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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

GOLF PLUS

LONG, LOST SOUL

Nobody on the PGA Tour hits it farther than star-in-the-making Gary Woodland, but as he begins his third season on the game's biggest stage, he's searching for answers after a business decision cost him the coach who got him this far

By Alan Shipnuck

TEEING OFF

TIME SHARE

Johnny and Sir Nick together are certainly entertaining, but many of us also want an education

By Michael Bamberger

TUBE TROUBLE

By Dottie Pepper

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

BLUE STEEL

Anonymous stars in New York? That's what has lifted the Rangers to the top of the East

By Brian Cazeneuve

PIERRE MCGUIRE'S IN THE CREASE

By Pierre McGuire

HOW WILL YOU TURN AROUND YOUR FRANCHISE?

For the 20 NFL teams that didn't make the playoffs, the off-season will still be plenty busy. Here are the priorities for each between now and the April 26--28 draft, in order of selection

By Peter King

ROYAL PAIN

After (yet another) one-game ban and a spat that hastened his embattled coach's demise, second-year center DeMarcus Cousins is back in the Sacramento lineup. But how long will he stay there?

By Chris Mannix

SCOUT'S TAKE: PRESSING QUESTIONS

Looming disaster in Boston? Upheaval in Washington? A revival in Indy? SI asked a talent evaluator....

THE L.A. GALAXY

The Dodgers are on the block—bids are due on Jan. 23; a winner will be chosen by April 1—and the market of potential buyers is crowded with marquee names. Here are the contenders

BCS CHAMPIONSHIP

ABSOLUTELY ALABAMA

In a defensive tour de force that featured just enough offensive punch (a touchdown, at last!), the Crimson Tide shut down LSU and left no doubt as to whom should be crowned national champion

By Austin Murphy

THE TOP 25 FOR 2012

By Andy Staples

NFL PLAYOFFS: AFC

A MILE-HIGHER POWER

Some in Denver lost faith after the Broncos fell back to earth with three straight losses. But Tim Tebow never did, and after stunning the Steelers, he leads his flock on to New England

By Damon Hack

PETER KING'S AFC DIVISIONAL-ROUND FORECAST

By Peter King

NEW FACES, OLD SCHOOL

In the first postseason in franchise history, the Texans are leaning on a tested playoff formula: dominant ground game, dazzling defense

By Ben Reiter

NFL PLAYOFFS: NFC

TAKE IT OUTSIDE!

At home in the dome, with Drew Brees at the controls, the Saints' record-setting offense works like a well-oiled machine. But will the engine stall in the open air of the later rounds?

By Jim Trotter

PETER KING'S NFC DIVISIONAL- ROUND FORECASTS

By Peter King

THE RIGHT TIME TO PEAK

The Giants' defense, porous for most of the season, got its act together just in time for the playoffs. Note to the Packers: This is not the team you beat last month

By Matt Gagne

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

"WE'RE BACK, BABY!"

Indiana fans from Albany to Zionsville—and across the nation—have embraced the shockingly successful Hoosiers, who have emerged from a decade in the dumps to become the sport's new darlings

By L. Jon Wertheim

POP HERRING

Did This Man Really Cut MICHAEL JORDAN?

For years the NBA Hall of Famer has claimed that his high school coach underestimated his talent as a sophomore. Clifton (Pop) Herring, whose life has been a struggle since then, tells a different story

By Thomas Lake

POINT AFTER

GIVE PEACE A CHANCE

By Phil Taylor

Departments

LETTERS

CELEBRITY CRUSHED

As one NBA vet is learning, there's really no sense in keeping up with the likes of the Kardashians

By Jack McCallum

HOT | NOT

FOR THE RECORD

A Stranger Among Them

When Penn State went out-of-house for a new Nittany leader, a litany of complaints ensued

By Pablo S. Torre

Down, Set ... Cue the Orchestra

At NFL Films, few people are as important as the man behind the music behind the game

By Matt Gagne

FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

JUST MY TYPE

By Dan Patrick