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June 28, 2004 | Volume 100, Issue 26

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Lance Armstrong Cover - Sports Illustrated June 28, 2004

June 28, 2004
Jinxed JeterIn Tom Verducci's story on slumps (Solving the Biggest Mystery in Sports, June 7) he forgot to mention the main reason Derek Jeter fell into one: Umpires finally started calling more...

June 28, 2004
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June 28, 2004 | Steve Rushin
"WANT TO see Lincoln's handball?" asks Ellen Hughes, a curator at the Smithsonian Institution, while rummaging through the archives—closed to the public—on the fourth floor of the National Museum...

June 28, 2004 | Jack McCallum
It wasn't Phil Jackson who decided that his stint as the Lakers' coach was over. But the ringmaster was happy to leave the circus behind

June 28, 2004 | George Dohrmann
Marion Jones and the feds may throw the book at each other

June 28, 2004 | George Dohrmann
72Consecutive hours that travel writer Larry Olmstead, 38, spent playing poker at Foxwoods Resort to set a world record for the longest casino poker session; Olmstead began with a $100 stake and...

June 28, 2004 | Josh Elliott
Completed

June 28, 2004 | Bill Scheft
Let's hurry this up. I have to visit my six-year-old niece in the hospital. Freak accident. She got between me and a foul ball. But, in my defense, I did call for it.

June 28, 2004 | Richard Deitsch
An exhibition of the Magic forward's African-American art collection is touring the country through 2005.

June 28, 2004
Stuck in Wimbledon whites for a fortnight, the Williams sisters are already planning their outrageous Olympics outfits. Serena, who has her own clothing line, called Aneres (Serena backward), will...

June 28, 2004
Don't believe soccer can serve up some jaw-dropping moments? Try telling that to these fans of Denmark (left), Sweden (center) and Holland at the Euro 2004 championships. Their teams gave them...

June 28, 2004
Titans running back Eddie George issued press credentials to his bachelor party.

June 28, 2004
LOU PINIELLADevil Rays manager (left), on ex-Orioles skipper Earl Weaver (right): "When I was in Double A with Earl, he told me, 'Son, you're never going to play in the big leagues—you've got too...

June 28, 2004 | Julia Morrill
WHAT TO WATCH AND WATCH FOR

June 28, 2004 | Adam Duerson
•Ken Griffey Jr. clearly saw his 500th homer as a special occasion. Last week, shortly after hitting number 499, Griffey phoned Reds COO John Allen and requested that one of the team's longtime...

June 28, 2004
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June 28, 2004
Complete NBA draft coverage—including team needs, Kirk Snyder's player diary, and instant analysis from Marty Burns and Ian Thomsen—at si.com/basketball.

June 28, 2004 | Peter King
Peter King's Five Things I Think I Think

June 28, 2004 | Tom Verducci
Why wasn't there a feeding frenzy for Vladimir Guerrero in the off-season? Surely big-market teams loaded with aging vets—like the Giants, Mets and Yankees—are kicking themselves for not signing...

June 28, 2004 | Peter King
Whom do you think SI should choose as the 2004 NBA Player of the Year?

June 28, 2004 | David Sabino
Expansion Plan

June 28, 2004
Angela Hoover, JULIAN, PA.Track and FieldAngela, a graduating senior at Bald Eagle Area High, ended her scholastic career by winning her fourth state Class AA javelin title, thereby becoming the...

June 28, 2004 | David Sabino
EARLY BUZZ: b. The Hornets made long-range shooter Dell Curry their first player. Curry, who spent 10 season in Charlotte, remains the franchiese's alltime leader in games (701), points (9,839)...

June 28, 2004
To submit a candidate for Faces in the Crowd, go to SI.com/faces.

June 28, 2004 | E.M. Swift
The annual Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo in Gulfport is the largest—and in some ways strangest—tournament of its kind

June 28, 2004 | E.M. Swift
For more about sports in Mississippi and the other 49 states, go to si.com/50.

June 28, 2004 | Richard Ford
Fishing with his father gave the author a different view of athletic pursuits

June 28, 2004
A Junior MomentReds centerfielder Ken Griffey Jr. tracks the flight of his 500th career home run in St. Louis on Sunday. The shot was a unique Father's Day gift, one that Griffey was able to share...

June 28, 2004
Mississippians weigh in on sports*

June 28, 2004
On a scale of 1 to 100, how would you rate your state's enthusiasm for sports, relative to other states'?81.6Rank: 20th (tied with South Carolina) of first 49 states polled

June 28, 2004
To read an SI Flashback story about Jerry Rice, view a gallery of every Mississippi cover or submit your own Magnolia State sports memory, go to si.com/50.

June 28, 2004 | S.L. Price
Don't let the smile fool you. New doping allegations and a defeat in the Alps have only steeled Lance Armstrong in his bid to win a record sixth straight Tour de France

June 28, 2004 | Alan Shipnuck
On a bloody Sunday, steady Retief Goosen stared down Ernie Els and outlasted Phil Mickelson to win his second U.S. Open

June 28, 2004 | Alan Shipnuck
More golf coverage, including Gary Van Sickle's Underground Golfer and Frank Beard's Mailbag, at si.com/golf.

June 28, 2004 | Tom Verducci
The Royals centerfielder is up for grabs and may be the only franchise player that contenders will get a shot at before the trade deadline

June 28, 2004 | Jack McCallum
Pistons G.M. Joe Dumars was the most agreeable Bad Boy, but he was no pushover when it came to building an NBA champion

June 28, 2004 | Jack McCallum
The Pistons' five-game defeat of the heavily favored Lakers was as thorough as it was stunning, due in part to Detroit's balanced offense (all five starters scored in double figures) and a D that...

June 28, 2004 | Grant Wahl
With the NBA hunting for talent in Africa, a top prospect there must come to grips with a wild, new world of opportunity

June 28, 2004 | Grant Wahl
Why do some sports fail to translate easily into other cultures? A look at the challenges facing MLS and NFL Europe.

June 28, 2004 | Garry Walter
A former U.S. college coach has migrated to the Canary Islands to develop African hoopsters

June 28, 2004 | Jeffri Chadiha
Aggressive. Brash. Cocky. And that's what his friends call AARON GOODWIN, the most controversial agent in sports. He's also one of the most powerful—and the envy of his profession—since he landed...

June 28, 2004 | Richard Deitsch
Thirty new entrants made this year's list, including key executives in baseball and the NFL, an SEC football coach and a teenage golf phenom

June 28, 2004
Baseball

June 28, 2004 | Albert Chen
Inter-estingInterleague play spikes attendance with rarely scheduled matchups

June 28, 2004 | Tom Verducci
PINIELLA'S STING RAYSThe Devil Rays appear serious about making good on manager Lou Piniella's promise that for the first time in club history, they won't finish last in the AL East. From May 20...

June 28, 2004 | Lars Anderson
Another High FiveJimmie Johnson's seventh top five finish in eight races put him on top of the NASCAR points standings

June 28, 2004 | Lars Anderson
SI's 1973 Sportsman of the Year, Sir Jackie Stewart of Scotland, won 27 Grand Prix races and three World Championships during his F/1 career, from 1964 through '73. A longtime commentator for ABC...

June 28, 2004 | Rick Reilly
O.K., Here are the new Tiger Rules. Digest, then swallow.