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WISH YOU WERE HERE—OR NOT

Dec. 12, 2011
Dec. 12, 2011

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Dec. 12, 2011

LEADING OFF
GOLF PLUS
  • How big was Tiger's victory at the Chevron? Can Luke Donald hang on to No. 1? Who's most likely to become the top American? How do the major venues rate, and who will win the four championships?

  • Great majors, a new No. 1, LPGA dominance, an old school fight for the money title and the rediscovery of a vintage track too tough to die made 2011 a terrific year in golf

  • The game will long remember Europe's leading light, a pioneering woman and a television innovator

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR / SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR, 1981
SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR, 1976
  • A couple of recent divorces have dusted up the Girl Next Door, but as always she will never sit back and accept defeat

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR, 1982
  • A man can gather plenty of insight on the road from boy wonder to senior statesman for the sport he loves

PRO FOOTBALL
  • The Patriots' defense, built from spare parts, castoffs and converted receivers, ranks dead last in the NFL, and yet New England is once again cruising to the playoffs. The real test is yet to come

SPECIAL REPORT
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
BASEBALL
  • In 136 major league seasons, there's never been a more dizzyingly dramatic day than Sept. 28, 2011. The Red Sox and the Braves may disagree, but for everyone else it's a date that will live in ecstasy

PRO HOCKEY
  • With the club slumping and captain Alex Ovechkin seemingly checked out, the Capitals dumped their coach. Now one of the NHL's superstars isn't just struggling to rediscover his game, but he's also trying to shed an ugly label

  • The NHL's coaching carousel began to go 'round in earnest last week, with three jobs turning over in a four-day stretch. Besides the departure of Bruce Boudreau and the arrival of Dale Hunter in Washington, D.C., here's the lowdown on what went wrong and what to expect from here on in

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
WALTER IOOSS JR.
Departments

WISH YOU WERE HERE—OR NOT

The NBA's 149-day lockout sent dozens of players to all corners of the globe. For some, it was an extended vacation. For others, a holiday from hell

Lockout life was pretty sweet for Charlotte's Boris Diaw, who spent it in French wine country, playing for JSA Bordeaux. (He's also the team president.) And Leandro Barbosa of the Raptors returned home to Brazil, where summer is just around the corner. "It's a shame," Barbosa said when labor peace was announced. "Like it or not, I have a contract ... and I have to go back." Makes sense. The average December high temperature in Rio: 83.5°. In Toronto: 35.2°.

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Nuggets guard Ty Lawson's stay with BC ≈Ωalgiris in Lithuania wasn't without controversy. He sent a tweet critical of the team's training regimen ("I coulda sat home and played NBA 2K12 and got the same thing accomplished") and was subjected to racist tweets. But he did get to play the tourist. Before a Euroleague game in Athens, Lawson tweeted, "i wanna see one of those naked statues with leaf covering the privates." Who says athletes aren't cultured?

Several players thrived overseas. Notorious draft bust Adam Morrison dominated in Serbia and is now drawing the attention of NBA teams. New Jersey's Deron Williams played so well in Turkey that Besitkas retired his number— after 15 games. And then there's journeyman Brian Scalabrine, whose play—and heritage—have made him a folk hero in Italy. Fans of Benetton Treviso have taken to singing, "Scalabrine é uno di noi [Scalabrine is one of us]!"

After his first game in China, in which he had 43 points and 22 rebounds, Denver's Wilson Chandler tweeted, "by far the coldest gym i've ever played in lol and i'm from michigan," and "felt like we was on tundra playin the packers lol, word ..." Then there's the food. Kenyon Martin of the Nuggets has reportedly gone through "three or four" chefs already, and Wilson offered this lament on Twitter: "def jealous i cnt get no soul food out chea n china."

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