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.

Behind the Gurley suspension

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Georgia running back Todd Gurley was suspended on Oct. 9 for accepting money in exchange for signing memorabilia. Now, the man behind the Gurley autograph scandal tells his side of the story. By Andy Staples.

Fear the Brow

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One month into the NBA season, Pelicans big man Anthony Davis is off to a historic start. At 21 years old, he's only just getting startedBy Lee Jenkins. 

Speaking with The Don

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In 15 years as MLS commissioner, Don Garber has expanded the league and brought the game to a wider audience. As he prepares for the next season, Garber reflects on his biggest achievements and regretsBy Grant Wahl. 

Growth spurts 

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Wisconsin forward Sam Dekker’s first two seasons fell short of expectations, but things are starting to change. After a summer surge, he’s grown to be more confident, more aggressive and even two inches tallerBy Brian Hamilton.

On the bubble

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As the end of the regular season approaches, seven 7-5 teams are facing must-win games for a chance to make the playoffs. A look at each of the teams and their odds for reaching the postseason. By Don Banks. 

Great expectations

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Jim McElwain was named the new head coach of Florida this week, replacing the fired Will Muschamp. As he takes over a program that went 6-5 this season, he faces expectations to make Florida an SEC powerhouse again. By Andy Staples. 

Watt for MVP

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Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has been playing the best football of his life. With each dominant performance, he shows why he's deserving of this year's MVPBy Doug Farrar. 

Playing through the injuries

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The strenuous NBA schedule has left several teams struggling as their players go down with injuries. The Raptors and the Rockets are managing to win, even with their starters on the sidelinesBy Rob Mahoney. 

Back on the field

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Kevin Alston will play against the LA Galaxy on Sunday as the New England Revolution seek their first MLS Cup. It’s a dream he wasn’t sure he’d be able to achieve after he was diagnosed with leukemia last seasonBy Jeff Bradley.

Honoring Magic Johnson

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Magic Johnson’s NBA career is legendary, but it's his impact off the court, like his commitment to HIV/AIDS awareness, that makes him Sports Illustrated’s second-ever recipient of the Sportsman of the Year Legacy AwardBy Ben Golliver.

SI Vault: “Hut-two-three…Ugh” 

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This story - one of 60 iconic stories being republished, in full, in honor of Sports Illustrated's 60th anniversary – was written by George Plimpton in 1964. Plimpton recounts the time when he called five disastrous plays in a preseason game during his brief stint as the Detroit Lions quarterbackBy George Plimpton. 


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