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April 04, 2005 | Volume 102, Issue 14

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Derek Jeter Cover - Sports Illustrated April 04, 2005

April 04, 2005
Faux Jay

April 04, 2005 | Tom Verducci
With two thirds of the Big Three traded away, the onus shifts to the offense

April 04, 2005 | Tom Verducci
Two new sluggers punch up the offense, but who will shut down the opposition?

April 04, 2005 | Michael Farber
Back in the rotation, John Smoltz is looking to recapture past October glory

April 04, 2005 | Michael Farber
New first baseman Carlos Delgado balances the power in an already loaded lineup

April 04, 2005 | Michael Farber
A franchise resistant to change has been overhauled, but there are still holes to fill

April 04, 2005 | Michael Farber
Contender or also-ran? Depends on the health and effectiveness of the pitchers

April 04, 2005 | Michael Farber
With a new home and euphoric fans, an evolving team will try not to disappoint

April 04, 2005 | Albert Chen
An offensive juggernaut appears to have added the missing piece: a frontline pitcher

April 04, 2005 | Albert Chen
There's plenty to worry about: pitchers' injuries, no closer and run production

April 04, 2005 | Albert Chen
Finally, a full-time closer has emerged to finish what the stellar rotation starts

April 04, 2005 | Michael Farber
Happy to be riding the bus and taking his lumps for $750 a week, minor league hockey king Kevin Kerr could be an inspiration to some sullen superstars

April 04, 2005 | Albert Chen
They might not play like a winner, but at least now they're spending like one

April 04, 2005 | Albert Chen
Carlos Lee is a cornerstone of a club that has been stuck in building mode

April 04, 2005 | Albert Chen
Two young players with star potential emerged last season--that's a start, at least

April 04, 2005 | Phil Taylor
With its star knee-deep in rehab and turmoil, a contender plays the waiting game

April 04, 2005 | William Nack
Chess champ Bobby Fischer emerges from a Japanese prison, spewing hate

April 04, 2005 | Albert Chen
Even in the midst of an extreme makeover, the West champs are still contenders

April 04, 2005 | Phil Taylor
One season at Petco Park put a premium on speed and a trade for Dave Roberts

April 04, 2005 | Phil Taylor
The Big Unit's gone, but a remade rotation offers some hope for a desert revival

April 04, 2005 | Phil Taylor
Even for an optimist, it can't get much worse for this up-and-down franchise

April 04, 2005
26 Consecutive NCAA Division III men's swimming and diving championships won by Kenyon College, which won its latest title on March 19.

April 04, 2005 | Yi-Wyn Yen
Get your mind out of the gutter: One woman proves she can bowl with boys

April 04, 2005 | Yi-Wyn Yen
Though he calls Liz Johnson bowling's Annika Sorenstam, Brad Angelo isn't sure women can hang tough with men on the lanes. "On a week in, week out basis, only a handful of women can keep up with...

April 04, 2005 | Rick Reilly
OK., experiment time. What are the odds that I can spend an entire morning with the most dominant athlete in the country--in public, no disguises--without that athlete being hailed, photographed...

April 04, 2005
Former pitcher Rick Ankiel, 25, is trying to make the Cardinals as an outfielder. How's he doing? SI's Ankielometer tells all.

April 04, 2005
Behind the game's most prolific scorer, Minnesota won another NCAA title

April 04, 2005
Arrested Arizona State running back Loren Wade, who's suspected of murder after he allegedly shot former Sun Devils defensive back Brandon Falkner outside a Scottsdale hip-hop club last Saturday...

April 04, 2005
Giants punter Jeff Feagles has mastered the secondary uniform market, in which players swap numbers with covetous colleagues. In the past two years he's gotten a Florida vacation (from Eli...

April 04, 2005 | Bobby Farrelly
The brothers directed Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon in Fever Pitch, about an obsessed Red Sox fan, opening on April 8

April 04, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli
After writing How to Play Tennis last summer, Serena and Venus Williams (below) have tackled some off-court topics in their latest book. Venus & Serena Serving from the Hip: Ten Rules for...

April 04, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli
Rockies pitcher Darren Oliver had to leave a spring training game because he was swarmed by bees attracted to the coconut oil in his hair gel.

April 04, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli
CHUCK LAMAR

April 04, 2005 | Amanda Cherrin
What to watch and watch for

April 04, 2005 | Nancy Ramsey
In 1961, when Sal Durante caught Roger Maris's 61st-home-run ball, the 19-year-old fan graciously presented the ball that had broken Babe Ruth's record to Maris. (Maris told him to keep it, and...

April 04, 2005 | Jack McCallum
Breaking news, scores, schedules and fresh, original Web-only stories and columns 24/7

April 04, 2005 | Jack McCallum
Whom should SI name as the greatest college basketball player of all time?

