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OLYMPICS

30 Michael Phelps

The greatest Olympian ever reflects on 12 years and 28 medals

By Tim Layden

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

38 Curtis Samuel

Ohio State's fleet H-back is outrunning expectations

By Pete Thamel

NFL

46 Kindly Coaches

A softer touch on the sideline may be the modern key to success

By Jack Dickey

IN MEMORIAM

52 Farewells

Remembering the sports figures we lost in 2016

By Mark Bechtel

Departments

6 SI Digital

8 Inbox

10 Editors' Letter

12 Leading Off

20 Scorecard

25 Faces in The Crowd

26 Just My Type

Dan Patrick: Lamar Jackson on getting tackled by his mom

68 Point After

Lee Jenkins: That's Shoe Business

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SIMON BRUTY