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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

THE MAIL

THE MAIL

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

PREVIEW 2.0

As the All-Star break approaches, SI's NBA guru takes stock of his preseason picks

By Ian Thomsen

FRIENDLY CONFINES

By Michael Farber

DEAL-MAKERS

With the NHL trade deadline coming up on Feb. 27, here's a rundown of the league's most coveted available players.

By Pierre McGuire

THREE'S COMPANY

Suffocating on D—and finally potent on offense—Florida State is challenging traditional powers Duke and UNC for the ACC title

By Pablo S. Torre

BRAVES' NEW WORLD

Atlanta has a balm for the pain of their 2011 finish: the game's best cache of young arms

By Joe Sheehan

FIRST WITH THEIR FISTS

With women's boxing set to make its debut at the London Games, the U.S. trials produced a team primed for the occasion

By Chris Mannix

JEREMY LIN

A RUN LIKE NO OTHER

In his second week as a starter, Jeremy Lin dazzled more fans in both hemispheres, flummoxed the world champs, drove a mini-economy and raised one crucial question: Just how much bigger can he get?

By Pablo S. Torre

HOCKEY

THE WAY WE PLAY THE GAME

After the hit that left Jack Jablonski paralyzed, the state of Minnesota rewrote its high school rules, but one hockey mom still agonizes over the choices she—and every parent in her position—has to make

By Karen S. Schneider

TRACK AND FIELD

A BOND BORN AT SPEED

Distance runners Mo Farah and Galen Rupp come from different worlds, but their lives are in step as each carries his nation's hopes toward London

By Tim Layden

2012 | NASCAR PREVIEW

COMING FOR THE CUP

Jimmie and Tony have swept the last seven season titles, but their era can't last forever—not with a trio of hungry stars, led by a resurgent KASEY KAHNE, poised for career runs

By Lars Anderson

Baylor Rising

A Heisman Trophy? Two nationally ranked basketball teams? A 40–0 streak across three major sports? Oft-bedeviled Baylor is on a quest to become the preeminent Baptist university, and winning (the right way) is essential

By S.L. Price

POINT AFTER

THERE'S NO QUIT IN THEM

By Phil Taylor

Departments

GONE WITH THE WIND

How is it that Wilt's 100-point game, 50 years ago, didn't spark Chamberlainsanity?

By Dick Friedman

HOT | NOT

FOR THE RECORD

Bid the Kid Farewell, Adieu

Lights in Montreal, Camera in New York, Gary Carter was a ballplayer of memorable action, too

By Kostya Kennedy

Worth the Fight?

By Sarah Kwak

News Vroom

This just in: Anchor Brian Williams is a total gearhead

By Elizabeth McGarr

FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

Missing Bolt

A struggling sport lives or dies with every move of its one true star

By Tim Layden

JUST MY TYPE

By Dan Patrick