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March 20, 2006 | Volume 104, Issue 12

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March Madness Cover - Sports Illustrated March 20, 2006

March 20, 2006
Baseball Cuba is the surprise team of the World Baseball Classic, in more ways than one • U.S. players are enjoying the WBC experience

March 20, 2006 | Tom Verducci
Mystery Men

March 20, 2006 | Peter King
Free for All

March 20, 2006 | Michael Farber
Heir France

March 20, 2006 | Pierre McGuire
There were no blockbusters before the trade deadline, but several teams did get help, including these four. The Canucks added depth with the acquisition of defensemen Keith Carney (above) and Eric...

March 20, 2006 | Rick Reilly
Because Barry Bonds so despises the media, fans are often forced to go to his official website--BarryBonds.com--to find out how he feels about things. His sporadic postings there are usually...

March 20, 2006 | Rick Reilly
Exclusively on Verizon Wireless V CAST and SI.com.

March 20, 2006
Slipped Disks

March 20, 2006
I always thought the Elite Eight was the quarterfinals of the NCAA basketball tournament--until I saw the cover of this year's Swimsuit Issue. Then I opened the magazine and noticed the pictures...

March 20, 2006
After reading Steve Rushin's illuminating A Miracle from Coogan's Bluff (AIR AND SPACE, Feb. 27) on the life of blind sports reporter and single father Ed Lucas, I realized a couple of things: You...

March 20, 2006 | Steve Rushin
Kirby Puckett once told me he could die happy in a fishing boat. "I don't go ice fishing," said the former Twins centerfielder, who had otherwise embraced Minnesota life. "I ain't gonna die on no...

March 20, 2006 | Tom Verducci
Commissioner Bud Selig knows that his legacy may be defined by the way he handles Barry Bonds. His next moves will be telling

March 20, 2006 | Peter King
With Paul Tagliabue's tenure nearing an end, potential successors emerge

March 20, 2006 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
Died Of injuries suffered in a fall while training for a snowboardcross World Cup race in Lake Placid, N.Y., Jonatan Johansson (above). The 26-year-old Swede finished 12th in the event--in which...

March 20, 2006 | Elizabeth Casey
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS'S Kristi Yamaoka made countless highlight reels recently. The Saluki cheerleader fell from atop a human pyramid, then continued to perform her routine as she was stretchered off...

March 20, 2006 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
2 Inches by which the seats at Wimbledon's Centre Court will be widened, to 18 inches, after spectators complained that they couldn't fit into them last year.

March 20, 2006 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
AT FIRST, Bernie (Boom Boom) Geoffrion's nickname was not an entirely complimentary reference to his slap shot, a novelty he helped popularize in the NHL. Bestowed on him by a sportswriter when...

March 20, 2006 | Franz Lidz
Everyone was playing mind games at the U.S. memory championship

March 20, 2006 | Richard Deitsch
The Hall of Fame third baseman, 56, is the author of Clearing the Bases

March 20, 2006 | By Adam Duerson
Say hello to Shaq's little friends. Shaquille O'Neal celebrated his 34th birthday last Friday with a Scarface-themed bash at a Miami mansion that featured Michelle Pfeiffer and Al Pacino...

March 20, 2006 | By Adam Duerson
If you love dirty water, go to Boston and gaze upon the harbor. If verde water is your thing, head to Chicago, where every year the city's plumbers' union tints the Chicago River in honor of St....

March 20, 2006 | By Adam Duerson
Canada may cancel its annual seal hunt because warm weather has made the ice too dangerous for the clubbers.

March 20, 2006 | By Adam Duerson
JOHN DALY, to FHM, on why he does not go to the gym:

March 20, 2006 | Chris Mannix
What to watch and watch for

March 20, 2006 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
Jon Diebler

March 20, 2006 | Julia Morrill
VILLANOVA GUARD

March 20, 2006
WHO'S Hot

March 20, 2006
What NBA city do you most like to visit as a player?

March 20, 2006 | Brian Cazeneuve
U.S. Figure Skater

March 20, 2006 | Edited by Gene Menez
How do sports stars fit in? [This article contains a table. Please see hard copy or pdf.]

