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April 24, 2006 | Volume 104, Issue 17

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Lebron James Cover - Sports Illustrated April 24, 2006

April 24, 2006
Good Clean Fun

April 24, 2006
While I am as pleased as anyone about George Mason's Final Four run (11th Heaven, April 3), I am dismayed that you have discounted the accomplishment of the 1979 Pennsylvania Quakers. Ninth-seeded...

April 24, 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....

April 24, 2006 | Steve Rushin
As a child, Lawrence Frank says, "I was like a bad Hollywood actor. I kept hearing, 'Cut! Cut! Cut!'" He was cut from so many basketball teams that he decided, at age 12, to concentrate on...

April 24, 2006
How much of a soap opera are the Knicks? Let's just say coach Larry Brown started as The Guiding Light and ended up in General Hospital

April 24, 2006 | Fay Vincent
Former commissioner Fay Vincent tells why Bud Selig has few options in the matter of Barry Bonds

April 24, 2006
Set By Kenya's Robert Cheruiyot, a new Boston Marathon course record. Cheruiyot (above) crossed the finish line in 2:07:14, one second faster than his countryman Cosmas Ndeti ran the race in 1994....

April 24, 2006
2 NHL rookies--Teemu Selanne in 1992-93 and Washington's Alexander Ovechkin this season--to have at least 50 goals and 50 assists.

April 24, 2006 | Richard Deitsch
The Heisman Trophy--winning running back from USC is expected to go first in the NFL draft on April 29

April 24, 2006 | Peter King
Brett Favre is still sittin' on the dock of the bay

April 24, 2006
How many times have we seen it? Child TV star outgrows role and embarks upon a life of dangerous behavior. So it wasn't surprising when earlier this month Frankie Muniz announced he's going to...

April 24, 2006
An inflatable Gumby is nice, but the team of Daryl Boyington (center), Toby Day (left) and Larry Doucette (right) picked the wrong claymation figure for their entry in the 40th annual Kenduskeag...

April 24, 2006
A seven-year-old boy had to be taken to the hospital after he was trampled at a minor league baseball promotion in which $1,000 was dropped from a helicopter.

April 24, 2006
GRADY LITTLE, Dodgers manager, on what he told pitching coach Rick Honeycutt after Derek Lowe gave up a three-run homer on the first pitch following a visit from the coach:

April 24, 2006 | Chris Mannix
What to watch and watch for

April 24, 2006
Kineke Alexander

April 24, 2006 | As told to Elizabeth Newman
WIZARDS GUARD

April 24, 2006 | Edited by KOSTYA KENNEDY AND GENE MENEZ
Who's Hot Travis Hafner Indians slugger's hitting .356 and crushing homers (seven). Sweeter, still: He's got his own candy bar, a crispy chocolate thang called Pronk (Hafner's nickname;...

April 24, 2006 | Edited by KOSTYA KENNEDY AND GENE MENEZ
Who's the NHL's best coach?

April 24, 2006 | Lisa Altobelli
He's no point guard, but Mavs swingman Jerry Stackhouse is known for his dishes

April 24, 2006 | Lisa Altobelli
Preparation time: 45 minutes

April 24, 2006 | Edited by KOSTYA KENNEDY AND GENE MENEZ
Astros Infielder

April 24, 2006 | Ben Reiter
While New York fans debate whether Met Billy Wagner or Yankee Mariano Rivera has dibs on Metallica's Enter Sandman, other relievers talk about the tunes that get them pumped

April 24, 2006 | CHRIS BALLARD
He's the Cavaliers' leader and an MVP candidate-and deep down, at 21, still a kid. LeBron James charges into the second phase of his unparalleled career with his playoff debut this weekend

April 24, 2006 | CHRIS BALLARD
NBA scouts break down each first-round matchup at SI.com/nba.

April 24, 2006 | MICHAEL FARBER
Surrounded by fellow Czechs and doted on by his coach, an invigorated Jaromir Jagr is the key to the postseason for the league's bellwether team

April 24, 2006 | YI-WYN YEN
Jaromir Jagr isn't the only star who has kept his team in the playoff picture. Here are five other leading men who have lifted their squads into the postseason and whose performances could make or...

April 24, 2006 | Pierre McGuire
SI's Pierre McGuire says team speed and the efforts of underrated players could be the decisive factors

April 24, 2006 | Pierre McGuire
The fate of some Stanley Cup hopefuls, McGuire says, will hinge on whether top players can overcome injuries

April 24, 2006 | AUSTIN MURPHY
After a tumultuous couple of years, Colorado hired a happy warrior, Dan Hawkins, who favors offensive pyrotechnics, a splash of Zen and player contests, such as belly sliding in the snow

April 24, 2006 | AUSTIN MURPHY
For more spring football coverage, including reports from Ohio State and Louisville and an early Heisman watch, go to SI.com/collegefootball.

April 24, 2006 | Stewart Mandel
Some of the intriguing storylines coming out of April involve rehabbing stars and a few old hands in different positions

April 24, 2006 | George Dohrmann
Operation Gear Grinder shut down a flourishing drug business in a BALCO-scale investigation of major steroid trafficking

April 24, 2006 | George Dohrmann
During Operation Gear Grinder, the DEA identified more than 2,000 people in the U.S. who had done business with the eight targeted Mexican steroid companies. Florida had the most steroid...

April 24, 2006
Baseball Mets find that two Carloses are better than one • A healthy Thome rediscovers his stroke • Braves starters struggle

April 24, 2006 | Tom Verducci
Carlos Factor The bond between Beltran and Delgado has brought out the best in each player and powered the Mets' smashing start

April 24, 2006
Playoff Prep

April 24, 2006 | Tom Verducci
FALSE START FOR BRAVES ROTATION

April 24, 2006 | Jeffri Chadiha
Old School Dedication and hard work, the hallmarks of his dad's NFL career, have turned Bobby Carpenter into a likely first-rounder

April 24, 2006 | Tim Layden
A Strong Case Powerful colt Lawyer Ron served notice that he's a Kentucky Derby favorite with a convincing victory in Arkansas

April 24, 2006 | Rick Reilly
Okay, right off the bat, let me be clear: Ozzie Guillen, the manager of the Chicago White Sox, is my favorite person in baseball. He's hilarious. He's the best skipper in the game. He had only an...

April 24, 2006 | JOHN GARRITY
Hurricane Katrina--ravaged New Orleans will celebrate the return of the PGA Tour next week, but the city will need much more time to overcome the obstacles to resuscitating its golf industry and...

April 24, 2006 | JIM GORANT
Lorena Ochoa hits the jackpot, finally

April 24, 2006 | JIM GORANT
What's one of the most popular products on Tour that the pros are not paid to use? The Seaforth rain cover. At the Players Championship 87% of the pros carried a Seaforth cover. The cover and...

April 24, 2006 | JOHN GARRITY
Will Tiger's slip of the tongue be used against him in September?

April 24, 2006
WHO: Aaron Baddeley

April 24, 2006 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
At Hilton Head, while others decompressed from the Masters, Aaron Baddeley showed his colors