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March 29, 2004 Table Of Contents

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Buckeyes' Prize With another NCAA title in hand, Ohio State's Tommy Rowlands sets his sights on the Olympics

By Brian Cazeneuve

Head Doctor When NHL players get knocked woozy, they often turn to concussion specialist Karen Johnston

By Stephen Cannella

Rebound Attempt On hiatus since last September, the WUSA is rallying support for another shot in 2005

By Grant Wahl

Lapping the Field Tiny Kenyon College won its NCAA-record 25th straight swimming crown in impressive fashion

By Kent Hannon

Run to Daylight Tyree Washington escaped gangs and family turmoil to become an Olympic favorite in the 400

By Brian Cazeneuve

Ring Master With a quick wit and a vivid imagination, pitchman Don Elbaum has a promotion for every occasion

By Franz Lidz

Perfect Score The '02 Olympics scandal serves as the backdrop for a fascinating look at the world of figure skating

By E.M. Swift

Air Ball The author tries unsuccessfully to make the Rockets' Yao Ming sound like a philosopher

By Bill Syken

Sports Illustrated Bonus Section: Golf Plus

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Pulling Rank Once again the Europeans appear to be hurting as they head into the Ryder Cup, which means they have the Americans right where they want them

By John Garrity

Paper Tigers

Compiled by Sal Johnson

Second Shot Twenty-three years after dropping out of college to start a family, Tammy Mahar is taking another swing at school, thanks to golf

Quiet Killer Calm and cool on and off the course, Bay Hill winner Chad Campbell is built for the majors

By Jim Gorant

Big Play With Gerald McCullagh

By Gerald McCullagh

Heard on the Range

By Jim Gorant; Farrell Evans

Top 100 Poll

By Jim Gorant

Sal Stats

By Sal Johnson

Woods vs. Wie

By Jim Gorant

2¢ With Butch Harmon

One Reclining Moment

By Steve Rushin


By Gorjus George Lucas*

Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary: Sports In America

Vermont Made The U.S. Open of snowboarding draws the world's best riders to the state that launched their sport into the mainstream

By E.M. Swift

Hard Truth "From heres" know that Vermont is grittier than its image suggests

By Alexander Wolff

The Poll Vermonters weigh in on sports*

Compiled by Bill Syken

Who & Where

Compiled by Bill Syken

Greatest Moment

Compiled by Bill Syken


Compiled by Bill Syken

Memorable Quote

Compiled by Bill Syken

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

Compiled by Bill Syken

Ncaa Tournament 2004

Two-Round Knockout A wild week of hotly contested games produced staggering upsets, hard-earned vindication and stellar play from new faces. Here's an inside look

Saint Joseph's His rep on the line, Phil Martelli got a sweet victory and vindication

By Jack McCallum

#1 ... And Done Big upsets by Alabama, Nevada and UAB blew up the NCAA chalk

By Grant Wahl

Syracuse He was hot, he was out of gas, but Gerry McNamara just wouldn't quit

By Kelli Anderson

Wake Forest The Deacons put their faith in freshman point guard Chris Paul

By Alexander Wolff

Blowout Kings Easy winners Duke and UConn still have something to prove

By Alexander Wolff

Final Four Revision SI's Grant Wahl picks the region winners and others to watch

By Grant Wahl

Georgia Tech In crunch time, Jarrett Jack stepped up and made the big plays

By Phil Taylor


The Backyard Rookie In St. Paul native Joe Mauer, the top pick in the 2001 draft, the Twins have a sweet-swinging young catcher ready to call the shots

By Daniel G. Habib


Ready For Freddy? At 14, Freddy Adu is already the highest paid and most celebrated player in MLS. Now it's time for him to play his first game

By Grant Wahl


Under The Gun Battling the clock, wretched facilities and random violence, Iraq's new Olympic committee races to build a team for Athens

By Don Yaeger


Battle Of Ontario The raucous, old-fashioned rivalry between Ottawa and Toronto heats up the stretch run to the playoffs and incites fans in both cities

By Michael Farber

College Basketball

The Upset Villanova's seismic victory over Georgetown in the 1985 NCAA final was a life-altering experience for the Wildcats. The coaches and players of that miracle team are still feeling the aftershocks

By Tim Layden


Inside The Week in Sports

Inside The NBA

D Mobilized A rangy (and mouthy) addition has made Detroit's defense ultrastingy

By Ian Thomsen

He Loves L.A., But Not Greece Karl Malone Rethinks Future

By Ian Thomsen

Looking for a Clean Break The Bobcats' Blueprint

By Ian Thomsen

Ian Thomsen's Fast Break

By Ian Thomsen

Inside The NFL

Clean Slate New G.M. Bruce Allen is wasting no time shaking up the Bucs

By Peter King

I'm with Wacko

By Rick Reilly


Leading Off


Heavy Hitter

Leagues Apart Now it can be told: Baseball and football are very different games

By Peter King Edited by Mark Bechtel and Sridhar Pappu

U Want Him, U Got Him A world champion closer is stuck on the market--and in a pal's guest room

By Sridhar Pappu Edited by Mark Bechtel

Go Figure

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Sridhar Pappu

For The Record

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Sridhar Pappu

Save Of A Lifetime

By Kelley King Edited by Mark Bechtel and Sridhar Pappu

Szuminski Watch

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Sridhar Pappu

The Show

By Bill Scheft Edited by Mark Bechtel and Sridhar Pappu

Q+A Jesse Palmer

By Jesse Palmer; Richard Deitsch Edited by Mark Bechtel and Sridhar Pappu

Sports Beat

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Sridhar Pappu

The Week Ahead What To Watch And Watch For

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