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NEW YORK (AP) _ Sports Illustrated managing editor Bill Colson will leave the magazine after next month's Winter Olympics.

Colson has been the top editor at the weekly magazine since 1996, and has been with the magazine for almost 24 years. Time Inc., the magazine publishing arm of AOL Time Warner Inc., said it expected to replace Colson in the next few weeks.

Time Inc. said Monday that Colson was leaving Sports Illustrated on his own accord. The magazine did not disclose his plans.

``After all these years of working on Sundays, I think it's time to try something new that will allow me to have normal weekends with my wife as well as my kids before they go off to college,'' Colson said.

Last month, Bruce Hallet, who had been president of Time magazine, was appointed president of Sports Illustrated, overseeing the magazine's business side.