This is an article from the Jan. 14, 2008 issue
Football isn't all that's been happenin' in N'awlins. The Hornets had won nine of 11 through Monday—including an upset in Phoenix, where point guard Chris Paul (above) outplayed SI Players Poll favorite Steve Nash (below). Suns coach Mike D'Antoni: "Chris was good, really good."
Sounds like some mythical, hybrid beast, but Madison Hedgecock is the Giants' unheralded fullback, whose crushing block led to a TD on Sunday and who caught a five-yard pass on the game-winning drive. No wonder he got a five-year deal after New York snagged him off waivers this season.
It took seven Sunday birdies, four playoff holes and some good fortune (his ball marker slowed Scott Stricker's putt on the first extra hole), but Chopra got his second PGA win in 135 starts. What's the victory in Hawaii mean? Try $1.1 million, a new Mercedes and an invite to the Masters, which, said Chopra, "is a lifelong dream."
Still want to trade him, Kobe? The Lakers' center had 23 points and 13 rebounds in a win over Indiana—outplaying Jermaine O'Neal. He's shooting 63%, and L.A. has won six of seven. Said Bynum (right) to the L.A. Times, "Definitely happy to be here."
The pain goes on and on. Sacramento's wracked by injury—starters Ron Artest, Mike Bibby and Kevin Martin—and the remaining cast, like center Brad Miller (above), keeps getting beaten on the boards. A 12--20 start means that a house cleaning may be inevitable.
Sounds like some fictional, hat-wearing detective, but Micheal Spurlock is the Bucs' receiver whose fumble on the second-half kickoff led to a Giants field goal. Spurlock's TD return in Week 15 is officially old news. Coach Jon Gruden on Sunday's muff: "The play of the day."
Some tune-up for Oz. Playing in a final in India, after an exhausting semis, the vaunted Nadal (right) got trounced in straight sets by 19-year-old Mikhail Youzhny. (Said Youzhny, "I did not win. It was Rafa who lost.") That makes it nearly six months without a tournament win for the world's No. 2.
Ex-Georgia Tech hoopster is in hot water in Israel, where he plays for Maccabi Tel Aviv. He was arrested after allegedly driving into someone outside a bar. (The victim survived.) Bynum says he's innocent, yet a team official told Ha'aretz, "Bynum will no longer wear a Maccabi shirt."
SI PLAYERS NBA POLL
Which player on an opposing team would you most like to play with?
Steve Nash, Suns PG 31%
Jason Kidd, Nets PG 17%
Kevin Garnett, Celtics F 9%
LeBron James, Cavaliers F 9%
Dwight Howard, Magic C 6%
Nash (12.3) and Kidd (10.7) ranked first and second in the NBA in assists per game through Sunday.... James was sixth, averaging 7.6 assists, and also led the league in scoring, averaging 28.9 points.... Kidd was the top choice among players 30 and older, drawing 23% of their vote.... The teams of these top five vote-getters were a combined 108--59 through Sunday.
[Based on a survey of 216 NBA Players] • For more on the poll, and to comment on it, go to SI.com/players.