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Feb. 18, 2008
Feb. 18, 2008

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Feb. 18, 2008

SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
Dan Patrick
NBA MIDSEASON REPORT
BASEBALL
BASKETBALL
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
HOCKEY
2008 NASCAR PREVIEW
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This is an article from the Feb. 18, 2008 issue

NBA MIDSEASON REPORT

32 Wild West Shootout
The Hornets have created the buzz so far, but there are nine teams in the Western Conference that are good enough to make it to the Finals
By Jack McCallum

BASEBALL

40 Homeland Security
There's a star under a steroids-related investigation, and it's not Roger Clemens. It's Miguel Tejada, who remains a hero in his native Dominican Republic
By Melissa Segura

BASKETBALL

48 Fast and Furious
Unbeaten Memphis has climbed to No. 1 using the Dribble-Drive Motion offense
By Grant Wahl

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

58 All Eyes on Terrelle
Terrelle Pryor, the most coveted recruit in the land, decided not to make a decision
By Jack McCallum

HOCKEY

64 A Northern Light
In the Canadian subarctic, former NHL player Joé Juneau is changing the world
By Michael Farber

2008 NASCAR PREVIEW

FIRED UP

Driving for a potent team and with a fresh outlook, Dale Earnhardt Jr. plans to give his fans a lot more to cheer about
BY LARS ANDERSON
Page 72

Scouting Reports
How the top teams stack up
By Lars Anderson and Mark Beech

Departments

8 Leading Off

14 Letters

16 Players
• Jeff Novitzky and the Rocket
• A U.S. skier makes history
• Giving away the Pats' 19--0 gear
• First Person: Osi Umenyiora
• An ex-NFLer turns thespian

26 Faces in the Crowd

29 Just My Type by Dan Patrick
• Tony Stewart goes long

96 Point After
As China breaks its vow to improve its human rights record before the Beijing Games, the IOC says ... nothing by S.L Price

Inside ...

94 College Basketball
• An X-emplary defense

95 The NHL
• Soldiering on without Sid

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• The top 100 prospects
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PHOTOJOHN W. MCDONOUGH (NBA)¬†32 ONELAKER LEFT BEHIND The trickery of Spurs guard Manu Ginóbili dazzled Luke Waltonduring yet another high-caliber matchup in the mighty WesternConference.¬†PHOTOMICHAEL J. LEBRECHT II/1DEUCE3 PHOTOGRAPHY (EARNHARDT)PHOTOROBERT BECK (SPRING TRAINING)PHOTODONALD MIRALLE/GETTY IMAGES (TUCK)PHOTONOAH GRAHAM/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (BOOZER)PHOTORAPHAEL MAZZUCCO (SWIMSUIT)