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September 13, 2004 | Volume 101, Issue 10

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Curt  Schilling Cover - Sports Illustrated September 13, 2004

September 13, 2004
Strokes of Genius

September 13, 2004
LETTERS

September 13, 2004 | Andrew Lawrence
MARCH 28, 1977

September 13, 2004 | Steve Rushin
CBS and Paramount Television are exploring the possibility of a half-hour comedy series based on the life of Texas Tech coach Bob Knight.

September 13, 2004 | Michael Farber
Ending hockey's labor woes isn't difficult--if the NHL and the players can agree on the one move that will give the league a chance to survive

September 13, 2004
Kobe's clean in the eyes of the law, but that doesn't mean he has a fresh slate with advertisers and the customers they covet. Would you buy a retro jersey from this man?

September 13, 2004
Which NFL rookie (page 38) will have the biggest impact this season?

September 13, 2004 | Jack McCallum
Days after returning from Athens, a silver medalist is involved in a fatal crash

September 13, 2004
56 Consecutive Grand Slam events, a record, played by Wayne Ferreira, 32, who retired after losing to Lleyton Hewitt in the first round of the U.S. Open.

September 13, 2004
A teenager's fat lip has Red Sox fans believing their World Series hex is over

September 13, 2004
Four years after wildness derailed his career, Rick Ankiel is back in the bigs

September 13, 2004
SNAPPED De La Salle High's 151-game winning streak, the longest in football at any level, by Bellevue High, the three-time defending Washington Class 3A state champs. Since 1992, when De La...

September 13, 2004 | Bill Scheft
Good to be here. Look, I don't want to tell anyone his business, but if Kobe had a sense of humor, he'd pull into training camp behind the wheel of a white Ford Bronco.

September 13, 2004 | William L. Petersen
The 51-year-old native of Evanston, Ill., and die-hard Chicago sports fan, is the star of the CBS drama CSI.

September 13, 2004
The U.S.Open attracted all types last week, from Olympian Rulon Gardner to first daughters Jenna and Barbara Bush to Farrah Fawcett. The latter (below), who is an avid tennis player, made an...

September 13, 2004 | Julia Morrill
What to watch and watch for

September 13, 2004 | Nancy Ramsey
It was a fall when even die-hard Red Sox fans found it impossible to hate the Yankees, and when the World Series between New York and the Diamondbacks opened, one headline read, ARIZONA VERSUS...

September 13, 2004
Holly Walden

September 13, 2004 | Kelley King
College football's first full weekend answered some burning questions and raised a few new ones. Can Colorado recover from last winter's recruiting scandal?

September 13, 2004 | Phil Taylor
This may sound preposterous, but the diminutive halfback from Kansas State who made everyone's preseason Heisman top five won't win the award with performances like his 221-yard rushing effort...

September 13, 2004 | Mark Beech
The Tigers thought the issue was settled before the season. Fifth-year senior Marcus Randall had spent two years backing up Matt Mauck, throwing for 1,583 yards and nine TDs, and had six starts...

September 13, 2004 | Mark Beech
LSU WASN'T the only notable team breaking in a signal-caller last weekend. A large number of teams bid farewell to high-profile passers in the off-season and placed their fortunes in the hands of...

September 13, 2004 | Mark Beech
Considering that LSU, ranked 14th in the 2003 preseason, rode a stifling, exceptionally athletic defense to a share of the national championship, hopes are high at No. 15 Virginia, whose...

September 13, 2004 | Lars Anderson
The angry words came from the southwest-corner stands at Purdue's Ross-Ade Stadium late Sunday afternoon. Two irate Syracuse fans, shaking their fists, tossed verbal grenades at Orange coach Paul...

September 13, 2004 | Austin Murphy
The question, it turns out, is not whether the Fighting Irish can win eight or nine games this season, but rather, Can Notre Dame rush for 12 yards in a game?

