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April 25, 2005 | Volume 102, Issue 17

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Amare Stoudemire Cover - Sports Illustrated April 25, 2005

April 25, 2005
Play Ball!

April 25, 2005
LETTERS

April 25, 2005 | Steve Rushin
This season on XM satellite radio you can listen to the broadcasts of every single major league baseball game, a technological marvel that marries Guglielmo Marconi (inventor of radio) to Bye Bye...

April 25, 2005 | Will Carroll
In researching a book on steroids, the author came face-to-face with the man reputed to be the driving force behind "the clear," the drug at the center of the BALCO case

April 25, 2005 | Jeffri Chadiha
He won over finicky Philly fans. Now can Terrell Owens parlay that goodwill into a new deal?

April 25, 2005
Redeemed

April 25, 2005
45 Strikeouts in Division II Lynn's 2-1 softball win over Saint Leo last Friday; Saint Leo's Katie Heintz had 23, Lynn's Aimee Murch had 22.

April 25, 2005
Lance Armstrong, 33, who announced on Monday that this year's Tour de France will be his final race. The six-time Tour champ, who recently signed with a new team sponsored by the Discovery...

April 25, 2005
After being wounded in Iraq, a former Army lacrosse star returns to the field

April 25, 2005 | Richard Deitsch
The 47-year-old Hall of Fame jockey is the author of the just published Against the Odds: Riding for My Life

April 25, 2005 | Bill Scheft
Good to be here. Well, I guess it was only a matter of time. Three of my friends from college have to go to Washington to explain the steroid policy in our Rotisserie League.

April 25, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli
Though it will air on the Golf Channel, Natalie Gulbis's new reality program will feature bikinis as well as birdies. Natalie, a six-episode series that premieres on July 19, will take viewers on...

April 25, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli
Irish bookmaker Paddy Power has taken more than $250,000 in bets on the identity of the next pope.

April 25, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli
PAUL NEWMAN

April 25, 2005 | Amanda Cherrin
What to watch and watch for

April 25, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel
It's such a simple idea that you wonder why more broadcasters don't do it: selling uncut games on DVD as an alternative to overproduced, watered-down commemorative highlight reels. ABC has...

April 25, 2005 | David Sabino
Political Pitches

April 25, 2005
Sportsmanship Edition

April 25, 2005 | DEION BRANCH
Patriots Wide Receiver

April 25, 2005
WHO'S Hot

April 25, 2005
[ Based on a survey of 227 NBA players ]

April 25, 2005
In last week's issue an item about Detroit Free Press reporter Mitch Albom's fabricating a scene in his column on Michigan State's Final Four game said that Albom "wasn't even in St. Louis."...

April 25, 2005 | Ben Reiter
AT THE NFL combine Harvard quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's 4.07 seconds in the 20-yard short shuttle run was second best among QBs, but his most eye-opening statistic was nine minutes. That's how...

April 25, 2005 | Ronnie Brown
Running back Ronnie Brown helped lead Auburn to a 13-0 record last season, and his draft stock skyrocketed: He's now projected as a top five pick (page 50). Here he shares his thoughts and...

April 25, 2005 | Amanda Cherrin
If you get them mixed up on draft day, you won't be the first

April 25, 2005 | Michael Grant Jaffe
On assignment for SI, a novelist got a crash course in the NBA

April 25, 2005 | Jack McCallum
Everyone is asking if freewheeling Phoenix, league leader in points and victories, can win in the playoffs. Recent history, and a lot of experts, say no. Then again. . .

April 25, 2005
When Miami needs a locker room boost or late-game trey, it can count on Damon Jones, who seldom lets his game do the talking

April 25, 2005 | Chris Ballard
In the heat of the playoffs, there's no telling what players will say--or how often their quotes will come back to haunt them

April 25, 2005 | Chris Ballard
AMONG THOSE assured of making their postseason debuts this weekend, the Mavericks' Erick Dampier (above) should be the happiest. Before landing with a contender in Dallas, the 29-year-old center...

