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

A new world power

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Bayern Munich has emerged as one of the best football clubs in the world, led by six World Cup players and manager Pep Guardiola. The story behind the club’s ascent and how they’re not done striving for perfection. By Grant Wahl. 

My brother’s keeper

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UMass junior Derrick Gordon and his twin brother Darryl were inseparable as kids, but they took different paths as they grew older. Last week, both brothers experienced their first day of freedom together since they were young: Derrick became the first openly gay man to play in a Division I basketball game, and Darryl, recently released from prison, was there to watchBy David Gardner.

J.J. Watt’s next play

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Though the Houston Texans are only 5-5 this season, fans can expect something from defensive end J.J. Watt every week. How Watt is making a case for MVP, one play at a time. By Tim Layden.

Jason Collins' parting shot

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Eighteen months ago, Jason Collins came out in Sports Illustrated as the first openly gay man to play in the four major pro sports. Now, he writes for SI again to announce his retirement after 13 seasons in the NBA.

The turnaround 

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Bruce Arians and Drew Stanton both looked on their way out of the NFL. But things have changed: Arians has led Arizona to the best record in the NFL, Stanton has taken over as starting quarterback, and both are making the Cardinals look like a team on their way to the Super BowlBy Doug Farrar.

Breaking through

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Kevin White began his college football career at a small junior college in Scranton, Pa. After deciding to commit himself to the game, the receiver transferred to West Virginia, where he's become an NFL draft prospectBy Ben Glicksman.

The Bulldog brotherhood

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Six-year-old Dante Chiappetta has always had a passion for football, even though his cerebral palsy and visual impairment prevent him from playing. But this season he got a chance to be part of a team when the Yale Bulldogs adopted him as one of their ownBy Steve Rushin.

A Packer for life?

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Randall Cobb is one of the Green Bay Packers’ most consistent receivers. In the last year of his contract, the talk of Cobb's impressive performance has also led to speculation about his future in Green BayBy Don Banks. 

The next big thing 

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Kyler Murray is 38-0 as the starting quarterback for Allen High School. Though he's already committed to Texas A&M, he's focused on one goal for now: finishing his high school career on topBy Lindsay Schnell. 

A bump in the road

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From the time Fran McCaffery was named the head coach of Iowa men’s basketball, his son Patrick has been cheering him and the Hawkeyes on. But last March, as the team was headed to their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2006, 13-year-old Patrick was diagnosed with a thyroid tumor. By Will Green.

SI Vault: Heaven Help Marge Schott

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This story - one of 60 iconic stories being republished, in full, in honor of Sports Illustrated's 60th anniversary - is from 1996, about former Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott, whose shameless personality and controversial talk made her one of the most despised figures in baseballBy Rick Reilly. 

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