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42 Urban Renewal
Florida wins the national championship in coach Urban Meyer's second season
by Austin Murphy

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50 Rare Birds
A castoff quarterback and an undervalued runner lifted the Eagles over the Giants
by Tim Layden
•Don't forget the Seahawks

54 Guess Again
Using a baffling array of looks, the Patriots outfoxed the Jets
by Peter King
•Joseph Addai carries the Colts

PRO BASKETBALL

58 Forecast: Sunny And Hot
His knees healthy and his attitude adjusted, Amaré Stoudemire is blending his skills for a title contender
by Jack McCallum

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

62 Leader of the Pack
Thanks to senior Nick Fazekas, Nevada is off to its best start in 55 years
by Kelli Anderson

GOLF

66 The New Rules
The PGA Tour's novel FedEx Cup race has started. Here's how it works
by Alan Shipnuck

TENNIS

68 The Late Bloomer
Steadily improving James Blake is, at 27, suddenly the face of American tennis
by L. Jon Wertheim

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6 Leading Off

12 Letters

15 Air and Space
Words of advice on the wonderful and terrifying force that will soon have Tiger by the tail
by Steve Rushin

16 Scorecard
Bob Knight has a chat with SI
The Yankees take a different tack
A Bruins rookie overcomes cancer

30 Faces in the Crowd

33 Players

80 Life of Reilly
The Pennsylvania high school wrestler who saved his family—by ending his father's life by Rick Reilly

Inside...

74 The NHL
Colorado's one-two rookie punch

77 The NBA
The wizardry of Gilbert Arenas

78 College Basketball
Mastermind of the Mountaineers

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PHOTODAVID BERGMAN (NFL)54 JET BLUE New York quarterback Chad Pennington (right) congratulated New England counterpart Tom Brady after the Jets' first-round playoff loss on Sunday. PHOTODAVID E. KLUTHO (STOUDEMIRE) PHOTOJEFF GENTNER/AP (NICHOLS)78 MOUNTAINEERING Junior guard Darris Nichols has helped no-name West Virginia get off to the school's best start in 25 years. PHOTOAL TIELEMANS (GROSSMAN) PHOTOWALTER IOOSS JR. (RIPKEN) PHOTOGREG NELSON (DUNCAN) PHOTOJOHN W. MCDONOUGH (CHEERLEADER) PHOTOMICHAEL O'NEILL (COVER) PHOTONICKI JHABVALA (LATTA)

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