GOLF PLUS
Sal's Corner
How's this for a youth movement? The PGA Tour is 11 events into the 2014--15 season, and at TPC Scottsdale, Brooks Koepka became the sixth winner under the age of 30. —Sal Johnson
INBOX
SUPER BOWL XLIX
Deflated
The lead-up to Patriots-Seahawks defied logic (and maybe science). The game itself reversed the laws of probability (and maybe play-calling). But after an instant-classic win, this much can't be question: The place Tom Brady and the Pats hold in history.
SEEING STARS
Maybe Julian Edelman shouldn't have been on the field—but he was, and that paid off big for the Patriots
OUT OF NOWHERE
With the game on the line, the least heralded member of New England's secondary, Malcolm Butler, saved the game
ON SECOND THOUGHT
Had the game's last minute played out differently, the Seattle coaches wouldn't be the ones second-guessed
2015 THE YEAR AHEAD
It's a Free Country
FREE AGENCY IS A BALANCING ACT: A TEAM'S NEEDS AGAINST ITS SALARY-CAP SPACE; A PLAYER'S DESIRE FOR MORE MONEY VERSUS THE SECURITY OF STAYING IN A SYSTEM HE KNOWS. WITH THAT IN MIND, HERE'S SI'S RANKING OF THE 40 MOST ATTRACTIVE FREE AGENTS. IF LAST YEAR'S CROP OF TOP FA'S IS ANY INDICATOR, ONLY HALF OF THE CLASS OF 2015 WILL CHANGE TEAMS. STILL, WHAT WOULD THE OFF-SEASON BE WITHOUT A LITTLE DREAMING?
No Grind, No Glory
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF WESTERN MICHIGAN'S P.J. FLECK—THE YOUNGEST COACH IN FBS—SHOWS WHAT IT TAKES TO EXCEL IN THE CUTTHROAT GAME OF RECRUITING: MOUNDS OF CAFFEINE, DEEP CONNECTIONS, FANCY SOCKS AND AN ENTHUSIASM THAT KNOWS NO BOUNDS
Numerology
Signing Day spurs talk of impact players, sleepers and star ratings. Here's what it all means, with an eye toward the next level
This Is the ...
... YEAR?! SAVIOR?! LAST WE'LL EVER HEAR OF BILLY GOATS?! PROLONGATION OF THE LONGEST LIVING HELL IN PROFESSIONAL SPORTS?! WHATEVER IT IS, IT'S EXCITING. IT'S FULL OF HOPE. WELCOME TO JOE MADDON'S CHICAGO
Fresh Face In the Race
POISED TO CHALLENGE RACING'S REIGNING OLD GUARD, 22-YEAR-OLD KYLE LARSON IS ALREADY ATTRACTING NEW FANS TO NASCAR—AT A TIME WHEN THE ALL-AMERICAN SPORT BADLY NEEDS A BOOST
Remember Their Names
A TENNIS SLUGGER, A SWIMMING PRODIGY, A FEDERER-LIKE PHENOM, A BRASH SOCCER STAR, A NEVER-AGING SPRINTER AND AN MMA FIGHTER ON THE MOVE: MEET SIX ATHLETES WHO WILL BECOME MAIN ATTRACTIONS IN 2015
Dream Team
BRASH? ABSOLUTELY. CONTROVERSIAL? NO DOUBT. BUT WITH THE HELP OF HIS FEARLESS WIFE, PATRICK REED BATTLED FOR HIS TOUR CARD THE HARD WAY AND, AT 24, HAS ALREADY SHOWN HE HAS THE GAME TO BACK UP HIS AMBITION
The Deep Blue D
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU CHALLENGE A TEAM OF FUTURE LOTTERY PICKS TO PLAY THE GREATEST DEFENSE EVER? AT KENTUCKY, YOU GET A VERSATILE, TWO-PLATOON UNIT THAT'S ESPECIALLY EFFECTIVE
DAWN OF AN ERA
Led by their Hall of Fame coach, South Carolina has gone from perennial SEC doormat to title contender, a rise the whole nation is watching
Goals In Bulk
RICK NASH IS A PROVEN SCORER‚Ñ¢—A BIG MAN WITH A SMALL MAN'S SKILLS—BUT HIS TOUCH ABANDONED HIM AT THE WORST POSSIBLE TIME LAST SPRING, WITH THE RANGERS PLAYING FOR THEIR FIRST STANLEY CUP IN 20 YEARS. NOW NASH HAS REDISCOVERED HIS PUCK LUCK AND HAS PUT NEW YORK RIGHT BACK IN THE CUP DISCUSSION
'He Lifts Us All'
LIKE HIS HERO, NELSON MANDELA, RAPTORS GM MASAI UJIRI LEADS BY EXAMPLE, WITH PERSEVERANCE, INTEGRITY AND GENEROSITY. HIS APPROACH HAS RESULTED IN NOT ONLY A TEAM THAT'S CAPTURED THE HEARTS OF TORONTONIANS BUT ALSO A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR HIS FELLOW AFRICANS
POINT AFTER
Departments
Take Your Pick
Being selected an NBA All-Star is a crapshoot wrapped in a popularity contest based on a snapshot—and it's also an honor that follows a player for life