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February
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Tom Brady & Michael Strahan
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Super Bowl XLII - It's All On The Line (Can the most fearsome defensive front knock Tom Brady off his game?NFL perfection hangs in the balance.), Pro Basketball - Now Starring... (Who knew that Chris Bosh's breakout would come not on the court but in a YouTube video.), Tennis - Serving Notice (A healthy Maria Sharapova showed that she's stronger than ever in an Australian Open full of surprises.), College Basketball - Good News Bears (Five years after being devastated by a murder and NCAA probation, Baylor is off to its best start in 62 seasons.), Gene Upshaw - Bitter Battle for the Old Guard (He has prevailed at Super Bowls and bargaining tables, but union boss Gene Upshaw is under siege again - only now it's from his peers.)
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February
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David Tyree
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Pro Football - Giants Shock Patriots (Behind a ferocious assault on quarterback Tom Brady and a final drive for the ages, the upstart Giants broke the Patriots' seasonlong unbeaten streak with one of the greatest upsets in NFL history.), Pro Basketball - Fit for a King (Behind the leadership and late-game heroics of LeBron James, the Cavaliers have shaken off a disapointing start and jumped into the Eastern title hunt.), Baseball - The Real Steal (While many fixated on the destination of a two-time Cy Young winner, Orioles ace Erik Bedard emerged as a target who could make an equally big impact.), Squash - The Court Supremes (With an obsessive coach and foreign talent, Trinity has not lost since 1998.), College Basketball - A Time to Heal (After a series of family tragedies, Darnell Jackson has become a force for Kansas.), Boxing - Forged to Fight (Middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik still draws his strength from the Steel Valley.)
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February
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Dale Earnhardt Jr.
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NBA Midseason Report - Wild West Shootout (The Hornets have created the buzz so far, but there are nine teams in the Western Conference that are good enough to make it to the finals.), Baseball - Homeland Security - There's a star under a steroids related investigation, and its not Roger Clemens. It's Miguel Tejada, who remains a hero in his native Dominican Republic.), Basketball - Fast and Furious (Unbeaten Memphis has climbed to No. 1 using the Dribble-Drive Motion offense.), Hockey - A Northern Light (In the Canadian subarctic, former NHL player Joe Juncau is changing the world.) 2008 NASCAR Preview Fired Up (Driving for a potent team and with a fresh outlook, Dale Earnhardt Jr. plans to give his fans a lot more to cheer about.), Scouting Reports (How the top teams stack up.)
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February
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Johan Santana
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Baseball - The Savior of Port St. Lucie (Johan Santana has only just arrived in Mets camp, but his mere presence has lifted the gloom from last season's historic collapseand given New York a reason to believe again.), Believe Him or Not (Long before testimony in a congressional hearing cast doubt on his claim that he hadn't used steroids or HGH, Roger Clemens convinced himself that he had done no wrong.) Motor Sports - Ryan Newman gave team owner Roger Penske his first Daytona 500 win.), College Basketball - Twins Peaking (Brothers Brook and Robin Lopez have taken Stanford to the top of the Pac-10.), Hockey - Mother Russia (Tatiana Ovechkina made sure her boy Alexander got a record-setting NHL deal.). Bonus - Bet You Wish You Could Dunk (Though it may be reacing the end of its evolution, the jam - or stuff, windmill, skywalk, throwdown - is still the most admired and, for many of us, elusive shot in hoops.) Departments - Leading Off, Letters, Players, Faces in the Crowd, Just My Type, Point After Inside... - College Basketball, Boxing
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March
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Drew Lavender
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Lineup - 2008 NCAA Tournament Preview - Big Bang Theory (Contenders with smaller, speedier lineups hope to cut the behemoths down to size.), The Dominators (From Bob Kurland to Patrick Ewing, traditional, back-to-the-basket big men have played a pivotal role.), Beware of the Tigers (After a run of Final Four losses, LSU and Sylvia Fowles are poised to break through.), Mad About March (The 65 reasons this is basketball's best month.), The Brackets (UCLA will win its 12th title by riding freshman Kevin Love.), From The Same Cloth (Succeeding his father, John Thompson III has remade Georgetown into a contender.) Hockey - Shooting for 60 (If Alexander Ovechkin hits that elusive mark, it will augur an offensive revival.) Pro Basketball - Good News, Bad News (Shaquille O'Neal has embraced his role with the Suns. But does he help them.) Motor Sports - Control Issues (Kyle Busch runs on the edge, and after switching team, he's on top of his game.) Golf - The Roarrr... (After pouncing on the leaders in the third round, Tiger Woods snatched his sixth straight win with a putt on the 72nd hole.) Baseball - Hitting It Big (Once, Angels infielder Howie Kendrick could barely scare up interest from a junior college. Now he's a future batting champ.) Departments - Leading Off, Letters, Players, Faces in the Crowd, Just My Type, Point After Inside... - The NBA, Baseball
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March
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Braun, Upton & Tulowitzki
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Lineup - 2008 Baseball Preview - Lucky No. 7 (Troy Tulowitzki fell to the Rockies in the '05 draft, but only one team that passed him has regrets.), Rivals Restock (In a shift, the Yankees and Red Sox now do battle in the draft.), Scouting Reports (Breakdowns of all 30 teams, with lineups, modest proposals and telling stats. SI's predictions: The Tigers will beat the Cubs in the World Series.) NCAA Tournaments - Focused Group (Memphis forward Joey Dorsey is one of several key players left in the field who has something to prove.)
