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Feb. 09, 2009
Feb. 09, 2009

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Feb. 9, 2009

SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
SUPER BOWL XLIII
TENNIS
  • In blistering heat that brought down some of the fittest players at the Australian Open, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams left no doubt: They are the undisputed king and queen of their sport and may soon deserve berths among the alltime greats

PRO BASKETBALL
HOCKEY
VMI BASKETBALL
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SUPER BOWLXLIII

32 Steelers!Super!
Pittsburgh won its sixth title in a classic
By Damon Hack
• Champs are still a work in progress
• Cardinals' Fitzgerald aims even higher

TENNIS

48 Survivor:Melbourne
Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams won the Australian Open in blistering heat
By L. Jon Wertheim

PRO BASKETBALL

52 Young Star, OldSoul
The Blazers have entrusted their future to a prematurely mature shooting guard,24-year-old Brandon Roy
By Ian Thomsen

HOCKEY

56 No LookingBack
Ducks rookie Bobby Ryan has overcome a slow start and a messy family history
By Michael Farber

DOUBLE TIME

Behind twinshooters Travis (right) and Chavis Holmes, VMI has mobilized its long-dormantbasketball program with a freewheeling attack that will make the Keydetsdangerous come March
BY TIM LAYDEN
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6 Leading Off

12 Letters

14 Players
• The meaning of Fly Williams
• Farewells to Updike, Johansson
• Margarito's past wins tainted?
• Niners, Raiders may share digs
• Buccaneers hire fired BC coach

26 Faces in theCrowd

30 Just My Type byDan Patrick
• Tyler Hansbrough on the grill
• Super Bowl finish: best ever?

70 Point After byChris Ballard
Looking for decadence in all the wrong places at the Super Bowl

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68 CollegeBasketball
• Pac-10's hot freshman guards

69 The NBA
• Knicks likely to keep David Lee

PHOTOBOB MARTIN (NADAL)48 SLAM HAPPY Rafael Nadal celebrated on his back after beating Roger Federer to win his first hard-court Grand Slam title, at the Australian Open.PHOTOCHUCK STEENBURGH/SPORTSPHOTOGUY.COM (HOLMESES)