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October 03, 2005 | Volume 103, Issue 13

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Ronnie Belliard Cover - Sports Illustrated October 03, 2005

October 03, 2005 | Albert Chen
DECEMBER 25, 1995

October 03, 2005 | Terry McDonell
The National Hockey League is back from grim, self-imposed exile with some new rules, interesting experiments and dizzying roster changes. Longtime have-nots have suddenly morphed into haves, and...

October 03, 2005
Hex Education On behalf of Ohio State fans around the world, I would like to thank you for featuring a terrific article about Ted Ginn Jr. (Columbus Day, Sept. 12); for helping the world realize...

October 03, 2005 | Steve Rushin
Fighting Irish football coach Charlie Weis scheduled a predawn haircut in his office on the eve of his first home game, forcing his tireless barber to shear, shear for old Notre Dame at 4:45 in...

October 03, 2005 | Kelli Anderson
Passionate players, delirious devotees and rising TV ratings: As it approaches its 10th birthday, the WNBA is showing signs that it can survive and thrive

October 03, 2005 | Stephen Cannella
Rafael Palmeiro again points his finger, implicating a teammate in his steroids mess

October 03, 2005
Regained

October 03, 2005
645 Consecutive games the Rockies went without having a pitcher throw a complete-game shutout before Sunny Kim blanked the Giants last Saturday; no other team has had a shutout-less streak longer...

October 03, 2005
Tulane returns to SMU and defeats the team that gave them shelter from a storm

October 03, 2005 | Gary Van Sickle
New rules designed to avoid another embarrassing Presidents Cup draw nearly caused one

October 03, 2005 | Richard Deitsch
The actor, 34, plays an ex--college football star who becomes a handicapper in Two for the Money, which opens on Oct. 7

October 03, 2005 | Adam Duerson
Baseball's regular season ends on Oct. 2. Two days later its musical season gets going. Two pitchers, Boston's Tim Wakefield and Toronto's Miguel Batista, appear on CDs released that day....

October 03, 2005 | Adam Duerson
Coaches always look for players who have a nose for the ball, but it's tough to succeed in soccer when you have a ball for a nose. Racing Lens striker Eric Carriere faced that fact in a UEFA Cup...

October 03, 2005 | Adam Duerson
A plane taking Gambian soccer fans to a game in Peru faked a fuel emergency so it could land closer to the stadium.

October 03, 2005
Liz Guard

October 03, 2005 | Amanda Cherrin
What to watch and watch for

October 03, 2005
ATLANTA BRAVES THIRD BASEMAN

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October 03, 2005
Who has the best curveball in the major leagues? [ Based on a survey of 450 MLB players ]

October 03, 2005
WITH DONALD DRIVER Packers Receiver

October 03, 2005 | Ben Reiter
Breaking news: Barry Zito has the majors' best

October 03, 2005
[This article contains a table -- Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

October 03, 2005 | TOM VERDUCCI
With six teams vying for the four American League playoff spots, the season-ending White Sox-Indians and Yankees-Red Sox series loomed as do-or-die showdowns

October 03, 2005 | TOM VERDUCCI
Read more about the American and National League playoff races at SI.com/baseball.

October 03, 2005 | Albert Chen
Relief pitching could make the difference in the AL East race

October 03, 2005 | AUSTIN MURPHY
Quarterback Drew Stanton has Michigan State averaging nearly 50 points a game and contending for its first Big Ten title since 1990. This week he'll be out to settle a personal score when he takes...

October 03, 2005 | Mark Beech
Led by marquee running back Laurence Maroney, unbeaten Minnesota showed that it could be a force in the Big Ten too

October 03, 2005 | MICHAEL SILVER
Yet another dramatic comeback proves that the Patriots' Tom Brady--the best player in the NFL--owns the final two minutes

October 03, 2005 | MICHAEL SILVER
More NFL coverage, including Michael Silver's Open Mike, at SI.com/football.

October 03, 2005 | Bill Syken
The potential season-ending injuries to safety Rodney Harrison (37) and tackle Matt Light (72) were the latest in a string of blows to key Patriots players in the team's championship era. But if...

October 03, 2005
The league is back with new rules, a redrawn rink and a salary cap that levels the ice for all 30 teams. After a year off and a frenzy of player movement, can a faster, more explosive NHL win back...

October 03, 2005 | MICHAEL FARBER
In a postlockout spree, have-not teams suddenly became haves: Pittsburgh lured All-Stars to play with Sidney Crosby, Chicago got a Cup-winning goalie--and that's not all

October 03, 2005 | MICHAEL FARBER
The improbable signing of Paul Kariya--the first big-name player in franchise history--makes Nashville an overnight Cup contender

October 03, 2005
SI's RANKING

October 03, 2005
A deep defense, a sharp goalie and the excellent Jarome Iginla add up to a dance with Stanley

October 03, 2005 | Kostya Kennedy
Young, fast and ready to roll: The totally retooled Flyers are bound for the finals

October 03, 2005 | Michael Farber
Coach Bryan Murray believes that a little grit can lead to some long-awaited playoff glory

October 03, 2005 | Brian Cazeneuve
Thanks to stars willing to settle for less, the Cup winners' highly skilled core remains intact

October 03, 2005 | Michael Farber
With his mind clear at last, Tomas Vokoun is set to lead his promising team to new heights

October 03, 2005 | Michael Farber
Can Todd Bertuzzi live down his infamous hit, and live up to his old reputation as a scorer?