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April
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Tyler Hansbrough
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NCAA Tournament - The Four Tops (Four powerhouses, each with a uniquely skilled star, are set for a showdown.) Baseball - Going Hollywood (Reminders of New York abound for the new Dodgers manager, Joe Torre.) MLS Preview - Ready for Futbol? (The Fire's Cuauhtemoc Blanco leads a new wave of attacking Latino talent.) Golf - Lee Elder's Courage (He opened Augusta to blacks; 33 years later race is still an issue in the game.) Taylor Phinney - Life Cycles (The son of two of America's most decorated riders, the 17-year-old has emerged as the next great U.S. prospect - and a source of inspiration to his father who is battling Parkinson's.)
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April
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Mario Chambers
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NCAA Championship - Kansas Can (With a furious comeback in the last two minutes capped by a three-pointer to force overtime, the Jayhawks beat Memphis 75-68 to win their first national title in 20 years.) NFL Draft - Dennis, Anyone? (After five months of high-tech rehab, Dennis Dixon clings to his pro dreams.) Pro Basketball - Eighth is Enough (The Nuggets are trying to shoot their way into the West's final playoff spot.) Hockey - Who's Your Goalie? (Playoff teams commit to one, but some might be wise to keep using their backup.) Breaking the Bank (Four years ago Lee Murray made his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut. Today he's in a Moroccan prison, the alleged mastermind of the largest cash heist in history.
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April
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Kobe Bryant & Kevin Garnett
Golf - Trevor's Turnaround (With a medical scare behind him, Trevor Immelman won the Masters.), NBA Playoff Preview - The Last Shot (It comes down to a man and a moment.), Baseball - He's Got a Secret (It's not easy to explain the success of the Yankees' ace, Chien-Ming Wang.), College Hockey - Small Wonder (Diminutive forward Nathan Gerbe lifted Boston College to its third title.), Nebraska Lost, Nebraska Found (After a great tradition was ruined in four years, the Cornhuskers reached out to Tom Osborne to restore character and dignity. A new coach and more homegrown players will take care of the winning.)
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May
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Kosuke Fukudome
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Baseball - Tastes Good (Plenty is lost in translation, but with his all-around game, Kosuke Fukudome has won over fans like no Cub like Sammy.), NBA Playoffs - Down For the Count (If - or rather when - The Suns are eliminated by San Antinio, their once feared offense will likely be dismantled.), Beijing Olympics 2008 - East Meets Midwest (A U.S. Gumnast and her Chinese coach.), College Football - Spring Fever (Chane is coming at four big programs.), Stanley Cup Playoffs - Message in a Bottle (Personal duels define the postseason.). The 2008 NFL Draft (The Falcons tapped BC's Matt Ryan as Michael Vick's replacement - the first step in the recovery of the franchise.) Departments - Leading Off, Letters, Players, Faces in the Crowd, Just My Type, Point After Inside... - Baseball, Horse Racing
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May
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Golf Plus
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The Players Championship Preview - No Man is an Island (Brandt Snedeker won legions of new fans at Augusta, but as always, family came first.), Boss Tim (The grandson of a Chicago pol, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem has made many pros rich, and a few of them angry.), SI's 7th Player Survey (Who's the biggest gossip? Have you had a romantic relationship with a fan? And more.), A Walk with Joe Dey (The Tour's first commissioner reflects on tough calls, Ben Hogan's chattiness and the sanctity of the Rules of Golf.), Sticks and Stones (After a long absence, Carl Hiaasen returns to the links only to discover that while the equipment has undergone a radical metamorphis, his love-hate relationship with the game has not.)
