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January 23, 2012 | Volume 116, Issue 43

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Eric LeGrand is an inspiration. His fortitude and determination to walk again have encouraged me to push forward, no matter the circumstances. If LeGrand can have a fighting spirit after...

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Derrick Rose has led the Bulls to a 12--3 record, their best start in 15 years. Are they the team to beat in the East?

January 23, 2012 | ALEXANDER WOLFF
What if a little of the money in college sports went back to the community?

January 23, 2012 | ALEXANDER WOLFF
In order to learn how to "best reach each player," the coach of top-division German soccer team Hannover 96, Mirko Slomka, asked his players to fill out a survey about their sexual interests, with...

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NOT: MISS-CONSIN

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Who is hockey's hardest hitter?

January 23, 2012 | Thomas Lake
After MJ's high school coach lands in jail, one wonders: Where will this tale end?

January 23, 2012 | Bryan Armen Graham
A documentary series opens up the taut world of boxing trainer Freddie Roach

January 23, 2012 | Bryan Armen Graham
"I saw the first rendition and I looked like Uncle Fester."

January 23, 2012 | Dick Friedman
In fixing postseason play, remember: Timing is everything

January 23, 2012 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
JAMEIS WINSTON

January 23, 2012 | Dan Greene
A new company has found philanthropy in sports gambling

January 23, 2012 | DAN PATRICK
Troy Aikman

January 23, 2012 | DAN GREENE
Missouri's four-guard lineup might be the shortest in the Big 12, but it's wreaking havoc in the conference by

January 23, 2012 | SETH DAVIS
North Carolina has a toughness problem. Even as the Tar Heels won 15 of their first 17 games, suspicion abounded that this team is soft. That was confirmed last Saturday as the Tar Heels quit...

January 23, 2012 | PIERRE McGUIRE
The big reason the Coyotes are battling for a playoff spot has been the play of underappreciated winger Radim Vrbata. The sniper has scored 22 goals, second best in the West. It's a shame he...

January 23, 2012 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE
The remade Panthers are still getting to know each other, but that hasn't slowed their rise into the ranks of playoff contenders

January 23, 2012 | CHRIS MANNIX
The Mavericks allowed free agents to depart with an eye toward reshaping their roster to give their franchise player another title run. Whom might they pursue?

January 23, 2012 | DAVID EPSTEIN
The trials in Houston produced the U.S.'s deepest team in decades—and one that will be ready for anything at the Games

January 23, 2012 | GRANT WAHL
As the U.S. women look to London, Lauren Cheney takes on the playmaker's role

January 23, 2012 | GRANT WAHL
The U.S. men's Olympic effort will be an intriguing test of young pros—the tournament is for under-23 players, plus up to three per team of any age—to say nothing of a new coach. Caleb Porter took...

January 23, 2012 | RICHARD O'BRIEN
Five decades after his first mention in SI, the man with a total of 38 cover appearances still inspires us, especially remembering the long road he traveled from denounced rebel to beloved icon

January 23, 2012 | JIM TROTTER
Beleaguered, battered and booed for much of his career, the former No. 1 pick did the unthinkable, outdueling Drew Brees in a postseason epic to lead San Francisco to within one game of the Super Bowl

January 23, 2012 | DAMON HACK
Quarterback Eli Manning has put to rest all questions of his leadership and clutch ability, outgunning the Packers' Aaron Rodgers to lead the Giants to their second NFC title game appearance in...

January 23, 2012 | PETER KING
Bill Belichick's most brilliant innovation yet: turning the tag team of Rob Gronkowksi and Aaron Hernandez into his most dangerous—and versatile—weapon

January 23, 2012 | BEN REITER
The Ravens' D is the team's heart and soul. But this might be the last, best shot at a Super Bowl for a unit that is aging—and maybe slipping

January 23, 2012 | L. JON WERTHEIM
A hoops prodigy who had her choice of powerhouse programs, Elena Delle Donne once quit the sport. Now she's the nation's top scorer at upstart Delaware—and couldn't be happier

January 23, 2012 | MICHAEL FARBER
Nashville's Pekka Rinne may be great. But with goalies, nobody knows anything

January 23, 2012 | Lee Jenkins
For two years Ricky Rubio was an NBA draft pick stewing in his native Spain. Now he is spreading joy in Minnesota with his artful passes and spirited play

January 23, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR
And it came to pass that the Broncos of Denver felt so hopeless that as the leaves did wither and fall they called a young man of evangelical conviction named Tim Tebow from the bench to lead...

January 23, 2012 | TERRY McDONELL
YOU CAN get a lot of disingenuous humility with a plumage of awards, but not from Joe Posnanski (right). When he was named 2011 National Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportscasters and...

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