Here is a roundup of SI.com's 10 most popular stories this week. Be sure to read to the bottom for a bonus story from the SI Vault.

'Football is full of heart'

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One minute, Devon Still was preparing for his 4-year-old daughter’s dance recital. The next, the Bengals defensive tackle was at a hospital, learning she had cancer. Here is their story and how others are rallying to help. By Peter King.


The diehard fan who quit football

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A Vikings fan earned attention when he shut down a fan forum on Monday to protest the team's handling of Adrian Peterson. But his story is more complicated. This is how one fan decided to walk away from football. By George Dohrmann.


Top 100 NBA players

SI.com unveils its top 100 players. You can probably guess who's No. 1, but there are plenty of surprises on the list. Who's overrated? Who got snubbed?


Bud turns blind eye

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A former Mets senior vice president is suing the team for discrimination. Bud Selig showed this week that one of his final acts as MLB commissioner will be continuing to ignore the mess that is Mets ownership. By Emma Span.


Everything's there but the fire

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He scrambles like Kaepernick, sheds tacklers like Roethlisberger and throws with preternatural precision. It all points to Oregon’s Marcus Mariota as the No. 1 pick in next year's NFL draft. But does he play it too cool? By Greg Bedard.


Looking back at the lockout

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In many ways, the NHL’s lost season of ’04–05 was an historical dividing line. Here’s a look at some of the most notable facts from before and after the lockout, and at a few of the memorable statements from the league’s showdown.


Faces in the Crowd

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Here are players featured in Faces in the Crowd - the Sports Illustrated staple - who made the NFL. Do you recognize them? By Lindsay Applebaum.


A complicated history

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An attorney held a press conference Wednesday to blast Roger Goodell for his handling of a 2007 domestic violence allegation against Bears receiver Brandon Marshall. But the truth is more complicated than the press conference made it appear. By Thomas Lake.


Nowhere to be found

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Anthony Kim broke out at the 2008 Ryder Cup, but he hasn't played in 28 months. Now, he is trying to decide whether to tee it up again or take an eight-figure disability settlement. By Alan Shipnuck.


Peyton Manning, unplugged

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The Broncos quarterback on giving advice to younger players, staying on top of non-football current events, why he'd make a good free safety and how some recent law changes in Colorado are helping the pizza business. By Peter King.


SI Vault: Crime and Punishment

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This story - one of 60 iconic stories being republished, in full, in honor of Sports Illustrated's 60th anniversary - won the 1997 National Magazine Award for feature writing. It was named by many as their favorite Gary Smith story when the legendary writer retired earlier this year. It is the story of high school basketball star Richie Parker and those who tried to salvage his career after he was convicted of sexual abuse. By Gary Smith.

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