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Opposites Attract
Infamously flammable Ron Artest would seem to have little in common with Larry Bird, yet the most iconic Hoosier of them all says he sees plenty of himself in his most intense young star
A SHAKY MARRIAGE?
In Antoine Walker, Miami acquired a flashy forward with a penchant for jacking three-pointers and gambling on defense--not exactly what Shaquille O'Neal would have ordered
Measure of Success
Those stat guys are at it again, and now the Moneyball math of baseball has come to the NBA. Armed with dazzling equations, NBA front offices are finding entirely new ways to quantify a player's talent and judge his real value
5 Minute Guide
What contenders need to have happen, what will happen and whom you'd want on your team (real or fantasy)
Lineup
Air and Space
SI Players: Life On and Off the Field
Going the Distance
The White Sox reached their first World Series in 46 years thanks to a staff that threw four straight complete games and a catcher who seemed to be in the middle of every key play
Baseball
So Close ...
The Astros were on the brink of a pennant before Brad Lidge, the dominant reliever of the postseason, fell victim to Albert Pujols
Pro Football
Adrift on Lake Woebegone
A night of debauchery aboard two yachts is the latest scandal for the Minnesota Vikings, a once proud franchise that has become a rudderless ship
Motor Sports
Of Tragedy and Teamwork
A year after the plane crash that took his son and nine others, all family members or close friends, NASCAR owner Rick Hendrick has his drivers behind him and another title in his sights
College Football
Fantastic Finishes
There were nail-biters galore last Saturday when No. 1 USC stunned Notre Dame with :03 left and five other games with BCS implications were decided in the last 30 seconds or in overtime
Good to the Last Tick
USC beat the clock for the most dramatic ending in college football last Saturday, but the five teams who scrambled to win these down-to-the-wire intraconference showdowns weren't far behind
Inside
Life of Reilly
Departments
Steep Drop
How and why an SI writer reported a rules infraction that got Michelle Wie disqualified from her first pro tournament