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November 21, 2005 | Volume 103, Issue 20

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Sheldon Williams Cover - Sports Illustrated November 21, 2005

November 21, 2005 | Lars Anderson
Aggressiveness will be key for Taquan Dean and the younger, deeper Cardinals

November 21, 2005 | Julia Morrill
After last year's cameo in the spotlight, the Mountaineers are ready for prime time

November 21, 2005 | Julia Morrill
The Wildcats can go far if their center is eligible and their point gets his points

November 21, 2005 | Kelli Anderson
For starters the boys in red are looking on the bright side: They have their health

November 21, 2005 | Phil Taylor
There is a sense of optimism around Pauley Pavilion that at first glance seems hard to justify. The Bruins are led by two sophomores; their three seniors are still trying to establish themselves...

November 21, 2005 | Seth Davis
The unexpected return of their power forward makes the Deacons a power again

November 21, 2005 | Phil Taylor
The season's most likely Cinderella is this small school with an undersized lineup

November 21, 2005 | Andrew Lawrence
Can a pair of fiery seniors help the Hawkeyes fight their way to a Big Ten title?

November 21, 2005 | Andrew Lawrence
Two holdovers from the national finalist have their work cut out on offense

November 21, 2005
Comin' at Ya In the Red Wings' 3-1 home victory over the Wild on Friday, Detroit right wing Daniel Cleary got an up-close look at both the puck and a camera mounted behind a small hole in the...

November 21, 2005 | Kelli Anderson
The Huskies look to a scrappy freshman for a much-needed dose of toughness

November 21, 2005 | LUKE WINN
The 65-team NCAA tournament includes 31 automatic bids and 34 at-large selections. SI predicts the 45 teams to round out the field

November 21, 2005
The NFL The Panthers don't play pretty, but they do play smart • An early look at the top of the 2006 draft • Dr. Z's forecast for Week 11

November 21, 2005
Stealthy Cats

November 21, 2005 | Peter King
HOT READ

November 21, 2005 | Paul Zimmerman
If I passed the Eagles on the street I don't think I'd recognize them. They used to have a quarterback named McNabb. A little wild, full of fire. I sure enjoyed watching the show he put on when...

November 21, 2005 | Mark Beech
Out of Line

November 21, 2005 | STEWART MANDEL
HOT TOPIC

November 21, 2005 | Pierre McGuire
After Sidney Crosby scored a power-play goal against the Canadiens last Thursday and then won the game for Pittsburgh in a shootout, he received a call from former Montreal coach Scotty Bowman....

November 21, 2005 | Michael Farber
The A-Team

November 21, 2005 | Ian Thomsen
Brotherly Love

November 21, 2005 | Ian Thomsen
On Smush Parker (right), the undrafted former NBDL point guard who at week's end was averaging 14.0 points and 3.5 assists starting alongside Kobe Bryant in the Lakers' backcourt:

November 21, 2005 | Rick Reilly
Should your brain pack up and move to Pluto, leaving you to volunteer for Jeff Burton's NASCAR pit crew, as I did, here are the actual, helpful safety tips they will give you, no joke:

November 21, 2005
White Hot

November 21, 2005 | Arash Markazi
MAY 19, 1986

November 21, 2005 | Steve Rushin
The interview that knocked Terrell Owens out of football was done by a teenager--he looks like Doogie Howser, acts like Morley Safer--in TO's New Jersey living room. "Actually, it was his cigar...

November 21, 2005 | Richard O'Brien
With its heavyweight chumps and forgettable fights, the once mighty sport of King (Don, that is) is staggering toward oblivion

November 21, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
Surly stars are finding out that teams have limits when it comes to obnoxious behavior

November 21, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
Charged With attempted murder, relief pitcher Ugueth Urbina, 31. The free-agent righthander, who appeared in 81 games for the Tigers and the Phillies this season, was jailed in Venezuela for his...

November 21, 2005 | Lars Anderson
NASCAR's playoff system has produced the sport's closest finish in years By Lars Anderson

November 21, 2005 | Richard Deitsch
The two-time Olympic gold medalist's new book (written with SI's E.M. Swift) is called Only with Passion

November 21, 2005 | Adam Duerson
Three weeks ago, St. Louis-- born rapper Nelly figured his Nov. 2 birthday would be part of an ongoing bash celebrating a Cardinals World Series win. The Houston Astros ruined that plan, but...

November 21, 2005 | Adam Duerson
Sometimes Mary Pierce takes this whole take-the-net strategy thing a bit too seriously. Pierce got tangled up during a victory over Kim Clijsters at the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Championships in Los...

