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December 23, 2013 | Volume 119, Issue 25

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Peyton Manning Cover - Sports Illustrated December 23, 2013

December 23, 2013 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
IN JANUARY, JORDAN SPIETH WAS LOOKING FOR A TOUR TO CALL HOME. THEN THE KID WENT ON A TEAR NOT WITNESSED SINCE TIGER BURST ONTO THE SCENE AND, AT 20, STAMPED HIMSELF AS A RISING STAR

December 23, 2013 | LEE JENKINS
RAY ALLEN'S GAME 6 THREE-POINTER DIDN'T JUST SWIPE THE NBA TITLE FOR MIAMI. IT CAPPED A BEAUTIFULLY FRENETIC HALF-MINUTE THAT, FOR BETTER AND WORSE, NO ONE CAN STOP RELIVING

December 23, 2013 | LEE JENKINS
Where does Allen's shot rank on the 113 Of '13, the most astounding, extraordinary, outrageous and unforgettable moments of the year? Check out the list this week at SI.com

December 23, 2013
THE GAMES FADE, but images remain and grow brighter in memory: a blazing sprint, a lunging catch, a bone-jarring hit, a jubilant celebration, a somber memorial. Every year SI's photo editors scan...

December 23, 2013 | NANCY RAMSEY
BUOYED BY ITS SKIPPER'S UNFLAGGING CONFIDENCE (AND ITS OWNER'S TOWERING WALLET), TEAM ORACLE USA FOILED NEW ZEALAND, WINNING EIGHT STRAIGHT RACES TO CLAIM THE WORLD'S OLDEST SPORTING TROPHY

December 23, 2013 | JACK DICKEY
MODERN FANDOM ISN'T JUST ABOUT DEALING WITH HEARTBREAK. (MAPLE LEAFS DIEHARDS HAVE THAT PART NAILED.) IT'S ABOUT SHARING THAT PAIN WITH HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF YOUR CLOSEST YOUTUBE FRIENDS

December 23, 2013 | JACK DICKEY
To see the full video of how Micelli and his fellow Maple Leafs fans reacted to Boston's miracle comeback in Game 7, download the tablet version of SI, free to subscribers, at SI.com/activate

December 23, 2013 | MELISSA SEGURA
IN 2009 AN ASPIRING GYM TEACHER DISCOVERED MMA. FOUR YEARS LATER, WHEN CHRIS WEIDMAN ENTERED THE OCTAGON TO FACE ANDERSON SILVA, NO ONE GAVE HIM A CHANCE

December 23, 2013
S.L. Price's beautiful profile of Jack Pinto and the memory of the Sandy Hook victims (What We Lost) reinforces the true meaning of sportsmanship. Jack's love of sports and how it helped to...

December 23, 2013
HOT: Marcus Paige

December 23, 2013 | DAN GREENE
There is a statistical symmetry to Maurice Creek's college basketball odyssey. As a freshman at Indiana in 2009--10, the 6'5" guard averaged 16.4 points per game while shooting 44.8% from beyond...

December 23, 2013 | LEE JENKINS
TWO YEARS AFTER HIS CAREER APPEARED IN JEOPARDY, THE BRONCOS' QUARTERBACK IS BURNISHING HIS LEGACY WITH A RECORD-BREAKING SEASON, FURTHER INSPIRING A LEGION OF PEYTONS TO STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE IN...

December 23, 2013 | LEE JENKINS
HE'S ALL BUSINESS ON THE GRIDIRON. OFF IT, NOT SO MUCH

December 23, 2013 | LEE JENKINS
For complete coverage of SI's 2013 Sportsman of the Year, including a video essay on Peyton Manning's monumental year and guest essays from past winners, go to SI.com/sportsman

December 23, 2013
FOR DEC. 23, 2013

December 23, 2013 | JOHN ED BRADLEY
EVEN WHEN HE WAS IN HIS TEENS, IT WAS EASY TO SEE THE SAVVY AND COMPETITIVE FIRE THAT WOULD MAKE PEYTON MANNING AN ALLTIME GREAT

December 23, 2013 | JOHN ED BRADLEY
To read John Ed Bradley's 1993 story on Manning download SI's tablet edition, available free to subscribers. Get the SI app and subscribe or activate your digital account at SI.com/magazine

December 23, 2013 | THOMAS LAKE
THE HOME RUN THE RED SOX OUTFIELDER HIT IN GAME 4 OF THE FALL CLASSIC WAS THE TURNING POINT OF THE SERIES. IT WAS THE PERFECT CODA, TOO, TO A CAREER JOURNEYMAN'S SURVIVAL STORY, WHICH RUNS FAR...

December 23, 2013 | THOMAS LAKE
Offseason? What offseason? Get up-to-the-minute Hot Stove coverage all winter from Tom Verducci, Ben Reiter, Albert Chen and Jay Jaffe at SI.com/mlb.