36 Hail to the Horns
Led by quarterback Vince Young, Texas ended USC's winning streak and won the national championship
by Austin Murphy
40 Return Trip?
Fiesta Bowl winner Ohio State is primed to make it back to Arizona
by Lars Anderson
42 Bowls in Review
A 25-game salute to the highs (and lows) of the postseason
46 Bear Season
A spirited D has Chicago believing in itself-and its Super Bowl chances
by Jeffri Chadiha
January 9, 2006
52 Buckeyes Arrive
Under coach Thad Matta, Ohio State is off to a torrid start-a year early
by Grant Wahl
56 Russian Evolution
Capitals rookie Alexander Ovechkin has the tools to carry an NHL team
by Michael Farber
What Went Wrong In Winthrop?
One high school football team, five suicides in three years. Can we learn anything?
By E.M. Swift
6 Leading Off
12 From the Chairman
19 Air and Space
There's nothing more tiring than retirement by Steve Rushin
• College football needs a playoff
28 Faces in the Crowd
74 Life of Reilly
Caltech hoopsters: the failed search for a winning formula by Rick Reilly
70 The NBA
• Is a Finals rematch inevitable?
72 College Basketball
• Three freshmen propel Memphis
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INSET PHOTO: Damian Strohmeyer
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