JANUARY 16, 2006
VOLUME 104, NO. 2
34 Launch Party
Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson are waging a historic scoring duel
by Jack McCallum
40 Next Stop, Indy!
The Steelers hope to avenge their loss to the Colts
by Jeffri Chadiha
• The Patriots are peaking for Denver
January 16, 2006
44 Picking Up Speed
Carolina is making it look like 2003 all over again
by Michael Silver
• Clinton Portis propels the Redskins
48 The Other Dukies
The high-scoring Blue Devils women's team has its eye on a title
by Kelli Anderson
50 Lucky Loser
Jason Gore finished last in the PGA opener, but he could grin like a winner
by Alan Shipnuck
NHL MIDSEASON REPORT
Derided at first, the tiebreaker has been a shot in the arm for the NHL
by Michael Farber
Born in the U.S.A., the free-spirited sport of snowboarding will soar in Turin. So will U.S. riders
By Chris Ballard
6 Leading Off
15 Air and Space
Match the plates--QB KILLA, IHOP--with the pros
by Steve Rushin
• World Baseball Classic questions
• Marcus Vick's cloudy future
• Jock-casting: athletes' TV cameos
26 Faces in the Crowd
72 Life of Reilly
It's suiter than you thought for NBA stars who visit Vegas
by Rick Reilly
68 College Basketball
• Bonanza for the Big East
70 Olympic Sports
• A speedskater takes on the world
71 The NBA
• Denver tries to swing a big deal
PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN BIEVER
INSET PHOTOS: Robert Beck (Bryant); John Biever (Manning, Urlacher); Peter Read Miller (Alexander, Iverson); Damian Strohmeyer (Brady)
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