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October 24, 2005 | Volume 103, Issue 16

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Ron Artest Cover - Sports Illustrated October 24, 2005

October 24, 2005 | Marty Burns
For the team to improve, a forgotten man must have a year to remember

October 24, 2005 | Chris Mannix
Despite recent bad reviews, a new coach and center bring star power

October 24, 2005 | Ben Reiter
Can a goal-oriented wunderkind inspire a return to the playoffs?

October 24, 2005 | Ian Thomsen
They're counting on their forward of the future to deliver right away

October 24, 2005 | Marty Burns
A big man finally arrives, but a winning record is still too tall an order

October 24, 2005 | Ben Reiter
It's nice to finally get a top free agent--even if he isn't a good fit

October 24, 2005 | Marty Burns
The top pick could be a pleasant surprise. The season will not be

October 24, 2005 | Chris Ballard
Less money, fewer minutes? Sounds perfect, says a Mavericks castoff

October 24, 2005 | Ian Thomsen
The key to George Karl's up-tempo offense is no small wonder

October 24, 2005 | Jack McCallum
A star is hurt, but the dynamic offense isn't slowing down for anyone

October 24, 2005 | Chris Ballard
With a new point guard to launch the attack, this team is ready to run

October 24, 2005 | Chris Ballard
Read the writing on the wall: The coach is demanding better D in Big D

October 24, 2005 | Arash Markazi
It's early on a September morning, and the Kings' practice facility is nearly empty. The only steady sound comes from the squeak of sneakers on the court, where Mike Bibby is bobbing and weaving...

October 24, 2005 | Chris Ballard
A rugged forward needs to catch, shoot and worry about misses later

October 24, 2005 | Bill Syken
The overhauled roster is older and wiser, but will it be any better?

October 24, 2005 | Bill Syken
A flop in his debut, a leading man is better prepared for Year Two

October 24, 2005 | Jack McCallum
Elementary geometry: Can the new big man pick up the triangle?

October 24, 2005 | Mark Bechtel
Dwane Casey hopes what happened in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas. In August, Casey, the Timberwolves' new coach, held a voluntary camp in Sin City, and most of the team showed up. (Like most Vegas...

October 24, 2005
They finally have some real selling points, but a playoff berth? Not yet

October 24, 2005 | Arash Markazi
Too much of a good thing? That could be the case at point guard

October 24, 2005 | Arash Markazi
A turnaround is tied to how quickly all the young players develop

October 24, 2005 | Bill Syken
They've already suffered their worst loss, but many more are to follow

October 24, 2005
Curse Words

October 24, 2005
The NFL

October 24, 2005 | Peter King
The Daredevil

October 24, 2005 | Peter King
HOT READ

October 24, 2005 | Paul Zimmerman
I guess you'd have to say that the Chargers are approaching the status of what you could call a public team, a club that gets an unnatural amount of exposure and usually doesn't disappoint either...

October 24, 2005 | Phil Taylor
Air Raiders

October 24, 2005 | STEWART MANDEL
HOT TOPIC

October 24, 2005 | Rick Reilly
Matt Leinart, USC's all-everything quarterback, is having a very bad day.

October 24, 2005
After 20 years of writing about basketball Hall of Famers for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, Jack McCallum has joined their company. In September the SI senior writer received the Curt Gowdy Award, given...

October 24, 2005 | Steve Rushin
Just so you know, the Twin Cities are Minneapolis and St. Paul, not Sodom and Gomorrah, despite the presence of the Minnesota Vikings, some of whom are accused of participating in a floating orgy...

October 24, 2005 | Alan Shipnuck
How and why an SI writer reported a rules infraction that got Michelle Wie disqualified from her first pro tournament

October 24, 2005 | Jack McCallum
USA Basketball moves away from the NBA by picking Coach K for the 2008 Olympics

October 24, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
Died

October 24, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
450

October 24, 2005 | Michael Farber
With the NHL finally playing his kind of fast and loose hockey, a superior scorer retires

October 24, 2005 | Richard Deitsch
The 23-year-old U.S national soccer team star is currently playing in Holland for PSV Eindhoven

October 24, 2005 | Tom Verducci
Do you want to watch a ball game--or the Zapruder film?

October 24, 2005 | Tom Verducci
HIT

October 24, 2005 | Adam Duerson
A blown tire relegated Dale Earnhardt Jr. to a 42nd place finish in last Saturday's UAW-GM Quality 500, but the weekend wasn't a complete loss. The driver (below) filmed a scene with Will Ferrell...

October 24, 2005 | Adam Duerson
A Maryland high school band stopped playing The Devil Went Down to Georgia at football games after local residents complained the song "violated the separation of church and state."

October 24, 2005 | Adam Duerson
It's the perfect storm for a high school's laundry staff: A big win, excitable players and a very rainy day. After a victory over Stissing Mountain High of Pine Plains, N.Y., lineman Andy Krantz...

