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December 13, 2004 | Volume 101, Issue 23

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December 13, 2004
The Week in Sports

December 13, 2004 | Jeffri Chadiha
Just like Nick Goings, the Panthers started the season in a hole; now the back and the team are up and running

December 13, 2004
CINCY'S COMEBACK KID

December 13, 2004 | Jeffri Chadiha
UNMOTIVATED BROWNS

December 13, 2004 | Jeffri Chadiha
HOT TOPIC

December 13, 2004 | Paul Zimmerman
You get the feeling the Steelers will go 15--1 this season, which would be better than any of the Chuck Noll--coached Super Bowl teams of the '70s fared. But if you're looking for ways they could...

December 13, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
Portland couldn't swing a deal for the Raptors' underachieving Vince Carter, but some other team most likely will

December 13, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
On Bobcats rookie power forward Emeka Okafor (right), who at week's end was averaging 13.9 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks:

December 13, 2004
Newly licensed minister Roger Powell and fellow senior Luther Head are big reasons Illinois has ascended to No. 1

December 13, 2004 | L. Jon Wertheim
In the Davis Cup final on the slow clay of Seville, the U.S. bowed to Rafael Nadal and his fellow españoles

December 13, 2004 | Rick Reilly
I believe Barry Bonds.

December 13, 2004 | Melissa Segura
FEBRUARY 3, 1975

December 13, 2004
Changed Man?

December 13, 2004
LETTERS

December 13, 2004 | Steve Rushin
When notre dame fired football coach Tyrone Willingham last week after only three seasons in South Bend, the school wasn't merely giving its disgruntled fans an early holiday gift of canned 'ham.

December 13, 2004 | Phil Taylor
By firing coach Ty Willingham last week, then failing to hire the man they wanted as his successor, Notre Dame demonstrated that the school of legend is no more

December 13, 2004 | Kurt Busch
The NASCAR Nextel Cup champ spent last week in New York, where he received his trophy--and his $5.3 million check

December 13, 2004 | Terry Pluto
The author of a new book on the Browns says the team was set up for failure

December 13, 2004 | Nancy Ramsey
A TV movie explores the relationship that fueled a NASCAR legend's desire

December 13, 2004
5 Consecutive games in which Louisville's football team has scored at least 55 points, an NCAA record.

December 13, 2004
Died at age 93, former Giants catcher Harry (the Horse) Danning, who made the National League AllStar team every year from 1938 to '41. Danning--whose nose earned him the nickname Schnozz before...

December 13, 2004
With its coach afraid to watch, Notre Dame won its second soccer title

December 13, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
When Robert Jones put his struggling Welsh soccer team, Llanelli AFC, on the block last week, one of the first prospective buyers to emerge was Jones's niece, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, 35....

December 13, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
Anna Benson, wife of Mets pitcher Kris, promised to sleep with every member of the team, including coaches and groundskeepers, if he cheats on her.

December 13, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
"Indianapolis wide receiver, whose team scored 51 points against the Titans, on whether the Colts' offense is similar to the video game Madden 2005: "Not really. Sometimes in Madden the offense...

December 13, 2004 | Bill Scheft
Am I wrong, or is Barry Bonds about to be credited with another walk?

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

December 13, 2004
Carli Dale COCHRANTON, PA. > Volleyball Dale, a senior setter at Juniata College, has been named 2004 American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III Player of the Year. She led the Eagles...

December 13, 2004 | David Sabino
You Da Manning

December 13, 2004
Tom Verducci's Free-Agent Bargain Hunt

December 13, 2004
Which teams should be playing in the Orange Bowl?

December 13, 2004 | Josh Elliott
Giants Running Back

December 13, 2004
WHO'S Hot

December 13, 2004
[Based on a survey of 354 players]

December 13, 2004 | Melissa Segura
AS ONE writer on baseballblogs.org asked of Red Sox first baseman David Ortiz last week, "WTF [Why the *&@!] Green Bay?" Fans...

December 13, 2004 | Michael Haynes
Bears Defensive End

December 13, 2004
Don't hate the wrong guy for dating a Destiny's Child. Check out this guide

December 13, 2004
SAMARI ROLLE Titans Cornerback

December 13, 2004
ONE'S A rookie pass maker, the other's a proven Housewife catcher. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger--whose page has received more than 300,000 hits this season--and Eagles receiver Terrell Owens are...

December 13, 2004 | Adam Duerson
Houston, you have a problem: Peyton Manning and his 44 TDs

December 13, 2004 | Adam Duerson
A Colt talks about his trip to the Space City

December 13, 2004
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December 13, 2004 | GEORGE DOHRMANN
Leaked grand jury testimony that Barry Bonds and Jason Giambi used steroids and damning allegations by the infamous drug lab's founder raised new questions about baseball's ability to clean up its...

