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Klitschko's Glitch A desultory 10-round TKO by Wladimir Klitschko did not boost his image as a heavyweight power

By Richard Hoffer

Renaissance Man Warriors center Adonal Foyle has more on his plate--politics, poetry, a master's degree--than just hoops

By Chris Ballard

Unstoppable Leak Colleges have lined up by the score to sign the country's best player, quarterback Chris Leak

By Richard Deitsch

Just Say No Hard-charging IOC veteran Dick Pound has a new mission--to end drug use in the Games

By Frank Deford

Busting Out Considered a flop his first four years, Olli Jokinen of the Panthers is finally playing like a No. 3 draft pick

By Michael Farber

Must-See NFL TV Edge NFL Match-Up, the thinking man's highlight show, is essential viewing for players and coaches

By Josh Elliott

Hitting 400 Coach John Gagliardi of Minnesota's St. John's won his 400th game--and he shows no signs of slowing

By Austin Murphy

Seamheads, Rejoice is the ultimate online statistical source for fans with a sense of history

By Stephen Cannella

Golf Plus

Class Acts (of 2003)If you make the number at the Tour's Q school, you have a chance to make a name. Here are some of the players who tried

By John GarrityAdditional Reporting By Farrell Evans

The New Math The big news of 2002 boiled down to a few simple equations

Tribal Warfare How a wildly successful golf development split the Las Vegas Paiutes into spiteful, bickering factions

By John Garrity And Chris Lewis

Creative Type Even at age 85, prolific inventor Tony Antonious never stops searching for his next bright idea

By Seth Davis

The Week

Edited by Alan Shipnuck

Easier Does It

By Steve Rushin

Big Play Tiger Woods blew a chance at victory at his own tournament because of a handsy hook, but most amateurs could learn from his miscue

By Brad Redding

Bottom Lines

By Sal Johnson

Ben Wright The politically incorrect TV announcer discusses his return to the booth and his sympathy for Hootie

By Ben Wright; Edited by Alan Shipnuck

Getting Religion

By Jeff Silverman

Si Adventure

Board Brothers Andy's the world champion, Bruce the party-boy prodigy--and together the two Irons boys are surfing's new wave

By Kostya Kennedy

What Were They Thinking? For the athletes on these pages, the adventure never ends. But when we asked them to put some of the most over-the-top moments of 2002 into their own words, even they were left wondering...


By Craig Vetter

What It Takes Five top adventurers tell us the gifts they've gotta have this holiday season

An Extremely Trying Year

By Austin Murphy

Mascot School

Tricks of the Trade Never take off your head in public--and other important lessons I learned at mascot school

By Mary Roach

Catching Up With...

Bruce Jenner, Decathlete AUGUST 9, 1976

By Brian Cazeneuve

Sportsman Of The Year

Lance Armstrong For his courage and commitment--not to mention his fourth straight Tour de France victory--SI salutes the ultimate road warrior

By Rick Reilly

Sportsmen of the Year 1954-2002

Pro Football

Tamp Bay Takes Charge On a Sunday of pivotal division matchups, the Bucs made the biggest statement by battering the Falcons and looking ripe for a postseason run

By Michael Silver

Passing Fancy With their throw-first, run-later philosophy, the Raiders have emerged as the team to beat in the AFC

By Josh Elliot

Flash Of The Titans Multitalented quarterback Steve McNair has carried Tennessee to the top of the AFC South

By Jeffri Chadiha


Mighty Marty With his aggressive, high-risk style, the Stars' Marty Turco is playing goalie like nobody else

By Daniel G. Habib

College Basketball

Another Surprise from South Bend Forget about football: Notre Dame toppled three Top 15 teams in the span of six days to prove it belongs in the upper echelon in hoops

By Alexander Wolff

College Football

Ready for a Fiesta Record-setting Willis McGahee carried Miami past Virginia Tech and into the national title game

By Kelley King

Pro Basketball

Passion Player No one in the NBA competes harder than Ron Artest, who makes his feelings about hoops--and everything else--refreshingly clear

By L. Jon Wertheim


Roone Arledge 1931-2002 In presenting the Olympics, Wide World, Howard Cosell and much more, this visionary revolutionized sports television

By Frank Deford

Top 100 Sports Books

The Top 100 Sports Books Of All Time

By Pete McEntegart; L. Jon Wertheim; Gene Menez; Mark BechtelCompiled by the staff of Sports Illustrated


Inside The Week in Sports

Inside The NFL

Inside the NFL

By Peter King

King's Corner

By Peter King; Eddie George

Dr. Z's Forecast

By Paul Zimmerman

Should You Read This Column?

By Rick Reilly

Inside The NBA

Lousy at a Luxury Price Scottie Pippen sees a grim season for the overpaid, disaffected Blazers

By Ian Thomsen


Leading Off


Tour de Lance


By Eric Crouch; Richard Deitsch; George Dohrmann; Mark Beech Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Richard Deitsch

Q+A Andres Cantor

By Richard Deitsch; Andres Cantor Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Richard Deitsch

The Show

By Bill Scheft Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Richard Deitsch

Sports Beat

Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Richard Deitsch

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Richard Deitsch