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March 15, 2004 Table Of Contents

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Cleaning House With new owners on the way, the Atlanta Hawks have sacrificed the season to build for the future

By Ian Thomsen

Water Warrior Endurance swimmer Lynne Cox's memoir is a gripping portrait of a relentlessly driven athlete

By Bill Syken

Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary: Sports In America

Not To Be Missed One of the hottest tickets in sports is for the ACC tournament, an event dominated by North Carolina schools for 50 years

By Seth Davis

Nascar's King The racing legend on how stock cars sped to the forefront in his home state

By Richard Petty

The Poll North Carolinians weigh in on sports*

Compiled by Kelley King

Who & Where

Compiled by Kelley King

Alltime Best For North Carolina's top 50 homegrown sports figures, go to

Compiled by Kelley King

Memorable Quote

Compiled by Kelley King

greatest moment

Compiled by Kelley King



Is Baseball in the Asterisk Era?

New questions about steroids have cast doubt on the legitimacy of the game's power-hitting records

By Tom Verducci

So What Can You Do, Bud? We threw some hard stuff at the commissioner, and he...well, he fouled off a lot of them and hit a couple of dribblers back to the mound

By Tom Verducci; Bud Selig

What Happens When You Stop? Dr. Gary Wadler, professor at New York University School of Medicine and a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency, answers SI's questions on steroids.

By Dr. Gary Wadler

Can The Government Clean Up The Game?

By Jeff Greenfield

College Basketball

Husky Underdogs Join The Hunt By knocking off No. 1 Stanford, scrappy Washington capped an amazing turnaround--and may have staked a tournament claim

By Kelli Anderson

The Seed Report

By Kelli Anderson

Pro Football

March Madness During a five-day free-agent feeding frenzy, teams bulked up their rosters with contracts totaling more than $1 billion

By Peter King

Now Or Never? The Redskins will feel the impact of their six big-money signings in 2006, which means they'd better win soon

By Peter King

For The Birds Terrell Owens was banking on a new deal with the Eagles, but if he wants to play next season, it will be as a Raven

By Peter King

Pro Basketball

The Pair Up There The Rookie of the Year race is neck and neck between two terrific teens: LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony

By Ian Thomsen

On The NBA Bubble With nine teams vying for the last four berths, here's how the playoff race shapes up

By Ian Thomsen

High School Sports

Running For Their Lives

Thanks to a selfless coach, the sons of Mexican migrants in a dirt-poor California town turned their backs on drugs and gangs and built an athletic dynasty. But what would they do without him?

By Gary Smith


Inside The Week in Sports

Inside The NBA

Bye-bye, A.I. The 76ers would be wise to peddle Allen Iverson while his value is high

By Ian Thomsen

Scout's Take

By Ian Thomsen

Inside The NHL

Bucking Up In a busy week of trades, the Bruins loaded up for a Stanley Cup fight

By Stephen Cannella

In The Crease

By Pierre McGuire

2054: A Steroid Odyssey

By Rick Reilly



Leading Off


Don't Mess With the Ballpoint Pen

By Steve Rushin

Vet Cemetery The impending destruction of Philadelphia's aging stadium will mark the end of an era. And maybe an error

By Mark Bowden Edited by Mark Bechtel and Sridhar Pappu

Courting Danger Postgame stampedes are on the rise, and players are paying the price

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Sridhar Pappu

Go Figure

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Sridhar Pappu

For The Record

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Sridhar Pappu

"I Forgive Marge"

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Sridhar Pappu

The Show

By Bill Scheft Edited by Mark Bechtel and Sridhar Pappu

Q+A Kiefer Sutherland

By Kiefer Sutherland; Richard Deitsch Edited by Mark Bechtel and Sridhar Pappu

Sports Beat

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Sridhar Pappu


By Julia Morrill Edited by Mark Bechtel and Sridhar Pappu

Under Review

By Sridhar Pappu Edited by Mark Bechtel

Faces In The Crowd

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Sridhar Pappu