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April 11, 2005 | Volume 102, Issue 15

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Sean May Cover - Sports Illustrated April 11, 2005

April 11, 2005
Hoop De Doo

April 11, 2005
I was disappointed SI made no mention of the passing of Chris LeDoux on March 9. Not only was Chris a respected country singer who often wrotes songs about the rodeo lifestyle, selling six million...

April 11, 2005
LETTERS

April 11, 2005 | Andrew Lawrence
MARCH 29, 1976

April 11, 2005 | Steve Rushin
At 17, Stan Kosloski was a passenger in a pickup truck that skidded on a patch of ice in Middletown, Conn., and struck a telephone pole. "I'm still trying to figure it out," says Kosloski,...

April 11, 2005 | Stephen Cannella
We're not here to talk about the past, but have you noticed that the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat aren't what unite the wide world of sports anymore?

April 11, 2005 | Lester Munson
SI legal expert Lester Munson sorts out the issues facing the beleaguered Giants slugger

April 11, 2005 | Lars Anderson
Will a top five finish at Bristol finally shake Dale Earnhardt Jr. out of his funk?

April 11, 2005 | Mark Bechtel
70 Consecutive wins by the baseball team at La Cueva High in Albuquerque, breaking the national record of 68 set by Archbishop Molloy High in Briarwood, N.Y., in 1966.

April 11, 2005
Returned To MLS, striker Landon Donovan, who joined the Los Angeles Galaxy last week after three months in Germany. After leading the San Diego Earthquakes to two MLS titles, Donovan, 23, jumped...

April 11, 2005 | Yi-Wyn Yen
Raising five kids wasn't tough enough for Pam Reed, so she ran 301 miles

April 11, 2005 | Bill Scheft
Good to be back. Are you like me? Are you waiting for Michael Jackson to say, "I'm not here to talk about the past?"

April 11, 2005 | Richard Deitsch
The Giants running back recently appeared in the off-Broadway play Women of Manhattan

April 11, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli
To her collection of seven Olympic medals, swimmer Amanda Beard can add the wings she earned last month when she took a ride with Kirby Chambliss, a stunt pilot who is captain of the U.S....

April 11, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli
Miss Wheelchair Wisconsin was stripped of her title when she was seen standing up.

April 11, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli
Former tennis star, on how he's spent his time since retiring 18 months ago: "I've been playing a ton of golf. And my wife is pregnant, so I've done a little bit of that."

April 11, 2005 | Amanda Cherrin
What to watch and watch for By Amanda Cherrin

April 11, 2005 | Nancy Ramsey
High-powered workaholic Lindsey Meeks (Drew Barrymore) can't pronounce Yastrzemski and finds the notion of the Curse of the Bambino quaint. High school teacher Ben Wrightman (Jimmy Fallon) has...

April 11, 2005
Monica Abbott

April 11, 2005 | JIM THOME
• ON PHILADELPHIA One reason I signed here [before the 2003 season] is that I thought the city would help me push myself. And it has helped me mentally. You have to focus every night at the...

April 11, 2005
WHO'S Hot

April 11, 2005
[Based on a survey of 227 NBA players]

April 11, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli
The Red Sox already had will and grace; they needed pedicures, facials and a good back waxing. How Queer Eye set the world champs straight

April 11, 2005 | Devin Harris
Since Dallas's 22-year-old point guard Devin Harris wrote about his All-Star weekend in Denver, he has averaged 6.0 points for the Mavs, who last Friday clinched their fifth straight playoff berth.

April 11, 2005 | Joe Smith
What was your welcome-to-the-NBA moment? My first game [in '95 with Golden State] I had a jump ball against "The Dream," Hakeem Olajuwon of the Rockets. He used his leverage, and he also kind of...

April 11, 2005 | Ben Reiter
PHILLIE PHANATIC, Phillies Hoping to swing some fans over before they got hooked on the Nationals, Mr. Phanatic went to Washington last month. He carried a briefcase and wore a necktie as he shook...

April 11, 2005 | Richard Jefferson, Nets Forward
A man stops to ask directions from a farmer sitting on his porch and is amazed to see a three-legged pig sitting at the farmer's feet. "That's a weird-looking pig," the man says. The farmer is...

