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May 09, 2005 | Volume 102, Issue 19

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Ben Wallace Cover - Sports Illustrated May 09, 2005

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Sweet

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LETTERS

May 09, 2005 | Steve Rushin
Christine Baker, whose son Dusty manages the Chicago Cubs, once gently chided me for the sins of all sportswriters. "In all these stories," she said, "the fathers get the credit for their...

May 09, 2005 | Edited by Mark Betchel
Thanks in no small part to its beefy superstars, professional bullriding (don't call it rodeo!) is following NASCAR all the way to the bank

May 09, 2005 | Chris Ballard
It took two embarrassing international performances, but USA Basketball finally realized it needs one man running the show

May 09, 2005 | Edited by Mark Betchel
Endured By Jason White, a roller-coaster week that ended the same way it began: with the quarterback who put up huge numbers while leading Oklahoma to two national title games hoping for the...

May 09, 2005 | Edited by Mark Betchel
79 At bats before Cincinnati's Ken Griffey Jr. hit his first home run of the season, the longest season-opening homer drought of his career.

May 09, 2005 | Edited by Mark Betchel
Former pitcher Rick Ankiel, 25, is trying to make the Cardinals as an outfielder. How's he doing? SI's Ankielometer tells all.

May 09, 2005 | Tom Verducci
As another player tests positive, the commissioner finally plays hardball

May 09, 2005 | Bill Scheft
I've got to finish up quickly. Tom DeLay is holding a tee time for me at Royal Troon.

May 09, 2005 | Charles Barkley
The TNT basketball analyst is the author of the recently released Who's Afraid of a Large Black Man?

May 09, 2005 | Adam Duerson
Mr. Fantastic.The Human Torch. Both adequate handles for Magic Johnson in his heyday. The Invisible Woman or The Thing? Not so much. The former Lakers great recently played one-on-one against each...

May 09, 2005 | Adam Duerson
Kings coach (left), complaining that Seattle forward Reggie Evans (right) was flopping during their playoff series: "He goes down when the air conditioning comes on."

May 09, 2005 | Adam Duerson
A New Jersey town repealed its three-decade ban on males older than 12 wearing Speedos.

May 09, 2005 | Amanda Cherrin
What to watch and watch for

May 09, 2005 | Nancy Ramsey
Lucy Lawless was the biggest, baddest woman on television, yet when Xena: the Warrior Princess needed to flip off her horse to take on male attackers, that feat would fall to a stunt double....

May 09, 2005 | Edited by Mark Betchel
Ethan Busald

May 09, 2005 | TODD HELTON
ON HIS LOVE OF ANIMALS We had two dogs growing up, Nike and Boz. Boz was a chocolate Lab, named for Brian Bosworth. Nike was a German shepherd. I now have a three-year old chocolate Lab named Abby...

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[ Based on a survey of 227 NBA players ]

May 09, 2005
WHO'S Hot

May 09, 2005 | Gary Stevens
With an eye on this Saturday's Kentucky Derby, race veterans recall past Runs for the Roses

May 09, 2005 | Roy Halladay
What was your welcome-to-the-major-leagues moment? My first plane ride with the team, in 1998. It was only from Cleveland to Detroit, but what a surprise. Every player had a seat and a half, the...

May 09, 2005 | Ben Reiter
Yale searches for a new Handsome Dan

May 09, 2005 | Nick Swisher
[Oakland Athletics]

May 09, 2005 | Jack McCallum
To advance in the postseason, a team's stars must shine, but the critical difference is often made by the players who wreak the most havoc

May 09, 2005
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May 09, 2005 | Michael Bamberger
That shy smile you see? Don't be fooled. The remarkable and relentless Annika Sorenstam is taking aim at a record sixth straight tour victory--and at every other LPGA mark

May 09, 2005 | Mitchell Spearman
A top teacher expounds on the skills and mental toughness that make the LPGA superstar so difficult to beat

May 09, 2005 | ALBERT CHEN
The Marlins' powerful pitching trio of Dontrelle Willis, Josh Beckett and A.J. Burnett is blowing through the early schedule. If all three can keep it going, the National League should be very afraid

May 09, 2005 | Tom Verducci
One month into the season, SI's Tom Verducci picks the best starting threesomes of 2005.

May 09, 2005 | Tim Layden
Who's the horse to beat? Who's the hottest trainer? Who's fighting history? Check out our Kentucky Derby tip sheet

May 09, 2005 | Jeremy Schaap
He'd been laid low, but nothing--not the Depression and certainly not the heavyweight champ--could keep JAMES J. BRADDOCK down

May 09, 2005
The Week In Sports

May 09, 2005 | Tom Verducci
With many of the game's top closers struggling or nursing injuries, teams are getting saves from unlikely sources

May 09, 2005 | Tom Verducci
KEEPING THE KIDS AT HOME

May 09, 2005 | Tom Verducci
Three Up

May 09, 2005 | Albert Chen
JIM THOME'S BAD START

May 09, 2005 | Tom Verducci
BOILING OVER

May 09, 2005 | Lars Anderson
Greg Biffle's no young gun, but at 35 he has the talent--and, finally, the car--to make a run at the Nextel Cup title

May 09, 2005 | Lars Anderson
WHEN IT comes to success on the racetrack, Michael Waltrip will never be confused with his brother, Darrell, a three-time Winston Cup champion in the 1980s. But over the last two weeks Michael...

May 09, 2005 | Rick Reilly
Maybe you're surprised to see me naked as a new monkey, am I right?

May 09, 2005
NBA PLAYOFFS BODY WORK The Game Gets Physical and the Bangers and Bruisers Make the Difference

May 09, 2005 | Chris Eliopoulos, Writer
NEXT WEEK: FREE STUFF!

May 09, 2005 | CHRIS LEWIS
Take it from me and Lanny: Vijay Singh will never succeed if he keeps hitting driver

May 09, 2005 | CHRIS LEWIS
Chris DiMarco's T3 in New Orleans is going to be harder to stomach than his second in Augusta.

May 09, 2005 | JEFF SILVERMAN
Four decades ago, when Arnie Frankel lost his swing, he found it again by putting his faith in the surprisingly simple teachings of Ernest Jones. Frankel has been spreading the word ever since

May 09, 2005 | Mark Beech
Beloved in Chicago, the '85 Bears alumni have teamed up to cash in on the upcoming celebration of their NFL title

May 09, 2005 | Mark Beech
FORMER BEARS LINEBACKER Al Harris is still accorded the respect due to a stalwart of the 46 defense. But his memories are bittersweet. Along with safety Todd Bell, who died of a heart attack...

May 09, 2005 | RICHARD HOFFER
Everything from staircases to scissors gives the advantage to the dextral. So in a world designed with the right hand in mind, why is it that so many lefties are great athletes?

May 09, 2005 | Ben Reiter
A tweener who didn't fit the NFL mold, Darryl Hammond has spent a record 15 years as a star in the Arena league

May 09, 2005 | Ben Reiter
Barry Wagner, WR-LB, San Jose SaberCats, 14 seasons Former Alabama A&M standout holds AFL records for receptions (959) and tackles (698).

May 09, 2005 | Franz Lidz
Two brothers from D.C. run Playing for Peace, using basketball to unite youths in nations torn by prejudice

May 09, 2005 | Franz Lidz
Three more international organizations that, like Playing for Peace, employ sports for the greater good of youth