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College Football
PRO FOOTBALL
Look Who's Back On Top
With Brett Favre working some of his old magic, the Packers held off the Vikings for their fourth straight win and moved into a first-place tie in the NFC North
PRO BASKETBALL
A Moving Experience
When he spurned the Cavaliers and bolted for Utah, Carlos Boozer knew what he'd be getting: a heftier paycheck and a system well-suited to his skills. So did his wife
College Basketball Preview 2004-05
Fast Times
Damn the turnovers and full steam ahead! Today's coaches covet speedy players like never before, and swifties such as East Tennessee State's Tim Smith are changing the game--in a hurry
INDIANAPOLIS OR BUST
In a wide-open women's championship race with as many as 20 bona fide contenders, expect a pair of SEC stalwarts to be the last ones celebrating
Many Moves, Many Moods
Is he upbeat or upset? Approachable or guarded? Glowing or glowering? Mercurial scoring machine Rashad McCants of No. 1 North Carolina has all of Tar Heel Nation worriedly trying to read him
North Carolina
If the Tar Heels can just play a little defense to go with their potent offense, they'll win it all
4 Kansas
Four seniors who have been close to winning a national title might get it on their last try
5 Syracuse
Do-it-all guard Gerry McNamara will do less, which means the Orange may do even better
7 Connecticut
The Huskies lost their top two players, but Charlie Villanueva is ready to become the go-to guy
8 Kentucky
There's only one Chuck Hayes, but that may be enough to take the young Wildcats a long way
9 Illinois
Led by one of the nation's best backcourts, the Illini look poised for an unforgettable year
11 Duke
After losing their best player and top recruit, the Blue Devils turn to Shelden Williams
12 Louisville
After absorbing painful lessons last year, Taquan Dean and the Cardinals are ready to roll
13 Pitt
Center Chris Taft is a superstar in the making, and he has the Panthers poised to strike
15 Arizona
For the Wildcats to be top cats, Salim Stoudamire's shooting and head must be straight
17 Washington
Building on last year's success, the confident Huskies feel they can do anything--together
18 Texas
The Longhorns boast the nation's best crop of recruits and a new wingman in P.J. Tucker
19 Charlotte
Sooner or later indomitable Curtis Withers won't be the best player nobody knows
Fill the Brackets
The 65-team NCAA tournament includes 31 automatic bids and 34 at-large selections. SI predicts the 45 teams to round out the field
20 Alabama
The Tide could rise higher if Kennedy Winston holds up and a rookie point guard excels
College Basketball Previw 2004-05
Local Girl Makes Good
After spurning Tennessee to play in her hometown, Seimone Augustus has LSU eyeing its first national title, a fitting coronation for the queen of Baton Rouge
Inside
Fighting Back
The rebuilding Bucs are making progress, but a loss to the Falcons showed they still have work to do
Say It Ain't Zo
After overcoming a kidney transplant, Alonzo Mourning is thriving with the Nets--even as he plots to leave them
Inside College Football
Running Wild
With a ground game that averages 243 yards and dominated Wisconsin, how can Michigan State be only .500?
Inside Soccer
Rising Son
With a couple of goals in MLS Cup, D.C.'s Alecko Eskandarian conjured up images of his father's glory days
LIFE OF REILLY
Departments
Slinging Mud
Months after a basketball mess, Ohio State AD Andy Geiger is trading accusations with an exfootball star. Now the NCAA has arrived. Welcome to college sports hell
One Fast Mother
After 20 years and two kids, a runner returns to collegiate competition

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