The Greatest Position in Sport

NFL QB

Sports Illustrated
09.10.14
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The Greatest Position in Sport

The Greatest Upset of Them All

The Greatest Upset of Them All

Andy Staples
08.28.14
Duane Burleson/AP
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Seven years ago undersung Appalachian State brought down the Big House—and rocked college football—with a season-opening upset of Michigan. Now, with the teams poised to meet again, some Mountaineers share their memories of the momentous moment

Twilight the Saga

Twilight the Saga

Chris Ballard
08.22.14
Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated
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For even the most competitive athlete, the transition game is never easy. So what drives Kobe Bryant at age 36, as he comes off serious injury and prepares for his 19th NBA season—and all that lies beyond?

Neil Leifer: The Boxing Photos

Neil Leifer: The Boxing Photos

Neil Leifer
08.14.14
Neil Leifer for Sports Illustrated
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Sports Illustrated photographer Neil Leifer talks about his favorite boxing pictures, which include Muhammad Ali, Sonny Liston and others.

Cowboy Christmas

Cowboy Christmas

Sam Eifling
07.30.14
Darren Carroll for Sports Illustrated
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’Tis the season when pro rodeo riders punish their bodies and endure endless miles of bad road and worse food for just eight seconds on the back of an angry horse—with no guaranteed pay—and consider it a gift

A Place in the Game

A Place in the Game

Matt Negrin
07.10.14
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Players from an indiginous tribe in the Brazilian Amazon have brought their own style and heart to the pitch, even as they struggle for acceptance in that soccer-mad nation

Astro-Matic Baseball

Astro-Matic Baseball

Ben Reiter
06.26.14
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Can Houston’s radical rebuilding project—featuring a Nerd Cave led by a blackjack dealer turned rocket scientist—actually work? Maybe sooner than you think

Coming of Age

Coming of Age

Chris Ballard
06.20.14
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Sixteen years after his first world Cup experience as a lonely U.S. supporter, the author traveled with his star-spangled buddies to this year’s cup in Brazil and discovered the brave new world of American soccer fandom

Pure Heart

Pure Heart

William Nack
06.05.14
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In waging the most glorious Triple Crown campaign ever, Secretariat made racing history in 1973. In the doing, he took the author on an unforgettably exhilarating ride

Life and Death and the Heart of American Racing
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Memorial Day weekend is motor racing’s annual showcase. But last year, far from the spotlight of Indy or NASCAR, three men driven only by their love of racing came up against the perils of the nation’s small-time dirt tracks

The 10 Most Significant Goals In U.S. Soccer History
Papperfolo, Robert Michael, Tony Quinn/Getty Images
Three Little Words: Too Many Men

Three Little Words: Too Many Men

Michael Farber
05.09.14
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An epic playoff series 35 years ago turned on a single penalty that forever altered hockey’s most enduring rivalry

The Most Botched NFL Draft Pick Ever
Bill Serne/Tampa Bay Times
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One ill-fated 1982 phone call jump-started the NFL's longest run of ineptitude. The bizarre and calamitous story of Booker Reese only got worse from there

Boston: One Year Later

Boston: One Year Later

Interactive Feature
04.17.14
Rick Friedman for Sports Illustrated, Les Guzman for Sports Illustrated, Damian Strohmeyer for Sports Illustrated
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One year after terrorist bombs shattered the 117th running of the Boston Marathon, the strength of the city and of the race is more evident than ever—especially in the faces and voices of runners, spectators and first responders

Haverford Hoops

Haverford Hoops!

Chris Ballard
04.01.14
Photo Illustration by Nicole Zigmont
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In the early 1990s, a team from a small liberal arts college in Pennsylvania embarked on a harrowing streak, bringing pain and joy and bonding a group of men together forever

Princeton’s near-upset of Georgetown in a 1989 first-round game made sure Cinderella would always get invited to the ball

The Game That Saved March Madness

Sean Gregory and Alexander Wolff
03.19.14
Manny Millan/Sports Illustrated (Mourning and Mueller);
John W. McDonough/Sports Illustrated (floor)
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Princeton’s near-upset of Georgetown in a 1989 first-round game made sure Cinderella would always get invited to the ball

For anglers everywhere, the Bassmaster Classic is the ultimate fish story

Masters of Bass

Steve Rushin
03.14.14
Photographs by Landon Nordeman for Sports Illustrated (Bass: PM Images)
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For anglers everywhere, the Bassmaster Classic is the ultimate fish story

A Cow Path to Glory: Reflections on the Sochi Games

Reflections on the Sochi Games

Alexander Wolff
02.24.14
Thomas Lovelock for Sports Illustrated
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Sports Illustrated's Alexander Wolff looks back at an Olympics built from scratch and weighs how the 2014 Games—at which the security held and the competition shone—played out in the eyes of the world

On the Edge

On the Edge

Alexander Wolff
02.14.14
STR/AFP/Getty Images
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Sochi is close to Russia’s disputed border with Georgia and to the political tinderbox of the north Caucasus. Just how secure can these Games be?

