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August 30, 2004 | Volume 101, Issue 8

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U.S. Women's Olympic Softball Team Cover - Sports Illustrated August 30, 2004

August 30, 2004
The Week in Sports

August 30, 2004 | Albert Chen
Minnesota has soared behind dominating starter Johan Santana

August 30, 2004 | Albert Chen
Ichiro Suzuki,RF, Mariners

August 30, 2004 | Tom Verducci
MAKE A MOVE, BUD

August 30, 2004 | Albert Chen
L.A.'s Bullpen Woes

August 30, 2004 | Peter King
Pittsburgh is getting its money's worth from Ben Roethlisberger

August 30, 2004 | Peter King
The Jets are balking at the $20 million signing bonus quarterback Chad Pennington is seeking in negotiating a contract extension. New York will probably put the franchise tag on Pennington when...

August 30, 2004 | Kelley King
Wisconsin's fortunes will rest with seasoned tailback Anthony Davis

August 30, 2004 | Kelley King
Here are five players who are ready to resume starring roles after missing significant time due to injuries in 2003.

August 30, 2004 | Rick Reilly
There went Michael Phelps again, virtually alone in the water, churning like a Waring blender, going after one last goal--a $5 blue-and-white inflatable kids' raft.

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On Broadway

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LETTERS

August 30, 2004 | Andrea Woo
OCTOBER 8, 1956

August 30, 2004 | Steve Rushin
The Olympics, like life, consist principally of inaction, interrupted by brief (but furious) bursts of activity. Watch the women's road...

August 30, 2004 | STEPHEN CANNELLA
You've heard about the salary cap, but what about the sullied cap? Players love the grungy look, but to execs and umps it's just another wardrobe malfunction

August 30, 2004 | Edited by Mark Bechtel
10 Double plays turned by the Mets and Giants in their 12-inning game last Saturday, a major league record.

August 30, 2004 | L. Jon Wertheim
Taskmaster Robert Lansdorp is known only by his brilliant tennis brats

August 30, 2004 | Edited by Mark Bechtel
Swapped His track shoes for a helmet and shoulder pads, Dwain Chambers, who placed fourth in the 100 meters while running for Great Britain in the 2000 Games. Chambers tested positive for a banned...

August 30, 2004
Announced His intention to return to the ring, former heavyweight champ Riddick Bowe, 37, who hasn't fought in nearly eight years and was released from prison last May after serving a 17-month...

August 30, 2004 | BILL SCHEFT
Uh-oh, now it's serious. Philip Rivers's agent just cut off talks with all fantasy leagues.

August 30, 2004 | SARAH HUGHES
The 19-year-old gold-medal-winning figure skater is covering the Athens Olympics as a reporter for New York City's WCBS-TV.

August 30, 2004 | Edited by Mark Bechtel
■Destiny's Child may be bootylicious, but the NFL is going to great lengths to make that a mootylicious point when Beyoncé (below) and the gals perform at the league's kickoff concert at Gillette...

August 30, 2004 | Edited by Mark Bechtel
Photos of Juan Marichal purposely hitting Johnny Roseboro on the head with a bat in 1965, autographed by both men, are selling on the Internet for $449.

August 30, 2004 | Edited by Mark Bechtel
PETER KOSTIS

August 30, 2004 | Kristin Green Morse
•TENNIS DADS don't have a reputation for tranquillity, and Mike Agassi's new book won't change that. In The Agassi Story (ECW Press) the former Olympic boxer, who describes himself as "the crazy...

August 30, 2004
WHAT TO WATCH AND WATCH FOR BY JULIA MORRILL

August 30, 2004 | Peter King
1 I think the Bears got the better of the Adewale Ogunleye trade. I like Marty Booker, but a good second receiver is not what the Dolphins needed. A running back is. And I would have waited for a...

August 30, 2004
Who would you most like to see make a comeback?

August 30, 2004
Braves closer John Smoltz (right) wants to start next year. He can become a free agent after the season and could leave (the Yankees have always liked him) or return to Atlanta on the condition...

