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August 26, 2007

FEATURES

COLLEGEFOOTBALL

52 In the Nick ofTime
Nick Saban leads a great revival at 'Bama
By Rick Bragg

BASEBALL

60 Blasts fromthe Past
Boston's Big Papi fends off Yankees dread
By Tom Verducci

U.S. OPENPREVIEW

64 CourtlyRivals
Get ready for Federer-Nadal XIV
By L. Jon Wertheim

2008 OLYMPICS

68 Just theBeginning
Former high school phenom Alan Webb aims at gold in the 1,500 meters at theworlds, but Beijing beckons
By Tim Layden

HIGH SCHOOLFOOTBALL

72 The Son AlsoShines
Riley Dodge will try to lead Southlake Carroll to yet another Texas 5A title
By Kelli Anderson

•SI's Top 10teams, 5 players to watch

NEW ORLEANS

Two YearsAfter
KATRINA

Sports played aspecial role early in the recovery, but beyond the Superdome, in thedepopulated Lower Ninth Ward, there's a great need to get at-risk youth back inplay
by Alexander Wolff P. 80

Departments

10 LeadingOff

18 Letters

21 Players
• Perils of preseason college polls
• QB finds paradise at Hawaii
• Michael Vick cops a plea
• Pacman Jones's new career
•Beach volleyball players pair off
• Resurrecting the Champ reviewed

38 Faces in theCrowd

98 Life ofReilly
Par-2s! Mandatory cussing! A swoosh-shaped 13th hole! Tiger designs a golfcourse by Rick Reilly

Inside...

94 OlympicSports
• U.S. gymnastics' new queen
•Hamm twins make comeback

95 NFL
• Falcons give Harrington last shot

96 NASCAR
•Era of superpowers dawns
•Hendrick-Gibbs rivalry by stats

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