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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

GREEN INVESTING

It's time for the aging Celtics to plan for the future. Step one: Break up the Big Three

By Chris Mannix

THE LOCK OF THE IRISH

Undecided on a college choice, top quarterback recruit Gunner Kiel finally picked Notre Dame and solved the team's biggest need

By Lars Anderson

THE BEST OF THE REST

The trend toward early commitments has removed some of the suspense from national signing day on Feb. 1, but with just one week to go until recruits can put their names on letters of intent, four of Rivals.com's top 11 recruits remain up for grabs. Where they go could affect the title picture over the next four seasons.

By Andy Staples

THE BOTTOM LINE ON THE DOTTED LINE

How critical is signing day? As this chart ranking the top recruiting teams since 2008 shows, being a title contender (Alabama) requires blue-chippers, but blue-chippers don't ensure being a title contender (Texas)

COMPILED BY Gene Menez

WILL, NOT SKILL

As the first week of the Australian Open showed, a big heart is often more important at a major than a big game

By L. Jon Wertheim

FROM CAGE TO SCREEN

Former MMA fighter Gina Carano stars in a big-budget action film

By Loretta Hunt

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP

Déjà Vu All Over Again

Behind Eli Manning, Tom Coughlin, a ferocious pass rush and the right leg of Lawrence Tynes, the Giants are headed to the Super Bowl, where they'll face the Patriots for the Lombardi Trophy. Sound familiar?

By Peter King

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP

ONE MORE FOR MYRA

A heartfelt, and heart-stopping, victory over Baltimore in the conference title game leaves the Patriots a win away from a Super Bowl title that would cap a year of high emotion

By Damon Hack

DISTANT REPLAY

The Giants and the Patriots each have a new blueprint for success in this rematch, but the result? It will be familiar

By Jim Trotter

PRO BASKETBALL

FINALLY, IT'S HIP TO BE A CLIP

By Lee Jenkins

PRO HOCKEY

EVERYBODY LOVES WINNIPEG

Sixteen years after it abandoned North America's coldest city—and its smallest market—for sunnier, sexier climes, the NHL has returned better than ever, giving loyal fans of the reincarnated Jets, and every Canadian, something to cheer about

By Mark Bechtel

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

THE BLESSED LIVES OF HERB POPE

The senior forward has cheated death—not once, but twice. So should it be any surprise that he has revived the fortunes of Seton Hall?

By Pablo S. Torre

JOE PATERNO

Joe Paterno 1926—2012

By Tim Layden

The Final Days

Rather than be bitter at how his career ended, the coach marveled at his fortunate life

By Joe Posnanski

POINT AFTER

GOATS NEED LOVE TOO

By Phil Taylor

Departments

LETTERS

IN THE GAME, SWINGING AWAY

Bill Clinton brings his lifelong love of golf to his new role as tournament host

By Michael Bamberger

HOT | NOT

FOR THE RECORD

Well, That Was Awkward

Ryan Braun picked up his MVP award as baseball awaited a ruling on his drug appeal

By Joe Lemire

A Dark Horse Winner

By Tim Layden

Late Games

Jimmy Fallon puts the spotlight on sports during Super Bowl week

By Connell Barrett

FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

He'll Take A Mile

One man's quest to put running's iconic distance back on track

By David Epstein

JUST MY TYPE

By Dan Patrick