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GOLF PLUS

UNITED WE STAND?

By Alan Shipnuck

INBOX

INBOX

SI SOCIAL MEDIA

SI SOCIAL MEDIA

MATT FORTE

THE BEAR NECESSITY

Deceptively fast. Smoother than you'd think.... You can tag Matt Forte with all of the backhanded compliments you want, but the facts remain: He's the brain and the heart of Chicago's (maddeningly) lethal offense, and he's more important to his team than any other back in the NFL

By Tim Layden

Backs Against The Wall

Poor starts? We've seen a few—and we're not even counting the suspended likes of Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson

By Chris Burke

MLB PLAYOFF PREVIEW

YOU WILL KNOW THEIR NAMES

They're not Cy Young or MVP candidates, but an army of flamethrowing (and mostly anonymous) relievers has created a new Dead Ball era. The keys to October: Keep your bullpen rolling—and find a few hitters who can beat the heat

By Tom Verducci

THE REAL IDEAL

By Lee Jenkins

Charm City Surprise

He played for four teams in seven seasons and was DFA'd in April, but Steve Pearce is now one of the Orioles' best players

By Stephanie Apstein

Heavenly Spark

The Angels' leadoff hitter is a crucial part of baseball's best offense

By Albert Chen

Capital Gains

Adam LaRoche and the Nats are back in the playoffs, hungrier than ever, and ready to do some damage

By Albert Chen

Postseason Pick

Stop us if you've heard this before: Here's why the St. Louis Cardinals will go all the way

By Joe Sheehan

NHL PREVIEW 2014-15

A HUMBLE KING

By Eric Nusbaum

Plotting A Coup

Beating the defending champs in the playoffs is tough, but here's how it can be done

By Brian Cazeneuve

The New Dynasties

The era of four-year Cup runs is far in the past, but it's still possible to build an NHL empire

By Michael Farber

EAST POWER RANKINGS

By Brian Cazeneuve

METROPOLITAN

By Brian Cazeneuve

ATLANTIC

By Brian Cazeneuve

WEST POWER RANKINGS

By Sarah Kwak

CENTRAL

By Brian Cazeneuve

PACIFIC

By Brian Cazeneuve

5 MINUTE GUIDE

Seeing Red

Why Chicago will beat Boston for the Stanley Cup

By Brian Cazeneuve

POINT AFTER

Keeping It Real

By Steve Rushin

Departments

SI.COM

Leading Off

Fast Lane

Great coordinators can be great head coaches, but they must first learn and embrace a new set of skills

By Brian Hamilton

Going So Low

Faltering singles play has led to the U.S. Ryder Cup drought

Tweetable Reviews

Five new releases in 145 characters or less

Two Bad

Ranking the second picks of 2003

HOT | NOT

Just My Type

By Interview by Dan Patrick

Faces in the Crowd

Edited By Alexandra Fenwick

The Case for ...Teaching Talent

By Michael Rosenberg