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LEADING OFF

Feb. 04, 2013
Feb. 04, 2013

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Feb. 4, 2013

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LEADING OFF
SUPER BOWL XLVII
  • FOUR OF THE LAST FIVE SUPER BOWLS HAVE BEEN DECIDED ON THE FINAL DRIVE. IF THE PAST IS PROLOGUE, THIS YEAR'S CHAMPIONSHIP COULD WELL COME DOWN TO A TWO-MINUTE DRILL—AND TO HOW WELL JOE FLACCO OR COLIN KAEPERNICK HANDLES THE PRESSURE WHEN THE CLOCK IS TICK ... TICK ... TICKING

  • Keeping in mind score, yardage, clock management and big plays, SI stacked up the five best and the three worst (criteria: cringe-worthiness) two-minute drills in XLVI years of Super Bowls

  • HarBowl, Colin Kaepernick and Ray Lewis's last game—you already know the popular plotlines. But these games often come down to the small stuff. For regurgitation during Super Bowl XLVII, consider these subplots and supporting characters

  • THE MEEK SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH—BUT THEY'RE UNLIKELY TO TAKE HOME THE LOMBARDI TROPHY THIS WEEK. HOW CHRISTIAN ATHLETES RECONCILE THE CULTURE OF FOOTBALL WITH THE TEACHINGS OF THEIR FAITH

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
SOCCER
  • U.S. STRIKER HÉRCULEZ GÓMEZ RESCUED HIS CAREER SOUTH OF THE BORDER, AND NOW HE'S THRIVING IN ONE OF THE WORLD'S DEADLIEST CITIES

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
  • THERE ARE STORIES OTHER THAN THE MANTI TE'O SAGA TO BE TOLD ABOUT NOTRE DAME—REALLY. HERE ARE TWO: FUTURE WIDEOUTS COREY ROBINSON AND TORII HUNTER JR. MAYBE THE NAMES OF THEIR DADS RING A BELL?

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PHOTOPhotograph by Kohjiro KinnoWhere the Grass Is Greenest The golf course hasn't always been a sanctuary for Tiger Woods the last few years ... but he usually looks comfortable at Torrey Pines. Thanks to a slew of clutch shots like this birdie on number 4 on Sunday, Woods cruised to a four-shot victory at the Farmers Insurance Open, his eighth career win at the course in La Jolla.PHOTOPhotograph by David CallowI'm Novak, And I'll Be Your Server Anyone else feel like Novak Djokovic's Grand Slam titles are starting to blur together? The world's top-ranked player won his third straight Australian Open on Sunday: If you're counting—and Andy Murray, whom Djokovic beat in four sets in the final, surely is—that's five wins in the last nine majors for the swingin' Serb.PHOTOPhotograph by Christian Murdock/THE GAZETTESnow Fall At their best, the Winter X Games are an intoxicating mass adrenaline rush, but last Thursday offered a reminder that beneath all the daredevilry lies real danger. Snowmobiler Caleb Moore, from Krum, Texas, crashed during the freestyle finals in Aspen; he suffered a concussion and underwent surgery for a heart contusion the next day. On Monday he was still in intensive care in Grand Junction, Colo.