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 story of Katy Perry's 26-foot long, 16-foot high, 1,600-pound lion that kicked off one of the most celebrated halftime shows in recent Super Bowl history. By Rohan Nadkarni.
When Javier Baez took his cuts against new teammate Jon Lester in live batting practice, something was missing—Baez hit without his pronounced leg kick. Properly humbled by struggling in 2014, Baez showed up at camp this year with a new approach to hitting. By Tom Verducci.
To expect another vintage Peyton Manning season in 2015 is delusional. If Denver is going to win a Super Bowl with the team as its presently constructed, the Broncos' hopes lie in running back C.J. Anderson’s hands as much as Peyton's. By Joan Niesen.
When Aaron Levi found his biological mother, he heard in her accent that she was British. But that wasn’t the most surprising revelation. Levi was told that his biological father was one of the most transcendent athletes of the 20th century. By Gary M. Pomerantz.
Notre Dame point guard Demetrius Jackson is a star for the Fighting Irish in his sophomore season. But the path to success on the court was much easier than a rollercoaster childhood. By Brian Hamilton.
Alex Morgan can feel it all coming back now. She has missed nearly 10 months in the last year and a half, but she said she’s nearly where she wants to be ahead of a World Cup that’s just three months away. By Grant Wahl.
DeMarco Murray led the league in rushing with 1,845 yards and also played through a serious injury to help lead Dallas into the playoffs. But if he did everything right, why won't the Cowboys bring him back? By Austin Murphy.
Thirteen years ago, NFL receiver Rae Carruth conspired to kill his pregnant girlfriend and their unborn son. The child has not only survived but thrived -- thanks to the unwavering love of his grandmother. By Thomas Lake.