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March 21, 2005 | Volume 102, Issue 12

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March Madness Cover - Sports Illustrated March 21, 2005

March 21, 2005
In a remarkable career that spans seven decades, from the 1940s to the present, Ozzie Sweet has taken more than 1,800 cover photos for magazines, including The Saturday Evening Post, TIME,...

March 21, 2005 | Ian Thomson
ATLANTA'S JOSH SMITH

March 21, 2005 | Ian Thomson
AROUND THE RIM

March 21, 2005 | Rick Reilly
Except for Rick Neuheisel's NCAA tournament pool--put in $6,400, take home $4.5 million--most office pools are duller than slides of Dick Cheney's angioplasties.

March 21, 2005 | Bill Syken
DECEMBER 2, 1968

March 21, 2005
Auto Response

March 21, 2005 | Steve Rushin
This was a hot corner," says 89-year-old John Isaacs, surveying the forlorn intersection of 138th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem through the cracked windshield of his 1992 Crown Victoria....

March 21, 2005 | Karl Taro Greenfeld
In hearings scheduled to begin this week, a congressional committee attempts to discover how far the stain of steroids has spread over baseball

March 21, 2005 | Stephen Cannella
Torn ligaments and Tommy John surgery--they're not just for big leaguers anymore

March 21, 2005 | Tim Layden
Coaches and players have found that there's big money in scalping tickets

March 21, 2005
$85,000 Amount Karl Malone donated to Louisiana Tech, his alma mater, to upgrade the varsity weight room.

March 21, 2005
Died Of complications from prostate cancer, at age 80, halfback Glenn Davis, who led Army to three national championships and won the Heisman Trophy in 1946. Half of football's most famous...

March 21, 2005
Plagued by wildness and injuries as a pitcher, 25-year-old Rick Ankiel is trying to make the Cardinals as an outfielder. How's he doing? SI's Ankielometer tells all.

March 21, 2005
Now that he's skiing's world champ, Bode Miller may skip the Olympics

March 21, 2005 | Bill Scheft
Well, the results of the latest MLB steroid testing are official. Only 1% to 2%. That's also the chance Rafael Palmeiro will show up on Capitol Hill and pass out free samples of Viagra.

March 21, 2005 | Laird Hamilton
The big-wave surfer, 41, has his own film company and is married to volleyball star Gabrielle Reece

March 21, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli
How do you help the Big Aristotle celebrate the Big 3-3? If you're Shaquille O'Neal's wife, Shaunie, you throw a surprise birthday bash at South Beach's swank Hotel Victor. On March 4, two days...

March 21, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli
A former high school track coach in Oregon was disciplined for allegedly licking blood from an athlete's injury.

March 21, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli
MIKE TYSON

March 21, 2005 | Nancy Ramsey
Spunky and feisty only begin to describe octogenarians Gladys (Killem) Gillem, Lillian (The Fabulous Moolah) Ellison and "The Great" Mae Young. In Lipstick & Dynamite: The First Ladies of...

March 21, 2005 | Amanda Cherrin
What to watch and watch for

March 21, 2005 | Michael Farber
Breaking news, scores, schedules and fresh, original Web-only stories and columns 24/7

March 21, 2005 | Michael Farber
Which would-be Cinderella is most likely to go on a run in the NCAA tournament?

March 21, 2005 | Mark Bechtel
Cassie King

March 21, 2005 | Dee Brown
BROWN ON THE MARCH 6 LOSS TO OHIO STATE THAT ENDED ILLINOIS'S PERFECT SEASON I've never been that angry in my life. I went home and watched Bad Santa, something that would get all that anger out...

March 21, 2005
WHO'S Hot

March 21, 2005
[Based on a survey of 227 NBA players]

March 21, 2005 | Richard Deitsch
How hoops star Erica Taylor and her boxer hubby Jermain make it work

March 21, 2005 | Sarah Thurmond
AT 22, the Spurs' French-bred point guard Tony Parker has a championship ring, a mammoth contract (six years, $66 million) and a tabloid love life linked to Desperate Housewives actress Eva...

