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March 28, 2005 | Volume 102, Issue 13

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Julius Hodge Cover - Sports Illustrated March 28, 2005

March 28, 2005
Vitamin Dee

March 28, 2005 | Steve Rushin
The other day, while playing the back nine of the Bay Course at Kapalua, I opened a beer, took off my shirt and liberally oiled up my body until I resembled--with my glistening, matted fur--a...

March 28, 2005 | L. Jon Wertheim
Like a certain surly slugger, tennis star Lleyton Hewitt delights in not being delightful. His behavior is rude, crass--and the reason he's at the top of his game

March 28, 2005 | Kelli Anderson
The woman who built a dynasty in Tennessee catches Dean Smith on the wins list

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March 28, 2005 | Brian Cazeneuve
Shrugging off skating's new scoring system, a "faded" star won the world title

March 28, 2005
DIED At age 67, former Red Sox reliever Dick (the Monster) Radatz, from head trauma after a fall at his Easton, Mass., home. In the early 1960s Radatz used his size--he was 6'5" and weighed 235...

March 28, 2005
Former pitcher Rick Ankiel, 25, is trying to make the Cardinals as an outfielder. How's he doing? SI's Ankielometer tells all.

March 28, 2005 | Deidre Downs
The reigning Miss America, 24, from Hoover, Ala., is a former volleyball player at the University of Virginia

March 28, 2005 | Tom Verducci
Infield artistry, and a good bat, will get Roberto Alomar into the Hall of Fame

March 28, 2005 | Bill Scheft
Good to be here. My brackets are all screwed up. I thought 50 Cent versus The Game was considered a play-in.

March 28, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli
It should have been the best celebrity-fan matchup of the NCAA tournament: the second-round game between Kentucky and Cincinnati in Indianapolis. Saying, "I'm trying to be for Cincinnati...

March 28, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli
An Australian cricket team has accused an opponent of serving them pot-laced cupcakes during a game.

March 28, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli

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

March 28, 2005 | Nancy Ramsey
They were the biggest, baddest team in the country. "We took no prisoners," recalls coach John Thompson of his 1985 Georgetown Hoyas, in Perfect Upset: The 1985 Villanova vs. Georgetown NCAA...

March 28, 2005
Kim Barrett

March 28, 2005 | Jeff Pearlman
ON HIS OFF-SEASON MOVE FROM SLEEPY PORTER, TEXAS, TO A LAKEFRONT HOME IN MONTGOMERY, TEXAS I'm no longer a Porter Rican. I bought the house this past October, mainly because it's on the water....

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[Based on a survey of 227 NBA players]

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March 28, 2005 | Brian Scalabrine
What was your welcome-to-the-NBA moment? It wasn't until last season [his third] when I scored 17 points and hit four three-pointers in a playoff game against Detroit. I knew then that I could...

March 28, 2005
Spurs forward Tony Massenburg, 37, has played for a record 12 NBA and three European teams since graduating from college. The 6'9", 250-pound Virginia native reminisces about the places he's been.

March 28, 2005
Two blondes are in California. The first one asks, 'Which is farther away, the moon or Florida?' The second blonde replies, 'Duh! Can you see Florida?'

March 28, 2005 | Gary Smith
I was there, that June at Wrigley, when the fever caught Sammy. See, that's me and the three kids in the bleachers that weekend he rocked five out of the cathedral and the great home run chase was on.

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March 28, 2005 | GRANT WAHL
In a continuation of a bitter rivalry, the U.S. travels to Mexico for a World Cup qualifier this week and attempts to do what it has never done: win at the dreaded Azteca

March 28, 2005 | GRANT WAHL
With cool heads, hot hands and pressing defenses that caught favorites off guard, low-seeded upstarts provided welcome jolts in the first two rounds

March 28, 2005
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March 28, 2005 | Julia Morrill
UWM senior guard Ed McCants gives the pesky Panthers points and pluck

March 28, 2005 | SETH DAVIS

March 28, 2005 | Kelli Anderson
Ronald Ross, a onetime walk-on, is now the heart and soul of the Red Raiders

March 28, 2005 | JACK MCCALLUM
With the final Western playoff berth at stake, Kobe Bryant tries to rally the Lakers--a task made more difficult by his inability to connect with the rest of the team

March 28, 2005
The Week In Sports

March 28, 2005 | Brian Cazeneuve
Cornell senior Travis Lee, a former judo star from the Aloha State, ended his career with his second NCAA title

March 28, 2005 | Brian Cazeneuve
Led by junior heavyweight Steve Mocco (below, left), who put the finishing touch on an undefeated season with a takedown of Minnesota's Kole Conrad in overtime, Oklahoma State won its third...

March 28, 2005 | Ian Thomsen
In a characteristically unconventional move, Don Nelson resigned from the Mavs, hastening their rebuilding plan

March 28, 2005 | Ian Thomsen
On the Cavaliers' decision on Monday to replace coach Paul Silas, who had two years left on his contract, with assistant Brendan Malone:

March 28, 2005 | Albert Chen
The White Sox needed a table-setter in their small-ball attack and expect a former Japanese star to do the job

March 28, 2005 | Rick Reilly
Dear Mark McGwire,

March 28, 2005
What Steroids Have Done To Baseball

March 28, 2005 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
Thanks to a Rock Ishii--created ball he has secretly played all year, Tiger Woods says he has regained the distance advantage he once used to dominate the Tour

March 28, 2005 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of his first foray onto the Tour, the author revisits the scene and reflects on how the game, and his own relationships, have changed

March 28, 2005 | FRANZ LIDZ
An altogether different kind of tournament was recently held at Cypress Cove, where golf buff has a new meaning

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March 28, 2005 | BOBBY VERWEY JR.
Michelle Wie is a great player, but does she have the heart of a true champion?

March 28, 2005 | Chris Eliopoulos
Life and Times on the PGA Tour

March 28, 2005 | Kenny Perry
After losing the ugly shirts, "jacket guy" Kenny Perry outlasted Vijay Singh at Bay Hill and then talked to SI

March 28, 2005 | Jim Gorant
What golfers are talking about

March 28, 2005 | MARK WOOD with MARK WOOD
WHO: Vijay Singh

March 28, 2005 | Jim Gorant
Recently an IMG memo came to light, promising to deliver elite players to corporate outings during tournament weeks for $50,000 to $200,000. The memo insinuated that the players would then play in...

March 28, 2005
Barry Zito, A's ace and an aspiring photographer, chronicled his Arizona spring training exclusively for SI Players. He'll provide a view through his lens all season