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May
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Chris Paul
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NBA Playoffs - May madness (With stars young and old excelling, and the top eight teams still in the title hunt, the second round is going to get wild.) Horse Racing - Big is Better (In a Kentucky Derby that ended tragically for one entry, Big Brown was too much horse for the field to handle.), Baseball - Snakes Alive (The Diamondbacks' charmed start.) College Lacrosse - Go West, Young Lady (How Northwestern became a power.) Stanley Cup Playoffs - Teflon Danny (Philly's Daniel Briere muted Montreal.) A Dangerous Breed of Beast (In an excerpt from his book The Downhill Lie, the author takes up golf again, thinking he can only hurt his pride. Wrong. His game threatens South Florida wildlife.)
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May
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Danica Patrick
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Motor Sports - Forget the Hype (After 17 years in racing Danica Patrick faces the strongest Indy 500 field in a generation. She believes this is her time.) Stanley Cup Playoffs - Winning in Style (Changing the color of his pads was just one step in the remaking of standout Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.) NBA Playoffs - Kobe's Bench Mob (The subs are the key to L.A.'s title hopes.) WNBA Preview - Sparks are Flying (This isn't your daddy's WNBA anymore.) Baseball - May Days (A rough road trip for the young Brewers.) Profile - The Horse We Rode In On (He was born crippled, unable to stand and nurse without human assistance. For a while he pulled a grocer's wagon. But Dan Patch became an undefeated champion - and the model for the modern sports star.)
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May
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Bizarro Baseball
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Baseball - Bizarro Supermen (Bottom-feeders are powerhouses, powerhouses are bottom-feeders and obscure players have cartoonish stats), Horse Racing - Mark of a Champion (Is Big Brown;s white spot a sign of destiny? What else explains his rise from humble origins to a Triple Crown threat.), NBA Playoffs - No Rest for the Weary (The Celtics needed seven games to get past the Hawks and Cavaliers. Next up: a Pistons team with fresh legs.), Stanley Cup Playoffs - Penguins' Progress (Pittsburgh soared to the finals, leaving an era of losing, threatened relocations and postgame chicken fingers far behind.), High School Sports - Fast Times at Punahou (Maintaining a tradition of athletic excellence and classy performance with 16 state titles and 12 Division I recruits in 2007-08, the Hawaiian powerhouse is SI's top program.)
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June
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Josh Hamilton
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Baseball - The Super Natural (After bouts with drugs and alcohol, Josh Hamilton has regained the skills that now make him a Triple Crown threat.) NBA Playoffs - Killer Instinct (Nobody wants to win as much as Kobe Bryant because nobody needs to win as much. His obsession dates to childhood.) Stanley Cup Finals - Control Freaks (Possession is nine-tenths of the battle between the Red Wings and Penguins, who make up the ideal title matchup.) Motor Sports - All Eyes on Indy (Knocked out of the race, Danica Patrick fumed while Scott Dixon was cruising to victory in a rejuvenated Indy 500.)
