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August 29, 2005 | Volume 103, Issue 8

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Jeff Francoeur Cover - Sports Illustrated August 29, 2005

August 29, 2005
Getting Ready

August 29, 2005
Has anyone else noticed that SI columnist Steve Rushin and San Francisco Giants pitcher Jason Schmidt are candidates for the clones feature you sometimes run in SCORECARD?

August 29, 2005
LETTERS

August 29, 2005 | Steve Rushin
The best place in America to watch sports is anywhere in the Pacific time zone, a magical land in which major league baseball games begin at breakfast and every box score is in your morning paper...

August 29, 2005 | Stephen Cannella
OLN--once the Outdoor Life Network--wants to woo viewers from the glitzy "Worldwide Leader" with a macho lineup that looks a lot like ... the original ESPN

August 29, 2005 | Chris Ballard
Days after Thomas Herrion led the 49ers in his college fight song, the big rookie offensive lineman was gone

August 29, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel
Won

August 29, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel
$112,000

August 29, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel
By members of the Double A Mississippi Braves of corking his bat, Tracy McGrady. The Rockets swingman took BP with the team last week and hit a 390-foot shot over the fence in left center,...

August 29, 2005 | Seth Davis
Two player arrests cap a chaotic off-season for the UConn Huskies

August 29, 2005 | George Dohrmann
Former Houston players allege they were forced to pursue less challenging majors

August 29, 2005 | Richard Deitsch
The singer (Now What) will be the grand marshal of the Busch Series Sam's Town 250 on Oct. 22 in Memphis

August 29, 2005 | George Dohrmann
HIT

August 29, 2005 | Adam Duerson
• Watch out Paul Tagliabue: Snoop Dogg is running a football league. The rapper, who last year coached the Rowland Raiders to the Orange County Junior All-American Football Conference championship...

August 29, 2005 | Adam Duerson
The Ohio Senior Amateur golf championship was held in West Virginia.

August 29, 2005 | Adam Duerson
MARCUS GILES

August 29, 2005 | Gene Menez
What to watch and watch for

August 29, 2005 | Mark Bechtel
In the tradition of SI's Sportsman of the Year, we periodically pay tribute in this space to men and women who represent the ideals of sportsmanship.

August 29, 2005 | Elizabeth Newman
ON LIFE AS A NEW MEMBER OF THE BEARS (Muhammad is pictured with four grizzly bears at the Bronx Zoo.) The Bears weren't the first team I considered, but I felt this was the place that gave me the...

August 29, 2005
WHO'S HOT

August 29, 2005
Like boxers, these relievers insist on marching out to special tunes

August 29, 2005
[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

August 29, 2005
Saints Receiver

August 29, 2005 | Lars Anderson
To change four tires in a flash, a crew must be in top shape

August 29, 2005 | Lars Anderson
Kurt Busch's pit crew performs these drills on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the season

August 29, 2005 | PETER KING
Haunted by their Super Bowl loss of two seasons ago and eager to prove that last year's struggles were an injury-driven fluke, Jake Delhomme and the Panthers are intent on winning it all--now

August 29, 2005 | Paul Zimmerman
After missing the playoffs in 2004, these three teams also could rebound this year and get back into the postseason

August 29, 2005
For daily Web-only galleries, go to si.com/photos.

August 29, 2005 | MICHAEL FARBER
Swinging and singing, Atlanta's homegrown Jeff Francoeur leads a pack of precocious rookies who have the Braves tasting yet another division title

August 29, 2005 | FRANZ LIDZ
After getting booted out of the Big East, Temple is adding injury to insult by playing a backbreaking schedule that ensures yet another losing record

August 29, 2005 | Mark Beech
In determining which BCS member schools play the toughest schedules in 2005 and which ones play the easiest, SI kept one question in mind: Is a school scheduling competitive games or automatic...

August 29, 2005 | L. JON WERTHEIM
For a brutal test of endurance with fiendish plot twists and a motley cast of characters, no reality series beats the U.S. Open, which is about to face the cameras in the wilds of Flushing Meadows

August 29, 2005 | GRANT WAHL
Even in the shadow of recent violence, two Arabs have become heroes of Israel's surprising soccer team. Next Saturday, in Switzerland, Israel could all but clinch a World Cup berth in the nation's...

August 29, 2005
The Week In Sports

August 29, 2005 | Phil Taylor
Cal receiver DeSean Jackson is one of several standout freshmen expected to give their teams immediate help

August 29, 2005 | Phil Taylor
Here are five other rookies who have impressed in practice.

August 29, 2005 | Jeffri Chadiha
Chad Pennington of the Jets impressed in his preseason debut, but it was his one misfire that most fired up his coach

August 29, 2005 | Jeffri Chadiha
Chad Pennington isn't the only quarterback the critics are closely watching. Here are four others whose maturity and consistency will be scrutinized well into the fall.

August 29, 2005 | Albert Chen
St. Louis is romping--again--but an epidemic of injuries threatens to undermine its World Series chances

August 29, 2005 | Albert Chen
The Cardinals aren't the only playoff contenders hampered by injuries. Here are four ailing players who are sorely needed as their teams make a final push toward the postseason.

August 29, 2005 | Albert Chen
SEPTEMBER CALL-UPS

August 29, 2005 | Tom Verducci
SOX WEARING THIN?

August 29, 2005 | Rick Reilly
O.k., you're Lancaster (Texas) High wide receiver Brandon Jackson and it's about time for the game to start. Shoulder pads? Check. Helmet? Check. Court-ordered electronic ankle monitor? Check.

August 29, 2005
The Natural

August 29, 2005 | MATT KILLEN
I can't buy a beer, but I can--and have--helped Kenny Perry win on Tour

August 29, 2005 | Chris Eliopoulus
[This article consists of an illustration -- see below.]

August 29, 2005 | MATT KILLEN
Jay Haas will be teeing it up more often on the senior circuit. He's not having much fun shooting 75s on the regular Tour.

August 29, 2005
Tiger's Alley

August 29, 2005 | Jim Gorant
What golfers are talking about

August 29, 2005 | Gary Van Sickle and ASAP Sports
The world's No. 1 golfer stuck around to win for the fourth time in nine tries at Firestone and clinch Player of the Year

August 29, 2005 | Jim Gorant
With his fifth win--including two majors--Tiger has all but locked up Player of the Year, but he hasn't outplayed his two closest rivals by that much. Here's the season breakdown.

August 29, 2005 | Mark Wood
WHO: Tiger Woods

August 29, 2005 | TOM LEHMAN
• READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? Everything but Terrell Owens. I can't say what I think of him. • T.O. AS A RYDER CUP CAPTAIN'S PICK He's below the bottom of the list. • FRED COUPLES He's playing well,...

August 29, 2005 | Mark Wood
"Insiders tell me there are two big rule changes on equipment coming: a ban on the belly putter and a decrease in the amount of trampoline effect in drivers."

August 29, 2005 | Mark Wood
Should Tiger Woods have stayed at Baltusrol through the finish of the PGA?

August 29, 2005 | JOHN GARRITY
Jacques Gatera and his family cheated death in Africa. No wonder Jacques isn't sweating playing with the pros