straight Big Ten title

By Mark Beech

Five Seconds

With one race to go, Mark Martin appears headed for another runner-up finish—and he's O.K. with that

By Lars Anderson

Solid Stripes

In beating the Steelers—again—the Bengals showed that their defense is just as dangerous as their offense

By Tim Layden

Titan Quest

By Peter King

Market Watch

Who's up, who's down

By David Sabino



Feeling good and finally content with a reduced role in the offense, LaDainian Tomlinson is rediscovering the joy of running as San Diego makes its move in the AFC West

By Jim Trotter


Boise States Its Case

By Albert Chen


Constant Denial

Every contender this season can deploy a lockdown defender—the quick, smart, tough player who makes life miserable for the hotshot scorers

By Phil Taylor

Menace in the Middle

To SEC foes' regret, a star shot blocker pays for another chance to reject them

By Pablo S. Torre

The Very Best of Enemies

By Grant Wahl

Scouting Reports

1 Kansas Jayhawks

By Luke Winn

2 Michigan State Spartans

By Kelli Anderson

3 Villanova Wildcats

By Luke Winn

4 Texas Longhorns

By Elizabeth McGarr

5 Kentucky Wildcats

By Grant Wahl

6 Purdue Boilermakers

By Seth Davis

7 North Carolina Tar Heels

By Joe Lemire

8 West Virginia Mountaineers

By Kevin Armstrong

9 Washington Huskies

By K. Anderson

10 Connecticut Huskies

By Kevin Armstrong

11 California Golden Bears

By George Dohrmann

12 Duke Blue Devils

By Seth Davis

13 Tennessee Volunteers

By Mark Beech

14 Butler Bulldogs

By Joe Lemire

15 Michigan Wolverines

By Richard Deitsch

16 Ohio State Buckeyes

By George Dohrmann

17 Louisville Cardinals

By Grant Wahl

18 Mississippi State Bulldogs

By Pablo S. Torre

19 Georgetown Hoyas

By George Dohrmann

20 Siena Saints

By Pablo S. Torre

Filling the Brackets

In addition to the top 20, SI predicts which teams will complete the NCAA field on Selection Sunday

By Bill Trocchi

5 Minute Guide

SI's tip sheet for the new faces to watch, names to know and story lines to follow in 2009--10

By Andrew Lawrence

The Bigger The Better

By Kelli Anderson

Chasing Huskies (Again)

Despite the coach's pointed concern, UConn's still the team to beat

By Richard Deitsch

Point After

The Discount Dynasty

By Chris Ballard



Early Step on the Road to Glory

The unlikely genesis of Texas Western's historic NCAA title

By Alexander Wolff

Who's Hot Who's Not

Coming of Age

With newfound maturity, the LPGA's star-in-waiting gets her first victory

By Alan Shipnuck

For the Record

One Weird Trip

An artist reimagines an LSD-dropping righthander

By Stephen Cannella

Not a Bad Call

The math supports Belichick's ploy


What smart fans should do this week

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Elizabeth McGarr

Wild About Harry

An NAIA legend gets his 1,000th victory

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