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September 25, 2006 | Volume 105, Issue 12

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Alex Rodriguez Cover - Sports Illustrated September 25, 2006

September 25, 2006
Name Game

September 25, 2006 | Steve Rushin
IN ALMOST every culture, 40 is a mystical number. Forty is the length, in days, of Biblical floods and fasts. Forty is the only number, spelled out in English, whose letters appear in alphabetical...

September 25, 2006 | Richard Hoffer
Considering the rewards of athletic success, is it surprising that a college punter is accused of hacking his way up the depth chart?

September 25, 2006
A campus shooting rocks the resurgent Duquesne basketball program

September 25, 2006
Denied By Saints rookie Reggie Bush (above), that he received improper benefits worth about $100,000 while he played at USC. Last week Yahoo.com reported that New Era Sports & Entertainment, a...

September 25, 2006
33 Consecutive successful stolen base attempts by Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki, who broke Willie Wilson's single-season AL record; the major league record is held by Vince Coleman, who stole 44...

September 25, 2006
An auction house plans to peddle Pete Rose's apology for betting on baseball

September 25, 2006 | Richard Deitsch
The seven-time Pro Bowl running back, 33, is an analyst for the NFL Network as he rehabs his knee

September 25, 2006
WHEN IT'S TIME to relocate, most people have a garage sale to unload things they don't want to pack. When you're the oldest living Hall of Famer, downsizing is a more formal operation. Earlier...

September 25, 2006 | Chris Mannix
What to watch and watch for

September 25, 2006 | Adam Duerson
As anyone who has seen her Nike commercial knows, Maria Sharapova feels pretty. (Oh, so pretty.) So it's hardly surprising that Sharapova celebrated her U.S. Open title by hitting Fall Fashion...

September 25, 2006 | Adam Duerson
Hey, it's another Royal who can't hit. During a visit to Birmingham, England, last week Prince Charles took some hacks while talking to participants in a youth cricket training program. (For his...

September 25, 2006 | Adam Duerson
Fans of Steve (the Crocodile Hunter) Irwin have cut off the tails of several stingrays to avenge his death.

September 25, 2006 | Adam Duerson
ANDY RODDICK, 24-year-old tennis star, on bachelor life:

September 25, 2006
SCORECARD, Aug. 8, 2005

September 25, 2006
Bojan Jovicic

September 25, 2006
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September 25, 2006 | As told to Ben Reiter
DOLPHINS WIDE RECEIVER

September 25, 2006 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
Who's Hot Bears

September 25, 2006
D-Rays Third Baseman

September 25, 2006 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

September 25, 2006
The roots of Seahawks LT Walter Jones

September 25, 2006 | Gene Menez
Twins sluggers Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau share a semimessy bachelor pad

September 25, 2006 | Kevin Armstrong
Jersey boy Will Thompson never met an extracurricular activity he didn't like

September 25, 2006 | TOM VERDUCCI
His successes are often overshadowed by his failures. Despite his extraordinary accumulated numbers, New York fans are quick to discount his contributions. And when things go wrong for Alex...

September 25, 2006 | AUSTIN MURPHY
By opening up its playbook and turning big-play wide receiver Mario Manningham loose, Michigan stunned Notre Dame with an easy win in South Bend

September 25, 2006 | Mark Beech
For any fan of make-or-break games, last weekend was probably as good as it gets in college football. On a day that featured seven games between teams ranked in the Top 25, contenders emerged and...

September 25, 2006 | JEFFRI CHADIHA
Once the domain of sluggish, one-dimensional players, the NFL's latest It Position has been upgraded by a new generation of game-breakers, and the most dangerous of them is Antonio Gates

September 25, 2006 | Nunyo Demasio
The new prototype tight end has become so effective in the passing game that many teams are using two at a time

September 25, 2006 | MICHAEL LEWIS
The left tackle evolved, through natural selection and intelligent design, into a prized specimen who lived to ensure the survival of his quarterback against a predator he couldn't see

September 25, 2006
Bummer Sooner The Oregon defensive line snuffed a 44-yard field goal attempt by Oklahoma's Garrett Hartley (10) on the final play last Saturday, preserving a wild 34-33 victory in Eugene, Ore....

September 25, 2006
The NFL

September 25, 2006 | Jeffri Chadiha
Quick Restart

September 25, 2006 | Jeffri Chadiha
Shaun Alexander, last season's NFL MVP, is already missing Pro Bowl guard Steve Hutchinson. Alexander has gained only 140 yards through two games while averaging a paltry 3.1 yards per carry....

September 25, 2006 | Peter King
HOT READ

September 25, 2006 | Paul Zimmerman
REVENGE. HOW SWEET the word. Sweeter yet is a weekend that promises not one, not two, but three classic get-even games.

September 25, 2006 | Phil Taylor
What a Rush

September 25, 2006 | STEWART MANDEL
HOT TOPIC

September 25, 2006 | Lars Anderson
Sweet Run

September 25, 2006 | Lars Anderson
In 2004 it was Tony Stewart and Jeremy Mayfield. Last year it was Kurt Busch. And in Sunday's Sylvania 300, two more Chase drivers had serious dents put in their title hopes by wrecks at New...

September 25, 2006 | Rick Reilly
YOU AND I have the same problem. We swear too goddam much.

September 25, 2006
ADAM DUERSON MATCHUP OF THE WEEK

September 25, 2006 | DAVID SABINO
Does a rookie QB have fantasy value?

September 25, 2006 | GENE MENEZ
Every fantasy owner has heard the conventional wisdom--why Peyton Manning will be better, why LaDainian Tomlinson will be worse. But is it true?

September 25, 2006
WE LIKE THE MATCHUP

September 25, 2006
DON'T LIKE THE MATCHUP

September 25, 2006 | Grant Wahl
Argentina's economic woes drove Christian Gómez to MLS, and D.C. United has reaped the dividends

September 25, 2006 | Chris Lewis
Armed with an old and unloved swing theory, these two instructors are suddenly all the rage on Tour

September 25, 2006 | Brian Cazeneuve
Two brothers, Bill and Mike Zadick, are the U.S.'s best hope at this week's world championships

September 25, 2006 | Brian Cazeneuve
There's something about wrestling that seems to lend itself to familial success. (Perhaps it's the grappling of sibling rivals.) Here are brother tandems that have competed for the U.S. in Olympic...

September 25, 2006 | Austin Murphy
In his breezy autobiography, Lou Holtz tells tales of football, Bob Hope, Bill Clinton and Johnny Carson

September 25, 2006 | George Dohrmann
Foes are typically history when Trevor Hoffman enters the game. Soon he'll make history too