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September 19, 2005 | Volume 103, Issue 11

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Aaron Brooks Cover - Sports Illustrated September 19, 2005

September 19, 2005 | LARS ANDERSON
NASCAR's best roar into a 10-man, 10-race sprint to the Nextel Cup: Can points leader Tony Stewart hold off Roush's five-car charge?

September 19, 2005 | S.L. Price
Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters won the U.S. Open singles titles, but it was ageless Andre Agassi who owned the fans' hearts at Flushing Meadow

September 19, 2005 | AUSTIN MURPHY
Following the lead of do-it-all quarterback Vince Young, the Longhorns displayed the toughness and resilience to beat Ohio State--and any other team that gets in their way

September 19, 2005 | Phil Taylor
Michigan and Iowa, like Ohio State, don't live up to rankings

September 19, 2005 | ALBERT CHEN
They might look like a bunch of fun-loving kids, but when it comes to the playoff race, the Indians are dead serious

September 19, 2005
The Week In Sports

September 19, 2005 | Peter King
The Patriots gear up for arguably the toughest five-game regular-season stretch in the history of the NFL

September 19, 2005 | Peter King
Larry Johnson is making it very hard for Kansas City's Dick Vermeil to remain a one-back coach. When Vermeil's workhorse, Priest Holmes, missed the second half of last season with a knee injury,...

September 19, 2005 | Peter King
STEELERS' SURPRISE

September 19, 2005 | Peter King
HOT READ

September 19, 2005 | Paul Zimmerman
Every once in a while you close your eyes and you can see a big board registering a final score. It's so vivid that you even forget that it's in the future. Thus, I close my eyes and see the...

September 19, 2005 | Mark Beech
With junior quarterback Reggie Ball displaying a newfound maturity, Georgia Tech is off to a flying start

September 19, 2005 | Gene Menez
Early on Sunday four buses carrying the Vanderbilt football team rolled up to the McGugin Center on the Nashville campus. What greeted the team was a sight only slightly less improbable than the...

September 19, 2005 | Stewart Mandel
HOT TOPIC

September 19, 2005 | Rick Reilly
We despise tennis pros.

September 19, 2005
Just Peachy

September 19, 2005
LETTERS

September 19, 2005 | Steve Rushin
We've all seen those lists of life's most vexing questions, such as: Why do drive-through ATMs have instructions in Braille? How does Teflon stick to the pan? If you choke a Smurf, what color will...

September 19, 2005 | Daniel G. Habib
After enduring three knee operations, and sidestepping several scandals, Barry Bonds is back in his clubhouse easy chair. The baseball world remains riveted

September 19, 2005 | Michael Farber
As NHL training camps get ready to open, three of the league's most venerated stars decide to hang up their skates

September 19, 2005
Died

September 19, 2005
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September 19, 2005 | Rebecca Sun
A placekicking brother-sister act makes high school history in South Carolina

September 19, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
Indiana's Chris Schenkel informed and entertained fans for six decades

September 19, 2005 | Richard Deitsch
The Canadian actor plays Roger Bannister's coach in Four Minutes, which debuts on ESPN2 on Oct. 6

September 19, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
A rookie claims he's been busted three times for the same steroids offense

September 19, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
HIT

September 19, 2005 | Adam Duerson
Last week the recently retired Lance Armstrong, who's motivated by the negative press he's received in France of late, said he's "no longer ruling out" a cycling comeback. But now he's not the...

September 19, 2005 | Adam Duerson
So a guy in a hula skirt, an electrical plug and a bottle of mustard walk into a bar. These outfits were no joke for Freddie Bynum, Nick Swisher and Dan Johnson (left to right), three of the...

September 19, 2005 | Adam Duerson
A Singapore man was given a deferment from compulsory military service to play in a video-game competition.

September 19, 2005 | Amanda Cherrin
What to watch and watch for

September 19, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
Ebony Collins

September 19, 2005 | Amanda Cherrin
Chiefs Tight End

September 19, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
WHO'S HOT

September 19, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
Which opposing hitter do you most fear with the game on the line? [Based on a survey of 450 MLB players ]

September 19, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli
Athletes say wearing titanium eases pain

September 19, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
 

September 19, 2005
Bucs Cornerbook

September 19, 2005 | Rickie Weeks
Despite playing with an ailing left thumb, Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks, 22, has hit 13 homers and knocked in 39 runs since being called up on June 10. Recently Weeks was joined in the Show...

September 19, 2005 | Sarah Thurmond
Legends and new stars sell Super Bowl XL

September 19, 2005
• For more Leading Off pictures, go to SI.com/photos.

September 19, 2005 | MICHAEL SILVER
With a lump in the throat and a chip on the shoulder, New Orleans's displaced NFL team won a hard-fought season opener in tribute to hurricane-battered Louisianans

September 19, 2005 | Kelli Anderson
Playing at Arizona State instead of Baton Rouge, LSU summoned up the never-quit spirit of its fans for a rousing win

September 19, 2005
AFTER THE STORM

September 19, 2005 | Kevin Woodley
By playing smart for four days, the 45-year-old beat a tough course to win the Canadian Open, his first victory since '01

September 19, 2005 | Jim Gorant
What golfers are talking about

September 19, 2005 | Kevin Woodley
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September 19, 2005 | JIM SUTTIE
WHO: Mark Calcavecchia

September 19, 2005 | Jim Gorant
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September 19, 2005 | Jim Gorant
Was Christina Kim's unbridled enthusiasm at the Solheim Cup behavior the men should emulate, or was it not in the spirit of international play?

September 19, 2005 | JIM SUTTIE
Hit the Lip to Hold The Release

September 19, 2005 | JIM SUTTIE
"If the U.S. wants to win the Ryder Cup, the men should follow the example of the American Solheim Cuppers, who put their egos aside and played hard for their country."

September 19, 2005 | Jim Gorant
TOMMY ARMOUR III on ...

September 19, 2005 | TERRY FLORENCE
It wasn't easy, but I am proof that you can come back stronger after a hurricane

September 19, 2005 | Chris Eliopoulos
Donate to the SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Gulf Coast Community Sports Relief Fund at www.communityseason.com/si-nrpa-katrina

September 19, 2005 | TERRY FLORENCE
Ryan Moore, who tied for second in Canada, will get his Tour card without a trip to Q school.

September 19, 2005 | JOHN GARRITY
The U.S. relied on youth, experience and a player who bridged the generation gap to win the Solheim Cup

September 19, 2005 | JOHN GARRITY
Soon after clinching the Cup, Meg Mallon had to be hospitalized

September 19, 2005 | FRANZ LIDZ
Months after his big score at the Big Stakes, PGA Tour hopeful David Ping has made little progress toward his life's goal, but at least he can pay the bills

September 19, 2005 | LARS ANDERSON
Any young hotfoot expecting to grab the Nextel Cup is going to have to get past Rusty Wallace, 49, and Mark Martin, 46, crafty vets who are finishing strong

September 19, 2005 | Bill Syken
The U.S.'s top gamers met to do battle in New York City, with the winners going on to the World Cyber Games finals

September 19, 2005 | Richard O'Brien
A pair of historic bouts with race on the undercard are examined with different approaches but the same wallop

September 19, 2005 | Michael Farber
At age 42--and a grandfather--Damon Allen, brother of Marcus, just keeps rolling up passing yardage and wins