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April 19, 2004 | Volume 100, Issue 16

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Phil Mickelson Cover - Sports Illustrated April 19, 2004

April 19, 2004
Rising TideWhew! That was close. As a recent Alabama graduate and enthusiastic supporter of the Crimson Tide basketball team, I think I speak on behalf of the Tide faithful when I say that after...

April 19, 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 19, 2004 | Steve Rushin
If Augusta national can reconfigure its golf course every year to make it longer and more narrow, surely we can reconfigure everything else in sports—including my 5'4" editor, Dick Friedman, who...

April 19, 2004 | Phil Taylor
After a rough road trip Barry Bonds returned to San Francisco, hit a historic home run and, for a moment at least, became a hometown hero again

April 19, 2004 | Sridhar Pappu
A twice-busted college star is tearing up the Arena Football League

April 19, 2004 | Sridhar Pappu
67%Graduation rate of the UConn women's basketball team.

April 19, 2004
DiedAfter a yearlong battle with Lou Gehrig's disease, Bruce Edwards, 49, who caddied for Tom Watson for nearly 30 years. Edwards and Watson met at a tournament in St. Louis in 1973, and except...

April 19, 2004
DiedOf colon cancer, former major league pitcher, pitching coach and manager George Bamberger, 80. As the Orioles' pitching coach from 1968 to 77, Bamberger mentored 18 20-game winners, including...

April 19, 2004 | Bill Scheft
I don't know if this has anything to do with Title IX, but just as many cars were turned over and set on fire after the UConn women won their NCAA tide.

April 19, 2004 | Richard Deitsch
The Hornets All-Star is an executive producer of Asylum, the first feature film from his production company.

April 19, 2004
There seems to be no doubt that Rebecca Loos had David Beckham's personal cellphone number. The question is, Did Beckham have unlimited nights and weekends with his 26-year-old former personal...

April 19, 2004
Studios in New York, Miami and Hollywood have begun offering yoga classes for dogs.

April 19, 2004
JAY ZYGMUNTRams president, on the contract demands of tackle Orlando Pace (left), who asked for a seven-year, $71 million deal: "It's not an offer, it's a ransom note."

April 19, 2004
Since it means taking a bumpy trip down a steep hill on the back of a 12-ton log, townspeople in Shimosuwa, Japan, must be happy that the Year of the Tiger and the Monkey only comes once every six...

April 19, 2004 | Julia Morrill
WHAT TO WATCH AND WATCH FOR

April 19, 2004 | Sridhar Pappu
SHORT STORYThe makers of Jockey, a 90-minute documentary that debuts on HBO on April 26, offer up a cautionary tale about the difficult lives of three riders: 23-year-old Chris Rosier and veterans...

April 19, 2004
Ralph Mims, BRUNSWICK, MAINEBasketballRalph, a senior guard at Brunswick High, scored a championship-game record 46 points in a 69-63 loss to Portland and was Eastern Maine Class A tournament MVP....

April 19, 2004
To submit a candidate for Faces in the Crowd, go to SI.com/faces.

April 19, 2004 | Tim Layden
Next week's 108th Boston Marathon will add to a legacy of heroes and heartbreaks

April 19, 2004 | Tim Layden
For more about sports in Massachusetts and the other 49 states, go to si.com/50.

April 19, 2004 | E.M. Swift
Who needs success? The Red Sox' Biblical misfortunes are a unifying force

April 19, 2004 | Compiled by Bill Syken
Bay Staters weigh in on sports*

April 19, 2004 | Compiled by Bill Syken
To read Sportsman of the Year stories on Bobby Orr, Bill Russell and Carl Yastrzemski, view a gallery of every Bruins, Celtics, Patriots and Red Sox cover or submit your own Bay State sports...

April 19, 2004 | Compiled by Bill Syken
On a scale of 1 to 100, how would you rate your state's enthusiasm for sports, relative to other states'?88.3Rank: 2nd of first 39 states polled.