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June
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Torrey Pines
Features - Buckle Up! (He's young, brash and finally serious about the game: Anthony Kim is poised for takeoff), Youth Is Served (Grown men will bring their dreams to Torrey Pines next week, but the world's kids got there 40 years before them), Last Call (On May 19, San Diegans had a final chance to play their favorite mini in advance of the Open), Poison's Chip Tips (Paul Runyan holds forth on Tiger, the stymie and his feud with Phil Rodgers) Tournaments - Shadow Boxing (While everyone wondered about Tiger, Kenny Perry won the Memorial), Major Shake-up (Who will win the LPGA Championship? The Ginn Tribute failed to offer a clue), Merit Badge (In Iowa, Jay Haas served notice on the "kids" on the Champions tour), The Amateur Scene (A Curtis Cup at the Old Course goes to the U.S.; UCLA sweeps the NCAA's) Departments - Pro's Picks (Our anonymous pro says the Open is Lefty's to lose, and calls out slow players), Lessons (Mariano Bartolome knows how to keep '07 champ Angel Cabrera in rhythm), Style (When it comes to saving their neck with a golf shirt, many men are color blind), Teeing Off (How golf might look if Tiger Woods had never come along)
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June
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Detroit Cup City
Lineup - NBA Finals - Road To Redemption (Paul Pierce did much to rehab his image, leading the Celtics to a pair of victories) Baseball - A Jones For Hitting (Chipper flirts with a magical mark) Stanley Cup Finals - Fantastic Finish (The Red Wings' six-game victory showed how great hockey can be) Horse Racing - Brown Bagged (Another Triple Crown dream ended at the Belmont, as Big Brown labored to last) Soccer - Are You Like Me? (I bet you are. I bet you hate soccer) Tennis - Beauty And The Beast (Two ways to win the French: the brute force of Nadal, the elegance of Ivanovic) Ping Pong - Opening Volley (Ping-Pong diplomacy in 1971 led to the Beijing Games of 2008- but without two unlikely heroes, the summit might never have occurred) Departments - Leading Off, Letters, Players (Risky business in the NFL, Remembering Jim McKay, Kyle Busch's wild weekend, First Person: Geovany Soto, How to become a cardsharp), Faces In The Crowd, Just My Type (The Boston Knee Party), Point After (The life of a golfing gal: Even the courses that let me play don't feel welcoming) Inside... - The NFL, Baseball
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June
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Tiger Woods
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NBA Finals - Closing Statement (As the league defended its refs' integrity, the Celtics and the Lakers rose above the controversy with exhilarating play.) Golf - Hurts So Good (Playing in pain, Tiger Woods battled Torrey Pines for 91 holes, rallying to defeat Rocco Mediate at the U.S. Open.) Baseball - New Kid in Town (Almost everything about Reds rookie Jay Bruce recalls a young Ken Griffey Jr. who's his idol - and now his mentor.) Swimming - The Swimsuit War (With the U.S. trials just a week away, the battle between Speedo's LZR Racer and its high-tech rivals has competitors confused and the record book in tatters.) Profile = The Fugees: Alive and Kicking (Thanks to a remarkable woman, young war refugees from three continents have found a new home on a soccer team in Georgia.)
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July
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Tim Linceum
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Lineup - Baseball - Pitching Giant(Tim Linceum - looks 18, throws 98 - is a biomechanical marvel.) Pro Football - New to the Club (Aaron Rodgers joins the fraternity of quarterbacks who followed legends.), Track and Field - Dash of Fear (Worried that he's miss out on the Games, Tyson Gay ran a blazing 100.) Swimming - Lock Meets Lochte (In the 400 IM, Michael Phelps barely held off underrated Ryan Lochte.) 2008 NASCAR Midseason Report - How Safe is Racing? (In the last seven years, innovations made to prevent fatal wrecks have changed the sport.) Departments - Leading Off, Letters, Players, Faces in the Crowd, Just My Type, Point After Inside... - Tennis, Boxing, The NBA
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July
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Michael Phelps
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Lineup - 2008 Olympic Preview - Let It Begin (Anyone out to spoil the show will hae to reckon with 1.3 billion proud Chinese.), China's Athletes (The Games will let the world see a new side of the host nation's Olympians.), The Quest (According to Chinese numerology, 8 is the most auspicious number. What Michael Phelps must do to win eight gold medals.), Team USA (American's new Olympians hail from 47 states and include identical twins, soldiers, a cancer patient and a 58-year-old CEO.), Redeem Team (After failing to win a major Basketball title in eight years, the US has taken a new (and foreign) approach.), The Phenom (The record holder and the world champ were set to duel for the Olympic 100-meter title. Then along came Usain Bolt.), What's New (From a disabled swimmer to revised gymnastics scoring to three debuting countries, the Games will offer a range of firsts.), Medal Picks (Who will reach the winner's podium in all 302 events; and a guide to some of the international athletes to watch
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September
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Yankee Stadium
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College Football - 35-3 for USC (Top-ranked Southern Cal was its usual brilliant self in becoming the latest team to expose Ohio State in a big-game situation.), (Three matchups that will shape the national title race.), (Judging by the rest of the Pac-10, USC is a BCS shoo-in.) Pro Football - Test of Mettle (With a bum knee and a young O-line, Peyton Manning faces a huge challenge.), College Basketball - Next Step for Steph (Even after hanging with LeBron, Stephen Curry is adjusting to his new celebrity.), Yankee Stadium - It's Gone! Goodbye! (The last home run in the House That Ruth Built will be hit this week. But before the wrecking ball takes its cuts, the walls of this American monument talk.)