March 21, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli
Big-time base stealer Carl Crawford gets ready for the rigors of a 162-game season

March 21, 2005 | Kelvin Cato
What was your welcome-to-the-NBA moment? In practice as a rookie [with Portland in 1997]. I got dunked on like crazy. Rasheed Wallace, Jermaine O'Neal, Gary Trent, they took me to school. They...

March 21, 2005
Royals Pitcher Kyle Snyder

March 21, 2005 | Alexander Wolff
To advance on the Road to St. Louis, teams will have to execute in the frenetic last five minutes of games. The secrets to success lie within

March 21, 2005 | Alexander Wolff
Here are the players in whose clutches you'd most want to see the ball when the game's on the line

March 21, 2005 | Alexander Wolff
Along with Duke's J.J. Redick, these top guns are the tournament's best late-game options

March 21, 2005 | Alexander Wolff
Decisions, decisions: These knotty end-of-game scenarios keep tournament coaches awake at night

March 21, 2005 | Alexander Wolff
We count down a quintet of the best-executed late-game plans in tournament history

March 21, 2005 | Kelli Anderson
Mirroring the intensity of their coach, the upstart Lady Bears are the team that no one wants to face in March

March 21, 2005 | Kelli Anderson
Here are five rising stars who could lead their surprise teams to the title

March 21, 2005
[This article consists of photographs]

March 21, 2005 | Seth Davis
A quick look at the trends, teams and names to keep an eye on as the Big Dance begins

March 21, 2005 | GRANT WAHL
[First Round]

March 21, 2005 | CHRIS BALLARD
His routines are eccentric, his workouts defy logic and his jokes inspire teammates to choke him. So how is it that Gilbert Arenas is the driving force of the resurgent Wizards?

March 21, 2005 | ALBERT CHEN
Is it something in the water? The Atlanta Braves have shown an uncanny ability to revive waning careers. The latest: Brian Jordan and Raul Mondesi

March 21, 2005 | ALBERT CHEN
The Braves have won 13 consecutive National League East titles thanks in part to their knack for bringing out the best in the players they acquire. Below are nine such players over the last six...

March 21, 2005 | TIM LAYDEN
Finally living up to his vast potential, tough-as-nails Dathan Ritzenhein could be the first American in 23 years to win a medal at the world cross-country meet

March 21, 2005 | Buzz Bissinger
It's accepted as part of the game: a way for a pitcher to claim the inside part of the plate, retaliate for an attack on a teammate or cool down a hot hitter. Yet it is the rare manager or pitcher...

March 21, 2005
The Week In Sports

March 21, 2005 | Albert Chen
With their offense depleted, the Astros are depending more than ever on the healthy return of Andy Pettitte

March 21, 2005 | Ian Thomson
Critics still call him soft and say his game has regressed, but Yao Ming is quietly making strides as a center

March 21, 2005 | Ian Thomson
On the most talented teams in the NCAA tournament:

March 21, 2005 | Ian Thomson
THE 76ERS' STRUGGLES

March 21, 2005
2005 NCAA TOURNAMENT - MARCH MADNESS Where's Your Team? What are its chances? - TEST YOUR HOOPS IQ Play the SI Cover Challenge, P.3

March 21, 2005 | Bill Syken
RealPro Wrestling, a new made-for-TV competition, brings showbiz flair to the serious side of the sport

March 21, 2005 | Bill Syken
RealPro Wrestling rosters include some top U.S. talent.

March 21, 2005 | Kelley King
Every day's a snow day at Stratton Mountain School, where skiers and boarders rip the slopes after they hit the books

March 21, 2005 | Kelley King
Stratton Mountain School isn't the only academy developing topflight winter athletes. Here are some others.

March 21, 2005 | Charles Hirshberg
A new history of baseball--that most European of games--traces the sport back centuries before Doubleday

March 21, 2005
It's hard not to groan at the subtitle of Los Angeles journalist Eric Stone's book The Wrong Side of the Wall: The Life of Blackie Schwamb, the Greatest Prison Baseball Player of All Time (Lyons...