April 11, 2005 | ALEXANDER WOLFF
Led by the indomitable Sean May, the Tar Heels held off Illinois to give Roy Williams his first NCAA title

April 11, 2005 | Kelli Anderson
In just a few short years, Joanne P. McCallie has transformed the Michigan State women from also-rans into national title contenders

April 11, 2005 | B.J. Schecter
Here's our extremely early projection of the teams who are likely front-runners in the race to next year's Final Four in Indianapolis

April 11, 2005 | TOM VERDUCCI
In the glare of a never-ending steroid story and the hype of the game's greatest rivalry, the Yankees routed the Red Sox to start a season that's already proved to be unlike any other

April 11, 2005
[This article consists of photographs--see below]

April 11, 2005 | Tom Verducci
The Sleeper Predictor Formula bodes well for four teams

April 11, 2005 | MICHAEL FARBER
No labor shutdowns, no hyped madness--just pure end-to-end action, fierce rivalries and devoted fans as the NCAA ice wars reached their final weekend

April 11, 2005 | MICHAEL FARBER
COLORADO COLLEGE

April 11, 2005 | JACK MCCALLUM
Though he and Carmelo Anthony don't always see eye-to-eye, new coach George Karl has turned the Nuggets into one of the NBA's hottest teams

April 11, 2005 | JEFF MACGREGOR
The first time I drive the car it feels like rage, apocalypse in every cylinder, pistons hammering hot and remorseless as hell's forge, the manifold ravenous, roaring for air and explosives, belts...

April 11, 2005
The Week In Sports

April 11, 2005 | L. Jon Wertheim
After a year of injury and personal turmoil, the resurgent Kim Clijsters is the hottest player in the women's game

April 11, 2005 | L. Jon Wertheim
Roger Federer wasn't the only male tennis player to win three of the four majors last year. Gael Monfils (right) claimed the 2004 Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon boys' titles, and were...

April 11, 2005 | Ian Thomsen
The first assignment for new Cavs owner Dan Gilbert is to make sure LeBron James doesn't fly the coop

April 11, 2005 | Ian Thomsen
On 19-year-old rookie Trail Blazer Sebastian Telfair, averaging 10.9 points and 5.9 assists since becoming a starter on March 4:

April 11, 2005 | Kelley King
Florida's new coach goes to work on Chris Leak, showing the gifted passer how to command his complex attack

April 11, 2005 | Kelley King
The last five Heisman Trophy winners have been quarterbacks. Along with Florida junior Chris Leak, these returning passers figure to have the best chance of extending that streak.

April 11, 2005 | Rick Reilly
Roger Maris knew plenty of hitters who he figured took steroids. He saw guys blow up like Macy's floats. He saw hitters turn baseballs into SuperBalls, fly-outs into homers. He saw good players...

April 11, 2005
Return to Glory

April 11, 2005 | GARY VAN SICKLE
The golf can get ugly on the day after the Masters, when some fortunate representatives of the Fourth Estate get to play Augusta National

April 11, 2005 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
Vijay Singh has a Masters tradition like no other--he feasts on meals prepared by his friends Charlie and Nan Niyomkul. Now the rest of the golf world is digging in too

April 11, 2005
I'll always treasure the memories of the golfing life I shared with Gram

April 11, 2005 | Chris Eliopoulos
Life and Times on the PGA Tour

April 11, 2005
Hustling TO Augusta

April 11, 2005 | Chris Lewis
Get out of Dodge or play an extra day in Atlanta? That was the question of the week at the soggy BellSouth Classic

April 11, 2005 | Rick Lipsey
What golfers are talking about

April 11, 2005 | Michael Breed
WHO: Phil Mickelson

April 11, 2005 | Jeff Silverman
Overshadowed by Bobby Jones then and now, the Haig gets some well-deserved, if shallow, love in a new biography

April 11, 2005 | Michael Breed
"Tour events must go to Monday if they get socked with rain. Sponsors and host clubs invest millions and deserve the chance to recoup that money."

April 11, 2005 | Michael Breed
How much rain has fallen on PGA Tour professionals this year? Almost twice as much as has fallen on Seattle, America's most notoriously rainy city. Through Sunday, Seattle had received 10.19...

April 11, 2005 | Michael Breed
Will a member of the Fab Four (Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh and Tiger Woods) win the Masters, or will someone else ?

April 11, 2005 | KARL TARO GREENFELD
After more than two decades in baseball, Wally Backman landed his dream job: manager of a major league club. That's when his life came crashing down

April 11, 2005 | Franz Lidz
After three years in development on Indiana's bench, Charlotte's Primoz Brezec has been a surprise hit of the season

April 11, 2005 | Chris Mannix
These five promising NBA pivotmen could play large roles down the road

April 11, 2005 | Bill Syken
When Lou Gehrig gave his farewell speech in 1939, Shirley Povich covered it for The Washington Post. No surprise there: Povich, who wrote for the paper from 1924 until his death in 1998, attended...

April 11, 2005 | Bill Syken
A fine biography of Lou Gehrig offers new insight into one of baseball's most curious, and tragic, heroes

April 11, 2005 | Yi-Wyn Yen
Hot off his first win in the 250-cc series, James (Bubba) Stewart is destined to change the face of supercross

April 11, 2005 | Yi-Wyn Yen
Here are five supercross riders newcomer James Stewart will have to get past to rule the 250-cc series