November 21, 2005 | Adam Duerson
The NCAA took Division III Carthage College off its list of schools with banned Native American nicknames after the school changed its nickname from Redmen to Red Men.

November 21, 2005 | Chris Mannix
What to watch and watch for

November 21, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
Emma Lavy FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. > Golf

November 21, 2005 | David Sabino
HERE ARE some new names to keep an eye on as the NFL season heads deeper into its second half.

November 21, 2005 | As told to Ben Reiter
JAGUARS QUARTERBACK

November 21, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
WHO'S HOT

November 21, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
Who is the NFL's most overrated running back?

November 21, 2005 | Gerald Green
Last year Celtics rookie Gerald Green, 19, was scoring 33 points per game as a McDonald's All-American forward for Houston's Gulf Shores Academy. After signing a two-year, $2.6 million contract,...

November 21, 2005
WITH Derrick Mason, Ravens receiver

November 21, 2005
[This article contains a table -- Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

November 21, 2005 | PHIL TAYLOR
On yet another crazy Saturday in the Southeast, LSU spoiled Alabama's perfect season--and that wasn't the half of it

November 21, 2005 | MICHAEL SILVER
Once billed as the Greatest Show on Turf, the St. Louis Rams have seen their dynasty-in-the-making crumble, in large part because of a power struggle between the front office and coach Mike Martz

November 21, 2005 | Bill Syken
Mike Martz (above) isn't the only coach to suffer a post--Super Bowl letdown. Call it the punitive effect of parity or simply bad luck, but times have not been kind to some of those who've led...

November 21, 2005 | GRANT WAHL
After finishing in the lower third of the regular-season standings, the Galaxy was an unlikely MLS title contender. More improbable still was the hero who would deliver Los Angeles its second Cup...

November 21, 2005 | GRANT WAHL
A fabulous freshman class has the Blue Devils ranked No.1, but those frosh are in for vigorous training in Coach K culture

November 21, 2005 | GRANT WAHL
SI's Survey of America's Basketball Boomtowns

November 21, 2005 | LUKE WINN
Longhorns star DANIEL GIBSON, who honed his skills at a fabled Houston hoops mecca, is now of Final Four quality

November 21, 2005 | SETH DAVIS
UConn's Rudy Gay is the latest can't-miss product of Baltimore's legendary Cecil-Kirk Rec Center. But can the mild-mannered star muster enough swagger to lead the Huskies to a title?

November 21, 2005 | KELLI ANDERSON
Her much-heralded debut was canceled by injury last year, but CANDACE PARKER is now ready for her close-up at Tennessee. Will the women's game ever be the same?

November 21, 2005 | RICHARD DEITSCH
Its roster jam-packed with talent, Tennessee, without a title since '98, will reign again in April

November 21, 2005 | SETH DAVIS
A fast-break index of the players, teams and trends to keep an eye on this season

November 21, 2005
TOP 20

November 21, 2005 | Grant Wahl
With seasoned stars and ACC-ready recruits, the Blue Devils are due to win it all

November 21, 2005 | Seth Davis
Having learned his lesson, P.J. Tucker looks to lead the Horns to their first title

November 21, 2005 | Seth Davis
Depth and athleticism should help the Huskies run with the big dogs in March

November 21, 2005 | Julia Morrill
Final Four regulars in recent years, the Spartans are primed for a return trip

November 21, 2005 | Seth Davis
Taj Gray hopes to take the Sooners to the same heights he has taken his own game

November 21, 2005 | Phil Taylor
For the Cats to reach the promised land, a former Golden Child must lead them

November 21, 2005 | Phil Taylor
Once giant-killers, the Zags are now the guys with the bull's-eyes on their backs

November 21, 2005 | Grant Wahl
The Eagles figure to muscle their way into contention in their first ACC season

November 21, 2005 | Lars Anderson
After missing last year's tournament, a young team takes a great leap forward

November 21, 2005 | Julia Morrill
A stellar quartet of guards is looking to run taller opponents out of the gym

November 21, 2005 | Elizabeth Newman
David Stern's dictum was good news for one L.A. fashion house

November 21, 2005 | Tom Verducci
Protecting pitchers is the first order of business in planning next spring's World Baseball Classic

November 21, 2005 | Tom Verducci
Tom Verducci ranks the title contenders in the inaugural World Baseball Classic, based on expected rosters.

November 21, 2005 | Alan Shipnuck
Defensive end Ben Kessler of Division III St. Thomas will be tackling his next challenges at the Vatican