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September 19, 2011 | Volume 115, Issue 11

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Ray Rice Cover - Sports Illustrated September 19, 2011

September 19, 2011
Anyone who thinks the NCAA will actually step in and impose severe penalties on Miami if all the allegations about the football program prove true should think again. The NCAA will continue to do...

September 19, 2011
Which player or team impressed you the most during the NFL's opening weekend?

September 19, 2011 | MICHAEL FARBER
In the wake of a tragedy the NHL's players confront their worst fears about leaving North America for Russia and the easy-money KHL

September 19, 2011 | MICHAEL FARBER
A study conducted by Ursinus College determined that the Bills were the NFL's most attractive team (and the Chiefs the least attractive), based on photographic analysis of players', coaches' and...

September 19, 2011
Tracing the week's news both inside and outside the confines of cool

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By NBA players' association VP Roger Mason, "Looking like a season," a hint of a labor deal. Or not. Like these athletes whose tweets stirred trouble, Mason claims his account was hacked.

September 19, 2011
Who is the meanest player in baseball?

September 19, 2011 | Ben Reiter
In Week 1 the NFL offered touching tributes before providing sweet escape from 9/11

September 19, 2011 | Alexandra Fenwick
Surfing's world tour takes a chance on the East Coast and makes a big splash

September 19, 2011 | Alexandra Fenwick
"Because I heard all the details."

September 19, 2011 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
GEORGE WARES

September 19, 2011 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
Kevin Durant became part of an off-season trend last week, unveiling a neck-to-waist tat. Can you guess which artwork is his and which fresh ink belongs to fellow hoopsters Chris Bosh, Monta Ellis...

September 19, 2011 | DAN PATRICK
Clay Matthews III

September 19, 2011 | GEORGE DOHRMANN
Despite obvious advantages, UCLA hasn't been good since the 1990s. Here's why

September 19, 2011 | GEORGE DOHRMANN
To watch an interview with Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, go to SI.com/justaskin or scan this tag with your smart phone.

September 19, 2011 | STEWART MANDEL
Don't throw in the towel on Mark Richt just yet. Georgia's 0--2 start makes the coach's seat that much hotter, but the rest of the schedule is very favorable. (The Bulldogs don't have to face...

September 19, 2011 | LARS ANDERSON
The Longhorns benched their starting quarterback, alternated two others and, in the process, finally discovered a way to pull out a close win

September 19, 2011 | JOE SHEEHAN
In a year of mostly ho-hum pennant races, the three-man chase for the top pitching honor in the NL brings welcome drama to the stretch run

September 19, 2011 | JOE SHEEHAN
Halo effect

September 19, 2011 | JIM TROTTER
Houston's new scheme requires Mario Williams to rise up out of his three-point stance and play as a linebacker, a role he's settling into

September 19, 2011 | PETER KING
1. I think the coach on the warmest seat is Todd Haley of the Chiefs. After losing by 34 at home to Buffalo (Buffalo!), the Chiefs begin a tough two-game trip, to Detroit and San Diego.

September 19, 2011 | David Sabino
Now that the first games are in the books, it's time to make a few minor adjustments

September 19, 2011 | Lee Jenkins
They're big, they're brash, and they live for the game. The Ryan twins—Rex of the Jets and Rob of the Cowboys—set the tone for the NFL season with a wild opening-week showdown

September 19, 2011 | DAMON HACK
Infusing new blood into the league's fiercest rivalry, the Ravens demolished the Steelers and changed the balance of power in the AFC. Evolution? In the NFL, you'd better believe

September 19, 2011 | PETER KING
Packing some scary new firepower, the Super Bowl champions look even more dangerous this time around

September 19, 2011 | MICHAEL ROSENBERG
For Vanderbilt, playing in the nation's toughest conference is a losing proposition. But the only team in the SEC that everyone can love is 2--0, thanks to a new coach who has turned a blind eye...

September 19, 2011 | LARS ANDERSON
Here are the games and the names that fans should keep an eye on in Week 3

September 19, 2011 | BEN REITER
Justin Verlander is in that career sweet spot—he's young enough to pump 100-mph gas, old enough to know when to throttle back. The result: a season MVP voters can't ignore

September 19, 2011 | BEN REITER
This year Justin Verlander could be the first pitcher named MVP since Dennis Eckersley won the AL award in 1992. That would be no small feat, considering that in the 36 MVP races after Eck a...

September 19, 2011 | CHRIS MANNIX
As he prepares to return to the ring, against Victor Ortiz, Floyd Mayweather Jr. faces a family feud, felony charges, multiple lawsuits and the unthinkable possibility of defeat

September 19, 2011 | CHRIS MANNIX
Floyd Mayweather's handpicked opponent Victor Ortiz has already faced far bigger challenges

September 19, 2011 | S.L. PRICE
Before Samantha Stosur and Novak Djokovic won the U.S. Open singles titles, rain and schedule changes pushed players to the breaking point, and an umpire's call sent Serena Williams beyond it

September 19, 2011 | LARS ANDERSON
On the eve of the most competitive Chase yet, NASCAR's old hero holds forth on the state of the sport he and his rivals created. Buckle up

September 19, 2011 | LARS ANDERSON
Looking for what it takes to win the Chase? After five successful runs, Jimmie Johnson has some ideas

September 19, 2011 | LARS ANDERSON
A new format designed to inject drama into the sport and reward victories was a big winner for at least two drivers

September 19, 2011 | LARS ANDERSON
When the Chase goes green on Sunday, one man will be aiming for a sixth straight title, and the rest of the strongest field yet will be out to stop him. Here's how they'll stand when the final...

September 19, 2011 | PHIL TAYLOR
I don't know why so many people are opposed to conference realignment in college football. Because the potential shake-up is motivated by greed, dismissive of tradition and marked by geographic...