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January 28, 2008 | Volume 108, Issue 3

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Eli Manning Cover - Sports Illustrated January 28, 2008

January 28, 2008
Elf You At least the New England Patriots finished the regular season undefeated. I heard that Santa didn't have as much luck. Two of his reindeer came up lame on Christmas Eve, his sled got lost...

January 28, 2008 | William Nack
His chess mastery is but one element of Bobby Fischer's curious legacy

January 28, 2008
WHO'S Hot

January 28, 2008
Which head coach would you most like to play for?

January 28, 2008
Won By the U.S. Women's Soccer Team, the Four Nations Cup, its first tournament since last summer's World Cup. The U.S. won all three of its games as goalkeeper Hope Solo (below), who was banished...

January 28, 2008
WHEN HE signed on to be baseball's interim commissioner in September 1992, Bud Selig assured his wife, Sue, that he'd keep the job for only a few months. Eleven years later, having long since lost...

January 28, 2008
10 Three-point shots made without a miss by George Mason guard Dre Smith in a win over James Madison last Saturday, an NCAA record.

January 28, 2008
A Wisconsin man faced abuse charges for allegedly duct-taping a Packers jersey to his seven-year-old son after the boy refused to wear it during a Green Bay playoff game.

January 28, 2008
FELIX TRINIDAD Thirty-five-year-old boxer, after hitting the canvas twice in a unanimous-decision loss to Roy Jones Jr. last Saturday: "If I could have avoided the knockdowns, I think I could have...

January 28, 2008 | Austin Murphy
At West Virginia, folks won't forgive or forget Rich Rodriguez

January 28, 2008 | Austin Murphy
FOR BELEAGUERED Knicks coach Isiah Thomas, the insults just keep coming. Madison Square Garden fans chant for his dismissal, vendors hawk T-shirts demanding his head—and last week the prospect of...

January 28, 2008 | Austin Murphy
"THERE'S STRONG," as the ads say, "and then there's Army strong." So it's not surprising that Army sergeant Christopher Lavezza is one of the best horse-pickers in the world. While stationed in...

January 28, 2008 | As told to Lisa Altobelli
ALPINE SKIER

January 28, 2008 | Arash Markazi
A Super Bowl ad tells an improbable tale

January 28, 2008 | Adam Duerson
BILL BELICHICK can relax. The film Patriots, which will begin production in April, has nothing to do with his team. It's about Marrero, La., basketball coach Al Collins and the John Ehret High...

January 28, 2008 | Sarah Kwak
What to watch and watch for

January 28, 2008
POWERED BY TAKKLE

January 28, 2008 | Pablo S. Torre
SI, JUNE 26, 2006 Already disbarred for misconduct in the investigation of an alleged sexual assault involving the Duke lacrosse team, former North Carolina prosecutor Mike Nifong (below) now...

January 28, 2008 | TIM LAYDEN

January 28, 2008 | PETER KING
In a stone-cold playoff classic, fortune again favored the Giants, who prevailed over Green Bay for their third straight January road win. Next up: a karmic clash with New England in Super Bowl XLII

January 28, 2008 | PETER KING
Football Fever

January 28, 2008 | Paul Zimmerman
Forget X's and O's, schemes and strategies—not to mention all logic. When New York meets New England in the Arizona desert on Feb. 3, Big Blue will show its championship colors

January 28, 2008 | IAN THOMSEN

January 28, 2008 | IAN THOMSEN
Inside Game

January 28, 2008 | MICHAEL FARBER
Well, almost. With a game devoid of weakness, Nicklas Lidstrom led the Detroit Red Wings to unprecedented first-half success. Will victories come that easily in the postseason?

January 28, 2008 | MICHAEL FARBER
Star Tracking

January 28, 2008 | MICHAEL FARBER
To the front-runners go the spoils: This savvy lineup is a three-Wing circus

January 28, 2008 | MICHAEL FARBER
Thanks to a late-blossoming Lightning center, the starting six is missing a certain Sidney

January 28, 2008 | MICHAEL FARBER
Sudden production, sudden improvement and a sudden commitment—in three unlikely places

January 28, 2008 | KELLI ANDERSON

January 28, 2008 | KELLI ANDERSON
Down Under Wonders

January 28, 2008 | KELLI ANDERSON
Australian transplant Hanna Zavecz has led Wyoming into the top 20 and given her teammates an appetite for winning

January 28, 2008 | CHRIS BALLARD

January 28, 2008 | CHRIS BALLARD
Nearly 160 racing teams congregate at the Classic to root for—and bet on—their pigeons. But racers don't name their birds, in case one day they don't make it home.

January 28, 2008
College Basketball Freshman point guard Chris Warren has Ole Miss off to its best start in 82 years • North Carolina's biggest weakness: defense • Keep an eye on Kansas State's Bill Walker

January 28, 2008 | Grant Wahl
Like Ole Times Mississippi, paced by unheralded freshman point guard Chris Warren, is off to its best start in 82 years

January 28, 2008 | Seth Davis
1 North Carolina's defense could be its downfall. The Tar Heels, who let Maryland shoot 46.9% from the field last Saturday, are ranked ninth in the ACC in field goal defense.

January 28, 2008 | L. Jon Wertheim
Age Is Served Veterans dominated the first week of the Australian Open, proving that teen phenoms are no longer all the rage

January 28, 2008 | L. Jon Wertheim
Even as he cracked the ATP's top 40 this year, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was known mostly for his remarkable likeness to the young Muhammad Ali. So remarkable that other players would joke, "What's up,...

January 28, 2008 | Chris Mannix
A Bumpy Ride High-flying Hawks forward Josh Smith has seen his game take off, but his reputation may clip him in free agency

January 28, 2008 | Chris Mannix
On the recent success of Bobcats small forward Gerald Wallace (who through Sunday was averaging 25.3 points in January) and guard Jason Richardson (24.6):

January 28, 2008 | S.L. Price
WITNESS THE American man. Once we slew mastodons with sticks, sailed fearsome oceans on a flat earth, crossed continents alone and rocketed to the moon.

January 28, 2008
Flying Low Running back Laurence Maroney powered the Patriots to their fourth Super Bowl in seven years, lunging over Chargers safety Clinton Hart for extra yardage on Sunday in Foxborough, Mass....