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GOLF PLUS

Super Ball

By Alan Shipnuck

Sal's Corner

How's this for a youth movement? The PGA Tour is 11 events into the 2014--15 season, and at TPC Scottsdale, Brooks Koepka became the sixth winner under the age of 30. —Sal Johnson

By Sal Johnson

MY BAG: Bill Haas

By Rob Sauerhaft

INBOX

INBOX

SUPER BOWL XLIX

Deflated

The lead-up to Patriots-Seahawks defied logic (and maybe science). The game itself reversed the laws of probability (and maybe play-calling). But after an instant-classic win, this much can't be question: The place Tom Brady and the Pats hold in history.

By Greg Bishop

SEEING STARS

Maybe Julian Edelman shouldn't have been on the field—but he was, and that paid off big for the Patriots

By Austin Murphy

OUT OF NOWHERE

With the game on the line, the least heralded member of New England's secondary, Malcolm Butler, saved the game

By Joan Niesen

ON SECOND THOUGHT

Had the game's last minute played out differently, the Seattle coaches wouldn't be the ones second-guessed

By Andy Benoit

2015 THE YEAR AHEAD

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The Season That Makes Next Season

By Andy Benoit

It's a Free Country

FREE AGENCY IS A BALANCING ACT: A TEAM'S NEEDS AGAINST ITS SALARY-CAP SPACE; A PLAYER'S DESIRE FOR MORE MONEY VERSUS THE SECURITY OF STAYING IN A SYSTEM HE KNOWS. WITH THAT IN MIND, HERE'S SI'S RANKING OF THE 40 MOST ATTRACTIVE FREE AGENTS. IF LAST YEAR'S CROP OF TOP FA'S IS ANY INDICATOR, ONLY HALF OF THE CLASS OF 2015 WILL CHANGE TEAMS. STILL, WHAT WOULD THE OFF-SEASON BE WITHOUT A LITTLE DREAMING?

By Andy Benoit

No Grind, No Glory

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF WESTERN MICHIGAN'S P.J. FLECK—THE YOUNGEST COACH IN FBS—SHOWS WHAT IT TAKES TO EXCEL IN THE CUTTHROAT GAME OF RECRUITING: MOUNDS OF CAFFEINE, DEEP CONNECTIONS, FANCY SOCKS AND AN ENTHUSIASM THAT KNOWS NO BOUNDS

By Pete Thamel

Numerology

Signing Day spurs talk of impact players, sleepers and star ratings. Here's what it all means, with an eye toward the next level

By Tom Taylor

TOP RECRUITERS

THE ASSISTANTS WHO GET IT DONE

By Thayer Evans

This Is the ...

... YEAR?! SAVIOR?! LAST WE'LL EVER HEAR OF BILLY GOATS?! PROLONGATION OF THE LONGEST LIVING HELL IN PROFESSIONAL SPORTS?! WHATEVER IT IS, IT'S EXCITING. IT'S FULL OF HOPE. WELCOME TO JOE MADDON'S CHICAGO

By Tom Verducci

SPRING FORWARD

Three intriguing story lines to keep an eye on as pitchers and catchers get ready to report

By Joe Sheehan

Fresh Face In the Race

POISED TO CHALLENGE RACING'S REIGNING OLD GUARD, 22-YEAR-OLD KYLE LARSON IS ALREADY ATTRACTING NEW FANS TO NASCAR—AT A TIME WHEN THE ALL-AMERICAN SPORT BADLY NEEDS A BOOST

By Andrew Lawrence

Remember Their Names

A TENNIS SLUGGER, A SWIMMING PRODIGY, A FEDERER-LIKE PHENOM, A BRASH SOCCER STAR, A NEVER-AGING SPRINTER AND AN MMA FIGHTER ON THE MOVE: MEET SIX ATHLETES WHO WILL BECOME MAIN ATTRACTIONS IN 2015

By L. Jon Wertheim

Dream Team

BRASH? ABSOLUTELY. CONTROVERSIAL? NO DOUBT. BUT WITH THE HELP OF HIS FEARLESS WIFE, PATRICK REED BATTLED FOR HIS TOUR CARD THE HARD WAY AND, AT 24, HAS ALREADY SHOWN HE HAS THE GAME TO BACK UP HIS AMBITION

By Alan Shipnuck

The Deep Blue D

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU CHALLENGE A TEAM OF FUTURE LOTTERY PICKS TO PLAY THE GREATEST DEFENSE EVER? AT KENTUCKY, YOU GET A VERSATILE, TWO-PLATOON UNIT THAT'S ESPECIALLY EFFECTIVE

By Luke Winn

DAWN OF AN ERA

Led by their Hall of Fame coach, South Carolina has gone from perennial SEC doormat to title contender, a rise the whole nation is watching

By Lindsay Schnell

Goals In Bulk

RICK NASH IS A PROVEN SCORER‚Ñ¢—A BIG MAN WITH A SMALL MAN'S SKILLS—BUT HIS TOUCH ABANDONED HIM AT THE WORST POSSIBLE TIME LAST SPRING, WITH THE RANGERS PLAYING FOR THEIR FIRST STANLEY CUP IN 20 YEARS. NOW NASH HAS REDISCOVERED HIS PUCK LUCK AND HAS PUT NEW YORK RIGHT BACK IN THE CUP DISCUSSION

By Ben Reiter

THE ICE MEN COMETH

Three players to keep an eye on as the league heads toward its second season

By Sarah Kwak

'He Lifts Us All'

LIKE HIS HERO, NELSON MANDELA, RAPTORS GM MASAI UJIRI LEADS BY EXAMPLE, WITH PERSEVERANCE, INTEGRITY AND GENEROSITY. HIS APPROACH HAS RESULTED IN NOT ONLY A TEAM THAT'S CAPTURED THE HEARTS OF TORONTONIANS BUT ALSO A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR HIS FELLOW AFRICANS

By Alan Shipnuck

KEEP AN EYE ON ...

Five issues that will be crucial to how the second half of the NBA season plays out

By Chris Mannix

POINT AFTER

Sun Devils And Ice Gods

By Lee Jenkins

Departments

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Leading Off

Take Your Pick

Being selected an NBA All-Star is a crapshoot wrapped in a popularity contest based on a snapshot—and it's also an honor that follows a player for life

By Chris Ballard

If You Rebuild It...

Five former professional sports homes have found new life

Sing-along

Teams and their should-be anthems

HOT | NOT

Cold Sweat

Who would run 430 miles in the Arctic?

By Jamie Lisanti

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

Sports Illustrated HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Just My Type

By Interview by Dan Patrick

The Case for ... Serena Williams, Boss

By L. Jon Wertheim