December 13, 2004 | RICHARD HOFFER
Here's the real scandal: America has lost sight of deeper values in its obsession with self-improvement

December 13, 2004 | Don Yaeger
Victor Conte's allegation that Marion Jones was a drug cheat could bring her down -- but she's ready to fight back

December 13, 2004 | AUSTIN MURPHY
On a weekend that left some top teams bemoaning their BCS fate, unbeaten USC got past UCLA and earned a trip to the Orange Bowl for a showdown against Oklahoma

December 13, 2004 | Mark Beech
An unheralded wideout corps led by record-setting senior Mark Clayton might be the Sooners' secret weapon

December 13, 2004 | Stewart Mandel
Auburn's SEC title sends the Tigers to New Orleans--and leaves them to ponder why perfection wasn't good enough

December 13, 2004 | Kelley King
Originally snubbed by the ACC, newcomer Virginia Tech overcame a host of setbacks to claim the conference title

December 13, 2004 | Kelley King
After a season rife with breakout performances, we cast our ballots for year-end awards--and offer some kudos of our own

December 13, 2004 | IAN THOMSEN
Though saddened by their breakup, the former Mavs running mates are, surprisingly, playing even better apart

December 13, 2004 | MICHAEL SILVER
Shedding their losers' image, the Chargers closed in on their first playoff appearance since 1995 with the defense saving a win over the Broncos

December 13, 2004 | Peter King
A BAD DEAL FOR AFC WILD CARDS

December 13, 2004
• For daily Web-only Leading Off galleries, go to SI.com/scorecard.

December 13, 2004 | KELLI ANDERSON
Slam-dunking over the skeptics, Washington's 5'9" Nate Robinson has hoisted the Huskies with his irrepressible energy and mind-boggling play

December 13, 2004 | KELLI ANDERSON
Here are five guards--all comfortably under six feet--who, like Nate Robinson, still loom large

December 13, 2004 | TIM LAYDEN
With four wins in the season's first seven races, newly equipped Bode Miller is taking the World Cup by storm

December 13, 2004 | TIM LAYDEN
By winning the downhill and Super G at Lake Louise, Alberta, on Thanksgiving weekend, Bode Miller became only the fifth skier ever to win World Cup races in all five disciplines. Here are the Fab...

December 13, 2004 | IAN THOMSEN
Can a pro franchise thrive in the gambling capital of the U.S.? You bet. And major league baseball or the NBA may soon put one there

December 13, 2004
San Diego Chargers: The NFL's Biggest Surprise

December 13, 2004 | JOHN GARRITY
Happy memories of one of the game's most popular players and sad news of another tragic plane crash made for a bittersweet Father-Son Challenge

December 13, 2004 | JIM GORANT
Teen star Paula Creamer throws down the gauntlet with a jump to the LPGA

December 13, 2004 | JIM GORANT
With Martha II at Augusta, a return to pastoral Pinehurst, Jack's farewell at the Old Course, and a 10th major at retooled Baltusrol, 2005 will be one of the best years ever.

December 13, 2004 | JIM GORANT
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December 13, 2004 | Mitchell Spearman
Thanks to his compact swing, Q school winner Brian Davis had a disaster-free week in La Quinta and proved he has the chops to succeed on Tour

December 13, 2004
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December 13, 2004 | Jim Gorant
Every golfer is familiar with the work of famed architect Donald Ross, but the members of Owasco Country Club in Auburn, N.Y., took a dim view of the work of local amateur designer Donald J....

December 13, 2004 | Sal Johnson
21%

December 13, 2004 | PAUL STANKOWSKI
• BONDS AND GIAMBI What a surprise.

December 13, 2004 | Jim Gorant
OUR TOUGH-AS-NAILS 2004 Q SCHOOL QUIZ

December 13, 2004 | Jim Gorant
LAST WEEK the PGA of America changed its formula for calculating U.S. Ryder Cup points. The new system, championed by 2006 captain Tom Lehman, among others, puts greater emphasis on the season in...

December 13, 2004
PLUS: Whatever Happened to David Gossett? G4 • Teen Takes Q School G19

December 13, 2004 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
Battling his swing and beset by family issues, the kid who couldn't miss finds himself at a crossroads at age 25

December 13, 2004 | Brian Cazeneuve
Unfazed by the celebrity that came with his two Olympic medals, Apolo Ohno is having his best season yet

December 13, 2004 | Brian Cazeneuve
Apolo Ohno has been a flash point for controversy in Korea since the 1,500-meter Olympic final in Salt Lake City, where he tossed back his hands to avoid a collision with Korea's Kim Dong Sung....

December 13, 2004 | Bill Syken
Some say 14-year-old high schooler Alix Klineman could turn out to be the best U.S. volleyball player ever

December 13, 2004 | Bill Syken
Long Beach State will host the NCAA women's volleyball Final Four on the weekend of Dec. 16-18, and the California teams will need all the home-state advantage they can get. Two-time defending...

December 13, 2004 | Grant Wahl
Freddy Adu proved worthy of the hype in his first pro season--and he promises even better things next year

December 13, 2004 | Charles Hirshberg
The author reveals how he and his teammates were formed in the crucible of Pop Warner play in the '50s

December 13, 2004 | Jack McCallum
Since its NBA advent 25 years ago, the three-pointer has won games and thrilled fans. But can it maintain its appeal amid rampant gunning by poor marksmen?

December 13, 2004 | David Sabino
Guard Darrell Walker, a 43.5% shooter from the field during his 10-year career, is the NBA's least accurate three-point shooter among those with 100 attempts: 5.9%. When the minimum is 1,000...

December 13, 2004 | TOURE
Philadelphia millionaire Tom Stafford wants his two children to be the best tennis players in the world, and he's sparing no expense in building their support system

December 13, 2004 | Albert Chen
Teams have player issues to deal with--besides steroids--as they head into this weekend's winter meetings

December 13, 2004 | Albert Chen
Five faces to watch in what is shaping up as an increasingly intriguing off-season for baseball

December 13, 2004 | Marty Burns
Bears safety Mike Green was once best known as the last player drafted in 2000, but he's become a defensive star