Leading Off

Dec. 11, 2006
Dec. 11, 2006

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Dec. 11, 2006

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From the Editor
SI Players: Life On And Off The Field
Sportsman of the Year
  • Is there an athlete with more positive energy than the 24-year-old guard? He pulled the Heat out of a deep playoff hole, helped put the shine back on a tarnished league and lifted his mom out of her own personal hell

Pro Football
  • In two months, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has gone from a buried backup to the NFL's best-rated passer and its brightest new light

  • While the Cowboys steam toward the postseason, their NFC East rivals, the Giants, are desperately trying to right their ship

College Basketball
Life of Reilly

Leading Off

Code Blue

This is an article from the Dec. 11, 2006 issue

UCLA sophomore quarterback Patrick Cowan scampered 29 yards down the Rose Bowl sideline in the first quarter, one of his many key plays in the Bruins' 13--9 upset of No. 2 Southern Cal last Saturday. The victory—UCLA's first in eight games against its archrival—killed the Trojans' hopes of a BCS title-game invitation (page 76).

Double Teams

The Cavaliers found 7'6" Rockets center Yao Ming too much—or, upon reflection, two much—last Saturday in Houston. Yao scored a game-high 24 points to help defeat Cleveland 81--63.


Nguyen Thi Bich Thuy of Vietnam kicks off a point against China in their Sepak Takraw match last Saturday at the Asia Games in Doha, Qatar. Sepak Takraw is played with a ball made of rattan under rules similar to volleyball, but players aren't allowed to use their hands. On Sunday, South Korea (in white) and Thailand squared off in the men's draw (inset).

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