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January 23, 2006 | Volume 104, Issue 3

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Ben Roethlisberger Cover - Sports Illustrated January 23, 2006

January 23, 2006
Bus Wreck

January 23, 2006
Happy New Year

January 23, 2006 | Steve Rushin
Even the most incurious person who reads nothing but the sports section has realized that jocks and Glocks are firmly twinned in the popular culture.

January 23, 2006 | Gene Menez
Forty years after Don Haskins's all-black Texas Western team won the NCAA title, Glory Road tells a story that went overlooked at the time

January 23, 2006
Don't tell George Steinbrenner: Beards are a growth industry

January 23, 2006
Reinstated After being suspended for refusing to play in the fourth quarter of a blowout loss to the Sonics on Jan. 11, Magic guard Steve Francis (above). Orlando was trailing 103-87 with a little...

January 23, 2006
YOU DON'T have to be Gregor Mendel to see that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's baby will be good-looking. But will it be good at sports?

January 23, 2006
Senator Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) on the Democrats' tactics at the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito: "It's kind of like we're in the fourth quarter of a football game;...

January 23, 2006
An insurance policy makes Jeff Bagwell more valuable to the Astros if he doesn't play

January 23, 2006 | Richard Deitsch
The UConn women's basketball coach is the author (with Jackie MacMullan) of Geno: In Pursuit of Perfection

January 23, 2006 | L. Jon Wertheim
An Aussie Open short on big names lost another with Venus Williams's latest defeat

January 23, 2006 | Adam Duerson
The bride wore ivory and black, but underneath she was all Pink. Motocross racer Carey Hart, 30, tied the knot with 26-year-old Grammy-winner Alecia Moore--better known as Pink--in Costa Rica on...

January 23, 2006 | Peter King
Peter King offers his 10 Things I Think I Think

January 23, 2006 | Chris Mannix
What to watch and watch for

January 23, 2006
Kelsey Simonds BRIDGEWATER, MASS. > Basketball Simonds, a freshman forward at Stonehill College, is averaging 11.1 points and a team-high 8.5 rebounds, including three double doubles in her first...

January 23, 2006 | David Sabino
DETROIT'S Ben Wallace isn't the only valuable fantasy player who's not a high scorer. Here are a few big men who will give you help in a wide range of categories.

January 23, 2006 | As told to Lisa Altobelli
BRONCOS SAFETY

January 23, 2006
Who's Hot

January 23, 2006
What was your welcome-to-the-NBA moment? First day of practice [in 2001], I said, "Hello, I'm Andrei." He said, "Hello, I'm John." I said, "I know." I think, This is one of the greatest...

January 23, 2006 | Ben Reiter
For champion bloodhound Knotty, fitness is a full-time job

January 23, 2006
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January 23, 2006 | JEFFRI CHADIHA
On a frenetic NFL divisional playoff weekend, no player came up bigger than Ben Roethlisberger, who led the underdog Steelers to the AFC title game with precision passing and a game-saving tackle

January 23, 2006 | MICHAEL SILVER
Denver's refashioned defense swarmed the Patriots and plans to do the same to the Steelers

January 23, 2006 | Paul Zimmerman
Here's the thing about blitzing: It can't be a casual thing or a mere change of pace. A coach has to be dedicated to it, and he has to have players who share his enthusiasm. Last weekend we saw...

January 23, 2006 | PETER KING
Low-key and pressure-free, Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has the ideal constitution to cope with the cauldron of the NFC Championship Game

January 23, 2006 | NUNYO DEMASIO
Poor Seattle. There may not be a scheme that can contain Carolina wideout Steve Smith

January 23, 2006 | Paul Zimmerman
Can Nick Goings carry the Panthers' running game? Last year, when injuries beset the backfield, he shocked everyone by rushing for 100 yards or more in five of his first seven starts; all five...

January 23, 2006 | CHRIS BALLARD
In just his second season, 7-foot Magic man-child Dwight Howard is already a master of the lost art of rebounding

January 23, 2006 | CHRIS BALLARD
One measure of a player's impact on the boards is what percentage of rebounds his team gets when he's on the court versus off it. According to 82games.com, these are the big men (who have played...

January 23, 2006
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January 23, 2006 | E.M. SWIFT
The U.S. nationals were replete with fine skating, but the show was stolen by the absent Michelle Kwan, who won a controversial berth on the Olympic team, despite not being healthy enough to...

January 23, 2006 | GRANT WAHL
Florida center Joakim Noah, who chose a whole different racket from his father, Yannick, has found his own on-court success--and helped the surprising Gators to their best start ever

January 23, 2006 | GRANT WAHL
In Taurean Green and Al Horford, the Gators have two other players whose fathers were professional athletes

January 23, 2006 | Karl Taro Greenfeld
Commissioner Paul Tagliabue is a tough ex-basketball star, a savvy lawyer hardened at the Pentagon and a fierce intellectual sometimes bored by his job wrangling rich owners and keeping their...

January 23, 2006
The NBA Mavericks' future is in good hands with young point guard Devin Harris • Trail Blazers' backcourt has a familiar feel • Scout: Bulls' Ben Gordon too foul-prone

January 23, 2006 | Ian Thomsen
After rebuilding on the run, the Mavs have a brilliant future. But Devin Harris believes a title could come as early as June

January 23, 2006 | Ian Thomsen
On Ben Gordon (right), last year's Sixth Man Award winner, who was averaging 14.4 points at week's end but shooting only 40.2% for the struggling Bulls:

January 23, 2006 | Kelli Anderson
Given their size (large) and production (substantial), it's a wonder these five low-post players don't get higher recognition

January 23, 2006 | Kelli Anderson
1  Mustafa Shakur is really hurting Arizona. Through the Wildcats' first six Pac-10 games, the junior point guard had 20 turnovers to 25 assists. Shakur had zero assists in 38 minutes in last...

January 23, 2006 | Brian Cazeneuve
No driver is grittier than Lone Star State native Todd Hays, an ex-linebacker who could win two bobsled medals in Turin

January 23, 2006 | Brian Cazeneuve
Daron Rahlves (above) won the fabled Lauberhorn downhill last Saturday in Wengen, Switzerland, his third downhill win of the season, fortifying his position as the Olympic favorite. Here's a look...

January 23, 2006 | Michael Farber
Minnesota's highly touted Phil Kessel didn't wow at the World Juniors, but he's determined to prove the hype is deserved

January 23, 2006 | Michael Farber
A month ago, after Flyers goalie Robert Esche reinjured his groin, general manager Bob Clarke was calling other teams, in search of a replacement. However, after rookie Antero Niittymaki (above)...

January 23, 2006 | Rick Reilly
There's no strategy, no passing anybody. No getting air, no doing flips, no Dick Button. Nothing. Just get on the slab of metal and point it downhill.

January 23, 2006 | Stuart Appleby
A guy steps up to the 1st tee with his invisible clubs and his invisible ball and gets ready to play a round of invisible golf. After his first swing another guy notices him, asks him what he's...

January 23, 2006 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
Fred Funk THREE-WOOD Model: TaylorMade 200 Tour (steel, 13°) Shaft: Graphite Design YS-7

January 23, 2006 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
... In Another Sport

January 23, 2006 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
Despite a tantalizing second-day 68, Michelle Wie again failed to make the cut in her hometown PGA Tour event

January 23, 2006 | Charles Hirshberg
A math genius who wins millions at blackjack spins an incredible tale--a little too incredible

January 23, 2006 | Bill Syken
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