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.
James Harden went from a sixth man to a leading scorer when he was traded from Oklahoma City to Houston. Now, he's more than just a scorer—he's the NBA's most valuable player. By Lee Jenkins.
Marcus Mariota has been able to overcome and prosper despite every obstacle he’s faced in his highly-decorated football career. But Heisman Trophy or no Heisman Trophy, Mariota’s label of being just another prolific spread-offense quarterback isn’t going to be easy to shake. By Don Banks.
What would the 2012 recruiting rankings have looked like if we knew how each player would perform over the next three seasons? Some teams surprised—and others played just how we expected. By Andy Staples.
Amid controversies over political corruption and slave labor, FIFA created another one for the 2022 Qatar World Cup—it will be played during November and December. By Grant Wahl.
The new Wesley Matthews is no longer just driven by spite. He has reached a point in his career where memories of public skepticism—going undrafted, being labeled as overpaid—are but relics. By Rob Mahoney.
Recaps and reactions for every trade after the wildest trade deadline in NBA history. By Rob Mahoney.
Teams will be watchful during their prospect interviews at the NFL combine. They'll want to know the truth about a player's off-field incidents, and if that player fails to tell the truth, it can resonate throughout the entire league. By Doug Farrar.
With several quarterbacks entering spring practice in the mix for high-profile jobs, and some of the top-rated players from the 2014 recruiting class ready to make their debuts, there are plenty of redshirt freshmen who could be set to make major impacts. By Colin Becht.
Thanks to a selfless coach, the sons of Mexican migrants in a dirt-poor California town turned their backs on drugs and gangs and built an athletic dynasty. But what would they do without him? By Gary Smith.