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December 26, 2005 | Volume 103, Issue 25

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Reggie Bush Cover - Sports Illustrated December 26, 2005

December 26, 2005 | S.L. Price
The congressional hearings on steroids in baseball, the bigger-than-sports story of the year, turned into a three-ring circus. And only the clown, Jose Canseco, may have told the truth

December 26, 2005
An array of influential figures from the sports world passed away in 2005, from subtle contributors to trailblazers to true giants in their fields

December 26, 2005
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December 26, 2005 | Jack McCallum
A high-wire experiment in sports fiction, written in nine chapters, sequentially, by nine SI authors, wherein a fast-fading pugilist suddenly finds himself in the bout of his life. Read on....

December 26, 2005 | Bill Syken
DECEMBER 13, 1993

December 26, 2005
The NFL The Colts look vulnerable, the Pats formidable • The MVP race • Ten head coach candidates • Dr. Z: Skins alive

December 26, 2005 | Peter King
Collision Course The Colts are no longer perfect and the Pats are rounding into form--get ready for an intriguing January in the AFC Has there ever been a year when a divisional playoff game...

December 26, 2005 | Peter King
HOT READ

December 26, 2005 | Paul Zimmerman
Cheer up. We don't have to worry about Colts-Seahawks, the matter of who'll play and who'll rest, who'll try to win their varsity letters, etc. It's not even worth handicapping. Instead we're...

December 26, 2005 | Ian Thomsen
'Maine Man Yet again, Pacers captain Jermaine O'Neal is ready, willing and able to clean up the mess left by a Ron Artest meltdown Did Ron Artest do the Pacers a favor by demanding to be traded?...

December 26, 2005 | Ian Thomsen
THE HOT LINE

December 26, 2005 | Grant Wahl
Bruin Up

December 26, 2005 | Grant Wahl
1 Texas has a toughness problem. Yes, a strained calf kept forward Brad Buckman out of the Tennessee game and guard Daniel Gibson (right) only played nine minutes because of a concussion, but...

December 26, 2005 | Austin Murphy
Make or Break

December 26, 2005 | STEWART MANDEL
HOT TOPIC

December 26, 2005 | Michael Farber
Power Rangers

December 26, 2005 | Pierre McGuire
Boston may have undermined its ability to attract future free agents. The Bruins raised eyebrows when they traded center Dave Scatchard (right) to Phoenix less than four months after signing him...

December 26, 2005 | Brian Cazeneuve
Freestyle skier Jeret (Speedy) Peterson has overcome personal hardships to become a gold medal favorite in Turin

December 26, 2005 | Brian Cazeneuve
Shani Davis's bid to become the first U.S. speedskater to qualify for long- and short-track teams at the same Olympics ended last week in Marquette, Mich., when he finished sixth at the U.S....

December 26, 2005 | Rick Reilly
The toughest teenager to shop for in all of America has to be high school hoops player Steve Ketcham. There's almost nothing on his Christmas list.

December 26, 2005
Hook 'Em After reading Horns of Plenty (Dec. 5), I understand why I--a lifelong Aggies fan--found myself secretly cheering for the Longhorns as they played at Texas A&M. Texas's Mack Brown is...

December 26, 2005 | Steve Rushin
To the ancient holiday question of what to get the man who has everything, we can now answer: a subscription to OT, the world's most sumptuous service magazine, in whose glossy pages you can shop...

December 26, 2005 | Michael Silver
Despite leading the NFL in evictions, distractions and uncertainty, the storm-blown New Orleans players are hanging together

December 26, 2005 | Edited by Stephen Cannella
Need sensible last-minute suggestions for that sports fan on your list? Good luck. What follows is something else entirely

December 26, 2005 | Albert Chen
The U.S. bars Cuba, one of the world's best teams, from the World Baseball Classic

December 26, 2005 | Edited by Stephen Cannella
Won By Nikolay Valuev, 32, of Russia, the WBA heavyweight title, in a decision over John Ruiz in Berlin last Saturday. At 7 feet and 323 pounds, Valuev (above), Russia's first heavyweight...

December 26, 2005 | Edited by Stephen Cannella
90 Years the Florida basketball team went without a triple double before guard Corey Brewer had one against Jacksonville last week.

December 26, 2005 | Yi-Wyn Yen
One of the world's top figure skaters--Japan's Mao Asada--is too young for the Olympics

December 26, 2005 | Richard Deitsch
The two-time NL MVP, 49, is the author of The Scouting Report, a how-to guide to negotiating life as a professional athlete

December 26, 2005 | Tim Layden
Prosecutors are rewriting the rules and getting aggressive in their pursuit of drug-using athletes

December 26, 2005 | Adam Duerson
"Some people like Biggie; some people like Tupac," says Eagles defensive end N.D. Kalu, referring to hip-hop's most infamous feud. "But you can like both of them." And so Kalu joined more than a...

December 26, 2005 | Adam Duerson
Sometimes in life you meet that special someone who's really on the same wavelength. That's more or less what happened to Kelly Slater (right) of Florida and Kalani Chapman (left) of Hawaii at the...

December 26, 2005 | Adam Duerson
A translation guide on the British embassy's World Cup website explains how to say "He puked his guts up" in German.

December 26, 2005 | Adam Duerson
ALAN THOMPSON, Australian national swimming coach, on a training exercise that included a mock terrorist execution of his swimmers:

December 26, 2005 | Chris Mannix
What to watch and watch for

December 26, 2005 | David Sabino
FANS ARE focused on über-rookies Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin, but there are other NHL freshmen making names for themselves on the ice and in fantasy leagues.

