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October 10, 2011 | Volume 115, Issue 14

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Tim Thomas Cover - Sports Illustrated October 10, 2011

October 10, 2011
How would one describe Serena Williams during the women's final at this year's U.S. Open? Let me count the ways: spoiled, moody, brash, obnoxious, talented, strong, powerful, embarrassing,...

October 10, 2011
With the 2011--12 NHL season starting on Oct. 6, which team do you pick to take home the Stanley Cup?

October 10, 2011 | MICHAEL ROSENBERG
Inspired by a young hero, DeSean Jackson takes on bullying

October 10, 2011 | MICHAEL ROSENBERG
TIME WARNER AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES TIME INC., CNN AND CARTOON NETWORK HAVE PARTNERED WITH FACEBOOK FOR A TOWN HALL ON BULLYING PREVENTION. TUNE IN TO BULLYING: IT STOPS HERE, A SPECIAL REPORT HOSTED...

October 10, 2011 | MICHAEL ROSENBERG
In composing an anthem for the 2012 Olympics, Grammy Award--winning music producer Mark Ronson is incorporating the screech of Mexican taekwondo star Maria Espinoza because, he says, he is...

October 10, 2011
NOT: SAM'S STRUGGLING RAMS

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Who is the nicest player in football?

October 10, 2011 | Ben Reiter
A historic collapse led to a quick parting of the Red Sox and longtime manager Terry Francona

October 10, 2011 | Andrew Lawrence
At 40, Taj McWilliams-Franklin has led the Lynx to their first WNBA finals

October 10, 2011 | Andrew Lawrence
"There's about five positions the guy can play. We kind of like what he does at quarterback."

October 10, 2011 | L. Jon Wertheim
... and tweets, texts and calls. For some, the action at the game is not on the field

October 10, 2011
BRAD RICHARDS RANGERS, C

October 10, 2011 | DAN PATRICK
Haloti Ngata

October 10, 2011 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
JOHNATHAN GRAY

October 10, 2011 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
Every 50 years or so, a QB comes out of nowhere to lead Wisconsin on a title quest. Russell Wilson's start (including his 14 for 20, 255 yards, 2 TD passes, 1 TD run and 210.1 efficiency against...

October 10, 2011 | JIM TROTTER
For one day, the relentlessly pass-happy NFL was dominated by backs

October 10, 2011 | PETER KING
1. I think the timing of their bye couldn't be better for the Ravens, who don't play this week and will have two injured starters—cornerback Jimmy Smith and wideout Lee Evans—back for Week 6...

October 10, 2011 | David Sabino
With four weeks gone by, role players and rookies are beginning to emerge, although not all of them have fantasy staying power

October 10, 2011 | PABLO S. TORRE
Behind Case Keenum, the Cougars have a chance to run the table and—just maybe—crash the BCS. Only their defense stands in the way

October 10, 2011 | STEWART MANDEL
In a testament to Andrew Luck's development, Stanford coaches let him call his own plays for several series in last Saturday's 45--19 win over UCLA. "His [calls] were a little better than mine,"...

October 10, 2011 | LARS ANDERSON
In danger of becoming an also-ran, Jimmie Johnson ended his recent skid and put himself in the driver's seat for a sixth straight Cup title

October 10, 2011 | DAMON HACK
Three years ago they suffered through a winless season. Now, behind an offense that loves the comeback and a defense with a warrior at its core, the unbeaten Lions are restoring the roar

October 10, 2011 | LARS ANDERSON
As Florida now painfully knows, Alabama has the best defense in the nation. It's also one of the best ever

October 10, 2011 | GENE MENEZ
Here are the teams and themes to keep an eye on in Week 6

October 10, 2011 | TOM VERDUCCI
The stage for the 2011 postseason was set long before Opening Day. Go back to '09, when three teams shuffled seven players in a trade that—unlike the playoffs—sent everyone home happy

October 10, 2011 | TOM VERDUCCI
For the Yankees, Tigers, Diamondbacks and—indirectly—the Cardinals, the road to this October began with a 2009 blockbuster

October 10, 2011 | LEE JENKINS
The lockout is forcing NBA players to organize their own games, which suits Brandon Jennings just fine

October 10, 2011 | MICHAEL FARBER
Nine months after losing its most important star to a concussion, the NHL, led by a proactive new dean of discipline who is well acquainted with head injuries, has rededicated itself to the...

October 10, 2011 | DAVID EPSTEIN
The new and improved Rule 48 should help the NHL further reduce concussions, but there's still more the league can do

October 10, 2011
STANLEY CUP FINALS

October 10, 2011 | SARAH KWAK
PITTSBURGH

October 10, 2011 | MICHAEL FARBER
BOSTON

October 10, 2011 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE
WASHINGTON

October 10, 2011 | SARAH KWAK
CHICAGO

October 10, 2011 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE
VANCOUVER

October 10, 2011 | SARAH KWAK
SAN JOSE

October 10, 2011 | JOE POSNANSKI
The scene feels oddly familiar, and yet it probably isn't unfolding quite this way anywhere else in America. College football players are practicing on a field in the heart of Atlanta. The grass...