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Dec. 28, 2015
Dec. 28, 2015

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Dec. 28, 2015

INBOX
THE COMEBACK
The Lives They Led
  • From the Giant who became a broadcasting mainstay to the Moses who led Philadelphia to the promised land, from Tark the Shark to Mr. Cub to the Snake, indelible figures across a wide range of sports passed away in 2015

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THE COMEBACK

This is an article from the Dec. 28, 2015 issue

24 Kevin Love

Patience paid off as the Cavs' forward returned from a shoulder injury

By Chris Mannix

2015 YEAR IN SPORTS MEDIA

29 Brain Trust

In the film Concussion, Will Smith shines a light on the dark side of the sport he loves

By Ben Reiter

38 Year in Review

After battling cancer, both Shelley Smith and Craig Sager returned to the air to become one of the year's inspiring media stories

50 John Skipper

ESPN's president is steering the network into a hazy future

By Jack Dickey

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6 SI Digital

9 Inbox

14 Leading Off

72 Point After

Lee Jenkins: Will the Chargers bolt from San Diego?

IN MEMORIAM

54 FAREWELL

A look back at the sports figures who died in 2015

By Mark Bechtel

ON THE COVER:

Michael Grecco for Sports Illustrated

Hair: Pierce Austin by Criterion; Makeup: Judy Murdock by Criterion; Styling: Dayna Pink for Walter Schupfer

* SPORTS ILLUSTRATED WILL NOT PUBLISH NEXT WEEK. THE NEXT ISSUE WILL BE DATED JAN. 11, 2016.

PHOTOPHOTOGRAPH BY Robert Riger/Getty ImagesFRANK GIFFORD 1930--2015 The legendary Giants running back blazed a trail from the gridiron to the broadcast booth