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February 28, 2005 | Volume 102, Issue 9

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Jeff Gordon Cover - Sports Illustrated February 28, 2005

February 28, 2005 | Bill Syken
JUNE 3, 1974

February 28, 2005
Brain Man

February 28, 2005
LETTERS

February 28, 2005 | Steve Rushin
Years ago, at a cystic fibrosis fund-raiser, Mike Ditka thanked Gene Keady for behaving like a lunatic. "My wife saw you on TV," said the gum-throwing former Bears coach, "and told me, 'You're...

February 28, 2005 | Michael Farber
Hopes soared when NHL players and owners reconvened soon after the season was canceled. But the commissioner was not in a conciliatory mood

February 28, 2005 | Stephen Cannella
Whaddya mean there's no hockey? Up in Plaster Rock, 96 four-man teams did battle on a frozen lake

February 28, 2005
The outlaw journalist loved and wrote about sports for 50 years

February 28, 2005
83 Consecutive games lost by Division III Schreiner's women's basketball team, an NCAA record, before the Mountaineers beat Sul Ross State last Saturday.

February 28, 2005 | Grant Wahl
Resigned Abruptly last week, U.S. women's soccer coach, April Heinrichs (inset). Her departure comes as the women's game has reached a crossroads. After sending off retirees Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy...

February 28, 2005 | Austin Murphy
Not satisfied with six Tour de France titles, Lance Armstrong will return

February 28, 2005 | Bill Scheft
See that German shorthaired pointer who won the Westminster? Pretty impressive. After the dog show he pointed out three judges using steroids.

February 28, 2005 | Richard Deitsch
The star of Reservoir Dogs and Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 plays poker pro Don (The Matador) Everest on ESPN's Tilt

February 28, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli
When she tees off in her first LPGA tournament of the season, on March 4 in Mexico City, the world's top women's golfer will be swinging single. Annika Sorenstam, 34, announced that she has filed...

February 28, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli
English snooker player Jimmy White legally changed his name to James Brown so he could call himself "The Godfather of Snooker."

February 28, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli
CHARLES BARKLEY

February 28, 2005 | Amanda Cherrin
What to watch and watch for

February 28, 2005 | Nancy Ramsey
Sixteen guys enter the accommodations in which they'll eat, sleep and eye one another with suspicion for the next six weeks, knowing only one can emerge victorious. This time it's not the...

February 28, 2005
MOTOR SPORTS

February 28, 2005
Jordan Snipes

February 28, 2005 | TIM HUDSON
ON BEING TRADED TO ATLANTA AFTER SIX YEARS WITH THE A'S My wife, Kim, and I loved Oakland so much: the relationships we built with teammates, with fans. I had a pretty hard time with the trade the...

February 28, 2005
[Based on a survey of 227 NBA players]

February 28, 2005
WHO'S Hot

February 28, 2005 | George Dohrmann
Wait a minute! Who really has the football that made Dwight Clark famous?

February 28, 2005 | Devin Harris
Since 22-year-old Mavericks point guard Devin Harris wrote about adjusting to life in Dallas in his Jan. 31 diary entry, he has averaged 7.0 points and 2.0 assists in 15.1 minutes for the 35-16 Mavs.

February 28, 2005 | Brevin Knight
What was your welcome-to-the-NBA moment? Shaking David Stern's hand [on draft night in 1997]. Hearing my name called was awesome. The culmination of it was shaking this man's hand.

February 28, 2005
JUAN DIXON WIZARDS GUARD

February 28, 2005 | Adam Duerson
It's heating up in the land of the Giants and 11 other clubs--but it's a dry heat

February 28, 2005 | Adam Duerson
Local spots where sports stars have left their mark

February 28, 2005
[This article consists of photographs--see below.]

February 28, 2005 | LARS ANDERSON
Jeff Gordon fought off a hard-charging Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win his third Daytona 500 and end a long, dark off-season for his Hendrick Motorsports team

February 28, 2005 | TOM VERDUCCI
Ace lefty Randy Johnson, a pitcher the Yankees coveted for nearly a decade, hit the ground running--and chatting--at his first spring training in pinstripes

February 28, 2005 | TOM VERDUCCI
As camps opened in Florida and Arizona, pressing questions inevitably began springing up all over

February 28, 2005 | PHIL TAYLOR
MRSA, a strain of antibiotic-resistant staphylococcus once confined to hospitals, is striking athletes at an alarming rate and with dire consequences

February 28, 2005 | SETH DAVIS
All-seeing, All-America sophomore court general Chris Paul of Wake Forest has become the college game's best point guard--and one of its leading citizens

February 28, 2005 | Seth Davis
With a plethora of first-rate point guards in college this season, Seth Davis picks the top 10 and evaluates their pro potential on a 1-to-5 scale: 1=CBA candidate, 2=NBA roster shot;...