October 24, 2005 | Adam Duerson
TIGER WOODS,

October 24, 2005 | Chris Mannix
What to watch and watch for

October 24, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
Danesha Adams

October 24, 2005
SI.COM GO TO SI.COM DAILY FOR SCORES, STATS AND BREAKING NEWS

October 24, 2005 | As told to Lisa Altobelli
BILLS RUNNING BACK

October 24, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
WHO'S HOT

October 24, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
RAY LEWIS Ravens LB The Deal Homestyle BBQ joint in Baltimore; Lewis opened it last February in partnership with an Alabama chain.

October 24, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
 

October 24, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
WITH Steve Foley, Chargers Linebacker

October 24, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks, 23, hit .239 with 13 homers and 42 RBIs in 360 at bats after being called up on June 10. The Brewers' top pick in the 2003 draft reflects on his...

October 24, 2005 | TOM VERDUCCI
The White Sox reached their first World Series in 46 years thanks to a staff that threw four straight complete games and a catcher who seemed to be in the middle of every key play

October 24, 2005 | Daniel G. Habib
The Astros were on the brink of a pennant before Brad Lidge, the dominant reliever of the postseason, fell victim to Albert Pujols

October 24, 2005 | MICHAEL SILVER
A night of debauchery aboard two yachts is the latest scandal for the Minnesota Vikings, a once proud franchise that has become a rudderless ship

October 24, 2005 | MICHAEL SILVER
A timeline of Vikings turmoil

October 24, 2005 | LARS ANDERSON
A year after the plane crash that took his son and nine others, all family members or close friends, NASCAR owner Rick Hendrick has his drivers behind him and another title in his sights

October 24, 2005 | AUSTIN MURPHY
There were nail-biters galore last Saturday when No. 1 USC stunned Notre Dame with :03 left and five other games with BCS implications were decided in the last 30 seconds or in overtime

October 24, 2005 | Mark Beech and Gene Menez
USC beat the clock for the most dramatic ending in college football last Saturday, but the five teams who scrambled to win these down-to-the-wire intraconference showdowns weren't far behind

October 24, 2005 | L. JON WERTHEIM
Infamously flammable Ron Artest would seem to have little in common with Larry Bird, yet the most iconic Hoosier of them all says he sees plenty of himself in his most intense young star

October 24, 2005 | Jack McCallum
In Antoine Walker, Miami acquired a flashy forward with a penchant for jacking three-pointers and gambling on defense--not exactly what Shaquille O'Neal would have ordered

October 24, 2005 | Chris Mannix
Here's why these pairings could strike magical sparks--or send their teams down in flames

October 24, 2005 | CHRIS BALLARD
Those stat guys are at it again, and now the Moneyball math of baseball has come to the NBA. Armed with dazzling equations, NBA front offices are finding entirely new ways to quantify a player's...

October 24, 2005 | CHRIS BALLARD
For extensive Roland ratings, plus the top players in other unconventional categories, go to SI.com/basketball.

October 24, 2005
Going for the Goal

October 24, 2005 | IAN THOMSEN
THE CLOSEST thing nowadays to the perfect NBA team? Easy, the defending champion Spurs, whose mix of selfless stars and steady role players, youthful exuberance and veteran savvy--and a wisely...

October 24, 2005 | IAN THOMSEN
Gilbert Arenas, anyone? Raja Bell? NBA Insider Chris Mannix picks his perfect team at SI.com/basketball.

October 24, 2005 | IAN THOMSEN
What contenders need to have happen, what will happen and whom you'd want on your team (real or fantasy)

October 24, 2005 | DAVID SABINO
How They'll Finish

October 24, 2005 | DAVID SABINO
NBA Insider Ian Thomsen provides expanded scouts' takes for all 30 teams at SI.com/basketball.

October 24, 2005 | L. Jon Wertheim
They still have a tough trio despite a changing of the (shooting) guard

October 24, 2005 | Mark Bechtel
Healed and remodeled, a shooting star will hit the court running

October 24, 2005 | Chris Mannix
To keep up on the boards, they need their center to grow up fast

October 24, 2005 | Ian Thomsen
Life after Larry Brown won't be bad, especially for an underused bench

October 24, 2005 | Mark Bechtel
The full-service superstar gets an assist by recruiting scoring help

October 24, 2005 | Chris Mannix
They finally won a playoff series. Can a new guard take them further?

October 24, 2005
THE WHITE SOX ARE IN THE WORLD SERIES Astros and Cardinals Fight It Out

October 24, 2005 | Albert Chen
Six years after he quit managing--for good, he thought--Jim Leyland is back with the woeful Tigers

October 24, 2005 | Brian Cazeneuve
Not content to represent other Olympians, Patrick Quinn is trying to become one, at age 39, in luge

October 24, 2005 | Chris Mannix
After a rude welcome, a still-dangerous forward just looks to fit in

October 24, 2005 | Chris Mannix
Lots of championship experience--just none at the pro level