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Sportsman of the Year
MICHAEL PHELPS
He turned a pool in Beijing into the center of the universe, captivating millions with his exhilarating achievements. Now he's using his fame to get more kids swimming safely and to promote his sport as more than a once-every-four-years event
SMALL STEPS, GREAT STRIDES
On the 40th anniversary of the first Special Olympics, SI presents its first Sportsman of the Year Legacy Award to the movement's founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who has used athletics to change the world for people with intellectual disabilities
PRO FOOTBALL
A Strong Front
Spread the news: The methodical Giants offense is powering through the NFL's toughest division thanks to an unwavering line that puts opponents on their backs and rules the locker room
Formidable Fives
Which offensive lines besides the Giants' are dominating in 2008? Senior writer Peter King ranks the rest of the best
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
War for the Rose
The 112th meeting between Oregon State and Oregon was one of a handful of showdowns last week in which heated rivals squared off with much more than bragging rights at stake
PRO BASKETBALL
The Truth Revealed
Forget the clashes with coaches, the bad-boy labels and the stabbing—Boston's championship wiped all that away. But there's still something bothering the Celtics' Paul Pierce
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
2 on 5
One night in 1992, in a small town in Alabama, the North Jackson Chiefs won a game against seemingly insurmountable odds. Then came the crashes and the gunshots and one man's fateful choice
BASEBALL
Tex, Inc.
All eyes are on Mark Teixeira, a switch-hitting, slick-fielding, image-savvy superstar who—with an assist from überagent Scott Boras—has definitely arrived
BOXING
Political Punch
When Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao takes on Oscar De La Hoya, he'll be fighting for more than an eight-figure purse. He'll be representing countrymen who adore him—and trying to win their votes
HOCKEY
The Other Alex
Quieter and less prolific than teammate Alexander Ovechkin, the Capitals' enigmatic Alexander Semin was the NHL's most overlooked talent—until he suddenly opened his mouth
Stanton Barrett
Inside
LT Phone Home
LaDainian Tomlinson has gotten lost in the Chargers' wayward offense—and wonders what it means for his future
Last Grasps
Which players will come through in the closing weeks? Count on a few unlikely producers over some big names
Huge Starts
Flaunting refined games, three big bangers have muscled their way into the early player of the year discussion
Devin Sent
He's no Jason Kidd—and that's a good thing for the Nets, who have turned Devin Harris into an offensive force
Point After
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