42 The BuckeyesHave It
No. 1 Ohio State edged No. 2 Michigan, but the two teams could meet again
by Austin Murphy
No man loomed larger in Ann Arbor
by Tim Layden
November 27, 2006
48 Two Tough
Here's where the Bears' stifling D comes from, how it works—and how to beatit
by Tim Layden
54 Quirk Study
Clippers center Chris Kaman is often reduced to his eccentricities, but there'smore to his story—and to his $52 million contract
by Richard Hoffer
58 At Last
A gritty racer under all that corporate polish, Jimmie Johnson won his firstNextel Cup points title
by Lars Anderson
The determinationof his three brothers ensured that one Chicago guard didn't get sidetracked
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15 Air andSpace
From golf to tennis to beach volleyball, fatigue is becoming a tired excuse bySteve Rushin
In praise of Roger Federer
Floyd Landis mounts his defense
28 Faces in theCrowd
84 Life ofReilly
Here's to the dodos who ban tag, threaten coaches and penalize kids who donateblood by Rick Reilly
76 The NFL
The rise of Tony Romo
Larry Johnson wears down D's
Bold moves pay off for the Hogs
Big buildup for USC--Notre Dame
83 The NHL
The return of Dominik Hasek
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