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Back to the Brink Almost 20 years after their near-death experience, climbers Joe Simpson and Simon Yates returned to the Peruvian Andes with an Academy Award-winning director to film the stunning new documentary Touching the Void

By Nancy Ramsey

The Magnificent Seven Fresh from a historic Himalayan plunge, kayaker Scott Lindgren is back in California planning a daring series of descents in the Sierra Nevada

By Mark Beech

Out There

By Julia Morrill

What's Next Mavericks is back in business, and the world's best boarders are standing by to take their shot at the world's most wicked waves

Destination

Indoor Adventure

By Franz Lidz

X Games Mark the Spot

By Austin Murphy

Hotfoot Him to the Hall

By Steve Rushin

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And The Winners Are... The Big Easy gets a green jacket, Tiger ends his majors slump, and the PGA goes to another no-name during a to- die-for '04

New Year's Repetition It's 2004 on the Tour, but Week 1 sure looked a lot like 2003

By Jim Gorant

Big Play Holing clutch putts, like the one at 7 on Sunday, and showing new discipline, Mercedes winner Stuart Appleby is my pick at the Masters

By Kent Cayce

Michelle Wie Skips School

By Jim Gorant

Coming Up

By Sal Johnson

Q + A: Matt Pringle For the guy whose job is to check for hot drivers, a stay in Hawaii was nice, but hardly a vacation

By Matt Pringle

Why Golf Drives Us Crazy

By Jeff Silverman

Catching Up With...

Gene Fullmer, Boxer APRIL 29, 1957

By Luis Fernando Llosa

Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary

Broom At The Top Baby, it's cold outside, so North Dakotans like to curl up with a good CURLING tournament

By Mark Bechtel

Road Tripper The Lakers coach came to understand his state during long drives to games

By Phil Jackson

The Poll North Dakotans weigh in on sports*

Who & Where

Alltime Best For North Dakota's top 50 homegrown sports figures, go to SI.com/50

Memorable Quote

Greatest Moment

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Hockey

The Kids Have Arrived It's out with the old and in with the new as a generation of young stars led by Rick Nash of the Blue Jackets, begins to domminate the league

By Michael Farber Pierre McGuire

Martin Is The Man The Devils' workhorse goaltender, Martin Brodeur, is SI's choice as the midseason MVP

By Stephen Cannella

NFL Playoffs

McNificent

In a weekend filled with nail-biting finishes, Donovan McNabb rallied Philadelphia to an improbable win over Green Bay

By Michael Silver

The Winning Edge The rushing of Edgerrin James makes the Colts' play- action offense doubly potent

By Josh Elliott

Working Double Overtime Carolina struck pay dirt again as Jake Delhomme continued to be worth his weight in gold

By Jeffri Chadiha

Hitting It Off An aggressive but more mature Rodney Harrison has shored up New England's secondary

By Peter King

Dr. Z's Forecast The venues change, but the outcomes will be the same

By Paul Zimmerman

Pro Basketball

The King Of Shooters West-leading Sacramento is riding the right arm of Peja Stojakovic, considered by many to be the best pure marksman since Larry Bird

By Jack McCallum David Sabino

College Basketball

Counter Puncher Gonzaga's Adam Morrison, who does daily battle with diabetes and the limits of conventional thinking, is a most refreshing freshman

By Grant Wahl

Playing Through With constant vigilance, diabetic athletes can still have very successful careers

By Andrea Woo

Inside

Inside The Week in Sports

Inside College Basketball

On the Skids Lacking talent and scoring, Indiana is searching for answers

By Seth Davis

Head to Head This Week UConn G Ben Gordon versus North Carolina G Rashad McCants

By Seth Davis

A Bumpy Road To Stardom Kentucky's Fitch Perseveres

By Seth Davis

Whom Would You Draft?

By Seth Davis

Free Throws

By Seth Davis

Inside The NBA

Q-Schooled Clippers guard Quentin Richardson is handing out the lessons this year--and is set up for a big payday

By Ian Thomsen

Old Rookie Wins From the Bench Raptors' coach Kevin O'Neill

By Ian Thomsen

Fast Break

By Ian Thomsen

Inside Baseball

Hard Line Will Scott Boras's waiting game help or hurt his clients this year?

By Tom Verducci

What's In? Wrinkled 'Skin

By Rick Reilly

Departments

V.J. Lovero 1959-2004

By Tom Verducci

Letters

Still Hazy After All These Years Despite plenty of time to plot his reentry strategy, Pete Rose doesn't seem to understand how complete and contrite his confession needs to be

By Tom Verducci Edited by Hank Hersch and Mark Bechtel

Too Nice On The Ice Skating could use the kind of rivalry (sans weapons) it had a decade ago

By E.M. Swift Edited by Hank Hersch and Mark Bechtel

Go Figure

Edited by Hank Hersch and Mark Bechtel

For The Record

Edited by Hank Hersch and Mark Bechtel

Major Letdown

Edited by Hank Hersch and Mark Bechtel

The Show

By Bill Scheft Edited by Hank Hersch and Mark Bechtel

Q+A Pat Croce

By Pat Croce; Richard Deitsch Edited by Hank Hersch and Mark Bechtel

Sports Beat

Edited by Hank Hersch and Mark Bechtel

The Week Ahead What To Watch And Watch For

By Julia Morrill Edited by Hank Hersch and Mark Bechtel

Under Review

By Daniel G. Habib Edited by Hank Hersch and Mark Bechtel

Faces in the Crowd