August 30, 2004
Katie Brown, SPIRIT LAKE, IOWA

August 30, 2004 | Tim Layden
Youth was served at the birthplace of the Games as 22-year-old Justin Gatlin prevailed in one of the swiftest 100-meter dashes in history

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August 30, 2004 | Tim Layden
Ancient Olympia Stadium played host to an Olympic event for the first time in 1,610 years

August 30, 2004 | E.M. SWIFT
Paul Hamm's dreams of Olympic gold didn't include a miraculous comeback--or a judging error that took some luster off his medal

August 30, 2004 | E.M. SWIFT
AFTER EXAMINING VIDEOTAPE of Yang Tae Young's parallel bars routine in the men's all-around, the International Gymnastics Federation announced last Saturday that the start value should have been...

August 30, 2004 | Jack McCallum
The U.S. men's hoops team has never been a bigger underdog

August 30, 2004 | E.M. Swift
Feisty Carly Patterson won gold in the overall (without dispute!) by outpointing the Russian diva who had edged her in the worlds

August 30, 2004 | Michael Farber
In dominating the field en route to a third straight gold medal, the U.S. softball team left no doubt that it's the greatest of all time

August 30, 2004 | Brian Cazeneuve
A more festive atmosphere enveloped the athletes village in Week 2

August 30, 2004 | S.L. Price
Poor tennis. As always, the Olympic tournament played out on the periphery of the Games, overshadowed by sports more minor, outshone by athletes more obscure. News from the tennis center came off...

August 30, 2004 | Kelli Anderson
The U.S. and Australian women's basketball teams appear to be barreling toward a rematch of their 2000 gold medal game in Sydney. That final gave the rivalry between Yank Lisa Leslie (inset) and...

August 30, 2004 | S.L. Price
Born in Cuba, living in London and suddenly a citizen of Sudan, triple jumper Yamilé Aldama is the ultimate nation-hopping Olympian

August 30, 2004 | Michael Farber
Americans have yet to discover the appeal of team handball

August 30, 2004 | Tim Layden
None of the five Muslim women who competed in the 100 meters advanced past the first round last Friday, but their very participation was a Games highlight. "This is the most important day of my...

August 30, 2004 | Richard Hoffer
One day in April 2003 Maurice (Termite) Watkins--"born and raised in pest control"--decided to up and fly to Iraq to work as a contract exterminator for the U.S. military, leaving his wife and...

August 30, 2004 | Kelli Anderson
In a roller-coaster week for U.S. swimmers, Michael Phelps won eight medals, but his finest stroke may have been an act of kindness

August 30, 2004 | Brian Cazeneuve
A dramatic early move paid off handsomely for U.S. rowers

August 30, 2004 | Don Yaeger
At week's end Swiss athletes had won only one gold medal, but they had something more valuable--at least in the minds of Olympic pin traders. For the fourth straight Games, the large team pin...

August 30, 2004 | Kelli Anderson
U.S. colleges helped develop some of the top international swimmers at the Games: At least 14 current or former NCAA swimmers won medals for their native countries, including Arizona alum Roland...

August 30, 2004 | Grant Wahl
With a semifinal win over Germany, the U.S. women's soccer team overcame internal turmoil and gave its retiring stars a shot at gold

August 30, 2004 | Brian Cazeneuve
Despite a sore back, Tyler Hamilton led the U.S. to a cycling jackpot

August 30, 2004 | Brian Cazeneuve
Kim Rhode became the final Olympic champion in the double-trap shooting event, which is being eliminated after the Athens Games. Rhode, 25, hit 146 of 160 targets to add a second gold medal to the...

August 30, 2004 | Brian Cazeneuve
For the second straight Games a horse had to be euthanized after being injured in the cross-country portion of three-day team eventing....

