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June 21, 2004 Table Of Contents

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Out Of The Picture After years of pain and frustration, Briny Baird still can't understand why his father, fellow pro Butch Baird, dropped out of his life

By Chris Lewis

Ripe Field Sergio Garcia's second win in five weeks sets the stage for a super Open

By Jim Gorant

Big Play With Tom Patri

By Tom Patri

Heard on the Range

By Jim Gorant; Farrell Evans

Top 100 Poll

By Jim Gorant

Sal Stats

By Sal Johnson

Shinnecock Hills

By Gorjus George Lucas*

2¢ With Open Doctor Rees Jones

By Rees Jones

Harmon vs. Haney

By Jim Gorant

Discovering the LPGA

By Michael Bamberger

Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary: Sports In America

Heaven Sent Nearly 30 years after Steve Prefontaine's death, his gritty spirit still inspires runners, especially at the Pre Classic in Eugene

By Kenny Moore

Ducks Or Beavers? After nearly leaving the state, the author won a Heisman by staying put

By Terry Baker

The Poll Oregonians weigh in on sports*

Compiled by Bill Syken

Who & Where

Compiled by Bill Syken

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

Compiled by Bill Syken

Memorable Quote

Compiled by Bill Syken

Greatest Moment

Compiled by Bill Syken


Compiled by Bill Syken

NBA Finals

A New Way to Win

Demonstrating how to beat a high-priced, high-maintenance glamour team, Detroit's band of castoffs pulled together to take a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals

By Jack McCallum

Commander Kobe Win or lose, the Lakers' fate has always hinged on Bryant

By Chris Ballard

Higher Calling Dwight Howard, the likely No. 2 pick in the NBA draft, is on a mission to do God's work by playing transcendent basketball

By Ian Thomsen

Globalization Of Sports

Hot Prospects in Cold Places Seven time zones and 3,000 miles from his Times Square base, agent JAY GROSSMAN hunts hockey talent

By L. Jon Wertheim

Uh-Oh, Canada A weak Canadian dollar and public unwillingness to cater to owners' bottom lines is driving teams south

By L. Jon Wertheim

Pro Football

Snap Judgment Oakland, which has the most intriguing battle in an off- season marked by quarterback flux

By Peter King


Inside The Head Of Barry Zito As he struggles to regain his Cy Young form, Oakland's free-spirited lefty is relying on his best stuff: positive thoughts and faith in himself

By Michael Silver

Rotisserie Leagues

Fantasy World These three play. Your neighbor plays. Your boss plays. Everybody plays. Once the secret preserve of stats geeks, FANTASY SPORTS are now a billion-dollar business

By Chris Ballard


Inside The Week In Sports

Iggy's Tops

By Michael Farber

Player Of Next Year?

By Michael Farber

Punching Up Hockey

By Rick Reilly

Inside Baseball

Early Birds Six teams that lost 90-plus games in 2003 got a jump on the favorites

By Albert Chen

Are They For Real?

Tom Verducci's View

By Tom Verducci


Spring's Crowning Achievements Western schools dominated as Division I national titles were decided in eight sports over the past month

By Bill Syken Edited by Mark Bechtel

Leading Off

Partners to History Althea Gibson and Angela Buxton challenged the tennis establishment

By Richard Deitsch

Behind the Fantasy



By Steve Rushin

Gag Rule Tennis fans will have plenty to look forward to during the next fortnight at Wimbledon: strawberries, cream ... and their favorite players choking

By L. Jon Wertheim Edited by Mark Bechtel

Bowled Under The addition of a fifth game won't fix what ails the BCS

By Austin Murphy Edited by Mark Bechtel

Danny Delivers A disgraced Little League star finds redemption in his high school title game

By Julia Morrill Edited by Mark Bechtel

Go Figure

Edited by Mark Bechtel

I Recruited Him? With increasing regularity, college basketball coaches are losing their jobs over players who bring little--if anything--to their programs.

Edited by Mark Bechtel

Diesel Double?

Edited by Mark Bechtel

For The Record

Edited by Mark Bechtel

A Nimble Giant Edited by Mark Bechtel

The Show

By Bill Scheft Edited by Mark Bechtel

Q+A Ben Stiller The 38-year-old actor stars in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, which opens on Friday.

By Richard Deitsch; Ben Stiller Edited by Mark Bechtel

Sports Beat

Edited by Mark Bechtel

The Week Ahead What To Watch And Watch For

By Julia Morrill Edited by Mark Bechtel

Under Review

By Nancy Ramsey Edited by Mark Bechtel The Poll Position

Edited by Mark Bechtel

Faces in the Crowd