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September
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Aramis Ramirez
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Baseball - Are You Ready? (Certitude and dominance have replaced soube and doom at Wrigley Field.), Golf -American Revolution - Led by Captain Paul Azinger, the U.S. took back its first Ryder Cup since 1999.), Pro Football - Class of the Field (The impressive wins have confirmed the Cowboys as the NFL's elite team.), College Football - Up in the Air )Preseason No. 1 Georgia has been good but not great, and that's raising questions.), Youth Baseball - Virginia;s Boy Wonders (The southeast corner of the state was no hardball hotbed - until a pair of AAU programs produced six current major league starters, including five first-round draft picks, in a span of eight years.)
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October
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Tim Tebow
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Baseball - Shea Goodbye 8Mets legends Tom Seaver and Mike Piazza waved to the fans on Sunday after the final fame in 44-year-old Shea Stadium.), Man With a Vision (Joe Maddon has produced something never seen - the Rays in the playoffs.), College Football - Block Party (Ole Miss's stunning win over Florida was just one of seven upsets involving Top 25 teams in a chaotic week that also saw the emergence of a new contender for the national championship.), <9The mad scramble in the rankings.), Oregon State shocks USC.), Pro Football - Runaway Rookies (First-year rushers leave defenses gasping.). From Basketball to Water Polo - The Latino Athlete Now (A fixture in the U.S. for decades, players of Hispanic heritage are flexing their muscles in the culture and business of sports as well as on the field.)
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October
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Marian Hossa
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College Football - A League of Its Own (Big 12 quarterbacks are letting it fly.), (The elite eight passers in the conference.), Pro Football - Trial by Fire (The NFC East is dominant once more.), Baseball - Manny in La La Land (Manny Ramirez has brought sizzle back in the city and put the Dodgers one step closer to a made-for-Hollywood ending.), Happily Ever After (Jason Bay has fit right in with the Red Sox.), NHL Preview 2008-09 - Why Good Teams Fight (Call it insurance or self-defense, but clubs are muscling up with a new breed of tough guy.), Hossa Plays a Hunch (Marian Hossa passed up $80 million to take one shot at a title.), Scouting Reports (Analysis of all 30 teams and division MVPs.)
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October
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Colt McCoy
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Baseball Playoffs - Phil with Joy )Jayson Werth watched Phillies teamate Pat Burrell club what proved to be the winning homer against the Dodges in Game 1 of the NL Championship series), Ready to Rummmmble (Red Sox-Rays: it could be an epic rivalry), College Football - Lone Star Statement (Answering Oklahoma's every challenge, quarterback Colt McCoy let Texas to a memorable shootout victory at the Cotton Bowl - and lifted the Longhorns to the top spot in the rankings), )Oklahoma State's D stymies Mizzou) Pro Football - Gone With the Winds (The Falcons are leaving their past behind) Jamaican Sprinters - Bringing it All Back Home (After winning the nation's first Olympic gold medals in the 100 meters, Shelly-Ann Fraser and Usain Bolt returned to a party that is still jumping, from the slums of Kingston to the country roads of Trelawny)
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Marisa Miller
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Contents - Web Gems (Will Ferrell keeps his pants on (despite Heidi Klum's protests); links to SI.com photo galleries and video.), The Rookies (The best group of newbies yet, and they have more than a few intimate secrets to share.), Mirror, Mirror On The Wall (Who's the fairest (and barest) of them all? All 19 models turn the camera on themselves and offer their favorite self-portraits.), Russia (Russian-born Anne V and Irina extend a warm welcome in this cold-weather mecca.), Israel (It's an oy! meets girl story as Bar comes home with Brooklyn, Jessica and Julia.), Full Moon (Time to get Tropical with Semi-Pro star Will Ferrell and Heidi Klum, who crashes the set of the upcoming hoops flick.), Maui (We foined Tori, Jarah and Jessica for an impromptu board meeting: Shore was nice.), Body Paint (The Turk's and Caico's, four heavenly canvases and a maestro's brush produced yet another masterpiece.), NFL Cheerleaders (Are you ready for the Swimsuit debut of pro football's finest>), U.S. Virgin Islands (A chill vibe mixed beautifully with hot models Oluchi, Marisa and Melissa.), Traffic Stopper (Time for IRL driver and first-time Swimsuit model Canica Patrick to join an even faster crowd.), Cayman Islands (A pirate's haven offered untold riches and treasures, including Selita, Daniella, and Melissa.), Player's Wives (Four famous athletes kindly get the hell out of the way of their better halves.), Nicaragua (Swimsuit went green as Ana Beatriz, eisa and Quiana descended on a paradise by the Pacific.), Secret Garden (Jessica and Yasmin went wild in Maui, plunging into a rarely explored Eden.), Where To Buy (Want some phone numbers? Not the models, but the ones for the stores where you can find the swimsuits and accessories.), Dan Meets Danica (One Patrick meets another to uncover the details of the driver's Swimsuit debut.)