March 20, 2006 | Gerald Green
In a span of 18 days last month Celtics rookie guard-forward Gerald Green, 20, was recalled from the NBA's developmental league, sent back down after six games with Boston, then recalled again...

March 20, 2006 | GRANT WAHL
The madness in March boils down to tempo and efficiency. Teams that control the pace and make the most of every chance-at both ends of the floor-have the best shot at reaching Indy

March 20, 2006 | GRANT WAHL
More news and analysis, including Luke Winn's NCAA tournament blog, at SI.com/collegebasketball.

March 20, 2006 | GRANT WAHL
The difference between efficiency on offense and D can make all the difference

March 20, 2006 | GRANT WAHL
From galloping GW to stodgy Air Force, tournament teams move at a variety of speeds

March 20, 2006 | KELLI ANDERSON
The engine that drives North Carolina's frenetic offense and high-pressure D, pint-sized point guard Ivory Latta is the key to a championship

March 20, 2006 | Seth Davis
SI's annual look at the trends, teams and names to keep an eye on as the Big Dance begins

March 20, 2006 | Grant Wahl
ALTANTA [1ST ROUND] 1 DUKE 16 SOUTHERN

March 20, 2006 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
March Madness rekindles plenty of fond memories for these four ex-North Carolina stars, who have gone from national champs and first-round picks to the depths of the NBA standings

March 20, 2006 | Rankings compiled by DAVID SABINO
Tick-tock. Time grows short in spring training as managers and G.M.'s trim their rosters and take last looks at those tantalizing minor league talents. Tick-tock. Same goes for you, fantasy...

March 20, 2006
Candidates who can hit 30 home runs and drive in 100 runs abound

March 20, 2006 | Rankings compiled by DAVID SABINO
The deepest position in baseball is loaded with lots of young talent

March 20, 2006
Try Angle

March 20, 2006 | Rankings compiled by DAVID SABINO
The top of the list is stacked, but after the first six there are questions

March 20, 2006 | Rankings compiled by DAVID SABINO
Without A-Rod and Nomar, it's no longer the glamour position it once was

March 20, 2006 | Rankings compiled by DAVID SABINO
No surprises among the highest rated, but don't overlook the young guys

March 20, 2006 | Rankings compiled by DAVID SABINO
It's a stronger group than in recent years, with plenty of pop at the top

March 20, 2006 | DAVID SABINO
Most of the top players are in the AL, but the NL has up-and-comers

March 20, 2006 | DAVID SABINO
With the home run era over, successful starters will be easier to find

March 20, 2006 | DAVID SABINO
Fewer than half the closers on this list are likely to hold the job all year

March 20, 2006 | DAVID SABINO
For fantasy players, spring training can be a seductive source of information. But what you see can be as misleading as it is helpful. Here are five tips for how to benefit from the last two weeks...

March 20, 2006 | SAM WALKER
The author thought he could take advantage of his clubhouse access and inside information to win the toughest Rotisserie league on the planet. He even tried to "manage" Doug Mientkiewicz

March 20, 2006 | JIM GORANT
A familiar winner steadies the LPGA

March 20, 2006 | STEVE BOSDOSH
WHO: Annika Sorenstam

March 20, 2006 | GARY VAN SICKLE
Hartford says goodbye, and it won't be the only one

March 20, 2006 | GARY VAN SICKLE
by JAMES P. HERRE

March 20, 2006 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
Winning the Honda Classic was big, but Luke Donald has a more ambitious goal

March 20, 2006 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
• Annika Wins Her 67th page G11 • MY SHOT A No G(H)O in Hartford page G16

March 20, 2006 | MICHAEL FARBER
There's a video goal judge at each NHL game, but the final word on questionable scores comes from the league's nerve center in Toronto. Every night Mike Murphy and his crew become an all-seeing...

March 20, 2006 | RICHARD HOFFER
After a decade in oblivion, trash-talking, pistol-packing (but downright lovable) former middleweight king James Toney has grown--and how--into a contender for boxing's biggest title

March 20, 2006 | Chris Mannix
Rookie Ronny Turiaf is back on the court less than nine months after having open-heart surgery

March 20, 2006 | Peter King
After a hellish postseason, reliever Brad Lidge remains unfazed and is closing games for Team USA