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August 02, 2004 | Volume 101, Issue 4

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Lance Armstrong Cover - Sports Illustrated August 02, 2004

August 02, 2004 | Kelli Anderson
Patti Kupets swears that many students at Magruder High in Rockville, Md., have no idea what her daughter, Courtney, a senior-to-be with a 4.0 GPA, does in her spare time. "She likes it that way,"...

August 02, 2004 | Tim Layden
One Mo' Time His sport is a colossal mess, but the 2000 gold medalist is back in fine form, raring to prove he's the best 100-meter runner ever

August 02, 2004 | Tim Layden
Marion Jones's former training partner LaTasha Colander leads a U.S. women's sprint corps that's loaded with new talent—but surrounded by question marks

August 02, 2004 | Jack McCallum
Times Change Larry Brown has an inexperienced squad bereft of outside shooters. His first job: persuading his players that winning won't be easy

August 02, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
A guide to the men's basketball tournament

August 02, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
Goaltending: Unlike in the NBA, players can touch a ball that is on the rim or in the cylinder.

August 02, 2004 | Chris Mannix
These pros will spearhead their countries' efforts to dethrone the United States as Olympic champion

August 02, 2004 | Virginie Luc
These champions from around the world are back for another shot at gold. Enjoy them now—most will retire after the Athens Games

August 02, 2004
Every country will view the Athens Games from a different perspective. Some will watch to see if their national hero triumphs; others will obsess over the medal count; others will look on with...

August 02, 2004 | Hannah Beech
For a billion-plus people, Athens is just a prelude to the real Games, four years hence in Beijing, where the host nation will put on quite a show

August 02, 2004 | Melissa Segura
The 400-meter world champ and Olympic favorite is the unlikeliest of heroes in a country long ruled by machismo

August 02, 2004 | Zoe Eisenstein
A nation has hoop dreams for its undersized team

August 02, 2004 | Brian Cazeneuve
A medal for Anju Bobby George would do wonders for the nation's Olympic profile

August 02, 2004 | Allen Abel
A new sports czar tries to put his country back atop the medal standings

August 02, 2004 | Don Yaeger
Liberated from Saddam but still living in danger, a nation rallies behind its surprising soccer squad

August 02, 2004 | Brian Cazeneuve
Here's the outlook for all 301 events, as well as the U.S. prospects and a gallery of international stars

August 02, 2004
Baseball

August 02, 2004 | Albert Chen
Mr. SunshineDavid Ortiz keeps the Red Sox loose—and in the playoff hunt

August 02, 2004 | Tom Verducci
CLOSER DU JOUR

August 02, 2004 | George Dohrmann
A terrific summer has elevated Brandon Rush to the top of his class

August 02, 2004 | Rick Reilly
It was pudding, this sixth Tour de France win for Lance Armstrong. Easy as a Sunday ride with your arthritic aunt. He could've won it while doing his taxes.

August 02, 2004
A Manny in FullCharles P. Pierce has written an entertaining and enlightening portrait to guide me out of my past confusion about a man who deserves our gratitude for his prodigious feats on the...

August 02, 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.

August 02, 2004 | Allen Abel
APRIL 14, 1975

August 02, 2004 | Steve Rushin
I've happily surrendered my age, weight and Social Security number to Hollywood casting director Felicia Fasano. But I draw the line when she asks me, point blank, if I've ever had any...

August 02, 2004 | Michael Silver
After a five-year NFL career in which he always did things his own way, Ricky Williams is trading his cleats for his traveling shoes

August 02, 2004
NHL players and teams are preparing for an extended work stoppage

August 02, 2004
312Shoes stolen from the pickup truck of a Nike salesman in Overland Park, Kans., a heist valued at $10,789.

August 02, 2004
DiedAt age 72, nomadic NBA coach Cotton Fitzsimmons (right), of complications from lung cancer. The two-time Coach of the Year, who ranks 10th in league history with 832 victories, began his...

August 02, 2004 | Lars Anderson
Returned

August 02, 2004
WE'RE JUST LIVING IN ITIt was a trying week for Beckham, who took heat for singlehandedly slowing the English economy and nearly had his London house (a.k.a. Beckingham Palace) torched by an...

August 02, 2004 | Bill Scheft
Good to be here. Do me a favor. Try not to walk out when Linda Ronstadt dedicates When Will I Be Loved to Terry Francona.

August 02, 2004 | Richard Deitsch
The nine-time Olympic gold medalist is an actor in L.A. and will appear in the upcoming film Tournament of Dreams.

