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November 20, 2006 | Volume 105, Issue 20

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Roy Hibbert Cover - Sports Illustrated November 20, 2006

November 20, 2006 | Luke Winn
After a disappointing end to a stellar season, a not-as--Big Baby is hungrier on and off the court

November 20, 2006 | Seth Davis
The concept of the Final Four may be elusive in Cameroon, but it's within the grasp of one favorite son

November 20, 2006 | Ted Keith
The Crimson Tide's Final Four chances will rest on the shoulders of its All-America candidate

November 20, 2006 | Julia Morrill
With a pair of experienced big men leading the way, the Hoyas are poised for a long postseason run

November 20, 2006 | Kelli Anderson
The Buckeyes' improving floor leader must guide the talented but tenderfoot Thad Five by example

November 20, 2006 | Luke Winn
A fifth-year forward who remains a kid at heart looks to power the Badgers to the top of the Big Ten

November 20, 2006 | Julia Morrill
Delaying his shot at the NBA, the Panthers' big man is back to take care of unfinished business

November 20, 2006 | Grant Wahl
Bucking the big man trend, the Wildcats will go smaller and faster with a trio of explosive wings

November 20, 2006 | Kelli Anderson
A formerly quiet point guard has become the vocal leader of the country's best turnaround story

November 20, 2006 | Seth Davis
The Bluejays' top shooter returns, healthy and aiming to lead them back to the top of the Valley

November 20, 2006 | Kelli Anderson
Despite an improved inside game, the Huskies' biggest weapon is a marksman in the mold of the Pistol

November 20, 2006 | Seth Davis
A challenging schedule won't faze the seasoned Shockers and their self-assured swingman

November 20, 2006 | Kevin Armstrong
With Redick and Williams gone, a sophomore forward will carry the offense and call the shots

November 20, 2006 | LUKE WINN
The 65-team NCAA tournament includes 31 automatic bids and 34 at-large selections. Will your team make the cut? Find out below

November 20, 2006
The NBA The Jazz jumps out to the league's best record • Scout: The Pistons have lost interest in playing defense

November 20, 2006 | Ian Thomsen
Tuned In

November 20, 2006 | Ian Thomsen
An opposing team's scout on the Pistons, who were 3--4 at week's end:

November 20, 2006
Movin' Up

November 20, 2006 | Jeffri Chadiha
Sonic Boom

November 20, 2006 | Jeffri Chadiha
Former Vikings wideout Nate Burleson, who signed a $49 million deal to return to his hometown of Seattle, finds himself a No. 4 receiver, behind Darrell Jackson, Deion Branch and D.J. Hackett....

November 20, 2006 | Peter King
SOUND BITE "You couldn't believe what it was like—chanting, hollering, hugging, like we had just won the national championship," quarterback Philip Rivers said of the moments following San Diego's...

November 20, 2006 | Paul Zimmerman
FOR THE LAST few weeks, when you'd listen to those talk shows that ranked the teams or picked a top five, someone would always add, "Wait a minute, you're forgetting the Chargers." San Diego has...

November 20, 2006 | Phil Taylor
Air Force

November 20, 2006 | Chris Mannix
Top of the Heap

November 20, 2006 | Chris Mannix
Last Friday in San Antonio former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield continued his quixotic comeback with a 12-round win over Fres Oquendo. Said Holyfield, 44, of his quest to regain the...

November 20, 2006 | Grant Wahl
Gut Shots

November 20, 2006 | Grant Wahl
This Saturday, D.C. United midfielder Freddy Adu leaves for a two-week training stint with Manchester United, which wants to take a close look at him. Is the 17-year-old, who had a promising but...

November 20, 2006 | Lars Anderson
One to Go

November 20, 2006 | Lars Anderson
Kevin Harvick (right) has already clinched the Busch Series championship, but there's one driver he's still chasing: Sam Ard. In 1983 Ard set the series record by winning 10 races in a season....

November 20, 2006 | Rick Reilly
It happened when I was halfway through my Raisin Bran.

November 20, 2006 | Rick Reilly
Exclusively on Verizon Wireless V CAST and SI.com.

November 20, 2006
Spicy Stuff

November 20, 2006 | Steve Rushin
THE LION shall lie down with the lamb, the Tuna's embracing T.O., and this Friday—shortly before midnight, on a lonely road in Findlay, Ohio—something stranger than either of those events will...

November 20, 2006 | Michael Farber
A tirelessly upbeat coach and a shocking rise to the Top 10 have Rutgers and the Garden State partying like it's 1869

November 20, 2006 | Tom Verducci
Why the Red Sox broke the bank for the right to talk to a ballyhooed Japanese fireballer

November 20, 2006 | Grant Wahl
Defended By Laila Ali, her WBC women's super middleweight championship with a convincing defeat of Shelley Burton. Appearing on the undercard to the Wladimir Klitschko--Calvin Brock fight at...

November 20, 2006 | Grant Wahl
8--0 The Eagles' record in games after a bye week since Andy Reid took over as coach in 1999; Philadelphia beat the Redskins on Sunday after having Week 9 off.