YOUNG, GIFTED AND OH SO FAST

YOUNG, GIFTED AND OH SO FAST

By Tim Layden
02.13.14
Mitchell Gunn/ESPA/Cal Sport Media
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Already drawing comparisons with Lindsey Vonn, U.S. prodigy Mikaela Shiffrin, 18-years-old and skiing in her first Olympics, is a once-in-a-lifetime talent.

Black Sea Bullies?

Black Sea Bullies?

By Michael Farber
02.12.14
Simon Bruty/Sports Illustrated
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Once the dominant force in international play, Russian hockey hasn’t been the same since the demise of the Soviet Union.

Meet Team USA

Meet Team USA

Interactive Feature
02.06.14
Portraits by Simon Bruty/Sports Illustrated
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On skates, skis, sleds or boards, America's athletes are the very image of Olympic dedication and desire.

sending our very best

sending our very best

By Phil Taylor
02.06.14
Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
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The 230 U.S. athletes in Sochi embody the realities and challenges of today's America

Winter Wonders

Winter Wonders

Historical Photo Gallery
02.06.14
Heinz Kluetmeier/Sports Illustrated
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From Cortina to Vancouver, a look at the Olympians whose achievements left a golden impression

Meet Team USA video

MEET TEAM USA

Video
02.06.14
Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom/Getty Images
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America’s athletes took time before Sochi to sound off on what success means to them, their hidden talents and things they’re not good at, and what it means to represent their country

Halftime Shows

It's ... Halftime!

By Austin Murphy
1.31.14
Photo Illustration by Nicole Zigmont
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How a drum major known as Tommy the Toe begat the best (Bono, Jacko, Jagger) and worst (Up With People!) segment of every Super Bowl Sunday

3-on-3

3-on-3

By Alexander Wolff
12.20.13
Courtesy of Richard Juilliart/FIBA
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From Tokyo to Rio to Istanbul, FIBA’s new three-on-three World Tour showcases halfcourt hoopsters from around the world—as the game makes a drive for Olympic inclusion

A Boy Helps a Town Heal

A Boy Helps a Town Heal

By Gary Gramling
12.06.13
Heinz Kluetmeier for Sports Illustrated
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Fourteen-year-old Jack Wellman of Newtown, Connecticut, has demonstrated resilience and compassion beyond his years in earning the 2013 SportsKid of the Year award

The Book of Tebow

The Book of Tebow

By Thomas Lake
11.25.13
David Bergman for Sports Illustrated
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He prayed. He won. And then he disappeared. Will we ever see Tim Tebow in the NFL again?

Faster Than The Fastest

Faster Than The Fastest

By Michael McKnight
11.04.13
Courtesy of Temple University(left); NY Daily News/Getty Images
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Jesse Owens wasn’t afraid of Adolf Hitler or Jim Crow, but he feared

Out of The Darkness

Out of The Darkness

By TIM LAYDEN
10.29.13
Bill Frakes/Sports Illustrated
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Jeff Lukas was the top assistant to his legendary father, thoroughbred trainer D. Wayne Lukas. One morning at Santa Anita, site of this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup, he stood in the path of a charging horse and lost everything. Or did he?

Monsters: The 1985 Bears

Monsters: The 1985 Bears

By Rich Cohen
10.28.13
Ronald C. Modra for Sports Illustrated
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Defying Ditka—and all logic—Jim McMahon delivered one of the most memorable and gutsiest performances of his career on a Thursday night in September 1985.

Lost Soul

Lost Soul

By Chris Ballard
10.23.13
WOWstockfootage/Getty Images
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Bison Dele, once known as Brian Williams, left the NBA behind to explore the world. His quest carried him to a mysterious end near Tahiti. More than a decade later, his spirit sails on.

The Ghost of Speedy

The Ghost of Speedy

By THOMAS LAKE
10.08.13
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How race and recollection still frame an Alabama football fatality 40 years later.