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November 06, 2006 | Volume 105, Issue 18

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November 06, 2006
Tough Love

November 06, 2006 | Steve Rushin
IN THE NFL," says a league veteran, "every team has a get-back coach, a guy whose job is to hold up his arms and yell, 'Get back!' when [bench players] get too close to the field."

November 06, 2006 | Mark Bechtel
Browns games rarely give them much to cheer about, but the NFL's most faithful fans just can't stay away

November 06, 2006 | Albert Chen
Thanks to labor peace and record revenues, major league teams are swimming in cash and eager to spend

November 06, 2006
Won By Roger Federer (above), the Swiss Indoors in his hometown of Basel, Switzerland, his fourth straight title and 11th of the year. The world's No. 1 player defeated Chile's Fernando Gonzalez...

November 06, 2006
2 NFL teams that have started consecutive seasons 7--0: the 1929, '30 and '31 Packers, and the 2005 and '06 Colts.

November 06, 2006
TREVOR BERBICK was an accomplished fighter—he had a record of 50-11-1 and won the WBC heavyweight title in 1986—but he's best known as the degree of separation between two boxing immortals....

November 06, 2006
THE YEAR'S biggest horse racing story has had little to do with actual horse racing: Handicappers and nonrailbirds alike have been transfixed by Barbaro's recovery from the gruesome leg injury he...

November 06, 2006
TO MANY the enduring image of Joe Niekro is the 42-year-old's getting busted with an emery board in his back pocket during a 1987 game. Niekro, who died last Friday of a brain aneurysm at age 61,...

November 06, 2006
SHE BECAME a hero in America when she won a figure skating silver medal at the Olympic Games in Torino. He became persona non grata in Kazakhstan when he created Borat, a fictional journalist...

November 06, 2006 | Richard Deitsch
The 59-year-old, who retired from Georgia Tech in 2000 after 19 seasons, is the new coach at the College of Charleston

November 06, 2006 | Adam Duerson
WHAT WAS it that Muhammad Ali once boasted? That he could float like a butterfly and sing like a bee? Not exactly, but in a new book former Esquire art director George Lois argues that the...

November 06, 2006 | Adam Duerson
TIKI BARBER Giants running back, upon hearing that Terrell Owens is writing a children's book called Little T Learns to Share: "He may be drawing on someone else's experiences."

November 06, 2006 | Adam Duerson
A Bulgarian soccer team ordered a volatile 19-year-old player to get married, believing that would force him to settle down.

November 06, 2006 | Chris Mannix
What to watch and watch for

November 06, 2006
Whitney Taney FACES IN THE CROWD JAN. 24, 2005 SHORTLY AFTER she took up tennis at age nine, it became apparent that Whitney Taney was going to be quite good at it. But instead of doing what...

November 06, 2006
Lizzie Barnes NEW ORLEANS > Soccer

November 06, 2006 | As told to Elizabeth Newman
SUNS GUARD

November 06, 2006
WHO'S Hot

November 06, 2006
Which head coach has the best defensive mind?

November 06, 2006
Rams Running Back

November 06, 2006
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November 06, 2006
The Giants' Luke Petitgout has farmland roots

November 06, 2006 | Jeffri Chadiha
In seven hell-bent minutes a day Edgerrin James steels his abs for a season's pounding

November 06, 2006 | Kevin Armstrong
When private high schools court top athletes, public schools usually lose

November 06, 2006 | Kevin Armstrong
HAMILTON (Chandler, Ariz.) AT CHANDLER

November 06, 2006 | Luis Fernando Llosa
A New England soccer phenom contemplates a move home and a pro career

November 06, 2006
COACHES SENT HOME

November 06, 2006
For more high school news and rankings from RISE and Dave Krider's Primetime Performer of the Week, go to SI.com/highschool.

November 06, 2006 | TOM VERDUCCI
During the regular season, the Cardinals won plenty of acclaim for losing; then came October, when a cast of unlikely heroes helped dominate defenseless Detroit and silence, for good, the doubts...

