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Sept. 01, 2008
Sept. 01, 2008

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Sept. 1, 2008

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SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
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NFL PREVIEW 2008
BEIJING: 2008 OLYMPICS
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Backup Plans

With quarterbacks such as Peyton Manning and Derek Anderson missing time with injuries, backups have had a chance to prove their worth. This week SI.com writer Don Banks rates the NFL's second-string QBs, including Brady Quinn. Plus...

• News on roster cuts around the league
• Photo galleries of impact rookies
• Play Fantasy Football on Facebook

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FEATURED WRITERS

STEWART MANDEL
Inside College Football
Predicting the outcomes of this weekend's marquee matchups
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JON HEYMAN
Inside Baseball
The latest news and notes from around the majors
SI.com/heyman

TIM LAYDEN
Inside Olympics
My indelible Beijing memory: Liu Xiang pulling out of the 110 hurdles
SI.com/layden

FRANCHISE PLAYERS

The Start of Something Great
Hanley Ramirez or David Wright? If you were starting a baseball team and hoped to remain a contender for the long-term, which one would you choose? This week Baseball Prospectus senior writer Nate Silver uses his PECOTA system, which gives seven-year projections for each player based on his historical comparables, to rank the best players to build a team around.

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SI VAULT
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FROM SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
SEPTEMBER 20, 1999

As a 17-year-old, Serena Williams won the U.S. Open and became the first African-American since Arthur Ashe in 1975 to earn a Grand Slam singles title. SI writer S.L. Price witnessed the historic victory, which was awkward for her older sister Venus who lost in the semis.

IT WAS almost like a death, that loss for Venus," Oracene [Williams] said. It was late last Saturday night, hours after [her daughter] Serena had made history and scored a massive upset by outmuscling and outthinking No. 1 Martina Hingis 6--3, 7--6. Her husband, who had stirred the pot before the Open by predicting a Williams-Williams final, baiting Hingis into saying he had a "big mouth" and sparking a dopily orchestrated hug between the two in the first week, had already boarded his flight home to West Palm Beach. "Venus didn't sleep, and I felt her emotion all night, so I couldn't sleep well either," Oracene said. "She thinks since she's the oldest, she should've been the first, that maybe she should've been tougher."

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PHOTOMATTHEW EMMONS/US PRESSWIRE (QUINN)BIG BROWN Quinn is one of the best second-stringers.PHOTOHEINZ KLUETMEIER (RAMIREZ)PHOTOMEL LEVINE (MANDEL)PHOTOMEL LEVINE (HEYMAN)PHOTOMARY SCHILPP/CLP (WILLIAMS)PHOTO