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January 29, 2007 | Volume 106, Issue 3

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Peyton Manning Cover - Sports Illustrated January 29, 2007

January 29, 2007
Golden Eagle

January 29, 2007 | Steve Rushin
ALEXANDER THE GREAT wept when there were no new worlds for him to conquer. And as Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy become the first black coaches to take their teams to the Super Bowl, we move a step...

January 29, 2007 | Jeffri Chadiha
Michael Vick's erratic passing is making it more and more difficult for Atlanta to overlook his erratic behavior

January 29, 2007 | Peter King
His confrontational style may seem old school, but Bill Parcells shaped today's NFL

January 29, 2007
ANYONE WHO'S ever ridden in a big-city taxi has probably, at some point, joked that their cabbie might want to think about getting a job as a race car driver. Benny Parsons, who died last week of...

January 29, 2007
Reenrolled In classes at Arkansas, highly touted freshman quarterback Mitch Mustain. Razorbacks coach Houston Nutt raised eyebrows when he hired Gus Malzahn, Mustain's coach at Springdale (Ark.)...

January 29, 2007
$130 Registration fee to participate in an open tryout for the Los Angeles Galaxy, which is holding auditions on Feb. 10.

January 29, 2007
THERE WAS a small thaw in an otherwise deepening cold war last week when 13 U.S. wrestlers went to Iran to compete in a meet in Bandar Abbas. On Friday, a day after winning the title in the...

January 29, 2007 | Stephen Cannella
A pro prospect who banked on an NFL career is accused of murder

January 29, 2007 | Richard Deitsch
The 51-year-old actor and stand-up comic is the host of NBC's Deal or No Deal

January 29, 2007 | Adam Duerson
Tom Brady, who split from actress Bridget Moynahan last month, didn't stay single for long: It appears he and Victoria's Secret model Gisele Bündchen are an item. According to the Boston Herald,...

January 29, 2007 | Adam Duerson
A Chicago woman had labor induced three days early so her husband could attend the NFC Championship Game.

January 29, 2007 | Adam Duerson
Edmonton's Matt Greene possesses many gifts: He's a solid checker, he's got a strong wrist shot and he does wicked impersonations of 1940s movie stars. He showed his best Claude Rains last...

January 29, 2007 | Adam Duerson
DON NELSON, Warriors coach, explaining his confusion over G.M. Chris Mullin's signing of guard Kelenna Azubuike: "Mully called me on New Year's Eve and asked me if I liked sambuca, and I said,...

January 29, 2007 | Chris Mannix
What to watch and watch for

January 29, 2007
The Mitchell Probe SCORECARD, SEPT. 4, 2006

January 29, 2007
David Brown STONEY CREEK, ONT. > Hockey Brown, a senior goaltender at Notre Dame, saved 30 of Lake Superior State's 31 shots on goal, helping the Irish to a 4--1 victory over the Lakers. In an...

January 29, 2007 | As told to Chris Mannix
HAWKS GUARD

January 29, 2007
Who's Hot Phoenix The sizzling Suns had won 29 of 31—that's 29 of 31—after thrashing the T-Wolves with a 46 point third quarter on Sunday. (Observed Steve Nash, above, "It's nice to have...

January 29, 2007
Which rookie will make the biggest impact this season?

January 29, 2007
THOUGH A daily siesta can increase productivity and relieve stress—"If I don't nap, I'll have a horrible game," says Warriors guard Jason Richardson—not everyone enjoys the practice. "That's like...

January 29, 2007
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January 29, 2007
Must a poker pro be fit? Two of three we asked said yes

January 29, 2007 | Michael Bamberger
Sophomore Tadd Fujikawa nearly stole the show from top PGA players at the Sony Open

January 29, 2007 | Joe Lemire
YOUNGEST TO MAKE A PGA CUT Bob Panasik, at the 1957 Canadian Open, at age 15, as a junior at Herman High in Windsor, Ont. Panasik played in nine U.S. Opens and was inducted into the Canadian Golf...

