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Last Ditch
Fighting for his card in the season-ending Tour event, a humble rookie known more for his gloves than his game pushed veteran Davis Love III all the way to the finish line
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PRO FOOTBALL
Clinton Portis Gets Real
Once famed for his oddball alter egos—Coach Janky Spanky? Sheriff Gonna Getcha?—the Redskins running back found new purpose following the murder of his friend and teammate Sean Taylor. Now Portis is tearing up the league and leading a football resurgence in Washington
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Twice the Power
Finishing off their blocks as precisely as they complete each other's sentences, inseparable twins Maurkice and Mike Pouncey clear the way for Florida's revived rushing attack
PRO BASKETBALL
Charlotte's Web
With two titans atop the organization and a Hall of Fame coach on the bench, the five-year-old Bobcats should be a franchise on the rise. Instead, they remain ensnared in mediocrity
HOCKEY
Rebirth of a Phenom
At 16 he was the U.S.'s Sidney Crosby. At 19 he found out he had cancer. At 20 he was benched in the playoffs. Now, at 21, the Boston Bruins' Phil Kessel has finally arrived
College Basketball Preview
Beyond the ARC
Tougher shots from behind a new men's three-point line and more stay-in-school stars to cheer mark a 2008--09 season that has several schools with men's and women's teams in national contention
She Said, He Said
Some of the brightest stars from college hoops' dual powerhouses dish on who's got game
Hasheem The Dream
The odyssey of Hasheem Thabeet began in one of the most remote hoops hinterlands. Soon, perhaps, it will take the UConn 7-footer to an unimaginably big stage—bigger even than the first round of the NBA draft.
Ready for Moore?
Last season Connecticut forward Maya Moore put together the most magnificent freshman campaign in women's hoops history. Now the hypercompetitive Husky has set her sights on a national title
Vote Is in—Yes UConn
Connecticut may be the pick to win it all, but the Huskies will have to fight off a deeper field of contenders than usual in the women's top 20
2 UCONN
A Beleaguered Guard, Back From Another Injury, Hopes His Fifth Try Is the Charm
3 UCLA
The Bruins' Chances for Another Final Four Are Fab, Thanks to Five Top Recruits
5 PURDUE
A Single-Digit Scorer Who Controls Games on D Stokes the Boilermakers
8 DUKE
More Muscular In the Middle, The Blue Devils Are at Last Built for The Long Haul
9 TEXAS
A Versatile Star Is Thinking Big Now That He's Getting to Play Small Again
11 MEMPHIS
A Rose-y Scenario Must Develop for The Tigers to Return to the Title Game
15 MARQUETTE
The Golden Eagles Lack Size, but They'll Make Up for It In Speed and Experience
19 MIAMI
Thanks to a Star Guard, The Hurricanes Have Moved Up a Category In Intensity
Inside
Mid-Major Step
Edging TCU in the final minute to stay unbeaten, Utah moved closer to earning a BCS berth for the Mountain West
Fuel Injection
In a bold trade for Allen Iverson, the Pistons picked up a player who could provide the Answer to what ails them
One to Go
A masterly win in Phoenix all but assured Jimmie Johnson of his third Cup title heading into the season finale
What the Heck?
The story just keeps getting stranger in Oakland, but don't expect the commissioner to step in and fix it
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