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November
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Albert Haynesworth
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Baseball - Deserving Better (Dear Bud: The winning Phillies enjoyed it, but the 104th World Series had dismal ratings and was marred by wintry weather. It's up to you to reexamine the Fall Classic and restore its old luster.), College Football - Red-Letter Night (Texas Tech shook up the BCS race with a last-second win over No. 1 Texas.), Big Men on Campus (SI's alltime college football team.), NFL Midseason Report - Titanic Force (Tennessee tackle Albert Haynesworth has tempered his rage to become the game's dominent defender.), Worth the Weight (How massive tackles thwart complex offenses.), The Great Shake-Up (A look at the major trends that have shuffled the standings.), Dr. Z's All-Pro Notebook (Some spots are locked up, others wide-opan.), Playoff Forecast - Revised (Unexpected teams will give the postseason a refresing look.)
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November
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Jimmie Johnson
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NASCAR - Jimmie Steps Out (Two sides of champ Jimmie Johnson: the best driver, sport's next celebrity.), Pro Football - A Pair of Aces (Wideouts Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin carry the Cardinals.), College Football - Race to the Finish (Heisman voters await a handful of games with national title implications.), Pro Basketball - Early Bloomer (In Derrick Rose, the Bulls have their first franchise player since.)
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December
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Sam Bradford
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College Football - Watch Out, Texas! (Oklahoma drubbed Texas to set up a three-way tie with the Longhorns.) Pro Football - A 'Backer's Mind (SI got inside the head of the Bucs' Derrick Brooks as he prepared for his biggest challenge of 2008: Adrian Peterson.) Pro Basketball - The Dream Life (Andrei Kirilenko thrives as a sub.) Soccer - Tango Argentina (Columbus danced to its first MLS title.) Golf - A Happy Ending (Annika Sorenstam is ready to move on.) Single Wing - Old is New, New is Old (Never has the game circled around to its beginnings - Pop Warner, meet Ricky Williams; Ricky, Pop - as it has this Fall.)
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December
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Michael Phelps
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Pro Football - A Strong Front (The Giants rode their rock-solid O-line.), College Football - War for the Rose (A key showdown in Rivalry West.), Pro Basketball - The Truth (Even after earning a title, there's something bothering Paul Pierce.), High School Basketball - Two on Five (Winning against enormous odds.), Baseball - $150 Million Man (Free agent Mark Teixeira has arrived.), Boxing - Political Punch (Manny Pacquiao fights for his fellow Filipinos - and to win their votes.), Hockey - The Other Alex (The Capitals' enigmatic left wing.), Stanton Barrett - Risking His Life to Risk His Life (How do you finance a passion for stock car racing? As a movie and TV stuntman, of course.), Sportsman of the Year - Michael Phelps (He turned a pool in Beijing into the center of the universe, captivating millions.), Sportsmen of the Year, 1954 to 2008 (A gallery of the covers showing the elite company Michael Phelps now keeps.), Small Steps, Great Strides (SI presents the first Legacy Award to the founder of the Special Olympics.)
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December
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Tim Tebow
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College Football - Comeback Gators (Quarterback Tim Tebow got help from improbable sources as Florida rallied to earn a shot at the national title), Pro Football - Playing it Smart (In a crazy year for quarterbacks, no story is as unlikely as that of Kerry Collins, who's cooly let the Titans to 12-1), Pro Basketball - Point of Contention (Clippers guard Caron Davis is using his platform as a player to work as a social activist, movie producer and entrepreneur. For some, that's a problem.), College Basketball -The Game of His Life (He lost part of his leg in an accident and learned he has cancer but Don Meyer of Northern State is courtside again, poised to set the men's record for wins) To Russia With LoveInside Boxing, The NHL, The NFL, College Basketball
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