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May 05, 2008 | Volume 108, Issue 18

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Kosuke Fukudome Cover - Sports Illustrated May 05, 2008

May 05, 2008
Reverse Angle How weird is this? For your 2006--07 college basketball preview (far right), one of your regional covers featured Julian Wright, with Mario Chalmers peeking out from behind him. Your...

May 05, 2008 | Tim Layden
After years of drug scandals, track faces its future as a minor Olympic sport

May 05, 2008
WHO'S Hot

May 05, 2008
Who is the best defensive player in the major leagues?

May 05, 2008
Admitted On a local radio show that he smokes marijuana in the off-season, Mavericks forward Josh Howard (above). Appearing on Michael Irvin's program hours before Dallas played New Orleans in...

May 05, 2008
JOE GIRARDI Yankees manager, on the torn foot ligament suffered by reliever Brian Bruney: "The doctor recommended surgery.... From what I understand, if somebody in 1793 had it, they amputated."

May 05, 2008
A Dallas TV commentator likened the team's trade for Pacman Jones to acquiring Osama bin Laden.

May 05, 2008 | Rebecca Shore
Test your knowledge of the wandering coach

May 05, 2008 | Rebecca Shore
WHILE THE Redskins' front office was quietly trying to convince Cincinnati to deal Chad Johnson, the team's cheerleaders were focusing their powers of persuasion on a different target: Indian...

May 05, 2008 | Rebecca Shore
382 Length of Grady Sizemore's consecutive-games streak, which came to an end on Sunday when the Indians' centerfielder sat out a 1--0 loss to the Yankees with a sore ankle.

May 05, 2008 | Arash Markazi
THE BECKHAMS have a new favorite couple in L.A. Lately David, Victoria and their sons, Brooklyn and Romeo (below), have been courtside fixtures at Lakers games. After L.A.'s playoff win over...

May 05, 2008 | Stephen Cannella
Rediscovering a flawed, forgotten golf legend

May 05, 2008 | As told to Arash Markazi
LAKERS FORWARD

May 05, 2008 | Sarah Kwak
What to watch and watch for

May 05, 2008
Daniel O'Connor FRAMINGHAM, MASS. > Boxing O'Connor, 23, defeated Emmanuel Taylor by a 9--7 decision to win the 141-pound division of the U.S. Future Stars National Championship. He won five bouts...

May 05, 2008 | Rebecca Shore
UNTIL LAST week, most disruptions along the Olympic torch route came from activists protesting China's human rights record. But as the torch passed through Canberra, Australia, last Thursday, it...

May 05, 2008 | Dan Patrick
The Interview Ryan Leaf FORMER CHARGERS QB

May 05, 2008 | LEE JENKINS

May 05, 2008 | LEE JENKINS
SPORTS IN REAL TIME. ALL THE TIME. ALL FREE.

The Cubs have gotten the message that you have to learn to walk before you can run to a title

May 05, 2008 | JACK MCCALLUM

May 05, 2008 | JACK MCCALLUM
SPORTS IN REAL TIME. ALL THE TIME. ALL FREE.

May 05, 2008 | Ian Thomsen
Young and athletic Philly has confounded veteran Detroit, which hasn't looked like a team capable of winning the East

May 05, 2008 | E.M. SWIFT
A Chinese coach at an Iowa gym has helped build smart, spirited 16-year-old Shawn Johnson into the world all-around champion and the gold medal favorite. Now she wants to bring him glory in his...

May 05, 2008 | E.M. SWIFT
Foreign coaches have boosted U.S. gymnastics to a new level

May 05, 2008 | E.M. SWIFT
SPORTS IN REAL TIME. ALL THE TIME. ALL FREE.

May 05, 2008
Whether it's a new coach, a new training regimen or newfound confidence, change is in the air for four storied programs on the rebound

May 05, 2008 | Stewart Mandel
RICK NEUHEISEL'S perpetually cheerful disposition is a natural fit on UCLA's sun-drenched campus. "I need surgery to remove the smile from my face," says the former Bruins quarterback and 1984...

May 05, 2008 | Mark Beech
WILL THE offensive linemen be able to eat their way to respectability? A diet designed to add bulk was one of the elements of a super-sized off-season conditioning program mandated by coach...

May 05, 2008 | Mark Beech
SPORTS IN REAL TIME. ALL THE TIME. ALL FREE.

May 05, 2008 | Andy Staples
DURING AN April scrimmage backup quarterback Christian Ponder stepped to the line, scanned the defense and spotted a weakness in coverage. The sophomore checked out of a running play and threw a...

May 05, 2008 | Austin Murphy
THE ANNOUNCEMENT did not inspire confidence in the Wolverines' offense. "We're on schedule mentally," coach Rich Rodriguez stated, following his team's rain-drenched final scrimmage. "Physically,...

May 05, 2008 | MICHAEL FARBER
Personal duels like the one between Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote and Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg define the character of the postseason—and determine its outcome

May 05, 2008 | MICHAEL FARBER
More semifinal matchups that matter

May 05, 2008 | MICHAEL FARBER
SPORTS IN REAL TIME. ALL THE TIME. ALL FREE.

May 05, 2008 | PETER KING

May 05, 2008 | PETER KING
SPORTS IN REAL TIME. ALL THE TIME. ALL FREE.

May 05, 2008 | PAUL ZIMMERMAN
Beef stock, that is. A draft top-heavy with offensive tackles had some other weighty issues too

May 05, 2008 | Jim Trotter
The Chiefs broke with their past to build for the future—and got some major help for right now

May 05, 2008
Baseball How the A's have pulled off the trick of rebuilding and, it would seem, contending at the same time • Cleveland's Cliff Lee and his unprecedented three-start stretch

May 05, 2008 | Jon Heyman
Grade A's An off-season overhaul has not only set up Oakland for a terrific future, it's also made for an intriguing 2008

May 05, 2008 | Nate Silver
Indians lefty Cliff Lee has put up numbers—4--0, 0.28 ERA in his first four starts—that are usually only seen in Little League. BP's Rany Jazayerli searched through Retrosheet.org game logs going...

May 05, 2008 | Mark Beech
Surface Tension Colonel John has the résumé of a Derby favorite, but questions remain about how he'll handle his first race on dirt

May 05, 2008 | Mark Beech
Win Colonel John: Should love the 1 1/4-mile distance and seems to be making the adjustment to the dirt at Churchill Downs

May 05, 2008 | Selena Roberts
DECIPHERING THE NFL's draft hooey requires a player profiler with a past life as the shovel man behind elephants at a circus. Decoding draft-day politics begs for a personnel junkie with a...

May 05, 2008
Stuckey on You The Pistons' Rodney Stuckey came out on top in a collision with the 76ers' Rodney Carney during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals last Friday in Philadelphia. The...