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February 06, 2006 | Volume 104, Issue 5

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February 06, 2006
The NHL With their hard-nosed G.M. behind the bench, the Devils are hot again • Scoring's up in the Eastern Conference • Leafs are falling

February 06, 2006 | Michael Farber
With its hard-nosed G.M. as the new bench boss and its star scorer healthy, New Jersey is hot again after a rocky start

February 06, 2006 | Pierre McGuire
Washington general manager George McPhee has been so impressed with the attitude of his goalie Olaf Kolzig--whom many insiders expect to be dealt before the March trade deadline--that he is trying...

February 06, 2006 | L. Jon Wertheim
Amélie Mauresmo and Roger Federer won singles titles at an Australian Open rife with lessons for the 2006 season

February 06, 2006 | Luke Winn
Safe at Home

February 06, 2006 | Luke Winn
An NBA scout evaluates the potential of Arizona guard Hassan Adams, a 6'4", 220-pound senior who led the Wildcats in scoring with an average of 19.5 points at week's end and was also contributing...

February 06, 2006 | SETH DAVIS
FLORIDA'S FOUL PLAY

February 06, 2006 | Ian Thomsen
A crucial date to determine the Sonics' future in Seattle looms, and the team's owner says he's prepared for the worst

February 06, 2006 | Ian Thomsen
On 6'8" rookie forward Ike Diogu (right), whom the Warriors reportedly refused to include in a trade for Ron Artest:

February 06, 2006 | Ian Thomsen
THE HOTLINE

February 06, 2006 | Rick Reilly
Okay, Seattle, grab a grande, skinny, no-foam, half-caf Espresso Macchiato and let me explain why the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to grind you up like a Sumatra blend in Super Bowl XL.

February 06, 2006
Bus Pass

February 06, 2006
LETTERS • E-mail us at letters@SI.timeinc.com or fax us at 212-467-2417. Letters should include the writer's full name, address and home telephone number and may be edited for clarity and space....

February 06, 2006 | Steve Rushin
That recorded phrase you hear while on hold for half an hour--"Your call is important to us"--means precisely the opposite of what it says. In truth, your call is not important to them, or they'd...

February 06, 2006 | Alan Shipnuck
Winning and losing have taken on a deeper meaning for Tiger Woods since he emerged from his six-week hiatus

February 06, 2006 | Kelli Anderson
Duke basketball fans have gotten behind their women's team in typically rabid fashion

February 06, 2006 | Edited by Mark Bechtel
Banned From the NBA for violating its substance-abuse policy, Hornets center Chris Andersen (above). The league did not specify which drug was found in Andersen's system, but under the collective...

February 06, 2006 | Adam Duerson
An L.A. businessman misses a chance to witness NBA history--again

February 06, 2006 | Edited by Mark Bechtel
By the Allegheny (Pa.) County coroner, that the cause of death of former Steelers offensive lineman Terry Long (above) was suicide and not, as originally reported, football-related head trauma....

February 06, 2006 | Edited by Mark Bechtel
$100,000 Amount demanded from the Patriots by an identified fan for the ball Doug Flutie used to convert a dropkick--the first in the NFL in 64 years--on Jan. 1.

February 06, 2006 | Michael Farber
A legend leaves the game he learned to love

February 06, 2006 | Edited by Mark Bechtel
Don't tell Oprah, but James Frey (A Million Little Pieces) isn't the first author to play fast and loose with the facts in a memoir. Here are a few from the sports world who have put the fiction...

February 06, 2006 | Richard Deitsch
The 2002 Olympic gold-medal-winning figure skater, 20, is taking a break from Yale to cover the Turin Games for MSNBC

February 06, 2006 | Adam Duerson
Looks like we'll never find out which rapper is the better youth football coach. Snoop Dogg, who organized his own league, recently took two squads to a youth football classic at Dolphins Stadium...

February 06, 2006 | Adam Duerson
The book on Sebastien Grosjean: Don't hit it to his forehand, which is quite strong, and don't hit it right at his stomach, because that's where he keeps his second racket. Actually, the flying...

February 06, 2006 | Adam Duerson
A Malaysian man announced that as a matter of Asian pride, he will attempt to break the American-held record for speed-kissing a venomous snake.

February 06, 2006 | Adam Duerson
ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS, Cavaliers center, on the team's hectic recent schedule: "You know you haven't been home a lot when your dog barks at you."

February 06, 2006 | Chris Mannix
THURSDAY 2/2

February 06, 2006 | Chris Mannix
SI PICK OF THE WEEK Garage Sale

February 06, 2006
GO TO SI.COM DAILY FOR SCORES, STATS AND BREAKING NEWS

February 06, 2006 | Edited by Mark Bechtel
Cole Konrad

February 06, 2006 | As told to Nunyo Demasio
SEAHAWKS KICKER

February 06, 2006 | As told to Peter King
STEELERS KICKER

February 06, 2006 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
WHO'S Hot

February 06, 2006 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
Which country will win the Olympic gold medal in hockey?

February 06, 2006 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
Steelers recall when their bowl was filled with Cheetos

February 06, 2006 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
What was your welcome-to-the-NFL moment? When I sacked Brett Favre in my first NFL [preseason] game as a rookie in 2004.

February 06, 2006 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
•Chris Therien (right), Flyers defenseman: "One year [teammate] Eric Lindros and I stole the catering truck at our Super Bowl party at Eric's house. They left the keys in the truck, and we drove...

February 06, 2006 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
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February 06, 2006 | MICHAEL SILVER
A favorite of fans, media and his fellow NFL players, Steelers running back Jerome Bettis is looking for final fulfillment in Detroit

February 06, 2006 | MICHAEL SILVER
Complete Super Bowl coverage at at SI.com/NFL.

