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November 22, 2010 | Volume 113, Issue 19

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November 22, 2010 | BILL TROCCHI
In addition to the top 20, SI predicts which teams will round out the field for the NCAA tournament, which now has four play-in games

November 22, 2010 | SELENA ROBERTS
The crib-sheet culprits at work during a high school exam are generally discreet—steal a peek at an answer here, glance at a formula there—before they are snagged by a teacher with Ben Stein's...

November 22, 2010
Over the years I've noticed a change in how fans react to the "big hit." There is rarely polite applause if a woozy player is lucky enough to get up, but there's always a celebration when he goes...

November 22, 2010 | JOHN HUEY
You may recall that a year ago we, the editors of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and other Time Inc. magazines, purchased a house in Detroit and announced that it would become the hub for a year of...

November 22, 2010 | GARY CARTWRIGHT
A season of Cowboys woes and Longhorns lows has rocked Texas football

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Who's Hot

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November 22, 2010 | Tobias Moskowitz
So what would a star college QB be worth in a free-market economy?

November 22, 2010 | Tobias Moskowitz
A North Carolina high school football referee ejected a coach for calling a trick two-point conversion play—in which the kicker lined up wide and did six handsprings as he went in motion—before...

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Jim Calhoun

November 22, 2010 | Grant Wahl
The stadiums built in South Africa for last summer's games are going unused

November 22, 2010 | Jack McCallum
The author of Seabiscuit recounts an Olympian's survival as a World War II POW

November 22, 2010 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
Remy Edwards

November 22, 2010 | Dan Patrick
The Interview

November 22, 2010 | CHRIS MANNIX
Even at 154 pounds, Manny Pacquiao showed that his capacity for destruction knows no weight limit

November 22, 2010 | LEE JENKINS
It's early, but it's time for the Heat's beleaguered Big Three to bring their nasty to South Beach

November 22, 2010 | Chris Mannix
The reassignment of Nuggets adviser Bret Bearup in Denver could have a large impact on the future of Carmelo Anthony. Bearup has been one of the biggest advocates for dealing Anthony, while G.M....

November 22, 2010 | JIM TROTTER
Denver's Josh McDaniels isn't the only coach on the hot seat; his seat just happens to be the hottest

November 22, 2010 | Peter King
How odd is it that the best rivalry in the NFL over the last decade features teams from different divisions? The razor's-edge difference in this matchup is startling. Counting the playoffs, the...

November 22, 2010 | DAVID SABINO
It is in fantasy as it is in the real world: When the postseason approaches, the running game rules

November 22, 2010 | MARK BEECH
Army is on the way up thanks to an option attack and a coach committed to winning the West Point way

November 22, 2010 | MARK BEECH
To watch an interview with Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, go to For highlights of the interview, snap a photo of this JAGTAG with your phone. Verizon and AT&T customers can...

November 22, 2010 | STEWART MANDEL
This off-season the BCS should consider a minimum-ranking requirement for its automatic-qualifier conferences. It looks likely that the Big East will send an unranked champion to the Fiesta Bowl...

November 22, 2010 | GRANT WAHL
Once again, the teams that spent lavishly on big-name players won't be vying for the MLS championship

November 22, 2010 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE
Players are confused by a new rule intended to combat concussions, but they need to give the NHL time

November 22, 2010 | PIERRE MCGUIRE
The Kings lead the Western Conference in part because defenseman Jack Johnson, the third pick in 2005, has stepped up in the absence of Drew Doughty, who missed six games recently with a...

November 22, 2010 | LARS ANDERSON
Jimmie Johnson has shown he can hold on to a lead; now he gets to prove he can pull off a comeback

November 22, 2010 | Damon Hack
In a 2010 season devoid of a dominant team, the Lombardi Trophy is up for grabs, and a well-drilled, well-coached and supremely cohesive unit like the Jets' offensive line could determine the champion

November 22, 2010 | MATT GAGNE
Jason Garrett has infused the Cowboys with energy and optimism—but can it last?

November 22, 2010 | KELLI ANDERSON
Three teams with national championship hopes—Duke, Michigan State and Purdue—all share a key ingredient: a talented tandem of seniors who are not just NBA-caliber players but also best friends

November 22, 2010 | KELLI ANDERSON
After coming heartbreakingly close to the Final Four last season, Xavier seniors and longtime friends Amber Harris and Ta'Shia Phillips will do whatever it takes to win a national title in...

November 22, 2010 | RICHARD DEITSCH
Move over, Huskies. The road to the national championship now goes through Waco

November 22, 2010 | LUKE WINN
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November 22, 2010 | Seth Davis
A dazzling freshman makes the defending champs even better

November 22, 2010 | Kelli Anderson
The team's theater major, finally pain-free, is eager for a starring role

November 22, 2010 | Pablo S. Torre
Fear the Beard? More like fear the stable of talented big men

November 22, 2010 | Dan Greene
On guard, Big East: A deep, skilled backcourt will make 'Nova a power

November 22, 2010 | Rebecca Shore
A little motherly advice has keyed a rapid rise to the top of the Big East

November 22, 2010 | Pablo S. Torre
One starter exited. The four who are back will have help getting over that

November 22, 2010 | Julia Morrill
A roster stocked with versatile players echoes the '08 title team

November 22, 2010 | Matt Gagne
There's a new headliner in Waco, which is nothing but good news

November 22, 2010 | Andy Staples
A star player comes of age, and the outlook is sunny in Gainesville

November 22, 2010 | Seth Davis
Several major losses have been mitigated by one big freshman gain

November 22, 2010 | Andrew Lawrence
Sage advice from an NBA star may help the floor general get the point

November 22, 2010 | Luke Winn
Cinderella plans to stay in the spotlight for another season

November 22, 2010 | Rebecca Shore
There's a new Melo in town, but the bar has been lowered from last season

November 22, 2010 | George Dohrmann
The Zags' resident eclectic says he's ready to carry his team into March

November 22, 2010 | Pablo S. Torre
A deep backcourt will help these Huskies have the run of the Pac-10

November 22, 2010 | Luke Winn
A big man's return has been tempered by the loss—again—of a star forward

November 22, 2010 | GEORGE DOHRMANN
There's more to this ascending team than All-America Jimmer Fredette

November 22, 2010 | Andrew Lawrence
Here's a deep thought: a Tigers bench with the bite to play well into March

November 22, 2010 | Matt Gagne
One playmaking star leaves, another arrives in a fresh crop of top recruits

November 22, 2010 | Ted Keith
They have a rebounding whiz who's a top defender. And if he can score ...