November 06, 2006 | Nate Silver, Baseball Prospectus
With the fistfuls of cash that are likely to be thrown at free agents this winter, here are some potential money pits--and bargains

November 06, 2006 | Frank Deford
RED AUERBACH, who suffered a fatal heart attack last Saturday at the age of 89, was not only as successful a coach and general manager as there ever has been in professional sports but was also,...

November 06, 2006 | AUSTIN MURPHY
USC's loss to Oregon State blew the national championship door wide open. Here is SI's playoff map, drawn from the contenders' key remaining games

November 06, 2006 | MICHAEL SILVER
Choosing wisely from his wide range of weapons, Peyton Manning picked apart the vaunted Denver defense as the 7--0 Indianapolis Colts took command once more in the AFC

November 06, 2006 | Michael Strahan
NFL GIANTS DEFENSIVE END

November 06, 2006 | Michael Strahan
1 Schools (Texas Southern) that offered him a scholarship.

November 06, 2006 | Jack McCallum
An SI writer was invited to join NBA commissioner David Stern's five-country, eight-game, seven-day tour of Europe last month, during which Stern schmoozed, cajoled, teased, challenged, lectured...

November 06, 2006
Stiffed Upper Lip Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson blasted through a tackle by Rams safety Oshiomogho Atogwe en route to a 38-yard touchdown, the first of his three scores in San Diego's...

November 06, 2006
College Football How off-season parties helped turn Texas A&M around • Temple finally gets off the schneid • Is it time for Florida State's Bowden to go?

November 06, 2006 | Mark Beech
Arm in Arm

November 06, 2006 | STEWART MANDEL
HOT TOPIC

November 06, 2006 | Jeffri Chadiha
Cool Hand

November 06, 2006 | Jeffri Chadiha
Philadelphia's reliance on the big play is backfiring big time. Despite gusty conditions on Sunday against Jacksonville, the Eagles called 43 passes and just 15 runs in a 13--6 loss; Donovan...

November 06, 2006 | Peter King
HOT READ

November 06, 2006 | Paul Zimmerman
THERE IS an unfounded belief that when the Patriots meet the Colts, Bill Belichick gets into Peyton Manning's head and confounds him with trickery so diabolical that Manning leaves his game in the...

November 06, 2006 | Michael Farber
Swift Success

November 06, 2006 | Pierre McGuire
Thrashers coach Bob Hartley blundered last Thursday in a 3--2 shootout loss to the Flyers when he replaced Johan Hedberg with his top goalie, Kari Lehtonen, after OT. The outcome aside, Hartley...

November 06, 2006 | Rick Reilly
PLEASE ALLOW me to introduce myself.

November 06, 2006 | Adam Duerson
ADAM DUERSON MATCHUP OF THE WEEK These third-year backs broke out last season by carrying their respective teams to the AFC Championship Game. But will either have much room to run when they go...

November 06, 2006 | Gene Menez
Busts happen, even to good fantasy owners. Sometimes the offensive line can't block or a key teammate gets hurt. Sometimes a star player just tanks. Whatever the reason, busts can kill a fantasy...

November 06, 2006 | David Sabino
WE LIKE THE MATCHUP

November 06, 2006
DON'T LIKE THE MATCHUP

November 06, 2006 | Brian Cazeneuve
Ted Nolan went from coach of the year to a nine-year exile; now he's returned to lead the Islanders

November 06, 2006 | Chris Mannix
Modern-day Cinderella Man Carlos Baldomir is going to find out soon if his glass slipper still fits

November 06, 2006 | Chris Mannix
The welterweight division is the most competitive in boxing; these formidable fighters loom as challengers to the winner of the Mayweather-Baldomir bout.

November 06, 2006 | Jon Heyman
Number 1 starters are in short supply, so one club will pay a hefty tab for Japanese ace Daisuke Matsuzaka

November 06, 2006 | Nate Silver
WILL DAISUKE MATSUZAKA BE WORTH THE PRICE? The short answer is a resounding yes. According to Baseball Prospectus's Davenport Translations (DTs), a method that has accurately predicted the...

November 06, 2006 | Charles Hirshberg
Three new releases prove that the sports world is best viewed through the lens of a camera