Video gaming has long been a boys club, the domain of guys and not girls. But there are plenty of gals out there who love to play and Olympic All-Around Gymnastics Gold Medalist Gabrielle Douglas is one of them. In this video that's exclusive to Sports Illustrated Kids, we get a first look over her playing Super Mario Bros. 2 on the Nintendo 3DS. Check it out and let us know what you think!More »
The trailer for 42, the upcoming movie about Jackie Robinson's life, was released recently. The movie will come out in April 2013 just in time for the start of the 2013 baseball season. Chadwick Boseman plays Robinson, who broke major league baseball's color barrier when he made his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Harrison Ford, who appeared as Han Solo in the Star Wars movies, stars as Branch Rickey, the Dodgers' general manager who signed Robinson. Robinson's story is one of the greatest in sports, so let's hope the movie does it justice.
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When you think of the San Antonio Spurs you think of Tim Duncan, Coach Pop and sometimes their classic, simple uniforms. All three are consistent, reserved and maybe even a little bit boring. Well, the stoic Spurs departed from that identity a somewhat today when they unveiled a new alternate jersey for the upcoming 2012-13 season.
If the new uni's appearance is a little jarring at first, it's likely because we haven't seen such a design in the league's history. The team's president, Rick Pych, touted the silver uniforms as the first-ever NBA jersey to not have words on the front. Instead of the team name or city, there's just a large version of the Spurs' logo and the player's number in the upper-right hand side. More »
We’re still about two years away from the kickoff of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but we already have a mascot, as FIFA unveiled a soccer-playing armadillo today as the cuddly face of the tournament. The three-banded armadillo, which is indigenous to Brazil, doesn’t have a name yet, because Brazilians will select it by public and FIFA will reveal the winning moniker in the middle of this November.
1. San Francisco 49ers
2011 RECORD: 13–3
The 49ers' patience finally paid off last season as the team made the playoffs for the first time in nine years. Under the guidance of coach Jim Harbaugh, former Number 1 overall pick QB Alex Smith (3,144 passing yards, 17 TDs) had the best season of his seven-year career. He limited his mistakes (five INTs) and made clutch plays to help the 49ers reach the NFC Championship Game. But as reliable as Smith has become, the 49ers' heart and soul is their stellar defense. LB Aldon Smith (14 sacks) pressured opposing quarterbacks, and the unit had three All-Pro players: LBs NaVorro Bowman (143 tackles) and Patrick Willis (97 tackles), and DE Justin Smith. San Francisco has all its key defenders back and will be tough to move the ball against.
BOTTOM LINE: If the Niners' defense can stay healthy again in 2011, look for San Francisco to win back-to-back division titles for the first time since 1995.
Grade: A– More »
1. Denver Broncos
2011 RECORD: 8–8
The signing of QB Peyton Manning makes the Broncos the clear favorites to win the AFC West. The 36-year-old superstar missed all of last season with a neck injury, but he is fully recovered. Manning has two promising receivers in Demaryius Thomas (551 yards) and Eric Decker (eight TDs). The rushing attack, anchored by Willis McGahee, Knowshon Moreno, and Lance Ball, is good enough to keep defenses honest. With Manning under center, Denver's offense will be much more balanced this year. On defense, the Broncos struggled in 2011, ranking 24th in points allowed. But the team has a franchise player in LB Von Miller (11.5 sacks, third in AFC), the 2011 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. And with an offense that will put more points on the board, the D will be under far less pressure this season.
BOTTOM LINE: If Manning stays healthy, Denver will win the AFC West.
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World Cup 2014 qualifying gets started back up again around the globe this weekend and the U.S. Men's National Team squares off with Jamaica Friday night in Kingston. While the world's best national teams get ready for action, we're pretty sure that no other squad will get a pep talk like the US players got. Motivational speaker Donnie Moore tried to psyche up the team by tearing phone books in half, rolling up frying pans like burritos and snapping baseball bats. It's all very weird, and his hair and track suit very 1980s. More »