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February 05, 2007 | Volume 106, Issue 5

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Brian Urlacher Cover - Sports Illustrated February 05, 2007

February 05, 2007
Gator Glory

February 05, 2007 | Steve Rushin
MINUTES AFTER the Colts beat the Patriots in the AFC championship game, Tony Dungy made an offhand remark about the upcoming Super Bowl between Indianapolis and Chicago. "It's a shame we have to...

February 05, 2007 | Alan Shipnuck
Roger Federer and Tiger Woods are good pals who won't argue about who's the most dominant athlete around. But two SI writers will

February 05, 2007 | Tim Layden
During his courageous fight for survival, Barbaro brought humans and horses together again

February 05, 2007 | Tom Verducci
Cleared To play in Super Bowl XLI, Chicago defensive tackle Tank Johnson (above). Following a December arrest on firearms charges—his third arrest in 18 months—Johnson, 25, was told he could not...

February 05, 2007 | Tom Verducci
The Yankees are at the forefront of baseball's foray into the untapped Chinese market

February 05, 2007 | Tom Verducci
20 Percent decrease in the number of penalties in NFL games in 2006 from the previous season, the first decline since 2001.

February 05, 2007 | Tom Verducci
Roger Clemens hasn't announced his 2007 plans. Who's leading the race to sign him—the Astros, Yankees or Red Sox? The update: AFTER THROWING OUT the first pitch at the University of Texas alumni...

February 05, 2007 | Michael Farber
THE DEATH OF Hall of Fame goaltender Lorne (Gump) Worsley at age 77 of a heart attack last Friday was a somber reminder that they don't make hockey nicknames like they used to. Washington Capitals...

February 05, 2007
Through the years with the crudest finger in sports

February 05, 2007 | Richard Deitsch
The 57-year-old former manager of the Giants and the Cubs will begin as an ESPN baseball analyst this spring.

February 05, 2007 | Adam Duerson
HER FATHER invented the Ali Shuffle, so perhaps America should expect great things from Laila Ali on Dancing with the Stars. Muhammad's daughter (left)—who is 23--0 in the ring—is rumored to be in...

February 05, 2007 | Adam Duerson
A Wisconsin strip club owner is offering a lifetime membership in exchange for Super Bowl tickets.

February 05, 2007 | Adam Duerson
"Maybe I should take up hockey—at least they let you wear a helmet." That's probably what Massimo Scali was thinking last Friday when partner Federica Faiella dropped him on his head at the...

February 05, 2007 | Adam Duerson
TODD JONES, Tigers pitcher and Alabama resident, on the $12 million contract ex-teammate Jamie Walker, a Tennessee native, signed with the Orioles: "Twelve million dollars in Tennessee? He might...

February 05, 2007 | Chris Mannix
What to watch and watch for

February 05, 2007 | David Epstein
Tracee Jones SCORECARD, Nov. 13, 2006

February 05, 2007
Kierah Kimbrough GREENBUSH, MINN. > Basketball Kimbrough, a sophomore forward at North Dakota, led all players with 23 points and 10 rebounds in a 95--67 win over Nebraska-Omaha; it was her...

February 05, 2007 | As told to Ben Reiter
COLTS LINEBACKER

February 05, 2007
WHO'S Hot

February 05, 2007
Which current assistant coach should already be a head coach?

February 05, 2007 | Elizabeth Newman
Under an NHL jersey, a canvas

February 05, 2007
[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

February 05, 2007
Bears Linebacker

February 05, 2007 | Lisa Altobelli
A Saint learns from a master—and a fan

February 05, 2007 | Mark Beech
New Jersey's top recruit broke tradition by choosing Rutgers over Ohio State

February 05, 2007 | George Dohrmann
Once recruits kept their college commitments, but schools are finding that the minds they are a-changin'

February 05, 2007 | George Dohrmann
EVEN IF Jerimy Finch holds with the Hoosiers, BCS champion Florida looks to be the leading beneficiary of the trend toward switching commitments in 2007. Its recruiting class, rated No. 1 by...

