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.

The hero of San Francisco

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The Giants’ third World Series victory in five years was made all the better by an extraordinary performance from MVP pitcher Madison BumgarnerBy Michael Rosenberg.


The second coming

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Derrick Rose made his NBA return Wednesday. Even with two surgically repaired knees, the Bulls star could be on his way to greatness againBy Matt Dollinger.


A chance for payback

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Broncos tight end Julius Thomas blocked Cardinals DE Calais Campbell with an illegal chop in Week 5, causing him to miss two games with a knee injury. Now that he’s recovered, Campbell says he’s looking forward to a possible Super Bowl rematch…and paybackBy Don Banks.


Gurley vs. NCAA

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The four-game suspension of Georgia running back Todd Gurley for accepting more than $3,000 in exchange for his autograph displays the flaws of the NCAA systemBy Andy Staples.


Lin in L.A.

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After skyrocketing to fame in New York and then taking a backseat in Houston, Jeremy Lin is ready for a new start with the L.A. LakersBy Ben Golliver.


MLS playoff predictions

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The MLS playoffs continue next week, and SI.com experts reflect on preseason picks gone wrong, predict playoff winners and speculate on Landon Donovan’s final moments


A bittersweet series

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When Juan Perez hit a two-run double in Game 5 to seal the Giants’ victory, fans cheered, not knowing that just before the game, Perez heard news of the death of his close friend, Oscar TaverasBy Michael Rosenberg.


Under the radar

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Indiana running back Tevin Coleman has quietly put together some impressive stats, including a nation-leading 170.3 rushing yards per game. It’s all the more notable considering Coleman’s never played as a true running back until three years agoBy Lindsay Schnell.


Charles Barkley Q&A

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The start of the NBA season means it's time to check in with Turner Sports NBA analyst Charles Barkley. This year, Barkley sits down to discuss topics including Jordan, the NFL and his future with TNT’s Inside the NBA. Part two of the interview can be read hereBy Richard Deitsch.


A spoiled homecoming

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Despite all the hype and ceremony of LeBron James’ return to Cleveland, the much anticipated game fell short of expectations as the Cavs lost to the Knicks in their home-opener. By Lee Jenkins.


SI Vault: Miracle on Ice

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This story — one of 60 iconic stories being republished, in full, in honor of Sports Illustrated's 60th anniversary — was published in 1980, 10 months after the “Miracle on Ice” U.S. hockey team won the Olympic goldBy E.M. Swift.

 

 

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