January 29, 2007 | Arash Markazi
Future Tar Heel Courtney Jones plays soccer with a toughness that impresses even her NFL dad

January 29, 2007
NO. 1 FALLS

January 29, 2007
For recruiting news and the latest commitments from Rivals.com and the boys' basketball Top 25 from RISE, go to SI.com/highschool.

January 29, 2007 | Joe Lemire
HIGH SCHOOL athletes who have benefited from a dip into the NFL gene pool:

January 29, 2007 | Peter King
Bears coach Lovie Smith showed saintly patience with passer Rex Grossman. The payoff: a trip to Miami for a shot at the title

January 29, 2007 | Paul Zimmerman
When the NFC's top-rated defense faces the AFC's top-rated attack in Super Bowl XLI, something's gotta give. Sorry, Chicago

January 29, 2007 | CHRIS BALLARD
Part art and part science, shot blocking is in increasingly short supply in the NBA. Why aren't more big men doing it? Because it can't be taught

January 29, 2007 | CHRIS BALLARD
SENDING A SHOT into the stands fires up fans but gives the ball back to the opponent. According to 82games.com, here were the best and worst at keeping their blocks in play at week's end, plus...

January 29, 2007 | CHRIS BALLARD
THE KNACK for preventing a dunk and the ability to force opponents out of the paint are two of the more significant ways to measure a shot blocker's talent. According to 82games.com, these were...

January 29, 2007 | CHRIS BALLARD
Sultans of Swat

January 29, 2007 | Franz Lidz
With a swing honed in the endless North Dakota winter, the Indians' Travis Hafner has made a name and a nickname (Project/Donkey) for himself as one of the game's top three hitters

January 29, 2007 | Franz Lidz
The Future

January 29, 2007
Fast and Flurrious In made-to-order weather for the Bears, running back Cedric Benson blasted out of the grasp of Saints safety Josh Bullocks and into the end zone at Soldier Field in the NFC...

January 29, 2007 | GRANT WAHL
Alabama forward Jermareo Davidson, reeling from the recent deaths of his girlfriend and then of his brother, has found solace in his god and in his game

January 29, 2007 | AUSTIN MURPHY
An inside look at the three trick plays Boise State ran to perfection in its Fiesta Bowl upset, a finish so spectacular that even the losers knew they'd been part of something special

January 29, 2007
The NHL Introducing state-of-the-art uniforms is a smart move for the league • The Bruins' Marc Savard is finally showing some passion

January 29, 2007 | Michael Farber
Worn to Win

January 29, 2007 | Michael Farber
Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo's performance against the Senators last Thursday, a 2--1 Vancouver win, shows why even though his 2.38 goals-against average ranked ninth in the NHL through Sunday,...

January 29, 2007 | Kelli Anderson
Regal Eagle

January 29, 2007 | Kelli Anderson
1 Brandon Rush (right) must start living up to his billing. Kansas' sophomore swingman, a preseason All-America, scored just 10 points in the Jayhawks' loss at Texas Tech.

January 29, 2007 | Ian Thomsen
Motown Hit

January 29, 2007 | Ian Thomsen
On the eight-player trade last week in which the Pacers sent Al Harrington, Stephen Jackson, Sarunas Jasikevicius and Josh Powell to the Warriors in exchange for Troy Murphy, Mike Dunleavy, Ike...

January 29, 2007 | L. Jon Wertheim
Hot Topic

January 29, 2007 | L. Jon Wertheim
A roundup of the more notable facts and figures from the first week of play at the 2007 Australian Open:

January 29, 2007 | Rick Reilly
IN THE next 800 words, you're going to meet my new favorite coach. But first you have to guess who he is.

January 29, 2007 | Rick Reilly
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January 29, 2007 | Michael Silver
Against their New England nemeses, Tony Dungy's Colts at long last lived up to their promise. Now it's on to Miami--and a Super Bowl XLI showdown with the surging Bears