February 05, 2007
HOLD THE MAYO

February 05, 2007 | TIM LAYDEN
The matchup in Miami will hinge on a line-of-scrimmage mind game. Can Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher outsmart Colts quarterback Peyton Manning for football's ultimate prize?

February 05, 2007 | Jeffri Chadiha
The first appearances by African-American head coaches in the Super Bowl

February 05, 2007 | Peter King
The AFC's best offense versus the NFC's best defense

February 05, 2007 | David Sabino
Do the Bears have the bite, or will the Colts be carrying too much horsepower? Inside the numbers game

February 05, 2007 | L. JON WERTHEIM
Roger Federer's victory at the Australian Open came as no surprise, but the way in which a rusty Serena Williams marched through the women's draw was downright shocking

February 05, 2007 | Michael Farber
Home of the last two Stanley Cup champions, most of the NHL's leading scorers and a fan-friendly, up-tempo style, the once lowly Southeast is hockey's best, most raucous division

February 05, 2007 | Michael Farber
1998 VINCENT LECAVALIER LIGHTNING The center, says Hitchcock, "put the division on the map" when he went No. 1.

February 05, 2007
Nothing Betterer Roger Federer celebrated his Australian Open championship—he didn't lose a set in seven matches—after defeating Fernando Gonzalez in Melbourne on Sunday for his 10th Grand Slam...

February 05, 2007 | IAN THOMSEN
NBA general managers are diligently working the phones as the trade deadline approaches, but many of them seem reluctant to make a big move. Why the reluctance to take arms in this sea of mediocrity?

February 05, 2007 | Ian Thomsen
SI plays general manager and suggests three trades--none yet on the table--that should be made before the Feb. 22 deadline

February 05, 2007 | DAVID HALBERSTAM
It was always a big game, but in its early days it was still just a game. Then the convergence of TV, football and American commerce turned the Super Bowl into a...

February 05, 2007
College Basketball Who's the player of the year? The next George Mason? This season's Florida? Answers to these and other pressing questions

February 05, 2007 | Seth Davis
Final Forum

February 05, 2007 | Seth Davis
1 The national coach of the year will come from the Pac-10. A case can be made for UCLA's Ben Howland, Washington State's Tony Bennett and USC's Tim Floyd, but the choice here is Oregon's Ernie...

February 05, 2007 | E.M. Swift
One Tough Kid

February 05, 2007 | E.M. Swift
1 Noelle Pikus-Pace is the feel-good story of the year. Pikus-Pace (right) regained the world skeleton title last Friday, 15 months after a runaway bobsled shattered her right leg and nearly ended...

February 05, 2007 | Rick Reilly
YOU UP for a challenge?

February 05, 2007 | Rick Reilly
Exclusively on VCast from Verizon Wireless and SI.com.

February 05, 2007 | JEFF SILVERMAN
Having battled to the top in a man's world, Torrey Pines South course superintendent Candice Combs is on the verge of making history

February 05, 2007 | JIM GORANT
BY NOW everyone has seen the outtakes of Tiger Woods unexpectedly decking his costar in a Buick commercial, but no one has heard from the deckee, Al Nowicki. "It was a lot of fun," says the actor,...

February 05, 2007 | JIM GORANT
27%

February 05, 2007 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
Jack Nicklaus, pillar of fatherhood, ruined it for other golfers

February 05, 2007 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
In 2006, for the first time, more golf courses closed than opened

February 05, 2007 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
by JAMES P. HERRE

February 05, 2007 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
A seventh straight win puts Tiger Woods a step closer to the Tour's most hallowed record

February 05, 2007
THERE'S A FRESH TAKE ON GOLF EVERY DAY AT SI.COM/GOLF.

February 05, 2007 | David Epstein
For this cross-country star, a shot to run in the U.S. nationals could mean a reunion with his long-lost family