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October 24, 2011 | Volume 115, Issue 16

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Nelson Cruz Cover - Sports Illustrated October 24, 2011

October 24, 2011
Jeff Pearlman may have correctly portrayed Walter Payton as a flawed man off the field, but for those of us die-hard Bears fans who watched him play in the 1980s, it doesn't matter. Payton will...

October 24, 2011
The best part of the Cardinals-Rangers World Series will be ...

October 24, 2011 | DAMON HACK
To curb concussions, the NFL must get through to its players

October 24, 2011 | DAMON HACK
The 31-year-old California man who threw a hot dog at Tiger Woods during the Open on Oct. 9 explained two days later that he had been inspired to fling the frank after seeing the movie...

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October 24, 2011 | Ben Reiter

October 24, 2011 | Ben Reiter

October 24, 2011 | Ben Reiter
Last week in a Seattle courtroom, after he was arrested for assault, Ben Fodor, 23, an amateur MMA fighter and PBA-level bowler who, as a self-styled superhero, had been battling crime under the...

October 24, 2011 | Chris Mannix
As the new head of HBO Sports, Ken Hershman has a chance to shape the boxing landscape

October 24, 2011 | Ben Freed
With the World Series in full swing, SI reconsiders the Fall Classic's most painful moments with an eye toward exculpation

October 24, 2011 | Ben Freed
"I'm not trying to keep up with people from my past. I'm running from them."

October 24, 2011 | Alexandra Fenwick
An ex--U.S. soccer coach has big plans for a tiny (and terrible) tropical island team

October 24, 2011 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK

October 24, 2011 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
It wasn't quite The Play. But when Michigan QB Devin Gardner took UM's final snap last Saturday, down 14 to Michigan State and facing fourth-and-21, the 10-yard loss that unfolded had all the...

October 24, 2011 | Matt Gagne
Diabetic and born with one hand, a player excels and inspires

October 24, 2011 | DAN PATRICK
Nick Saban

October 24, 2011 | STEWART MANDEL
You didn't get the news? A final four is coming to the BCS, and it starts in the SEC

October 24, 2011 | STEWART MANDEL
The aforementioned Fab Four will grab the headlines, but not all of them in the second half

October 24, 2011 | STEWART MANDEL
South Carolina's SEC East title hopes are in jeopardy after star running back Marcus Lattimore suffered a season-ending left-knee injury last Saturday. The Gamecocks (6--1, 4--1 SEC), already...

October 24, 2011 | JIM TROTTER
A combination of experience and a simpler game plan has—finally—turned 49ers quarterback Alex Smith into a playmaker

October 24, 2011 | PETER KING
1. I think it's not often you can say the Bengals and their perpetually embattled owner, Mike Brown, made a great decision. But taking Andy Dalton and not chasing after Carson Palmer has turned...

October 24, 2011 | David Sabino
There are few secrets left to uncover by this point in the season, but there are players rising up the depth chart—and others sliding down it

October 24, 2011 | GRANT WAHL
The U.S. will improve slowly under new coach Jürgen Klinsmann, who was hired to excel in the World Cup, not win early friendlies

October 24, 2011 | GRANT WAHL

October 24, 2011 | TOM VERDUCCI
Money pitchers and fat payrolls are the keys to a title, right? Not in 2011, when the Rangers and the Cardinals turned the script upside down, riding big bats, lockdown bullpens and ... more big...

October 24, 2011 | JOE SHEEHAN

October 24, 2011 | TIM LAYDEN
Six weeks into the season, the conventional wisdom has been turned on its head— and sometimes back again. Trying to sort the contenders from the pretenders? Beyond Green Bay, it's anyone's guess

October 24, 2011 | AUSTIN MURPHY
Boise State's Kellen Moore is as imposing as a grocery sacker and barely faster than a lineman, but he's about to become the winningest quarterback in history. Here's his secret

October 24, 2011 | LARS ANDERSON
Here are the teams and the themes to follow this weekend

October 24, 2011 | Lars Anderson
He wanted one more chance, one more shot to drive full time in the IndyCar Series and win another title. Dan Wheldon had taken the checkered flag at the Indy 500 in May for the second time in...

October 24, 2011 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE
After an off-season overhaul diminished their attack, the Flyers brought Jaromir Jagr back from Siberia (literally), but the 39-year-old winger has provided much more than an instant offensive boost

October 24, 2011 | PHIL TAYLOR
A 1--4 football team decided last week to bench its ineffective starting quarterback and see if the backup could do any better, which is the sort of thing 1--4 football teams have been doing, with...