August 30, 2004 | Jack McCallum
Disappointed after falling just short of a gold medal in women's wrestling, Sara McMann found perspective in a far greater loss

August 30, 2004
The temperature in Athens hit 100° hours before the start of the women's marathon on Sunday, and the blistering conditions resulted in one notable casualty. World-record holder and gold medal...

August 30, 2004 | Brian Cazeneuve
Mariel Zagunis forgives her U.S. teammates for nearly dropping her after lifting her overhead in celebration of her historic gold medal, the first by an American fencer since 1904. "So what?" said...

August 30, 2004
The leader of a Greek anarchist group turned down an SI interview request last week because her fellow anarchists couldn't stop arguing with each other over whether she should do it.

August 30, 2004 | RICHARD HOFFER
Jostling across a no-man's-land from the athletes brings out the media's journalistic blood lust as well as their anthropological traits

August 30, 2004 | ESMERALDA SANTIAGO
He's been called the most talented player in baseball, but Vladimir Guerrero doesn't want to talk about that. He'd much rather tell you about his...

August 30, 2004 | Daniel G. Habib
The Angels have the rings and the Rangers have the bats, but the balanced A's have the edge

August 30, 2004 | ALEXANDER WOLFF
In 1974 Jimmy Connors ignited a tennis boom with his wicked metal racket, his storybook romance, his vulgar antics and his renegade behavior. Thirty years later he still thumbs his nose at the...

August 30, 2004
PLUS: The X Games' Best A9 • Everest Dispute A10 • Murphy in the Lion's Den A14

August 30, 2004
In a high-altitude feud, two Sherpas snipe about who's the fastest up Everest

August 30, 2004
THE MONTH AHEAD

August 30, 2004 | Bill Syken
In a harrowing do-it-yourself book, Aron Ralston recounts the tale of his desperate self-amputation

August 30, 2004
An intrepid trekker plans to cross 4,000 miles of Asia to re-create a great escape

August 30, 2004 | Austin Murphy
I went for a run with a friend last week. He took me to the Cactus Trail in Orange (Calif.) County's Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. Last Jan. 8 Mark...

August 30, 2004 | JON BOWERMASTER
The author's quest to visit every continent by kayak has given him a sea-level look at the bond between humans and the ocean

August 30, 2004 | Mark Beech
Oft-battered and oft-broke motocrosser Chuck Carothers unleashed a monster jump at the X Games to establish himself as his sport's rising star

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 [This article consists of photographs--see below]

August 30, 2004
Why AUSTRALIA Turns Out So Many World-class Pros G2

August 30, 2004 | Jim Gorant
Should we offer congratulations or condolences to Ryan Moore, who on Sunday defeated Luke List 2 up in the U.S. Amateur final. Things have not gone particularly well for Amateur champions since...

August 30, 2004 | Jay Haas
--PAUL HAMM If he returned his medal, he'd be as honest as a golfer.

August 30, 2004 | GORJUS GEORGE LUCAS*
In 1984 the Greater Hartford Open (now the Buick Championship) moved to the TPC at River Highlands, which has one of the Tour's most tantalizing holes--the drivable par-4 15th. A Tour player can...

August 30, 2004 | GARY VAN SICKLE
Their numbers growing as fast as their rate of success, Australian golfers are taking a backseat to no one

August 30, 2004 | Jim Gorant
As if on cue, Stewart Cink picks the perfect moment for a peak performance

August 30, 2004 | Jim Gorant
On the heels of the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, the Tour should have given the players a break at Firestone. No one wants ...

August 30, 2004 | Jim Gorant
Tiger Woods

August 30, 2004 | Patti McGowan
The belly putter turned Stewart Cink into the Tour's best putter, and he used it to drain a twisting 16-footer for birdie on the 72nd hole to frost his runaway win

August 30, 2004 | Jim Gorant
For the first time in the history of the Ryder Cup, caddies will be given full access to the U.S. team room during the Sept. 17--19 match at Oakland Hills. "A caddie might say one thing that helps...

August 30, 2004 | Jim Gorant
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August 30, 2004 | Sal Johnson
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