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July 1, 2002 Table Of Contents

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Si Adventure

SI Adventure

A Float Through Hell A first descent of the Lindi River became a harrowing journey into the violent heart of the Congo

By E.M. Swift

Where in the World Is Robert Garside? As he races to lay claim to the first around-the-world run, Britain's Robert Garside is losing ground to a growing pack of skeptics

By Franz Lidz

Austin's Power Everything about kiteboarding screams Flash, from the competitors' sick aerials to the name of the sport's biggest star

By Kelli Anderson

Physically Fit for Office

By Steve Rushin

Livin' It Blind mountaineer Erik Weihenmayer summits Mount Elbrus-- and leads the way in a dramatic descent

Moving Mountains to Stop Lance

By Austin Murphy

Golf Plus

Rookie Dilemma After eight hard years of trying, Elizabeth Bowman finally made it to the big leagues, the LPGA. Now if only she could find a way to get into that tour's tournaments...

By Tom Hanson

Paul Dillon Portrait of an Artist He's made a second career as a painter of famous golfers

By Yi-Wyn Yen

The Week

Edited By Alan Shipnuck

My Shot The USGA snubbed its own champions by giving Nancy Lopez the only exemption to this year's Open

By Jan Stephenson Edited By Alan Shipnuck

Big Play Long considered a yes-man, caddie Jim MacKay talked Phil Mickelson into making the sensible play at a critical moment in Hartford

By Bryan Gathright Edited By Alan Shipnuck

Bottom Lines

By Sal Johnson Edited By Alan Shipnuck

Catching Up With...

Gale Sayers, Halfback SEPTEMBER 12, 1966

By John O'Keefe



By Mark Beech; Kostya Kennedy



The death of St. Louis pitcher Darryl Kile stunned a team and a city already mourning the loss of a beloved broadcaster

By Stephen Cannella

Jack Buck 1924-2002

The voice of the Cardinals never believed he was bigger than the game

By Mark Bechtel


Now the Hard Part Can Major League Soccer capitalize on the U.S.'s Cup run by cultivating the new fans, marketing the new heroes and making soccer viable?

By Grant Wahl

Pro Basketball

The Sky's The Limit WNBA rookie Sue Bird has the game and the charm to become the most popular female team-sport athlete ever

By Kelli Anderson

College Baseball

Street Tough By boldly saving all four games of Texas' undefeated World Series run, Huston Street joined his dad as a Longhorns legend

By Jeff Pearlman


!Viva Mexico! A stirring rematch between Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales bolstered the notion that Hispanics are giving new life to the fight game

By Richard Hoffer

Motor Sports

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and NASCAR Nation Sixteen months after the death of its biggest star, stock car racing is bigger than ever, propelled by a new generation of drivers burning rubber through the intersection of sports and commerce

By Jeff MacGregor


Inside The Week in Sports

Inside The NHL

Inside the NHL

By Daniel G. Habib

In The Crease

By Pierre McGuire

Inside Baseball

Inside Baseball

By Michael Bamberger; Tom Verducci; Stephen Cannella; Albert Chen

Wishful Thinking

By Rick Reilly


Leading Off



By L. Jon Wertheim; Richard Deitsch; Tim Layden; Chris Ballard Edited by Albert Kim and Kostya Kennedy

Bow Wow

By Bow Wow; Pete McEntegart Edited by Albert Kim and Kostya Kennedy

Sports Beat

Edited by Albert Kim and Kostya Kennedy

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Albert Kim and Kostya Kennedy

Tiger Time

Edited by Albert Kim and Kostya Kennedy