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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

THE BIGGEST Cheese

Melvin Gordon arrived in Madison hoping to become the next great Wisconsin back. After two years of frustration, midnight crunch sessions and an endless string of Snapchats, he's rushing toward a spot among college football's best ever

By Brian Hamilton

SI PLAYOFF PREDICTION DEC. 1

By Andy Staples

NFL SHORTIES

THE ROYAL WEE

With scores of sub-six-footers tearing up the league, the NFL's bias against the vertically challenged is finally beginning to shrink—a little bit

By Austin Murphy

JOSE ALTUVE

LITTLE SLUGGER

The NFL isn't the only place where big hits come in small packages. Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is among the majors' shortest players, but with his lightning reflexes and refined mechanics the AL batting champ doesn't produce like it

By Emma Span

COLLEGE SPORTS

Closing THE DEAL

In championing the rights of amateur athletes to control—and profit from—their names and images, former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon has become the face of the most important legal case in the history of collegiate sports

By Alan Shipnuck

Court Time

Will Ed O'Bannon's historic victory withstand not-so-instant replay?

By Michael McCann

NBA

YEAR THREE A.D.

Anthony Davis's rapid rise from overlooked high school junior to NBA phenom mirrors his teenage growth spurt. The Pelicans' do-it-all big man with lofty goals is off to a historic start this season—and he's only 21

By Lee Jenkins

POINT AFTER

Urban Renewal

By Michael Rosenberg

Departments

SI.COM

Leading Off

Bully Market

Despite its concussion controversy and rash of off-field ills, the NFL casts a shadow that other leagues seem afraid to step out of

By L. Jon Wertheim

Hiring Season

How do you pick a new coach?

Mascot Math

HOT | NOT

Faces in the Crowd

Edited By Alexandra Fenwick

Mighty Duck

By Nelson Rice

Just My Type

By Interview by Dan Patrick

The Case for ... Serena Williams

By Caroline Wozniacki

Words With ... Larry Brown

The septuagenarian SMU coach breaks down the controversies and accomplishments that have colored his storied career

By Seth Davis