September 13, 2004 | JEFFRI CHADIHA
When a passionate response is needed, Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. is more than happy to answer the call

September 13, 2004 | Peter King
Here are five rookies who don't have first-round buzz but will still make noise

September 13, 2004 | TOM VERDUCCI
No Nomar? No problem! The arrival of defensive whiz Orlando Cabrera helped jolt the Red Sox back to life--and put them on the tail of the suddenly shaky Yankees

September 13, 2004 | TOM VERDUCCI
Even before Kevin Brown's punch-out, the reeling Yanks had a degenerating rotation

September 13, 2004 | JOHN ED BRADLEY
Why would 67-year-old Bobby Ross leave a life of leisure to take over the worst team in college football?

September 13, 2004
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September 13, 2004
The Week In Sports

September 13, 2004 | L. Jon Wertheim
MARY PIERCE'S RUN

September 13, 2004 | L. Jon Wertheim
Where have all the southpaws gone? Once a major force in tennis, they were barely in evidence at the U.S. Open

September 13, 2004 | Kristin Green Morse
ELENI DANIILIDOU

September 13, 2004 | L. Jon Wertheim
These young players made their talent known in Week I of the Open

September 13, 2004 | Albert Chen
Ichiro Suzuki and Barry Bonds are showing no signs of letting up as they close in on league batting titles

September 13, 2004 | Albert Chen
Three Up

September 13, 2004 | Tom Verducci
SORIANO AVAILABLE?

September 13, 2004 | Albert Chen
For most of his career, righthander Carl Pavano has been little more than the answer to not one but two trivia questions. Whom did the Red Sox give up in the trade for Pedro Martinez? Pavano, who...

September 13, 2004 | Peter King
Patriots coach Bill Belichick used wideout Troy Brown on five plays as a nickel defensive back during the preseason, and Brown could appear in dime packages this fall.... Plagued by injuries to...

September 13, 2004 | Peter King
The Dolphins traded for wide receiver Marty Booker just 22 days before the opener. Here's what he's had to learn

September 13, 2004 | Peter King
One of the biggest treats in all of training camp is watching the Steelers run their goal line drill. The ball is placed at the three, and it's full-speed, blood-and-guts football on both sides of...

September 13, 2004 | Peter King
When the Jets signed quarterback Chad Pennington to a seven-year extension last week, it was widely reported that he'd received $23 million in guarantees. But Pennington is not assured of making...

September 13, 2004 | Paul Zimmerman
I've said it a million times: Don't use exhibition games as a guide for what's to come. Unless some glaring weakness is exposed or a team gets ravaged by injuries, the preseason is meaningless....

September 13, 2004 | Rick Reilly
In America's unending effort to make the life of a college football player easier than that of an oil sheik's cat, schools are now giving players college credit simply for being on the team.

September 13, 2004
She's Got It Wired

September 13, 2004 | MICHAEL RAY TAYLOR
An attempt to set a world-record rappel down a fearsome rock face near the Arctic Circle plunged an ambitious team into a struggle against nature--and each other

September 13, 2004 | Edited by Yi-Wyn Yen
Extreme weather conditions send surfers around the world chasing some of the biggest waves of the summer

September 13, 2004 | Edited by Yi-Wyn Yen
A paragliding DVD offers a new view of the Himalayas

September 13, 2004 | Edited by Yi-Wyn Yen
Look out, Cleveland! From Sept. 15 to 19 the city will play host to the Gravity Games. Of the 170 skaters, BMX and freestyle motoX riders, nearly 25% will be in their teens. Here's the scoop on...

September 13, 2004 | Edited by Yi-Wyn Yen
The Month Ahead

September 13, 2004 | Edited by Yi-Wyn Yen
In cyclocross--a gritty, gonzo cousin of road racing--it's not all about the bike

September 13, 2004 | Austin Murphy
My children are 10 and eight, so I know from bathtub rings. This one was a doozy: as chalky and unmistakable as a third base line. Hiking last week along the Escalante River in southern Utah,...

September 13, 2004 | FRANZ LIDZ
Danelle Ballengee, the world's greatest female adventure racer, runs--and paddles, pedals, climbs and snowshoes--on candy power

September 13, 2004
COLLEGE FOOTBALL KICKOFF