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April 12, 2004 | Volume 100, Issue 15

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Emeka Okafor Cover - Sports Illustrated April 12, 2004

April 12, 2004
Is Paris Running?Thousands stream down the Champs Elysées on Sunday at the start of the 28th Paris Marathon. Ethiopia's Ambesa Tolosa won the race in 2:08:56, his first victory at 26.2 miles.

April 12, 2004 | Andrea Woo
SEPTEMBER 20, 1971

April 12, 2004
Cover MadnessI love what you did with the cover of this year's March Madness issue (March 22). You jinxed everyone!BRIAN LONG, Rochester, N.Y.

April 12, 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.

April 12, 2004 | Steve Rushin
New Orleans, host of Super Bowls and Sugar Bowls and Final Fours, is where America goes to see who's No. 1. But it's also where America goes to do No. 1, to judge by the official visitors' TV...

April 12, 2004 | Sridhar Pappu
Opening Day marked the start of Roger Angell's 43rd season on the baseball beat, where he is revered by readers and players alike

April 12, 2004
Young Freddy Adu begins his professional career

April 12, 2004 | Nancy Ramsey
Good luck and a fast boat enabled Steve Fossett to break the speed record for circumnavigation

April 12, 2004
WE'VE HEARD OF A PITCHER PAINTING THE CORNERS, BUT COME ON....Carmichael, a 57-year-old housepainter from Alexandria, Ind., began painting a regulation baseball in 1977 Now, 18,000 layers later,...

April 12, 2004 | Nancy Ramsey
192Shutouts by NHL goalies during the 2003-04 season, a league record.

April 12, 2004
RetiredAfter a 19-year NHL career in which he had 1,079 assists and 1,420 points, center Adam Oates. Mike Adessa, who coached Oates at RPI, once affectionately called him "a stumpy, heavy-footed,...

April 12, 2004 | L. Jon Wertheim
Won

April 12, 2004
This spring SI's Szuminskimeter has tracked Padres pitcher and rocket scientist Jason Szuminski, 25, in his quest to become the first MIT grad to make the majors.

April 12, 2004 | Bill Scheft
Are you excited about The Bachelor with Giants quarterback Jesse Palmer? I can't wait for this exchange: "Do you have protection?" "Not unless we draft Robert Gallery."

April 12, 2004 | Richard Deitsch
The upstart 28-year-old accountant from Spring Hill, Tenn., who last year won the $2.5 million World Series of Poker, will defend his title next month in Las Vegas.

April 12, 2004
She perfected her snap kicks under the tutelage of Mr. Miyagi when she starred as The Next Karate Kid, and Hilary Swank will now add a crisp jab to her personal-defense repertoire for her new role...

April 12, 2004
Even when his putter's hot, it's still really cold. Jan Skoglund tried to not leave it short on the 6th, um, green last Thursday at the World Ice Golf Championship in Svalbard, Norway, which is...

April 12, 2004
Te Kuiti, a small town in New Zealand, re-created Pamplona's Running of the Bulls with 2,000 sheep.

April 12, 2004
PAT QUINNMaple Leafs coach, on the possibility of top teams losing early in the NHL playoffs (page 62): "Good teams will be dropped out in that first round, and whether it is an upset or not, it...

April 12, 2004 | Julia Morrill
WHAT TO WATCH AND WATCH FOR

April 12, 2004 | Nancy Ramsey
•MIDSUMMER DREAM

April 12, 2004
Cathy Homiek, TOMS RIVER, N.J.LacrosseHomiek, a senior attacker at Montclair State, set an NCAA record when she got her 184th career assist in an 18-1 win over Wilkes. She also holds the Division...

April 12, 2004
To submit a candidate for Faces in the Crowd, go to SI.com/faces.

April 12, 2004 | Michael Bamberger
Not far from the National's hushed greens you'll find a blue-collar paradise of minor league baseball, drag boats and pro rasslin'

April 12, 2004 | Michael Bamberger
For more about sports in Georgia and the other 49 states, go to si.com/50.

April 12, 2004 | Roy Blount Jr.
For the author, following Georgia Tech's mighty gridiron team was a thrill

April 12, 2004 | Compiled by Farrell Evans
Georgians weigh in on sports*

April 12, 2004 | Compiled by Farrell Evans
On a scale of 1 to 100, how would you rate your state's enthusiasm for sports, relative to other states'?78.8%Rank: 22nd (tie) of first 38 states polled

April 12, 2004 | Compiled by Farrell Evans
To read an SI Flashback story about Jack Nicklaus's 1986 Masters victory, view a gallery of every Braves, Falcons and Hawks cover, or peruse more Peach State sports trivia, go to...

April 12, 2004 | Alexander Wolff
Behind a full-throttle performance from Emeka Okafor, Connecticut cruised past Georgia Tech to win the NCAA title

April 12, 2004 | Kelli Anderson
In the women's tournament, Minnesota's Janel McCarville and LSU's Seimone Augustus showed great promise in defeat

April 12, 2004 | Gene Menez
Here's our extremely early projection of the teams who'll be battling to reach next year's Final Four in St. Louis

April 12, 2004 | Jeff Pearlman
In 1999 Josh Hamilton and Josh Beckett were so close in talent and potential that they were drafted 1 and 2. Now they're worlds apart

April 12, 2004 | Michael Farber
Favorites often exit early on the road to the Stanley Cup

April 12, 2004 | Pierre McGuire
In analyzing the first-round matchups, SI's Pierre McGuire predicts two big surprises and one long series

April 12, 2004 | Pierre McGuire
Though he sides with the chalk, McGuire sees the NHL's hottest rivalry going seven games and the defending champs ousted

April 12, 2004 | Jack McCallum
The return of Chris Webber was supposed to boost Sacramento. Instead, the Kings are struggling, and their star is feeling the heat

April 12, 2004 | Jack McCallum
For more NBA news, plus analysis from Jack McCallum, go to si.com/basketball.

April 12, 2004
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April 12, 2004
Masters strokes: For complete coverage from Augusta, including the latest news and scores, a course tour and analysis from SI experts, go to si.com/masters.

April 12, 2004 | Leigh Montville
A new biography of Ted Williams ranges across the extraordinary life of a national icon: baseball star, war hero, lover of women, scourge of journalists, passionate fisherman and, to the end, one...

April 12, 2004
Baseball

April 12, 2004 | Daniel G. Habib
Without his old heat, tight-lipped Pedro Martinez relies more on guile

April 12, 2004 | Daniel G. Habib
Pedro Martinez is the best pitcher eligible for free agency after this season, but there should be a bounty of good hitters available. Here are the top five.

April 12, 2004 | Tim Layden
Castledale's win at Santa Anita further muddled the Derby picture

April 12, 2004 | Tim Layden
A trio of races this weekend could help clarify a muddled Kentucky Derby picture.

April 12, 2004 | Rick Reilly
Take in an eight-year-olds' baseball game this spring and something will smack you right in the face.