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April 10, 2006 | Volume 104, Issue 15

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Joakim Noah Cover - Sports Illustrated April 10, 2006

April 10, 2006
Scintillating 65

April 10, 2006 | Steve Rushin
Statistics can't be trusted. In most arguments they're used--as a poet said--the way a drunk might use a lamppost: for support rather than illumination. And now some of those slippery, elusive,...

April 10, 2006 | Alexander Wolff
Whether Duke lacrosse players are guilty or innocent, the rape allegations that rocked the program exposed the sport's changing culture

April 10, 2006
Despite blood clots on the brain, a former contender gets back in the ring

April 10, 2006
Added To the list of garments NBA players are now forbidden to wear, tights. Before the season commissioner David Stern instituted a dress code for players off the court; next he'll reportedly...

April 10, 2006
LAST WEEK NFL owners voted by a 29-3 margin to outlaw excessive celebrations. Gone are the days when Chad Johnson (above) could make like Tiger Woods in the end zone after racking up six....

April 10, 2006 | Richard Deitsch
The 28-year-old actor (Napoleon Dynamite) costars in The Benchwarmers, which opens on April 7

April 10, 2006 | Adam Duerson
Two years ago Anna Benson, the somewhat publicity-conscious wife of pitcher Kris Benson, told Howard Stern that she would sleep with "everybody on [her husband's] entire team" (the Mets, at that...

April 10, 2006 | Chris Mannix
What to watch and watch for

April 10, 2006
Antonio Davis COLUMBUS, OHIO > Basketball Davis, a senior forward at Urbana University, averaged 22.4 points and 8.1 rebounds, both career highs, for the Blue Knights and was chosen the...

April 10, 2006 | As told to Chris Mannix
CAVALIERS FORWARD

April 10, 2006
Who's Hot

April 10, 2006 | Andrew Lawrence
Why Toronto's Matt Bonner is car-less in Canada

April 10, 2006
Diamondbacks Second Baseman

April 10, 2006
[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

April 10, 2006 | Andrew Lawrence
The Suns' mascot may train tougher than any player on the team

April 10, 2006 | GRANT WAHL
Behind center Joakim Noah's snarling, suffocating defense and a balanced, up-tempo attack, Florida cruised past UCLA to win its first basketball title

April 10, 2006 | GRANT WAHL
More Final Four coverage, plus predictions for next season, at SI.com/collegebasketball.

April 10, 2006 | NUNYO DEMASIO
He's more than a memorable moniker--D'Brickashaw Ferguson will be the first offensive lineman drafted this year and an NFL cornerstone for decades

April 10, 2006 | TOM VERDUCCI
Teams from the National League have been dominated by their American League counterparts in recent years, by almost every measure, and the trend will only continue this season. How did this happen?

April 10, 2006 | TOM VERDUCCI
More baseball news plus Tom Verducci's weekly Insider column at SI.com/baseball.

April 10, 2006 | TOM VERDUCCI
Already the stronger league, the AL got the best of the NL again this winter as these players switched sides through free agency and trades

April 10, 2006 | E.M. SWIFT
Besieged all season by injuries--including ones that sidelined stars like Peter Forsberg and Simon Gagné--the Philadelphia Flyers are finally getting healthy. Playoff opponents beware: Adversity...

April 10, 2006 | E.M. SWIFT
For more on the NHL and the battle for the postseason, go to SI.com/hockey.

April 10, 2006 | CHRIS MANNIX
When did the streaking Nets enter the discussion about NBA title contenders? Around the same time that 33-year-old Jason Kidd reentered the conversation about the league's elite point guards

April 10, 2006 | CHRIS MANNIX
Which nonplayoff teams have reason to believe in '06-07? Find out at SI.com/nba.

April 10, 2006 | DAVID MARANISS
Forty schools, two hospitals and scores of parks and ball fields, from Puerto Rico to Pittsburgh, carry his name. To understand why, you have to know how he died

April 10, 2006 | DAVID MARANISS
Read all about the first week of the 2006 major league baseball season at SI.com/baseball.

April 10, 2006
Inaugural Ball President George W. Bush, the former owner of the Rangers, threw out the ceremonial first pitch on Monday at the Reds' traditional home opener. Bush's delivery was sharper than many...

April 10, 2006
Tennis Instant replay is a smash hit at the NASDAQ-100 • Tatiana Golovin of Russia, France and Florida begins to fulfill promise she showed as a junior

April 10, 2006 | L. Jon Wertheim
Smash Hit Fans at the NASDAQ-100 loved the new Hawk-Eye instant-replay system, which put both players and linesmen to the test

April 10, 2006 | Tom Verducci
Marked Man Opening Day fans in San Diego made their feelings about Barry Bonds very clear, and they won't be the last to do so

April 10, 2006 | Ian Thomsen
Eyes off the Prize His Lakers won't win the championship, but Phil Jackson has reaped other rewards during his best season as a coach

April 10, 2006 | Rick Reilly
After we gave up a touchdown in our first Touch Football/Pulled Groinathon of the year, the guys on the other team sneered and said, "Suckers walk."

April 10, 2006 | JIM GORANT
Mickelson's primed for Augusta--maybe

April 10, 2006 | JIM GORANT
Phil Mickelson carried two drivers at the BellSouth. One had 9.5 degrees of loft and a 45-inch shaft and was set up to hit fades, while the other, a 46-incher with 9 degrees, was for draws....

April 10, 2006 | JIM GORANT
The LPGA says it will offer its players individual brand managers

April 10, 2006 | Michael Breed
WHO: Karrie Webb

April 10, 2006 | GARY VAN SICKLE
Hootie lays out his plan for lengthening the par-3 course

April 10, 2006 | GARY VAN SICKLE
by JIM GORANT

April 10, 2006 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
Karrie Webb's Back in the Swim after Winning a Scintillating Kraft Nabisco Championship

April 10, 2006 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
Mickelson's the Man in Masters Prep page G11

April 10, 2006 | Kelli Anderson
The Women's Final Four was dominated by the ACC, which had three teams in Boston and produced the national champ. The scary thing? The conference might be stronger in 2006-07

April 10, 2006 | Luke Winn
Assuming that Texas's LaMarcus Aldridge, UConn's Rudy Gay, Gonzaga's Adam Morrison and LSU's Tyrus Thomas jump to the NBA, here's how next season's rankings shape up