April 25, 2005 | Ian Thomsen
They haven't commanded the spotlight, but five players are positioned to play major roles in their teams' postseason fates

April 25, 2005 | Ian Thomsen
SI sizes up the playoffs (bad news, Shaq) and a big deal

April 25, 2005 | Tom Verducci
And it's a resounding yea as Washington, D.C., falls in love with the Nationals, who are likely to succeed where the Senators twice failed

April 25, 2005 | Peter King
The most intriguing prospect in a confounding draft is Matt Jones, a college quarterback with size and speed who might line up at wideout, tight end or H-back. Consider the possibilities

April 25, 2005
Departments

April 25, 2005 | Paul Zimmerman
You hear it everywhere: "Hardest draft I've ever tried to figure out," says Texans general manager Charley Casserly. Part of the problem is that there aren't any franchise players. (*projected trade)

April 25, 2005 | TIM LAYDEN
A graduate of the Parcells-Belichick school of no-nonsense football, Notre Dame alum Charlie Weis is the latest coach called upon to put the fight back in the Fighting Irish

April 25, 2005 | Kelley King
With April football winding down, these are some of the biggest issues for the 2005 season

April 25, 2005 | Austin Murphy
Tyrone Willingham takes over at Washington, where the beleaguered Huskies desperately need a steadying hand

April 25, 2005 | ALEXANDER WOLFF
A longtime niche sport, lacrosse is the fastest-growing game in the U.S. at every level. The appeal? It's a neat composite of other sports, it's fast, it's easy to learn. And it's cool

April 25, 2005 | ALEXANDER WOLFF
Over the last two decades the number of male and female undergraduates playing lacrosse has risen by at least 75%

April 25, 2005 | ALEXANDER WOLFF
As more and more state high school associations sanction lacrosse, the sport is growing dramatically--and the girls are keeping pace

April 25, 2005 | ALEXANDER WOLFF
Young kids flock to lacrosse because it's fast and exciting--and their parents rarely know the first thing about it

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[This article consists of photographs. See below]

April 25, 2005 | ALEXANDER WOLFF
Free-spirited Colorado is the center of the revolution in U.S. lacrosse

April 25, 2005 | ALEXANDER WOLFF
Using space-age materials and X Games attitude, one company set lax's new style

April 25, 2005
The Week In Sports

April 25, 2005 | Albert Chen
Led by a dominant Pedro Martinez, the Mets erase an 0--5 start and show up the critics with six straight victories

April 25, 2005 | Albert Chen
[Three Up]

April 25, 2005 | Albert Chen
ORIOLE BRIAN ROBERTS

April 25, 2005 | Tom Verducci
WELCOME RESTRAINT

April 25, 2005 | Tim Layden
Todd Pletcher and Nick Zito took different routes to the Derby, but both will arrive with strong contenders

April 25, 2005 | Tim Layden
FOUR FAVORITES

April 25, 2005 | Rick Reilly
The most popular Phoenix Sun puts his reputation on the line every night. But it's dry now, so he takes the gorilla suit down and stuffs it in his bag with three others. In 17 years--through...

April 25, 2005
SI PICKS THE FIRST 32

April 25, 2005 | Evan Rothman
If you think the ball flies too far, here's a way the problem might be fixed

April 25, 2005 | Chris Eliopoulous
NEXT WEEK: BALL WARS

April 25, 2005 | James P. Herre
A course doesn't have to be crazy long to be challenging, as tricky Harbour Town proved on Sunday.

April 25, 2005 | JOEL ZUCKERMAN
With more than 100 significant amateur championships to their credit, five generations of the Fords of Charleston have been to Carolina Lowcountry golf what the Wallendas have been to the high wire

April 25, 2005 | Joel Zuckerman
Although Frank C. Ford Sr. was the progenitor of four generations of accomplished golfers, his mother, Anne (Sissie) Gaillard Hanahan Ford, was the family's oldest champion, and his wife,...

April 25, 2005 | Charles Hirshberg
A survival guide to the slew of Red Sox and Yankees books

April 25, 2005 | Rebecca Sun
Is an English soccer stadium haunted? It wouldn't be the first time players felt spooked

April 25, 2005 | Aimee Berg
A record purse awaits women's boxing's first superstar, if she can get past an old foe