LEADING OFF
GOLF PLUS
HAPPY HOUR
Half a world away and in the middle of the night, a team of freewheeling Americans handily won another Presidents Cup, but the big-picture takeaway was that in the scheme of global golf, the U.S. is simply another player. And that's not such a bad thing
REPORT CARDS
The grades are out: Here's how the 24 players and the two captains handled the heat and a diabolical Royal Melbourne
WHAT THE KIDS THINK
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED asked the 132 teenagers—90 boys and 42 girls—playing in a recent American Junior Golf Association tournament for their opinions on Tiger Woods, favorite playing partners, politics, performance-enhancing drugs, the makeup of their bags and more
LOVE LETTER
Hey, Cap'n, when the Ryder Cup arrives you'll have two-time Prez Cup winner Fred Couples on board, right?
EDITOR'S LETTER
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
BUYER BEWARE
There were a number of Week 11 performances that looked impressive, but they aren't likely to be repeated and are better off ignored—except for the new guy in Detroit
SLIDING SCALE
The mystifying decline of some of hockey's top offensive talents is just one takeaway from the NHL's early-season report card
TIM TEBOW
Tim Tebow's Wild Ride
Love him. Doubt him. Praise him. Ridicule him. Gape in awe. As the last two months have shown, there are 300 million opinions of the Broncos' quarterback, and every one of them is right
MOTOR SPORTS
WHERE THERE'S SMOKE...
Seemingly out of the title hunt midseason, Tony Stewart caught fire in the Chase and capped a historic run with a head-to-head win over Carl Edwards at Homestead for his third Cup crown
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
BORDERING ON HATRED
Rivalry Week will once again deliver must-see matchups, but this year's Kansas-Missouri showdown is like no other: It may very well be the last
SOCCER
HOLLYWOOD ENDING
If this was indeed David Beckham's final game in MLS, he went out in style, carrying the Galaxy to a championship and affirming the value of star power in America
SPORT IN AMERICA
In My Tribe
Our sports have become more and more about money and marketing. But to most of us they're still about the stories we tell one another, the transcendent moments that lift us—the very way we define ourselves
POINT AFTER
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