February 06, 2006 | JEFFRI CHADIHA
For 13 seasons beloved fullback Mack Strong has embodied the spirit of Seattle

February 06, 2006 | PETER KING
Both teams usually prefer to run, but the Super Bowl will be decided by the quarterback who makes the most plays

February 06, 2006 | PETER KING
STEELERS TE Heath Miller

February 06, 2006 | PAUL ZIMMERMAN
Expect surprises, says Dr. Z, as two brilliant coordinators strut their stuff on the grandest stage

February 06, 2006 | PAUL ZIMMERMAN
STEELERS SPECIAL-TEAMER Chidi Iwuoma

February 06, 2006
Super Bowl week always turns into an exercise in civic boasting. Here's how Pittsburgh and Seattle stack up

February 06, 2006 | JACK MCCALLUM
Look what Ronnie has wrought. The Pacers finally rid themselves of talented but troubled Ron Artest, who made his debut with the Kings last week. But back in Indiana, a team that was once talking...

February 06, 2006 | JACK MCCALLUM
Nash or Parker? Shaq or Big Ben? Jack McCallum fills out his All-Star ballot at SI.com/NBA.

February 06, 2006 | KELLI ANDERSON
In a smashing debut, twins Ashley and Courtney Paris have turned the Sooners into title contenders and a hot ticket in Norman

February 06, 2006 | KELLI ANDERSON
Read more about women's hoops each Wednesday in Kelli Anderson's Mailbag at SI.com/collegebasketball.

February 06, 2006
Starr Quality

February 06, 2006
The 20th Winter Games will bring 2,500 athletes from 85 nations--including a powerful U.S. contingent--to Turin, Italy, a city known more for its cars and its shroud than for sports.

February 06, 2006 | Brian Cazeneuve
Four years after the best American showing ever at the Winter Games, a U.S. team rich in talent and personality will try to fly even higher

February 06, 2006 | Brian Cazeneuve
A quick primer on the host city and the issues and faces to watch for from Feb. 10 to 26

February 06, 2006 | E.M. Swift
Long touted as her sport's next queen, the dazzling Sasha Cohen has finally supplanted Michelle Kwan as the U.S.'s best skater

February 06, 2006 | E.M. Swift
Get figure skating analysis from E.M. Swift during the Games at SI.com/olympics.

February 06, 2006 | Michael Farber
The top seeds are all loaded with NHL stars. But in what should be a great tournament, the most intriguing team could be turmoil-plagued Russia

February 06, 2006 | Tim Layden
When the preordained star of the Games tried to fight the Olympic hype machine, he found himself on a very wild ride. SI was aboard

February 06, 2006 | Tim Layden
For skiing coverage throughout the Turin Winter Games, go to SI.com/Olympics.

February 06, 2006 | Brian Cazeneuve
A complete guide to the 84 events and 252 medals up for grabs over the 17 days of the Winter Games

February 06, 2006 | Brian Cazeneuve
To the home team go the spoils: automatic entries in every event, roaringly supportive crowds and a virtually guaranteed boost in medals won. Led by skier Giorgio Rocca, Italy's team will give...

February 06, 2006 | Brian Cazeneuve
Benjamin Raich, ALPINE SKIING THE BEST all-around skier on the world's strongest Alpine team, Raich (pronounced RIKE) has nevertheless been overshadowed by U.S. star Bode Miller. Steady and...

February 06, 2006 | Brian Cazeneuve
The top cross-country skiing nation in Olympic history delivers a new star

February 06, 2006 | Brian Cazeneuve
The erstwhile Big Red Machine is still a dynamo in the Olympics' most graceful sport

February 06, 2006 | Brian Cazeneuve
Though strong in speedskating, sliding and some skiing and snowboarding events, the 2010 host country is most intent on repeating its 2002 sweep of hockey gold medals

February 06, 2006 | Brian Cazeneuve
No country is more passionate about the Olympics' most rough-and-tumble sport--or has a more talented young competitor in it

February 06, 2006 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
Serious about finding the clubs and balls that are perfectly calibrated to your swing? Welcome to Hot Stix Golf, the custom-fitting specialist that in six years has gone from cult secret to...

February 06, 2006 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
Here's what Hot Stix Golf founder and president Mark Timms says is the best gear of the year so far in 2006, and why

February 06, 2006 | JIM GORANT
Phil faces the future without Ford

February 06, 2006 | JIM GORANT
The Pro Stinger, a new half-plastic, half-metal spike made by Champ, debuted on the PGA Tour last month. At least four players at the Buick Invitational wore the hybrid. Overall, plastic spikes...

February 06, 2006 | JIM GORANT
What it takes to become the best-attended tournament on Tour

February 06, 2006 | JIM GORANT
Will the Tour's new schedule and format in 2007 be better, worse or essentially the same as its current lineup?

February 06, 2006 | JOHN ELLIOTT
WHO: José María Olazábal

February 06, 2006 | DOTTIE PEPPER
FAMILY FOCUS John Daly's wife, Sherrie, has begun serving a sentence in federal prison. I don't know what John (left) is feeling, but personal difficulties can lead to an amazing focus while...

February 06, 2006 | JOHN GARRITY
Golf somehow takes the blame for a Washington scandal

February 06, 2006 | Chris Eliopoulos, Writer
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February 06, 2006 | JOHN GARRITY
The USGA will turn Torrey Pines into a brute for the '08 Open. No one will sniff par.

February 06, 2006 | FARRELL EVANS
How the Tour's Big Bopper Gets His Amazing Length

February 06, 2006 | Mark Wood
Anyone with a backswing like John Daly's and a downswing like Sergio García's is going to be ridiculously long

February 06, 2006 | Albert Chen
At 43, Seattle's Jamie Moyer is still giving hitters fits, but he's just as excited about his charitable giving