April 04, 2005 | Mark Bechtel
Elena DelleDonne

April 04, 2005
The Week In Sports

April 04, 2005
Departments

April 04, 2005 | Ian Thomsen
With the Nets' playoff hopes fast dwindling, Jason Kidd intends to hold management's feet to the fire

April 04, 2005 | Ian Thomsen
On 6'6" Clippers swingman Corey Maggette, 25, who at week's end was averaging a career-high 22.1 points:

April 04, 2005 | Ian Thomsen
CHICAGO'S EDDY CURRY

April 04, 2005 | Ian Thomsen
AROUND THE RIM

April 04, 2005 | Ian Thomsen
NBDL'S FUTURE

April 04, 2005 | Ian Thomsen
With Tim Duncan sidelined for at least two more weeks with a sprained right ankle, the Spurs will need starting center Rasho Nesterovic (right) to pick up the scoring slack. Just don't expect him...

April 04, 2005 | Peter King
Nick Saban may have made the jump to the pros, but he'll rely on his college connections to prep for his first draft

April 04, 2005 | Peter King
The top three teams in the draft--the 49ers, Dolphins and Browns--are interested in trading down. Says one G.M. with no desire to move up in a draft that is weak at the top: "Throw your normal...

April 04, 2005 | Josh Elliott
Annika Sorenstam nearly lapped the field at the Nabisco, fueling talk of a Grand Slam. Is she the best ever?

April 04, 2005 | Mark Beech
Though its captain made a heartening return, the U.S. bowed yet again in the 7,200-foot altitude of Mexico City

April 04, 2005 | Grant Wahl
SI's Grant Wahl predicts the order of finish in MLS.

April 04, 2005 | Mark Beech
MLS PREVIEW

April 04, 2005
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April 04, 2005 | GRANT WAHL
As a frenetic NCAA tournament reaches its finale, the national champion is likely to be determined by a showdown among deadeye marksmen

April 04, 2005 | Kelli Anderson
END OF A GREAT RUN

April 04, 2005 | Tom Verducci
The season can't start until the lineup card is filled in, and that's a lot more complicated than you would think

April 04, 2005 | Tom Verducci
Memorable Moments in Batting Order History

April 04, 2005 | Tom Verducci
Like big-city neighborhoods, each batting-order spot has its own flavor, and some areas are higher-rent than others. Here's a Fodor's guide to the regions of a lineup card.

April 04, 2005 | Tom Verducci
Deciding on the most beneficial spot in the order to place Barry Bonds--and pleasing the most fearsome slugger in the history of the game--isn't as easy as it might appear

April 04, 2005 | Tom Verducci
The job of the leadoff hitter is to get on base, and who does it better than Ichiro Suzuki? Problem is, few other players measure up

April 04, 2005 | Tom Verducci
MANAGERS SOMETIMES SPEND HOURS trying to concoct the consummate batting order. Then they try again the next day. Such is the difficulty of finding the optimum lineup when no team has hitters...

April 04, 2005 | Tom Verducci
Here are the 20 most contenious feuds in baseball

April 04, 2005
SI's Rankings

April 04, 2005 | Daniel G. Habib
If a retooled rotation lives up to its billing, they will end their championship drought

April 04, 2005 | Daniel G. Habib
After 86 years the curse is over, but do they have enough pitching to repeat?

April 04, 2005 | Daniel G. Habib
Sammy Sosa makes a potent lineup stronger, but the rotation will be their downfall

April 04, 2005 | Daniel G. Habib
Eric Hinske's return to rookie-year form is Step 1 of a plan to get out of the cellar

April 04, 2005 | Daniel G. Habib
Their top picks are starting to come of age, but youth will not be served this season

April 04, 2005 | Peter King
A rare spending spree has a model organization well-armed for years to come

April 04, 2005 | Peter King
Using the blueprint of the NFL champs, this team is climbing back into contention

April 04, 2005 | Peter King
Unless an iffy rotation produces, small ball translates to a fall in the standings

April 04, 2005 | Peter King
They found a closer, but an improving club could still use some finishing touches

April 04, 2005 | Peter King
Some good-looking kids, but their prospects for avoiding 100 losses? Not so good

April 04, 2005 | Tom Verducci
New shortstop Orlando Cabrera is a good fit in a potent lineup of free swingers

April 04, 2005 | Tom Verducci
The lineup and the bullpen are solid, but there are still holes to fill in the rotation

April 04, 2005
BASEBALL PREVIEW

April 04, 2005 | Bill Syken
Troy Bergeron never played a down in college, but now he's tearing up the Arena league--and eyeing the NFL

April 04, 2005 | Bill Syken
Five Arenaballers on the NFL radar

April 04, 2005 | L. Jon Wertheim
Indian sensation Sania Mirza is breaking down barriers in her home country as she climbs in the rankings

April 04, 2005 | L. Jon Wertheim
Five stars from nontraditional tennis nations