November 20, 2006 | Grant Wahl
THE FIRST time Johnny Sain's first wife saw him pitch in the majors, in 1946, he beat the Reds 5--1. But after the game she had a complaint; she had waved at Sain during the game, and he hadn't...

November 20, 2006 | Grant Wahl
A new MLS policy will allow its teams to chase a certain unsettled English star

November 20, 2006
The results are in—and mixed—for sports figures who ran for public office

November 20, 2006 | Richard Deitsch
The actor (Major League, 24) plays a special forces operative on CBS's The Unit

November 20, 2006 | Adam Duerson
HE RETIRED from the NBA 18 months ago, but Reggie Miller can't escape Spike Lee. The director text-messaged Miller before the Pacers-Knicks game on Nov. 4 to say, THE KNICKS ARE GOING TO WIN. (He...

November 20, 2006 | Adam Duerson
JON SPOELSTRA, former New Jersey Nets president, on his team's scrapes with the law in the mid-1990s:

November 20, 2006 | Chris Mannix
What to watch and watch for

November 20, 2006
Megan Powell ELKTON, MD. > Field Hockey Powell, a senior forward at Salisbury, scored her fourth hat trick of the season and a season-high seven points to give the Sea Gulls an 8--1 win over...

November 20, 2006 | As told to Elizabeth Newman
OHIO STATE LINEBACKER

November 20, 2006
WHO'S Hot

November 20, 2006
Giants Tackle

November 20, 2006 | Elizabeth Newman
Mikki Moore's love of animals is no croc

November 20, 2006
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November 20, 2006 | Ben Reiter
Cheerleaders pull up their boots and train for Sundays on the sidelines

November 20, 2006 | Lars Anderson
Uprooted by Katrina, a football standout has found sure footing with his coach

November 20, 2006
Where the most coveted recruits are headed

November 20, 2006
BELTWAY CONNECTION

November 20, 2006 | AUSTIN MURPHY
As he leads No. 2 Michigan into its showdown with No. 1 Ohio State, coach Lloyd Carr remains a private man who's loyal, literate and, would you believe, funny?

November 20, 2006 | MICHAEL FARBER
Deeply entrenched in Phoenix, second-year coach Wayne Gretzky is guiding a lackluster, last-place team. Is the Great One too nice for the job?

November 20, 2006 | NUNYO DEMASIO
Donovan McNabb, one of the best quarterbacks of his generation, again has the Eagles in the thick of a playoff race. But will he ever fully win the heart of America's toughest sports town?

November 20, 2006 | Matt Birk
This game terrorizes you and keeps you awake at night, but that's what keeps me coming back

November 20, 2006 | Matt Birk
$31m Value of his seven-year extension in 2001, then the richest deal for an NFL center

November 20, 2006 | Written by Grant Wahl
After a decade in which the game grew smaller, faster and more guard-oriented, new rules and shifting priorities have revived a species on the verge of extinction: the low-post dinosaur

November 20, 2006 | Grant Wahl
A relentless workout regimen has helped Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough bulk up his NBA-ready game

November 20, 2006 | Julia Morrill
Seven-footer Roy Hibbert has transformed himself from a project into a powerhouse in the pivot

November 20, 2006 | Grant Wahl
Florida's dynamic duo of Joakim Noah and Al Horford keep driving each other to new heights

November 20, 2006
Is this year's freshman class the best in history? These seven sublime newcomers with diverse talents make a convincing case

November 20, 2006 | KELLI ANDERSON
Maryland guard Kristi Toliver's fearless, unforgettable fadeaway in last April's title game epitomized how the young Terps and their cocksure coach have turned the women's college basketball...

November 20, 2006 | KELLI ANDERSON
Who'll be this season's Cinderella? Household name? Biggest flop? SI's hoops experts weigh in at SI.com/collegebasketball.

November 20, 2006 | RICHARD DEITSCH
Maryland has the makings of a dynasty, but history--and a strong field--could stand in the champs' way

November 20, 2006 | SETH DAVIS
SI's tip sheet to the most compelling storylines, the players likeliest to shine and the new faces worth watching in the men's and the women's games

November 20, 2006
1. KANSAS

November 20, 2006 | Seth Davis
Having learned hard lessons last season, the young and talent-rich Jayhawks will leap to the top

November 20, 2006 | Grant Wahl
The Gators' starters are back, but can they remain champs now that everyone wants a bite of them?

November 20, 2006 | Grant Wahl
The Tar Heels have the talent to outrun anyone, but can they keep all of their young guns happy?

November 20, 2006
Don't Like the Matchup

November 20, 2006
ADAM DUERSON MATCHUP OF THE WEEK

November 20, 2006 | CHRIS MANNIX
Rail-thin Kevin Martin is putting up robust numbers for the Kings

November 20, 2006 | DAVID SABINO
Here are the NBA's hottest starters

November 20, 2006 | GENE MENEZ
Everyone has good days and bad, but these players can't be matched for their infuriating ups and downs

November 20, 2006
WE LIKE THE MATCHUP

November 20, 2006 | Gary Van Sickle
A unique collection of tales and artifacts provides an intimate new look at Mickey Mantle

November 20, 2006 | Chris Mannix
Is Yi Jianlian another Yao Ming--or Wang Zhizhi? An NBA team will likely use a top draft pick to find out