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June 14, 2004 Table Of Contents

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Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary: Sports In America

Crown Jewel For thrills, great barbecue and the chance to see future major leaguers, no event tops the College World Series in Omaha

By Daniel G. Habib

Big Red Planet The former coach found Cornhuskers fanatics halfway around the world

By Tom Osborne

The Poll Nebraskans weigh in on sports*

Compiled by Bill Syken

Who & Where

Compiled by Bill Syken

Greatest Moment

Compiled by Bill Syken

Memorable Quote

Compiled by Bill Syken

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

Compiled by Bill Syken


Compiled by Bill Syken


Junior's Feeling Good

Free of injury (knock on wood), Ken Griffey Jr. powered toward 500 homers and boosted the surprising Reds to the top of the National League

By Daniel G. Habib

Casey At The Bat There's joy in Cincy when Sean Casey, the majors' leading hitter, takes his cuts

By Daniel G. Habib

Does He Belong? Fred McGriff nears the 500-homer mark, but Cooperstown is another story

By Tom Verducci

Stanley Cup Finals

Lightning Strikes Twice Long-suffering Tampa Bay and emerging star Brad Richards rallied to win Games 6 and 7, edging the Flames for the NHL title

By Stephen Cannella

Dark Days Ahead A labor stalemate shadows playoff glory

By Michael Farber

NBA Finals

Meeting Of The Minds In a heady Finals matchup between top NBA coaches, Detroit's Larry Brown got a jump on L.A.'s Phil Jackson

By Jack McCallum


Tres Bizarre A French Open rife with psychodrama if not great matches produced two unexpected champions, Gaston Gaudio and Anastasia Myskina

By S.L. Price

U.S. Open Preview

Wide Open Everyone wants to see Tiger battle Phil, but parity will be the theme of the week at bare and beautiful Shinnecock Hills

By Michael Silver; Gary Van Sickle

Horse Racing

Sorry About That Even the winning trainer apologized after a late charge by Birdstone at the Belmont brought the Triple Crown bid of America's darling, Smarty Jones, to a shocking end

By Tim Layden

Globalization Of Sports

The Whole World Is Watching With renowned stars like Yao Ming who transcend borders, the NBA and the other U.S. major leagues are banking on big help from abroad to generate growth

By L. Jon Wertheim


Inside The Week in Sports

Inside Baseball

Wizard of Oz Spirited manager Ozzie Guillen has brought the White Sox back to life

By Josh Elliott

Tom Verducci's View

By Tom Verducci

Inside Motor Sports

Points Taken A midseason win at Dover gave Mark Martin a shot at the playoffs

By Lars Anderson

Inside Boxing

Sore Winner Oscar De La Hoya's dubious victory guarantees him another big payday

By Richard Hoffer

Ronald Reagan 1911-2004

Beyond the Gipper

By Richard Hoffer


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The Visiting Team

Take Me Out To the...Whatever

By Steve Rushin

The Round and the Furry A costume drama comes to L.A.

By Bill Scheft Edited By Mark Bechtel

Return of the Prodigal Son

After sampling the life of a pro, Mike Williams tries to come back to USC

By Josh Elliott

Go Figure

Edited by Mark Bechtel

For The Record

Edited by Mark Bechtel

Young Man and the C

By Lisa Altobel Edited by Mark Bechtel

Q+A Janet Evans The swimmer, 32, who retired in 1996 and still holds three world records, hosts a meet in Long Beach, Calif., this week.

By Richard Deitsch; Janet Evans Edited by Mark Bechtel

The Show

By Bill Scheft Edited by Mark Bechtel

Sports Beat

Edited by Mark Bechtel


By Julia Morrill Edited by Mark Bechtel

Under Review

By L. Jon Wertheim Edited by Mark Bechtel

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Mark Bechtel