NBA QUARTER-MARK AWARDS
Kevin Durant for MVP? The three-time scoring champ has the Thunder off to a scintillating start in the Western Conference (17--4 through Sunday) despite the preseason departure of 2012 Sixth Man of the Year James Harden, who prompted a trade from Oklahoma City in October in favor of bigger riches with the Rockets. In The Point Forward,SI.com's daily blog for all things NBA, writer Ben Golliver gives the skinny for Durant and other award candidates at the quarter mark of the season, including Blazers guard Damian Lillard for Rookie of the Year, Clippers guard Jamal Crawford for Sixth Man of the Year.
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Patience Of a Saint
From the SI Vault: June 8, 1981
The coaches and players were forever changing and the Saints kept losing, but New Orleans quarterback Archie Manning continued to march on
BY PAUL ZIMMERMAN
Most fun part of the possibility of Butch [Davis] to FIU was Googling Isiah Thomas's FIU record. He was 26--65.
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The first freshman to win the Heisman will spend the next three seasons defending his victory on and off the field. That might not be fair, but it's a testament to the power of the most iconic trophy in American sports. It's a power Manziel seems to respect and understand. "I always wanted to be in a fraternity," Manziel said. "Now I get to be in the most prestigious one in the entire world." Read more of Staples's column atSI.com
CHAD MATTHEW CARLSON (PLAQUES)
JOHN W. MCDONOUGH (LILLARD)
GREG NELSON (DURANT)
ANDREW D. BERNSTEIN (CRAWFORD)
LANE STEWART (MANNING)