February 28, 2005 | L. Jon Wertheim
After fleeing civil war in Sudan and settling in Indiana, Wal and Julia Duany sent all five of their children to college on Division I hoops scholarships

February 28, 2005
The Week In Sports

February 28, 2005 | Ian Thomsen
The stellar play of oft-injured center Zydrunas Ilgauskas will be a key part of the Cavs' success--if they can keep him

February 28, 2005 | Ian Thomsen
At the break the Mavericks ranked an uncharacteristically high fourth in the West in field-goal-percentage defense (43.7), and Dirk Nowitzki credits that to the improved play of center Erick...

February 28, 2005 | Ian Thomsen
For decades teams chose not to draft European point guards, believing that they didn't have a feel for the NBA game. The Spurs considered choosing one in the second round of the 1999 draft, says...

February 28, 2005 | Ian Thomsen
AROUND THE RIM

February 28, 2005 | Kelli Anderson
Using an international lineup, Pacific has improbably cracked the Top 25 and become the best team in California

February 28, 2005 | Kelli Anderson
An NBA scout evaluates the potential of N.C. State swingman Julius Hodge, a 6'7", 205-pound senior. At week's end Hodge, the 2003--04 ACC player of the year, was averaging 17.8 points, 7.2...

February 28, 2005 | Kelli Anderson
COWBOYS' CURRY

February 28, 2005 | Seth Davis
CHINS UP

February 28, 2005 | Rick Reilly
If you run a hotel in this country, there are a few groups that make you go gulp when they check in. The American Litigants Union. The National Kleptomaniacs Society. 60 Minutes.

February 28, 2005
SPECIAL REPORT

February 28, 2005 | Chris Lewis
Fellow Afrikaner Ernie Els is the only Tour pro who's close with Retief Goosen

February 28, 2005 | Paul Jenkins
Life and Times on the PGA Tour

February 28, 2005 | DARREN CLARKE
My wife's second fight with cancer has made golf no less important to our family

February 28, 2005 | RICK LIPSEY
The LPGA has a problem when the biggest name at its opening event is a 15-year-old amateur.

February 28, 2005
PLUS

February 28, 2005 | Mark Russell
A soggy PGA Tour official talks about rain, fairway fishing and the Big Coat

February 28, 2005 | Jim Gorant
In 2000 Donna Orender, then the PGA Tour's senior VP of strategic development, topped SPORTS ILLUSTRATED's ranking of the most powerful women in golf, but last week she left the game to become...

February 28, 2005 | Mark Russell
7.95

February 28, 2005 | Jim Gorant
• EASY MONEY Adam Scott won the Nissan Open after 37 holes and 137 strokes. If you're scoring at home, that's about $6,300 a swing.

February 28, 2005 | MIKE PERPICH
WHO: Mark James

February 28, 2005 | MIKE PERPICH
"If Greg Norman and Tim Finchem don't resolve their differences, the Champions tour will be the big loser, because Norman will play only a limited schedule."

February 28, 2005 | MIKE PERPICH
Now that Annika Sorenstam, a 56-time winner, has split up with husband David Esch, is she more or less likely to break Kathy Whitworth's LPGA record of 88 victories?

February 28, 2005 | CHRIS LEWIS
What does a quiet man like U.S. Open champ Retief Goosen have to do to get people talking about him? How about getting DQ'd before taking a shot

February 28, 2005 | William Wagner
A dream opportunity--chronicling a triumphant 2004 season by the Cubs--turned into a North Side nightmare

February 28, 2005 | William Wagner
As the Cubs stumbled through a 13-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates in their home opener last year, preseason hopes met with stark reality on Chicago's North Side. The following is excerpted from...

February 28, 2005 | Kelley King
Having dominated the skeleton season, Utah's Noelle Pikus-Pace has slid into prime position for next year's Olympics

February 28, 2005 | Kelley King
Look for these likely first-time U.S. Olympians to contend for medals when the Games arrive in Italy next winter