On SI.com The stories from Sports Illustrated's Dec. 17, 2012 issue:

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How do you get two people to talk about the worst experiences of their lives? How can we change the discussion that surrounds sexual abuse? In a year where sexual abuse has darkly surrounded the sports world, Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey and Olympic Gold Medalist Kayla Harrison open up to SI's Gary Smith about their past experiences as victims.

Kevin Durant for MVP? The three-time scoring champ has the Thunder off to a scintillating start in the Western Conference (17-4 through Sunday) despite the preseason departure of 2012 Sixth Man of the Year James Harden, who prompted a trade from Oklahoma City in October in favor of bigger riches with the Rockets. In The Point Forward (Link), SI.com's daily blog for all things NBA, writer Ben Golliver gives the skinny for Durant and other award candidates at the quarter mark of the season, including Blazers guard Damian Lillard for Rookie of the Year as well as the Thunder's Kevin Martin and Clippers guard Jamal Crawford for Sixth Man of the Year.

More NBA Content on SI.com

Lee Jenkins: O.J. Mayo is becoming a star in Dallas

Rob Mahoney: Alternative Awards for the first quarter of the season

Ian Thomsen: Rash of injuries has franchises rethinking workouts

The coaches and players were forever changing and the Saints kept losing, but New Orleans quarterback Archie Manning continued to march on. Read Paul Zimmerman's captivating account of the first great Manning from 1981 on the SI Vault.

The NFL season is winding down and most major awards remain particularly difficult to predict. Jim Trotter gives his best shot at making the tough calls: Brady or Manning? Aldon Smith or Von Miller? RGIII or Luck? There are no easy calls yet.

More NFL Content on SI.com

Chris Burke: Must-Win Watch

Don Banks: Week 14 Power Rankings

Peter King: Both top seeds are vulnerable

Chris Burke: Week 15 Playoff Picture

VIDEO: Saints' players have suspensions reversed

Located all the way in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the Ishpeming Hematites overcame bureaucracy, tragedy, and physical limitations to win a state championship. Jon Wertheim recounts the truly remarkable story of how one small-town team never stopped fighting and ended up on top.

VIDEO: 2012 Underdogs Winner: Eric Dompierre and Ishpeming

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