WHY SHE'S INVITED: Few golfers have owned a tour like the 34-year-old Swede has in '05 (six wins, including two majors, in 10 starts). WATCH HER MIX WITH: Sharapova. Sorenstam rose as high as 12th among Sweden's tennis juniors. KEEP HER AWAY FROM: Vijay Singh, who dissed her entry in the 2003 Colonial. Whoops--Vijay didn't make our cut.
WHY SHE'S INVITED: Won Best Actress at this year's Oscars as boxer Maggie Fitzgerald in Million Dollar Baby. CONVERSATION STARTER: Is Baby director Clint Eastwood a better trainer than Pat Morita, Swank's guru in The Next Karate Kid? MOST LIKELY TO: Tell TO to stop whining about his contract. Because, you know, boys don't cry.
WHY HE'S INVITED: Won the gold medal in the 400 in Athens and was part of gold-medal-winning 4�400 relay. "He's four years ahead of schedule," says coach Clyde Hart, who once mentored Michael Johnson. JUST DON'T BRING UP: He's the first white gold medalist in the 400 in a nonboycotted Games in 40 years. "It's not about race," he told SI.
WHY HE'S INVITED: High-kicking Marlins lefty (p. 83) leads the majors in wins (13) and exuberance. WATCH HIM MIX WITH: Sharapova. His Ping-Pong jones is the perfect excuse to ask the tennis queen for help with his forehand. KEEP HIM AWAY FROM: Die-hard Cubs fan Murray. The Cubbies traded Willis to Florida in '02 in a lopsided six-player trade.
WHY HE'S INVITED: Golf's most towering figure won the Masters (his fourth) in April and finished second at the U.S. Open. CONVERSATION STARTER: His plans for his 30th birthday bash, on Dec. 30. This is the guy who laid out $1.5 million for his '04 wedding to Elin Nordegren.