December 26, 2005 | Edited by Stephen Cannella
Brandie Beale INDEPENDENCE, MO. > Soccer Beale, a sophomore forward at Nebraska-Omaha, scored with a shot over the goalkeeper 3:03 into overtime to beat Seattle Pacific 2-1 and give the Mavericks...

December 26, 2005 | As told to Elizabeth Newman
PANTHERS WIDE RECEIVER

December 26, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
WHO'S HOT

December 26, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli
BUCS COACH Jon Gruden learned football from his father, Jim, a longtime NFL scout, and likes to bring in guys with NFL genes. As Gruden told The Tampa Tribune, "there are no surprises for them.......

December 26, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
[This article contains a table -- Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

December 26, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
WITH Al Harrington Hawks Forward

December 26, 2005
So many winners and losers, saints and sinners over the past 12 months that it's impossible to recall them all. The year's highlights ripped by in a blur, but the best of those moments reveal the...

December 26, 2005
LANCE Armstrong

December 26, 2005
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December 26, 2005 | Tom Verducci
First baseman Paul Konerko experienced a once-in-a-lifetime October, leading the White Sox to their first title in 88 years

December 26, 2005 | Tom Verducci
REMEMBER BARRY BONDS? You'll see plenty of him next spring, when the most polarizing player in baseball returns from injury and exile to suit up for Team USA and to knock Babe Ruth from the record...

December 26, 2005 | Peter King
The Colts take on the personality of Tony Dungy, their poised and pioneering coach. That means no wasted breath

December 26, 2005 | Peter King
NFL DEFENSES are going to have to make a huge adjustment. Assuming that Vince Young of Texas comes out for the draft as a junior, a mobile quarterback will be taken among the top picks for the...

December 26, 2005 | Jack McCallum
Every team had a crack at lockdown defender Bruce Bowen; the Spurs signed him. That's why they're the champs

December 26, 2005 | Jack McCallum
THE ROMANCE between the NBA and its millions of international fans plays out largely unnoticed on these shores, both because we are too busy lodging complaints about pro hoops--So many tattoos! No...

December 26, 2005 | Grant Wahl
A spate of Did you see that? moments during an NCAA tournament weekend had cellphones ringing across the land

December 26, 2005 | Grant Wahl
DUKE'S MIKE KRZYZEWSKI and Connecticut's Jim Calhoun are the two most decorated coaches of their generation, Hall of Famers with five national titles and more than 1,400 victories between them....

December 26, 2005 | Alan Shipnuck
Displaying a newfound camaraderie, an inspired U.S. team gave Captain Jack a memorable Presidents Cup victory

December 26, 2005 | Alan Shipnuck
MICHELLE WIE will not be golf's most successful teenager in 2006. That will be Paula Creamer, the recently crowned LPGA Rookie of the Year, who has already emerged as the second-best player in...

December 26, 2005 | L. Jon Wertheim
Fans may have come to the U.S. Open hoping to see homegrown talent, but a pair of European stars opened their eyes

December 26, 2005 | L. Jon Wertheim
TENNIS'S AVERSION to change is almost pathological. While other sports have readily introduced three-point lines and two-point conversions, tennis has implemented, count it, one innovation over...

December 26, 2005 | Tim Layden
After deferring his retirement, U.S. shot putter Adam Nelson finally struck gold at the world championships

December 26, 2005
LET'S BE CLEAR: U.S. skier Bode Miller, 28, is a borderline savant on skis. He is the reigning World Cup overall champion and is uniquely talented across all the events. "He's a genius, maybe the...

December 26, 2005 | Austin Murphy
Look no further than the Harvard-Yale triple-overtime thriller for proof that the NCAA has gotten at least one thing right

December 26, 2005 | Austin Murphy
THE ROSE BOWL matchup will be no reprise of the 55-19 beating that Southern Cal put on Oklahoma in last season's Orange Bowl. Texas quarterback Vince Young will gash the Trojans' defense with the...

December 26, 2005
Two dozen games crammed into 13 days? No problem. SI picks the winners and offers a viewer's guide to which matchups are worth watching

December 26, 2005
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December 26, 2005 | Austin Murphy
In Lance Armstrong's seventh and final triumph in the Tour de France, the race was all but over as soon as he started

December 26, 2005 | Grant Wahl
PICKING BRAZIL to win next summer's World Cup is about as provocative as a Saturday Evening Post cover, and so you'll have a hard time finding any takers (SI included) to bet against the five-time...

December 26, 2005 | Steve Rushin
For 12 long months, Steve Rushin rummaged the depths of sports to unearth these nuggets of surreal news from 2005

December 26, 2005 | Steve Rushin
Goodyear paid Detroit Pistons guard Rip Hamilton an undisclosed sum to braid his hair in the tread pattern of the company's Assurance TripleTred tire.

December 26, 2005 | Steve Rushin
A 63-year-old New Jersey man was arrested and charged with drunken driving after erratically operating the Zamboni in a public skating session at a Morristown, N.J., arena.

December 26, 2005 | Steve Rushin
Eric James Torpy, sentenced to 30 years in prison for robbery and shooting with intent to kill, asked an Oklahoma County District judge to increase his jail time to 33 years--in honor of his...

December 26, 2005 | Jeffri Chadiha
With an upset of No. 1 Nebraska, Washington's true believers went from also-rans to national champs