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Leading Off

Feb. 02, 2015
Feb. 02, 2015

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Feb. 2, 2015

SI NOW
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SUPER BOWL XLIX PREVIEW
  • Player discipline, comparisons with the '85 Bears, the trouble with Roger Goodell.... As the Seahawks line up for another run at the Lombardi Trophy, and on the same week that the commissioner gives his annual pre--Super Bowl address, the leader of the NFL's most fearsome secondary offers his own take on the state of the game

  • A MATCHUP OF TWO NO. 1 SEEDS HAS ODDSMAKERS STUMPED AND PUNDITS ON THE FENCE. HAWKS OR PATS? CONSIDER THREE ARGUMENTS FOR EACH TEAM.... AND FOR SI'S PICK, TURN THE PAGE

  • Our expert knows Russell Wilson can win a game by himself—it just won't be Super Bowl XLIX. Not against this New England D

  • All this debate about ball tinkering? It's over-inflated, says SI's under-the-center expert

  • DEFLATEGATE SOUNDS BIZARRE, BUT IT'S PART OF A HALLOWED SUPER BOWL WEEK TRADITION: THE FOOTBALL-FOCUS-SAPPING DISTRACTION

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
PRO BASKETBALL
  • MICHAEL KIDD-GILCHRIST HAS BEEN SCOUTED SINCE HE WAS SEVEN, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THINGS HAVE COME EASY FOR THE HORNETS' FORWARD. STEP BY STEP, HE HAS REBUILT BOTH HIS SHOT—AND HIS VOICE

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Leading Off

TWO PHOTOSPHOTOGRAPHS BY TIM CLAYTON FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED1K for Coach K Mike Krzyzewski guided Duke to a 77--68 win over St. John's on Sunday at Madison Square Garden to become the first men's coach in Division I history to reach 1,000 victories (POINT AFTER, page 60). Coach K began his career in 1975--76 at Army, his alma mater, where he won 73 games over five seasons; the rest have come with the Blue Devils. After the game, (inset, from left) guards Matt Jones, Tyus Jones and Rasheed Sulaimon honored their coach.PHOTOPHOTOGRAPH BY VINNY CARCHIETTA ZUMAPRESS.COMSink or Swim Seton Hall guard Sterling Gibbs got encouragement at the free throw line from members of the Pirates' swimming and diving team during a Big East game against DePaul on Jan. 22 in Newark. The swimmers didn't help Gibbs's stroke, though: He made only 2 of 16 shots from the floor and 4 of 8 from the line. Seton Hall was outscored 17--5 down the stretch in a 64--60 defeat.PHOTOPHOTOGRAPH BY DERICK E. HINGLE USA TODAY SPORTSPom-pom Pow! Will Ferrell created a ruckus at halftime of the Pelicans-Lakers game on Jan. 21 by knocking out a member of the cheerleading team while attempting a half-court shot. The cheerleader was actually stuntwoman Taryn Terrell, and the gag was for a movie, Daddy's Home. New Orleans beat L.A. 96--80.