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March 15, 2004 | Volume 100, Issue 11

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Barry Bonds Cover - Sports Illustrated March 15, 2004

March 15, 2004
The Third ManSo Alex Rodriguez, the most spoiled player in baseball, gets his way and will play for George Steinbrenner, the sorest loser in baseball (Hello, New York, Feb. 23). Steinbrenner's...

March 15, 2004
LETTERS•Please e-mail us at letters@si.timeinc.com or fax us at 212-467-4049, Letters should include the writer's full name, address and home telephone number and may be edited for clarity and space.

March 15, 2004 | Steve Rushin
In the 25 years since I first saw Adrian Adonis struck, as he entered the ring, by a potato thrown from the upper bowl of the St. Paul Civic Center, I've had the same high regard for professional...

March 15, 2004 | Mark Bowden
The impending destruction of Philadelphia's aging stadium will mark the end of an era. And maybe an error

March 15, 2004 | Mark Bowden
Since 1971, the drama was real even if the grass wasn't

March 15, 2004
Postgame stampedes are on the rise, and players are paying the price

March 15, 2004
0Nuggets players who scored at least 10 points in a 97-66 loss to the Pistons last Saturday, the first time since the advent of the shot clock that a team didn't have a player in double figures.

March 15, 2004
PlayedFor the Las Vegas Rattlers of the American Basketball Association, Joe (Jellybean) Bryant, the 49-year-old father of Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. In the Rattlers' regular-season finale against...

March 15, 2004
Died

March 15, 2004 | Bill Scheft
Before we begin, program reminder: Don't miss ESPN's Dream Job. This week they vote off Michael Eisner.

March 15, 2004 | Richard Deitsch
The star of Fox's 24 narrates NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience, which opens in 68 theaters on Friday.

March 15, 2004
Just because he's now the governor of the country's largest state doesn't mean Arnold Schwarzenegger has forgotten his roots. Last weekend he traveled to Columbus, Ohio, for the Arnold Classic, a...

March 15, 2004
Pete Rose will be inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame.

March 15, 2004
DION GLOVERRaptors guard, after being surrounded by 10 reporters covering his first practice with the team after he was waived by the Hawks: "This is like our crowds in Atlanta."

March 15, 2004
Talk about your polished professionals: Gail Devers dug in before her heat in the 60 meters last Friday at the World Indoor Championships in Budapest. Devers won gold in the event in 7.08 seconds....

March 15, 2004 | Julia Morrill
WHAT TO WATCH AND WATCH FOR

March 15, 2004 | Sridhar Pappu
•HUSTLE AND BUSTLEESPN will produce two biopics this year. Hustle, the story of Pete Rose, will debut on Sept. 25. Most of the film takes place from 1986 to '89, when the only playing Rose did was...

March 15, 2004
Danielle O'Reilly, MEDFORD, N.J.Track and FieldDanielle, a senior at Shawnee High, set a girls' national high school indoor pole vault record when she cleared 13'5" at a meet at the 168th Street...

March 15, 2004 | Seth Davis
One of the hottest tickets in sports is for the ACC tournament an event dominated by North Carolina schools for 50 years

March 15, 2004 | Seth Davis
For more about sports in North Carolina and the other 49 states, go to si.com/50.

March 15, 2004
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March 15, 2004
Who's in, out, on the bubble? Up-to-the-minute college hoops scoop, including full coverage of conference tournament week, at si.com/basketball/ncaa.

March 15, 2004 | Richard Petty
The racing legend on how stock cars sped to the forefront in his home state

March 15, 2004 | Compiled by Kelley King
North Carolinians weigh in on sports*

March 15, 2004 | Compiled by Kelley King
To see a flashback story about North Carolina State's upset of Houston, see a gallery of every North Carolina cover or submit your own favorite Tar Heel State memory, go to...

March 15, 2004 | Tom Verducci
New question about steroids have cast doubt on the legitimacy of the game's power-hitting records

March 15, 2004
Ride 'Em, CowboysOklahoma State sophomore Zack Esposito (far left) gets tossed by Iowa State freshman Trent Paulson in their 149-pound-class semifinal match at the Big 12 Championship wrestling...

March 15, 2004 | Tom Verducci
We threw some hard stuff at the commissioner, and he...well, he fouled off a lot of them and hit a couple of dribblers back to the mound

March 15, 2004 | Tom Verducci
Dr. Gary Wadler, professor at New York University School of Medicine and a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency, answers SI's questions on steroids.

March 15, 2004 | Jeff Greenfield
When a President's up for reelection, his State of the Union speech might as well begin with the House doorkeeper bellowing, "Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!" At every applause line...

March 15, 2004 | Kelli Anderson
By knocking off No. 1 Stanford, scrappy Washington capped an amazing turnaround—and may have staked a tournament claim

March 15, 2004 | Kelli Anderson
As the major conference tournaments gear up, we turn over our final recommendations to the real Selection Committee. Our four No. 1 seeds were nearly unanimous, but should any of them falter in...

March 15, 2004 | Peter King
During a five-day free-agent feeding frenzy, teams bulked up their rosters with contracts totaling more than $1 billion

March 15, 2004 | Peter King
What a week! Peyton Manning got the biggest signing bonus in NFL history ($34.5 million), but the Colts quarterback wasn't the only player to strike it rich.

March 15, 2004 | Peter King
The Redskins will feel the impact of their six big-money signings in 2006, which means they'd better win soon

March 15, 2004 | Peter King
Terrell Owens was banking on a new deal with the Eagles, but if he wants to play next season, it will be as a Raven

March 15, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
The Rookie of the Year race is neck and neck between two terrific teens: LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony

March 15, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
The latest NBA news, plus analysis from Jack McCallum, at si.com/basketball.

March 15, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
With nine teams vying for the last four berths, here's how the playoff race shapes up

March 15, 2004 | Gary Smith
<b>Thanks to a selfless coach, the sons of Mexican migrants in a dirt-poor California town turned their backs on drugs and gangs and built an athletic dynasty. But what would they do without...

March 15, 2004
The NBAPhilly should trade Iverson this summerKings' porous defense will improve with the return of Webber

March 15, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
The 76ers would be wise to peddle Allen Iverson while his value is high

March 15, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
On Kings forward Chris Webber, who in his first three games after returning from left-knee surgery averaged 24.0 points and 9.0 rebounds:

March 15, 2004 | Stephen Cannella
In a busy week of trades, the Bruins loaded up for a Stanley Cup fight

March 15, 2004 | Pierre McGuire
Team Canada will have to deal with the bad blood that's brewing between the coaches who will serve as assistants to Pat Quinn at the World Cup this summer. Last Friday, in the Flyers' 5-3 win over...

March 15, 2004 | Rick Reilly
THE YEAR: 2054. The place: National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, N.Y. The scene: A Little League coach takes his team on a tour.