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December 31, 2007

THE YEAR IN SPORTS2007

44 THE NFL
Give the Patriots their due

48 BASEBALL
The tale of an amazing week

52 COLLEGEFOOTBALL
Upsetting in a good way

56 THE NBA
Grace under pressure

60 COLLEGEBASKETBALL
Donovan's flip-flop

64 THE NHL
Crosby takes charge

66 TENNIS
Federer's moment of truth

68 GOLF
An American team trifecta

70 OTHER SPORTS
Boxing, NASCAR, soccer, horse racing and Olympics

77 HIGH SCHOOLSPORTS
Football's healing power

80 WOMAN ATHLETESOF THE YEAR
They rule their sports and, in many cases, are aiming for the Beijing Games—andimmortality

92 THE GREATESTUPSET NEVER SEEN
On Dec. 23, 1982, tiny Chaminade of Honolulu shocked No. 1 Virginia—and changedcollege hoops
By Alexander Wolff

104 FAREWELL
Among those who died: a four-time Olympic gold medal winner and a bus-jumpingdaredevil
By Mark Bechtel

36 Second Chance
Confident that there will be no repeat of last season's title-game nightmare,Ohio State is ready for its BCS championship showdown with LSU
By Austin Murphy

124 Escape fromJonestown
How basketball helped give life to a son and grandson of the infamous cultleader Jim Jones
By Gary Smith

Departments

8 Leading Off

16 Letters

18 Players
• 2007: The year of getting caught
• Alonzo Mourning's career ends
• A huge task for Bill Parcells
• Refrigerator Perry gets new teeth
• The NFL's best training facility
• Experiencing American Gladiators

34 Faces in theCrowd

134 Point After
Hoops scouting report: He's all lefty, quick, with long arms. He's also good,and he's running for president
by S.L. Price

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GAME OF THE YEAR:APPALACHIAN STATE BEATS MICHIGAN

Was theMountaineers' upset for the ages on Sept. 1 the biggest sports moment of 2007?Or would you choose the Colts' win over the Patriots in a heart-stopping AFCChampionship Game? SI.com ranks the top 25 games of '07 as part of a Year inReview package that also includes....

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