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October 23, 2006 | Volume 105, Issue 16

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Carmelo Anthony Cover - Sports Illustrated October 23, 2006

October 23, 2006 | Marty Burns
T.J. Ford is gone, but his underrated backup is more than ready to take over

October 23, 2006 | Chris Mannix
The time might have been right for the franchise player to find a new franchise

October 23, 2006 | Ben Reiter
In search of shining moments, the team turns to yet another NCAA star

October 23, 2006 | Chris Mannix
A high-scoring 31-year-old guard is not the answer for this low-level club

October 23, 2006 | Chris Mannix
The new offense caters to the point guard, who's not so good at sharing

October 23, 2006 | Chris Mannix
Their star can do it all--except lead the team into the playoffs by himself

October 23, 2006 | Ben Reiter
When no one was watching, a young forward grew into a two-way threat

October 23, 2006 | Andrew Lawrence
The team's defense took center stage, thanks largely to a former lottery flop

October 23, 2006 | Andrew Lawrence
Learn about new trends, read up on the latest gossip and weigh in with your own thoughts in Mike McAllister's blog, at SI.com/nba.

October 23, 2006 | Arash Markazi
Their big man is up and running. If he stays healthy, there's no stopping them

October 23, 2006 | Andrew Lawrence
A summer without hoops may be just what their ailing superstar needed

October 23, 2006 | Richard Deitsch
After a strong finish, the All-Rookie point guard aims to make his name

October 23, 2006 | Andrew Lawrence
As insurance for their top two scorers, they got Bonzi Wells at a bargain price

October 23, 2006 | Arash Markazi
After decades of futility, the franchise has the makings of a playoff perennial

October 23, 2006 | Arash Markazi
An off-season tragedy has made a key contributor even more determined

October 23, 2006 | Arash Markazi
The league's most volatile player says he's happy in his latest home

October 23, 2006 | Mark Bechtel
A trade might have helped, but they could find no takers at a K-Mart sale

October 23, 2006 | Arash Markazi
No matter how committed they are, they'll be sitting at home in the spring

October 23, 2006 | Chris Mannix
Will a change of pace (and place) help a defensive dynamo become a scorer?

October 23, 2006 | Andrew Lawrence
Once scorned, Stromile Swift returns and will be counted on at both ends

October 23, 2006 | Bill Syken
Can a new playmaker, who's a lot like the old one, steady this tumbling team?

October 23, 2006 | Mark Bechtel
To stay on the court, this floor general needs to step up his defensive intensity

October 23, 2006 | Bill Syken
Patience is the watchword for a team with an untested guard at the helm

October 23, 2006
The NFL Ben Roethlisberger clicks, and the Steelers right their ship • Titans expose holes in Redskins defense • Dr. Z's forecast: Giants roll on

October 23, 2006 | Jeffri Chadiha
Big Ben Is Back

October 23, 2006 | Jeffri Chadiha
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October 23, 2006 | Jeffri Chadiha
Cowboys running back Julius Jones, whose durability has been questioned over his three-year career, is off to his best start as a pro, with three straight 100-yard games. Though coach Bill...

October 23, 2006 | Peter King
HOT READ In their 27--14 victory over the Falcons on Sunday, the Giants provided a blueprint for playing Mike Vick: Fight fire with fire. "You've got to be disciplined and stay in your lanes as a...

October 23, 2006 | Paul Zimmerman
WHAT'S ONE THING I learned from Upset Sunday, when half the underdogs on the board won straight up? Beware the teams that made their reputation with defense. The Chiefs' unit was enjoying a...

October 23, 2006 | Phil Taylor
Bearing Down

October 23, 2006 | STEWART MANDEL
HOT TOPIC

October 23, 2006 | George Dohrmann
Star Turn

October 23, 2006 | George Dohrmann
The Senators' scoring struggles—they were 1 for 30 on the power play through Sunday—has led coach Bryan Murray to direct his frustration at his most gifted forwards, Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley and...

October 23, 2006 | Rick Reilly
CONGRATULATIONS, Kansas State University! You've just purchased Famous College Coaches Model NX9873, Bob Huggins.

October 23, 2006
Dangerous Game

October 23, 2006 | Steve Rushin
OF ALL THE alliterative icons born in 1926—Marilyn Monroe and Hugh Hefner and Killer Kowalski—the most enduring is surely the sweatshirt. And though it turns 80 this fall, the sweatshirt can't be...

October 23, 2006 | L. Jon Wertheim
Chris Andersen doesn't want to dispute the drug test that led to his suspension. He just wants to play in the NBA again

October 23, 2006 | Phil Taylor
Will the Hurricanes' coach take the fall for a football program that's become an embarrassment--again?

October 23, 2006
Issued By the FAA, an order that small, fixed-wing planes not fly through the East River corridor between the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Queens, after Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle was...

October 23, 2006
87 Years since opposing players had natural hat tricks in the same game before the Sharks' Jonathan Cheechoo and the Oilers' Ryan Smyth did last Thursday.

October 23, 2006
If American Pie taught us one thing, it's that the band kids can be just as randy as the jocks. Last week, for instance, Wisconsin placed its marching band on probation after allegations of hazing...

October 23, 2006 | Richard Deitsch
The Arkansas governor, who has lost 110 pounds since 2003, will run the New York City Marathon on Nov. 5.

October 23, 2006 | Adam Duerson
NBA bad boy Ron Artest hasn't changed his tune on his new rap album, My World, which hits stores on Oct. 31. On the first track, Haterz, the 2004 Defensive Player of the Year sends a message to...

