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November 19, 2007 | Volume 107, Issue 20

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Kevin Love Cover - Sports Illustrated November 19, 2007

November 19, 2007 | Kelli Anderson
Last year's Pac-10 surprise will stage another three-for-all, while applying a bit more muscle

November 19, 2007 | Grant Wahl
All eyes are on a prized recruit, but the Trojans really need their Taj to be monumental

November 19, 2007 | Kelli Anderson
Getting past the Bulldogs will be a tall order, but it's the little guy who is key to the season

November 19, 2007 | Luke Winn
Schooled by pros, the sophomore playmaker is poised to become the next Longhorns legend

November 19, 2007 | Ted Keith
A lockdown defense and a well-rounded star will again have the Salukis in the hunt in March

November 19, 2007 | Stewart Mandel
Just like they Drew it up, a mature band of Muskies are panting for a deep March run

November 19, 2007 | Seth Davis
The new boss is great at whipping up instant winners, but he could use a big man (or three)

November 19, 2007 | BILL TROCCHI
Despite enough at-large, mid-major bids to make Billy Packer groan, the Big East and Pac-10 will rule on Selection Sunday

November 19, 2007
NASCAR Another day, another win: At Phoenix, Jimmie Johnson takes his fourth straight and appears headed for the Cup • Hendrick hegemony • Gordon racks up his 29th top 10 finish

November 19, 2007 | Lars Anderson
Closing Fast

November 19, 2007 | Lars Anderson
1 With one event left in the season, Hendrick Motorsports has now won 18 of the 35 races in 2007. How impressive has Hendrick's supremacy been? The last team to win at least half of the races in a...

November 19, 2007 | Mark Beech
Wave Runner

November 19, 2007 | Mark Beech
1 Clemson (8--2), which won its last ACC championship in 1991, will earn a trip to the conference title game if it beats slumping Boston College this Saturday. QB Cullen Harper has thrown for 12...

November 19, 2007 | George Dohrmann
Inland Empire

November 19, 2007 | George Dohrmann
LAWRENCE (Franklin, Maine) vs. BONNY EAGLE (Standish, Maine), Nov. 17

November 19, 2007 | George Dohrmann
RUNNING WILD In a 40--19 win over Albany (Ga.) last Thursday senior RB Chris Clay of Randolph Clay (Cuthbert, Ga.) had the second-highest rushing total in state history (450 yards) and finished...

November 19, 2007 | George Dohrmann
1 NORTHWESTERN (Miami) 10--0 Playoffs begin: D must stop Coral Gables (Fla.) offense (30.6 ppg)

November 19, 2007 | Jim Trotter
Big Uneasy

November 19, 2007 | Jim Trotter
Second-year nickelback Antonio Cromartie (right) leads the NFL with six interceptions after picking off Peyton Manning three times on Sunday night. Cromartie's size (6'2", 203), athleticism (he's...

November 19, 2007 | Paul Zimmerman
I should have known better. The sun was shining, the leaves were putting on a dazzling autumn show, and I was buying into all the beautiful angles of November. Promise finally fulfilled, the...

November 19, 2007 | Peter King
Ripping NFL quarterbacking has become a favorite pastime this year. We all know there are teams in bad situations—Atlanta, Baltimore, Carolina, Chicago, Kansas City, Minnesota—and we all see the...

November 19, 2007 | Michael Farber
What Letdown?

November 19, 2007 | Pierre McGuire
Rangers pest Sean Avery (right) has again gone over the line. On Nov. 3 his taunting of Devils goalie Martin Brodeur during warmups incited New Jersey forward David Clarkson to go after Avery....

November 19, 2007 | Rick Reilly
MARCUS FREEMAN, a star line-backer for Ohio State, wakes up in his princely room at the Blackwell Inn in Columbus, one of the best in the city. Nothing is too plush for a Buckeye. The athletic...

November 19, 2007
High Mass

November 19, 2007 | Stewart Mandel
Maybe Notre Dame and Charlie Weis isn't a match made in heaven

November 19, 2007 | As told to Elizabeth Newman
DAVID BECKHAM is in his own galaxy as a superstar, but Shalrie Joseph may be MLS's best midfielder—an unyielding tackler, a sublime passer, a terror on penalty kicks. Joseph plays a tough game...

November 19, 2007
WHO'S Hot

November 19, 2007
Not counting quarterback, what is the most important position in football?

November 19, 2007
Adopted By Major League Baseball, a policy requiring first- and third-base coaches to wear head protection. The move was prompted by the death of Mike Coolbaugh, who was struck in the neck by a...

November 19, 2007
GOTHAM FANS are a notoriously fickle bunch, so it says something that when Camel cigarettes was looking for a New York athlete to put on a Times Square billboard in the early 1960s, it chose Dick...

November 19, 2007
24 Rebounds for Kansas State freshman Michael Beasley, who set the Big 12 single-game record in his debut, against Sacramento State last Friday.

November 19, 2007
A pheasant hunter in Iowa was shot in the calf with more than 100 pellets when he laid down his shotgun to retrieve a bird and his dog stepped on the trigger.

November 19, 2007
PHIL JACKSON Lakers coach, on his decision to make Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher captains this year: "I was sitting on the john one day, and I said, 'That's a good idea.'"

November 19, 2007 | Kostya Kennedy
Boxing's champion Norman Mailer never stood in a neutral corner

November 19, 2007 | Lisa Altobelli
Saints DE Charles Grant makes a N'awlins meal

November 19, 2007 | Lisa Altobelli
INGREDIENTS

November 19, 2007 | Lisa Altobelli
IT'S ONE of the most pressing questions in the history of American sports: Why did Dave Kingman (below) strike out so much? We may now have an answer.

