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Sept. 29, 2014
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Sept. 29, 2014

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BASEBALL
  • Derek Jeter might not be the most famous ballplayer ever, but he's certainly the most familiar. In a series of revealing interviews, the Yankees' shortstop reflects on how he survived being watched, photographed, praised and poked like no one else, and what has changed in the game (lots) and in himself (little) over two decades in the New York glare

  • Jeter is almost as famous for his ability to avoid controversy as for his on-field skill, and New York's reporters are still in awe

THE NFL FAN POLL
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
ERIK SPOELSTRA
  • PERVASIVE SELF-DOUBT NEARLY KEPT ERIK SPOELSTRA FROM THE NBA. BUT HE USED THAT FEAR OF FAILURE TO FUEL HIS RISE FROM "THE DUNGEON" TO THE TOP OF THE COACHING FIELD. POST-LEBRON HOPE IN MIAMI STARTS WITH THE AUTHOR OF THE TEAM'S CODE

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Storm on The Ryder

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Although Rory McIlroy and Team Europe are 2-to-1 favorites over Phil Mickelson and Team USA at this week's Ryder Cup, the Americans are determined to redeem themselves after their epic collapse in 2012, when they squandered a 10--6 lead. Can the U.S. wrest the cup from Europe? Go to Golf.com for complete coverage, including breaking news and commentary from SPORTS ILLUSTRATED senior writers Alan Shipnuck and Gary Van Sickle, our live tournament blog and photo galleries of the day's most arresting images from Gleneagles in Perthshire, Scotland.

SI DIGITAL BONUS

Born to Be A Bomber

From the SI Vault Nov. 13, 1996

Swaddled in pinstripes, rookie Derek Jeter was destined to put on blue and white and become shortstop of the New York Yankees

By Kelly Whiteside

120 SPORTS

Problem Child

Would you draft Jameis Winston as your franchise quarterback? 120 Sports hosts Laurence Holmes and Dylan McGorty weigh in on the troubled Seminoles QB and his NFL potential. "Look, he stole some crab legs and jumped on a table and yelled something," says McGorty. "Stupid move. However, you put Winston between the lines, and he becomes a savant. He gives you the chance to change the entire course of your franchise with one pick." Holmes disagrees, saying, "The NFL is trying to find players to better represent the shield. He is not mature enough to run a franchise." For more from Holmes and McGorty, plus 24-hour access to video highlights and analysis, go to 120sports.com

FanNation

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Nation Building

Keep your football fantasy alive. Football Throwdown on the FanNation fantasy sports app allows you to select a set of players each week and challenge your friends for cash prizes or just for bragging rights. Go to fannation.com to pick a quarterback, running back, wide receiver and tight end, and see who beats his projection. Week 3's top QB was the Redskins' Kirk Cousins, who, while filling in for an injured RG3, threw for 427 yards and three touchdowns in a gut-wrenching 37--34 loss to the Eagles.

Sports Illustrated HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

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Do you know of an accomplished high school athlete whose good works go beyond the scoreboard? Go to SI.com/HSathlete and let us know why he or she should be recognized in SI and on SI.com

PHOTOCHUCK SOLOMON FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (JETER)PHOTOANGUS MURRAY FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (MICKELSON)PHOTOFRED VUICH FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (MCILROY)PHOTOAL TIELEMANS/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (COUSINS)PHOTORONALD MARTINEZ/GETTY IMAGES (WINSTON)THREE PHOTOSILLUSTRATION