October 03, 2005 | Stephen Cannella
For Hockeytown to have aspirations of hoisting the Cup again, a Swede must learn to lead

October 03, 2005 | Yi-Wyn Yen
They're skilled and deep, and they have a young captain who's hungry to reach the finals

October 03, 2005 | Michael Farber
Chris Pronger may be the superhero the city has longed for since its Stanley Cup years

October 03, 2005 | Brian Cazeneuve
Better with age? A revamped team is counting on a pair of old friends to get it back into the playoffs

October 03, 2005 | Brian Cazeneuve
A longtime New Yorker brings his postseason savvy and trophy-winning touch to Beantown

October 03, 2005 | Kostya Kennedy
Although he has been reined in by new rules, goalie Martin Brodeur remains without peer

October 03, 2005 | Kostya Kennedy
With the hockey world watching, Sidney Crosby's first miracle will be to make his new team viable

October 03, 2005 | Brian Cazeneuve
By signing a veteran defenseman, the team's quest for its first playoff berth is afoot

October 03, 2005 | Brian Cazeneuve
After giving the club a bargain deal, winger Peter Bondra hopes the payoff will be the playoffs

October 03, 2005 | Yi-Wyn Yen
The arrival of the 'Bulin Wall will significantly boost a team coming off a league-worst 20 wins

October 03, 2005 | Michael Farber
The franchise that epitomizes class has hired Youppi! Will a mascot help? Youmustbekidding!

October 03, 2005 | Stephen Cannella
After jettisoning star players and signing an archenemy, the team has some making up to do

October 03, 2005 | Stephen Cannella
The team is counting on their highly touted young goaltender to deliver on his promise

October 03, 2005 | Michael Farber
Its hopes hanging on civic pride, Toronto faces some slow going on the road to success

October 03, 2005 | Yi-Wyn Yen
Over the hill? Mike Modano and his team of thirtysomethings insist that older is better

October 03, 2005 | Yi-Wyn Yen
Lucky Ducks: Reunited at last, the Brothers Niedermayer have found a place in the sun

October 03, 2005 | Yi-Wyn Yen
The franchise is for sale, but buyer beware: Depth of talent and team identity not included

October 03, 2005 | Yi-Wyn Yen
L.A. hopes dumping one inconsistent goalie for two inexperienced ones will result in more wins

October 03, 2005 | Stephen Cannella
Fans had better get used to this bunch. Because of the club's philosophy, help isn't coming soon

October 03, 2005 | Brian Cazeneuve
Swift Maxim Afinogenov, his headaches behind him, could finally provide some needed offense

October 03, 2005
For more Leading Off pictures, go to SI.com/photos.

October 03, 2005 | Yi-Wyn Yen
By taking the coaching reins, Wayne Gretzky hopes he can speed up the rebuilding process

October 03, 2005 | Brian Cazeneuve
Any chance for success rests with Martin Gerber, a career backup out to prove he's a No. 1 goalie

October 03, 2005 | Brian Cazeneuve
With mainstays thinking of bailing out, a rebuilding club is desperately seeking punch

October 03, 2005 | Kostya Kennedy
The fortunes of the Broadway Blueshirts will revolve around the team's mercurial star

October 03, 2005
College Football

October 03, 2005 | Tim Layden
Led by a former hoops star, South Florida staked its claim on the top spot in the new Big East by dismantling Louisville

October 03, 2005 | STEWART MANDEL
HOT TOPIC

October 03, 2005 | Phil Taylor
USC'S ACHILLES' HEEL

October 03, 2005 | Peter King
Mike Tice pushed the right buttons to get one win out of the Vikings. Quarterback Dante Culpepper will take it from here

October 03, 2005 | Peter King
The Panthers are frustrated that all-world defensive end Julius Peppers (right) has no sacks yet this year. Though he leads Carolina with 15 QB hurries, he's seeing more double-teams from running...

October 03, 2005 | Peter King
HOT READ

October 03, 2005 | Paul Zimmerman
I spent a good part of the off-season trying to find out what happened to the Eagles in the last five minutes of the Super Bowl. In case you forgot, they played that stretch in a semifog. Their...

October 03, 2005 | Rick Reilly
You think you've seen refs as blind as newborn moles? You think you've seen officials make bizarre calls? You've seen zebras who are as boneheaded as a box of hammers?

October 03, 2005
Playoff Scramble Who's Out, Who's In? White Sox vs. Indians Yankees vs. Red Sox 4 Teams, 3 Spots Cleveland's Ronnie Belliard and Chicago's Paul Konerko

October 03, 2005 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
San Francisco's Harding Park has been restored to its former glory, but will Sandy Tatum's baby pass the acid test?

October 03, 2005 | Jim Gorant
What golfers are talking about

October 03, 2005 | Art Stricklin
With nasty weather threatening, Robert Gamez came out of nowhere to win the Texas Open

October 03, 2005 | with MITCHELL SPEARMAN
WHO: Chris DiMarco

October 03, 2005 | Jeff Silverman
The Greatest Game turns Ouimet's Cinderella story into a pumpkin

October 03, 2005 | Chris Eliopoulos
GOLF PLUS will next appear in the Oct. 17 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.

October 03, 2005 | KENNY G
After my pro golf debut, I'm not quitting my day job

October 03, 2005 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
An unlikely hero lifted the U.S. to a hard-fought victory at the Presidents Cup

October 03, 2005 | Gary Van Sickle
Neither a disaster back home nor a cardiac scare could keep David Toms from the Presidents Cup

October 03, 2005 | Chris Ballard
U.S. native J.R. Holden was proud to play for his adopted homeland at the European championships

October 03, 2005 | Chris Ballard
The performance of Dirk Nowitzki (right) at the championships confirmed that he's one of the world's best players. He led all scorers (26.1 ppg) in carrying Germany to a runner-up finish against...

October 03, 2005 | Charles Hirshberg
Here's everything you could possibly want to know about college football--in a single volume

October 03, 2005 | Bill Syken
Remote Control Never miss a game again while traveling. The new Slingbox sends your home's TV channels to a laptop