April 19, 2004 | Jack McCallum
The Lakers could regain the title, but not unless they resolve a few thorny issues

April 19, 2004
A guide to who's up, who's down, who's got a beef with the refs and who's going to win it all

April 19, 2004 | Chris Ballard
After a stellar season, Miami's Lamar Odom makes his playoff debut

April 19, 2004 | Chris Ballard
Because of injuries, trades and slumps, a team's regular-season record doesn't always indicate how well its starting five is performing as the playoffs begin. Case in point: The Kings had won only...

April 19, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
Who will keep the Nets out of their third straight Finals, and which dark horse could run wild in the West?

April 19, 2004 | Chris Ballard
Nobody wants Minnesota to win more than a fan called Coach

April 19, 2004 | Chris Ballard
Here are a few key figures whose key figures were trending up or down at the end of the regular season

April 19, 2004
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April 19, 2004
Complete NHL playoffs coverage, including news and analysis from Stephen Cannella, Darren Eliot, Michael Farber and Kostya Kennedy, at si.com/hockey.

April 19, 2004 | Chris Ballard
Five teams have rifts with refs that could cost them when it counts most

April 19, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
A peek into the crystal ball yields four bold predictions

April 19, 2004 | Alan Shipnuck
With a stirring Sunday charge, a heady, steady Phil Mickelson won the Masters—and served notice that this long-awaited major victory may be the first of many

April 19, 2004
Catching WillieBarry Bonds drives a pitch from the Brewers' Matt Kinney over the rightfield wall at SBC Park for his 660th career home run on Monday. The shot by the Giants' leftfielder put him in...

April 19, 2004 | Stephen Cannella
Frozen Four longshot Denver withstood heavy pressure in a frenetic final minute to beat Maine and win its first national title in 35 years

April 19, 2004 | Frank Deford
Connecticut's Diana Taurasi capped her matchless career—and her team's strange year—with a three-peat. So what's next?

April 19, 2004 | Frank Deford
Frank Deford's Viewpoint column, appearing every Wednesday at si.com.

April 19, 2004 | Kelli Anderson and Richard Deitsch
Here's our early projection of the teams with the best shot at reaching next year's women's Final Four in Indianapolis

April 19, 2004 | Albert Chen
The new-look Tigers, who last year had an anemic offense and lost a league-record 119 games, began this season with a bang

April 19, 2004 | Tim Layden
This year's Run for the Roses remains a wide-open affair after three major prep races that failed to produce a clear favorite

April 19, 2004 | Rick Bragg
As the SEC's first black head football coach, SYLVESTER CROOM knows he is a symbol, but he's more concerned with helping Mississippi State win a few games

April 19, 2004
Baseball

April 19, 2004 | Albert Chen
After laser eye surgery the Angels' Troy Glaus sees the ball clearly, and he's knocking it over the fence again

April 19, 2004 | Albert Chen
Early reviews of San Diego's Petco Park label it pitcher-friendly. The Padres and the Giants combined for one home run in 214 at bats during their three-game weekend series. Said San Diego...

April 19, 2004 | Seth Davis
A true champion, Emeka Okafor of UConn is SI's Player of the Year

April 19, 2004 | Seth Davis
Will Emeka Okafor become SI's Sportsman of the Year for 2004? To cast your vote, and to get more college basketball player of the year coverage, go to si.com/basketball/ncaa.

April 19, 2004 | Seth Davis
Here are five candidates for 2004-05 player of the year honors:

April 19, 2004 | Richard Hoffer
Cory Spinks beat Zab Judah while the main event showed that the heavyweight division is lightweight

April 19, 2004 | Richard Hoffer
The heavyweight fight last Saturday night was so bad that Mike Tyson was provoked to announce his comeback. After watching Klitschko's dismal performance, Tyson said, "That's pretty encouraging."...

April 19, 2004 | Michael Farber
Career backup Manny Legace gives Detroit a lift as the No. 1 netminder

April 19, 2004 | Pierre Mcguire
Before their playoff series with St. Louis, the Sharks were told by their coaches that the Blues' Chris Pronger and Keith Tkachuk could be goaded into committing penalties. Through the first two...

April 19, 2004 | Rick Reilly
It was the skinny hours of Monday morning in Augusta, and Phil Mickelson was sporting his favorite new look: black sweats, black T-shirt, white socks, Arizona Diamondbacks hat and a new green...