November 19, 2007 | Pablo S. Torre
An infectious new arena anthem has some raunchy lyrics

November 19, 2007 | Adam Duerson
EARLY IN the HBO documentary Michigan vs. Ohio State: The Rivalry, which premiered on Tuesday, Michigander John Bacon calls former Ohio State coach Woody Hayes the "one evil force" in his...

November 19, 2007 | Sarah Kwak
What to watch and watch for

November 19, 2007
Denise Infante SANTIAGO, CHILE > Field Hockey Infante, a senior defender at American, was named Patriot League defensive player of the year for a second time. A second-team All-America last year,...

November 19, 2007 | DAMON HACK
Behind their go-for-broke quarterback and two high-profile reclamation projects, the Cowboys overpowered the Giants to gain separation in the NFC East. Looming ahead: a showdown with the Packers...

November 19, 2007 | Lee Jenkins
While the Patriots chase perfection, the last perfect team watches its legacy turn to ashes

November 19, 2007 | Lee Jenkins
She Says, Z Says

November 19, 2007 | AUSTIN MURPHY

November 19, 2007 | AUSTIN MURPHY
RANKED NO. 1 IN BOTH POLLS and by the computers, LSU is the clear-cut favorite to get to the BCS title game. Oregon was the biggest beneficiary of the Ohio State loss, but the Ducks have to be...

November 19, 2007 | AUSTIN MURPHY
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November 19, 2007 | AUSTIN MURPHY
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November 19, 2007 | AUSTIN MURPHY
THEIR PROSPECTS FOR GETTING TO the title game aren't good (O.K., darn near zero), but other BCS bowl bids are at stake. Arizona State could get to the Rose with a victory over USC, while the...

November 19, 2007 | JACK MCCALLUM
His arrival would create a new set of problems. But if the Bulls don't start winning soon, they may have no choice but to make a deal for Kobe Bryant

November 19, 2007 | JACK MCCALLUM
Bull Market

November 19, 2007 | GRANT WAHL

November 19, 2007 | GRANT WAHL
'Bag It Read Grant Wahl's college basketball mailbag every Wednesday.

November 19, 2007 | GRANT WAHL
College hoops' hottest rivalries

November 19, 2007 | LUKE WINN

November 19, 2007 | KELLI ANDERSON

November 19, 2007 | RICHARD DEITSCH
Seasoned UConn will end its Final Four "drought" and reign again in April

November 19, 2007 | SETH DAVIS
A fast-break run through the top players, the compelling stories and the underdogs to watch this season

November 19, 2007
SI's TOP 20

November 19, 2007
Full-Court Press

November 19, 2007
Ankles of Pursuit With Vikings defenders flying at him, Packers quarterback Brett Favre turned to self- (and ball-) preservation on Sunday in Green Bay. Upright, he was the one who inflicted pain:...

November 19, 2007 | Luke Winn
The Tar Heels' merriest prankster is highly serious about getting them to the Final Four

November 19, 2007 | Grant Wahl
Adding a frosh prince, this battle-tested Bruins team finally may finally find its way to a title

November 19, 2007 | Grant Wahl
After a year at Iowa, the return of this native son has the Volunteers thinking San Antonio

November 19, 2007 | Julia Morrill
The Tigers are experienced, deep and talented. Their coach wonders whether that'll be enough

November 19, 2007 | Ted Keith
Big men are a Hoyas tradition, but a versatile guard could be the key to a Final Four return

November 19, 2007 | Ted Keith
The do-everything sophomore is gone. Enter another sophomore forward who can do it all

November 19, 2007 | Julia Morrill
The Cardinals get serious about winning a title, but they still have work to do on defense

November 19, 2007 | Seth Davis
A hardened senior and a precocious freshman are ready to lead the Hoosiers deep into March

November 19, 2007 | Kelli Anderson
Deep and seasoned, the Cougars are out to prove that a record-setting season was no fluke

November 19, 2007 | Sarah Kwak
After their martial arts training, the undersized Golden Eagles figure they can fight to the end

November 19, 2007 | Seth Davis
Led by a surprising scoring threat, the deep Spartans will try to run opponents off the court

November 19, 2007 | Luke Winn
There's no established go-to guy, but there is a freshman forward who's happy to fill the role

November 19, 2007 | Luke Winn
Used to winning ugly, the Aggies have a new coach, a new star and a new plan in motion

November 19, 2007 | David Epstein
Stellar seasons that, for one reason or another, haven't gotten their due

November 19, 2007 | David Epstein
Thinking of making a move? Run your proposal by other owners at SI.com/fantasy.

November 19, 2007 | David Sabino
WE LIKE THE MATCHUP

November 19, 2007 | David Sabino
WE DON'T LIKE THE MATCHUP

November 19, 2007 | David Epstein
EPSTEIN'S THEORY ON The Home Stretch

November 19, 2007
They're a bit out of their element, but Suzannah Sorrell's huskies (above) didn't mind their trip to the beach. Sorrell, who lives in Welborne, England, and her four-dog team set a world record...

November 19, 2007 | STEPHEN CANNELLA
A new photo book explores bullfighting's brutal beauty

November 19, 2007 | Tom Verducci
Hockey inducts its top Hall of Fame class, and SI picks the best of the rest

November 19, 2007 | KOSTYA KENNEDY
IMAGINE IF Eric Lindros had been a late-round draft selection, rather than the No. 1 pick of 1991. Imagine if he hadn't refused to join the Quebec Nordiques, forcing a trade of preposterous...

November 19, 2007 | Tom Verducci
Baseball G.M.'s are set for a tradefest; here's why

November 19, 2007 | Pablo S. Torre
GEORGE STEINBRENNER'S sons, Hal (left) and Hank (right), have taken over the Yankees' operations from their aging father, meaning two virtual unknowns run the most valuable franchise in U.S....