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March 03, 2008 | Volume 108, Issue 9

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Jason Kidd Cover - Sports Illustrated March 03, 2008

March 03, 2008
Oh, Snap Your photo of David Tyree's catch against Rodney Harrison during the Giants' upset of the Patriots in the Super Bowl was journalistic perfection. The photo not only captured the greatness...

March 03, 2008 | S.L. Price
Thanks to Fidel Castro, Cuba is a dysfunctional nation—and a sports power

March 03, 2008
WHO'S Hot

March 03, 2008
Who has been the league's best rookie?

March 03, 2008
Extended By Maria Sharapova (above), her 2008 undefeated run, with a win in the Qatar Open. The Australian Open champ, who was shut out in the Grand Slam events last year, beat fellow Russian Vera...

March 03, 2008
MIKE GILLESPIE UC Irvine baseball coach, on complaints that the school's anteater mascot isn't ferocious enough: "If you're an ant, then an anteater is ferocious."

March 03, 2008
Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia was excused from practice to rush home to his wife, who said she had seen a ghost.

March 03, 2008 | Alan Shipnuck
Just how long is Tiger Woods's winning streak?

March 03, 2008 | Alan Shipnuck
PRINCE FIELDER is a meat-and-potatoes hitter: Last year he led the NL in home runs (or taters, if you're hanging around the batting cage) and was third in RBIs (rib eyes or steaks). The 260-pound...

March 03, 2008 | Alan Shipnuck
12 Consecutive years that teams have had a winning record against players in baseball arbitration; the owners won six of eight cases that went to hearings this year.

March 03, 2008 | As told to Andrew Lawrence
HAWKS CENTER

March 03, 2008 | Adam Duerson
Ferrell dishes off to good effect in Semi-Pro

March 03, 2008 | Adam Duerson
WHEN DOLPHINS defensive end Jason Taylor was named a contestant—alongside Monica Seles and figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi (below)—on the sixth season of Dancing with the Stars, he said, "I don't...

March 03, 2008 | Sarah Kwak
What to watch and watch for

March 03, 2008
Amanda Castillo SANFORD, FLA. > Gymnastics Castillo, a sophomore at Florida, scored a 39.575 to win the all-around and help the No. 3 Gators beat No. 6 LSU 197.925--196.325 and achieve the...

March 03, 2008 | Andrew Lawrence
The big story around Tennessee's 2007 NCAA championship win in Knoxville—aside, of course, from the title itself—was speculation about when Lady Volunteers All-America Candace Parker would declare...

March 03, 2008 | Dan Patrick
The Interview Travis Hafner INDIANS DH

March 03, 2008 | Dan Patrick
1. The scouting combine is: a) The annual NFL event in Indianapolis where college prospects are evaluated for the upcoming draft and the Wonderlic test is administered. b) Step One in the Oakland...

March 03, 2008 | Dan Patrick
IN A QUICKNESS DRILL designed specifically for new acquisition Shaquille O'Neal, a Phoenix Suns trainer places a cheeseburger at midcourt and yells, "Eat, Big Dog!"

March 03, 2008 | JACK MCCALLUM

March 03, 2008 | JACK MCCALLUM
DEEP IMPACT

March 03, 2008 | Ian Thomsen
Led by Ben Wallace, Cleveland's acquisitions bring defense, shooting and depth to King James's domain

March 03, 2008 | PETER KING
Draft season officially got rolling with prospects strutting their stuff at the NFL combine. Dapper Matt Ryan didn't throw a pass, but the BC product still impressed with his all-business demeanor

March 03, 2008 | PETER KING
Mike Hart, RB, Michigan

March 03, 2008 | PETER KING
SI senior writer Jim Trotter asked seven NFL personnel evaluators to identify the top 10 players in this year's draft. Matt Ryan was named on every list—as were these five

March 03, 2008 | GRANT WAHL

March 03, 2008 | GRANT WAHL
FANATICS

March 03, 2008 | Pablo S. Torre
Excessive harassment of opposing players isn't new to the college game. Fans have been committing offensive fouls for decades

March 03, 2008 | GRANT WAHL
Faced with a major NCAA investigation, Indiana cut ties with embattled coach Kelvin Sampson and put its disgruntled team, a Final Four contender, in the hands of a former Hoosier

March 03, 2008 | BEN REITER

March 03, 2008 | BEN REITER
MORE YOUNG GUNS

Thanks to improved pitching and (especially) defense, the Rays won't merely be better in '08, they'll be 22 wins better

March 03, 2008 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE

March 03, 2008 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE
Five other cities Olympians are calling home

March 03, 2008
Public Pool A packed house cheered the swimmers in the first preliminary heat of the boys' 100-yard freestyle at the Illinois state high school championships last Friday in Evanston.

March 03, 2008
WALK IN THE GARDEN Sporting a truly boss robe—accessorized with a couple of flashy belts—IBO and IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko cut an imposing figure on his way to the ring in...

March 03, 2008 | Chris Mannix
Heavy Wait Wladimir Klitschko got another slice of the heavyweight title, but brotherly love will delay any unification of the crown

March 03, 2008 | Chris Mannix
While the heavyweights dither, boxing's smaller stars are busy squaring off—and not just once, but again and again. On March 1 in Carson, Calif., Israel Vazquez (right) and Rafael Marquez, who...

March 03, 2008 | Michael Farber
Jagr's Last Run Diminished production may cost Jaromir Jagr a final big payday—unless he can close the season in dramatic style

March 03, 2008 | Pierre McGuire
It's been a rough season for Senators goalie Ray Emery (right). He has been late for practice, had verbal and physical jousts with teammates and had a save percentage of .894 entering last...

March 03, 2008 | Stewart Mandel
Driving Force Led by an unlikely walk-on, surprising Drake is in the top 20 and headed to its first NCAA tournament since 1971

March 03, 2008 | Stewart Mandel
Tennessee's upset of Memphis last Saturday boosted the Vols to No. 1 for the first time in school history, but the win could mean even more to the NCAA tournament selection committee. Having two...

March 03, 2008 | Chris Ballard
WHAT WOULD it be worth to you to be able to utter the greatest barroom boast ever? What if the next time the fellas are sitting around playing Can You Top This?, you could blow away their tales of...

March 03, 2008 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
The first leg of the PGA Tour season, the eight-week West Coast swing, is history. Here's who deserves praise—or derision—as the Show moves to Florida for a four-tournament stand

March 03, 2008 | JIM GORANT
It's Faldo's turn to drop the ball

March 03, 2008 | JIM GORANT
Different approaches to the game define two headliners

March 03, 2008 | JIM MURPHY
WHO Tiger Woods

March 03, 2008 | DOTTIE PEPPER
I HAD a front-row seat for Michelle Wie's 2008 LPGA debut at the Fields Open, and what I saw was both encouraging and disconcerting. She looked healthy, smiled freely, wore no wrist wraps (a...

March 03, 2008 | JIM MURPHY
"Match play makes for great golf but terrible TV, especially when someone beats his opponent 8 and 7."

March 03, 2008 | JIM MURPHY
Do you put Tiger Woods's win streak at four, five or six?

March 03, 2008 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
Has Tiger Woods helped clear the way for Barack Obama?

March 03, 2008 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
Laid-back Fred Couples is an excellent choice as U.S. Presidents Cup captain.

March 03, 2008 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
Poll names the Masters the most prestigious event in U.S. sports

March 03, 2008 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
For all of his physical gifts, it is Tiger Woods's unwavering belief in self that truly separates him from the competition, and the distinctionwas palpable at the Accenture Match Play Championship