FOR NOV. 17, 2014
As the 2014--15 college basketball season tips off, SI.com's hoops experts give their take on what to expect in the upcoming season. Who will be player of the year? North Carolina junior point guard Marcus Paige, who averaged 17.5 points and 4.2 assists last season, or preseason favorite, Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor? Who will be the breakout star? Which coach is on the hottest seat? Who will be the game's top defender? Go to SI.com/college-basketball for all the predictions, including our Final Four picks and the team whose preseason hype we're not really buying.
From now through the end of the football season SPORTS ILLUSTRATED will feature multimedia stories on the most intriguing emerging athletes in the nation. To see a video of this week's Rising Star, Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, and the entire Rising Stars series, presented by Symetra, on your computer or mobile device, go to SI.com/risingstars
120 Sports hosts Eric Edholm and Chris Martin discuss the likelihood of Adrian Peterson's suiting up again this season. "He went through the legal system, he pleaded no contest, case closed. They need to reinstate him," says Martin. Edholm suggests it might take some time. "We've seen the league try to bully the NFLPA on a lot of issues," he says. "I think they're going to drag their feet on this." For more of Edholm and Martin's Point/Counterpoint, plus 24-hour access to highlights and analysis, go to 120sports.com
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It's not too late to fulfill your football fantasies. With Football Throwdown on the FanNation fantasy sports app, you can select a set of players and challenge your friends for cash prizes or for bragging rights. Go to fannation.com to pick a quarterback, a running back, and a wide receiver or tight end, and see who beats his projection. Week 10's top RB was the Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch, who rushed for 140 yards and four touchdowns in a 38--17 victory over the Giants.
As successful as some athletes are on the field, some find even more success after they retire. Take former MLB shortstop and second baseman David Eckstein, who, with his wife, Ashley, launched a fashion-and-accessories line for female sci-fi fans. To learn more about Eckstein and other athletes turned business leaders, go to SI.com/Pro-Files, a series from the editors of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and FORTUNE.