FOR NOV. 18, 2013
Breaking Real Bad
After five seasons with the Cowboys and 12 games with the Bears, Sam Hurd's NFL career came to a crashing halt in December 2011, when the wide receiver and special teams standout was arrested on federal marijuana and cocaine distribution charges. Hurd pleaded guilty last April to conspiracy to traffic narcotics; he was scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 13 and faced life in prison. In an exclusive for TheMMQB.com, SI's Michael McKnight retraces Hurd's downfall and the collapse of his once promising NFL career. Read it now on SI's tablet edition and at TheMMQB.com
SI.com honors our country's veterans with a gallery of photos of athletes who served in the military, including this shot of Joe DiMaggio, who interrupted his Hall of Fame career to enlist in the Army Air Forces in 1943.
Check out the Reiter 50, SI.com's annual ranking of baseball's top 50 free agents like Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury, assembled by baseball insider Ben Reiter. In other hot stove news, Jay Jaffe takes a look at the challenges facing the off-season's new managerial hires in The Strike Zone blog. Go to SI.com/mlb
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From the SI Vault | April 6, 1992
The freshman-heavy Kentucky Wildcats (page 61) hope to follow the lead of Michigan's Fab Five, a quintet of first-year talents who grew up quickly in the NCAA tournament.
By William F. Reed
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