October 23, 2006 | Adam Duerson
MIKE D'ANTONI, Suns coach, upon hearing that French center Boris Diaw (below), who showed up at camp noticeably heavier, hadn't picked up a basketball for a month during the off-season:

October 23, 2006 | Adam Duerson
Having sold the rights to their official start time to the 7-Eleven store chain, the White Sox next year will begin weeknight home games at 7:11.

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

October 23, 2006
Michael Tuchscherer CORYDON, IND. > Powerlifting Tuchscherer, a cadet 1st class at the Air Force Academy, took first place in the 275-pound weight class at the International Powerlifting...

October 23, 2006
PATRIOTS STRONG SAFETY

October 23, 2006
WHO'S Hot

October 23, 2006
Who is the dirtiest player in the NFL?

October 23, 2006
Blue Jackets Left Wing

October 23, 2006 | Mathias Kiwanuka
A young Giant is feathering his nest

October 23, 2006
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October 23, 2006
Even your momma knows you can't take it personally when players run their mouths

October 23, 2006 | TOM VERDUCCI
The auto industry has taken a beating and, for the better part of the last two decades, so too has Detroit's baseball team, but Jim Leyland's Tigers have lit up the Motor City with their...

October 23, 2006 | TOM VERDUCCI
Predictions and position-by-position breakdown of the Fall Classic at SI.com/baseball.

October 23, 2006 | Michael Farber
Last year Carlos Delgado carried a grudge against the Mets; this October he's carried their offense

October 23, 2006 | BY MICHAEL SILVER
Led by first-year coach Sean Payton and a host of new players--from a no-name linebacking trio to flashy rookie Reggie Bush-- the Saints are 5--1 and sitting pretty in the Crescent City

October 23, 2006 | BY MICHAEL SILVER
For insights, analysis and answers to all your NFL questions, check out Dr. Z's mailbag at SI.com/nfl.

October 23, 2006 | AUSTIN MURPHY
The nation's best receiver, without question, is Georgia Tech's Calvin Johnson, a remarkable blend of size, speed and athleticism who has everything but an outrageous TD celebration

October 23, 2006 | AUSTIN MURPHY
To see where Calvin Johnson stands in the race for college football's most coveted award, check out Gene Menez's Heisman Watch at SI.com/collegefootball.

October 23, 2006 | CHRIS BALLARD
Having raised their profiles in the playoffs and world championships, three members of the draft class of 2003--Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James--are ready to lead the league into a...

October 23, 2006 | CHRIS BALLARD
The players who should be racking up rings and endorsements blew their chances

October 23, 2006
Riding the shirttails of the world's tallest pitchmen, a once staid league became a marketing force and grew the pro game worldwide

October 23, 2006 | JACK MCCALLUM
Bob Cousy and his speedy Celtics would love these guys--a wave of young quicksilver guards who are changing the game by letting it fly

October 23, 2006
Power of Powers Jerraud Powers (8), with help from Tristan Davis, blocked a third-quarter punt by Eric Wilbur in a crushing play for Florida last Saturday in Auburn. Tre Smith returned the block...

October 23, 2006 | IAN THOMSEN
Who will have huge years, who will need a new job and which team might land the biggest prize in June (besides the title)

October 23, 2006
How They'll Finish

October 23, 2006 | Ben Reiter
Even without reinforcements, the defending champs will still be tough

October 23, 2006 | Chris Mannix
The bench has gotten much younger--and better--thanks to two UConn picks

October 23, 2006 | Marty Burns
The coach wants more movement to help keep You-Know-Who in the flow

October 23, 2006 | Marty Burns
Despite a sizable loss in the middle, they won't take a huge step backward

October 23, 2006 | Marty Burns
The league's best defensive team has a new fearsome force in the frontcourt

October 23, 2006 | Marty Burns
A familiar face is back at forward to help create a new, high-scoring look

October 23, 2006 | Ben Reiter
Feeling slighted (again), their star guard is ready to ratchet up his game

October 23, 2006 | Ben Reiter
The No. 2 pick from 2003 finally has a chance to show what he's made of

October 23, 2006 | JEFFRI CHADIHA
MATCHUP OF THE WEEK

October 23, 2006 | JEFFRI CHADIHA
Read Peter King's 10 Fantasy Things I Think I Think and analysis from David Sabino at SI.com/fantasy.

October 23, 2006 | DAVID SABINO
Player Rankings

October 23, 2006 | DAVID SABINO
Check out SI's rankings of the top 30 NBA players at each position, plus more fantasy basketball analysis at SI.com/fantasy.

October 23, 2006 | GENE MENEZ
Presenting the heroes and zeros of the 2006 season so far--and five of the major issues facing fantasy owners the rest of the way

October 23, 2006 | GENE MENEZ
Get the latest NFL news, plus ratings for all fantasy football positions and daily injury updates at SI.com/fantasy.

October 23, 2006 | DAVID SABINO
WE LIKE THE MATCHUP

October 23, 2006
DON'T LIKE THE MATCHUP

October 23, 2006
AHMAN GREEN RB Packers (hamstring)

October 23, 2006 | Bill Syken
One fateful night in October 1996 David Sabino, then an SI reporter, was at his desk fact-checking an NBA scouting report when he was approached by an assistant managing editor. "We want to rank...

October 23, 2006 | Bill Syken
Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall uses an extensive training regimen that adheres to some core truths

October 23, 2006 | Bill Syken
Ten years after tarnishing his golden-boy reputation at Cal, Todd Bozeman is back, as Morgan State's coach

October 23, 2006 | Bill Syken
Todd Bozeman isn't the only coach returning to the bench after a hiatus; these three men will also be blowing dust off their clipboards.