August 02, 2004
According to actress-singer Mandy Moore, her ex-boyfriend Andy Roddick broke up with her because he didn't like Los Angeles. But Roddick, 21, seemed to have a change of heart last week while...

August 02, 2004
The Ukrainian rhythmic gymnastics team claimed it lost the European championship because it was hexed by 15 psychics hired by the Russian team.

August 02, 2004
MATT LECROYTwins designated hitter, after his teammates paid him $550 to eat a black beetle that was crawling through the clubhouse: "Hey, I got a kid to feed."

August 02, 2004
John Kerry hopes to ride a wave of popularity this week, but last week he took a break to pursue a much riskier pastime—kiteboarding, in which a rider is pulled across the surf by a kite at up to...

August 02, 2004
Peter King's Five Things I Think I Think

August 02, 2004
Miami is eyeing Anthony Thomas and could send defensive end Adewale Ogunleye to Chicago in exchange for the running back.—Chicago Tribune (7/26)

August 02, 2004
Which athlete who retired early would you most like to have seen complete his career?

August 02, 2004 | Julia Morrill
WHAT TO WATCH AND WATCH FOR

August 02, 2004 | Nancy Ramsey
•Forget the fuss over performance-enhancing drugs. According to The Real Olympics, a two-part documentary that compares the Games of ancient Greece with today's, Zeus would have approved if an...

August 02, 2004
Kristin Schmidt, HOUSTONSoftballSchmidt, a righthanded pitcher and recent graduate of LSU, was named the NCAA Women's College World Series' Most Outstanding Player after she struck out 44 batters...

August 02, 2004 | David Sabino
Bye, George

August 02, 2004
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August 02, 2004 | David Sabino
TITANIC EFFORT: c. Billy Cannon gained 216 yards for the Houston Oilers against the New York Titans in an AFL game on Dec. 10, 1961. George matched that mark on opening day of 1997 against the...

August 02, 2004 | Austin Murphy
Loving every minute of it, Lance Armstrong rode the field into the ground to win an unprecedented sixth Tour de France

August 02, 2004 | Tom Verducci
Randy Johnson is fed up with losing in Arizona, but can the Diamondbacks give him what he wants: a trade to a contender?

August 02, 2004
Four billion sets of eyes will be watching as the Summer Games return to their storied birthplace and U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps tries to eclipse Mark Spitz

August 02, 2004 | S. L. Price
On a mad dash from Athens to ancient Olympia, the author lives out the chaos of Greece's final, frantic preparations

August 02, 2004 | Don Yaeger
The 2004 Games seem fated to begin under a cloud of fear

August 02, 2004
To add to security fears, venue construction delays and slow ticket sales

August 02, 2004 | E.M. Swift
Athens put on an odd show at the first modern Games

August 02, 2004
Little of the competition will be held in central Athens, where the Acropolis is located. Most of the glamour events will take place at the 11-sport OAKA Complex, three miles to the north

August 02, 2004
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August 02, 2004
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August 02, 2004
The cover subjects are the same: Lance Armstrong, winning his sixth Tour de France, and Michael Phelps, symbolizing U.S. hopes in Athens. The difference between the covers is the emphasis. On...

August 02, 2004 | Kelley King
Here's one guarantee about the Games: You'll see some things you've never seen on the Olympic stage

August 02, 2004 | Kelley King
Despatie begins his dive by standing on the edge of the 10-meter platform with his back to the pool.

August 02, 2004 | Julia Morrill
America's 531 Olympians include artists, doctors, soldiers, physicists, high school students and even a 52-year-old retiree

August 02, 2004
Champs of the ElyséesThe U.S. Postal team (from left), Floyd Landis, José Azevedo, George Hincapie, Pavel Padrnos, Lance Armstrong, José Luis Rubiera, Manuel Beltran, Viatcheslav Ekimov, Benjamin...

August 02, 2004 | Tim Layden

August 02, 2004 | Tim Layden
Four swimming greats critique Michael Phelps's strokes

August 02, 2004 | Tim Layden
Phelps hopes to challenge these alltime-best single-Games performances

August 02, 2004 | Tim Layden
Standing in Phelps's way is a set of talented opponents—including a U.S. teammate

August 02, 2004 | Michael Silver
Is Less More? The world-record-setting Californian is passing up some of her best events, but that approach may not be as crazy as it sounds

August 02, 2004 | E.M. Swift
Go Cheeseheads On the heels of Paul's historic world title, the twins from Wisconsin could lead the men's team to its first medal in 20 years