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FOR DEC. 12, 2016

+ SI's All-Americas

With the regular season in the books,'s college football experts have made their selections for the 2016 All-America team. Michigan safety-linebacker Jabrill Peppers complemented his off-the-charts play on defense with 170 yards of offense and four touchdowns. Can he become the second defensive player (after fellow Wolverines alum Charles Woodson) to win the Heisman? Not to be outdone, Oklahoma wide receiver Dede Westbrook led the Power 5 conferences in receiving yards (1,465), and his 12 touchdowns of 40 yards or more are the most since 1998. And then there is the current Heisman front-runner, Louisville QB Lamar Jackson. He was the key ingredient in the nation's top-scoring offense, throwing for 3,390 yards, rushing for 1,538 and scoring 51 TDs. Want to see who else made the team? Go to for the complete roster.


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Why Not Vegas?

From the SI Vault: Dec. 13, 2004

Can a pro franchise thrive in the gambling capital of the U.S.? You bet.

The barriers that have kept the major professional leagues from placing teams in Las Vegas are on the verge of being toppled like the Berlin Wall. Cash-starved owners are searching desperately for cities in which to expand, and the last frontier (in the continental U.S., at least) is Las Vegas, the manifest destiny of the selling of sports and sex as mainstream entertainment.

By Ian Thomsen

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