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June 28, 2004 Table Of Contents

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Sports Illustrated Bonus Section: Si Adventure

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Go Ahead and Jump Onetime skiing prodigy Shane McConkey has taken thrill-seeking to new heights--from which he's sure to leap with a parachute

By Franz Lidz

100 Miles Of Solitude Looking to float your boat? On the Middle Fork of Idaho's Salmon, it's all downstream

By Yi-Wyn Yen

My Spot with Rob Lesser, Veteran Kayaker

By Rob Lesser

Four the Hard Way At the inaugural Red Bull Divide & Conquer relay race, paragliders, mountain bikers, kayakers and trail runners shared miles of suffering

Edited by Yi-Wyn Yen

Memories Are Made of This

By Steve Rushin

Out There One by land and two by sea: a motocross record and an America's Cup preview

By Julia Morrill Edited by Yi-Wyn Yen


Edited by Yi-Wyn Yen

Indoor Adventure The droll Bob Roll takes cycling fans on an entertaining and informative tour of the Tour

By Austin Murphy Edited by Yi-Wyn Yen

What It Takes This elite competitor has won adventure, skyrunning and even snowshoeing races

Edited by Yi-Wyn Yen

The Dipsea Demon Hangs 'Em Up

By Austin Murphy

Sports Illustrated Bonus Section: Golf Plus

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First Up

Johnny On The Spot NBC's Johnny Miller is the game's top analyst because you never know what he's going to say next, and neither does he

By Michael Bamberger

Happy to Be Back David Duval's return after an eight-month layoff was marked by good news off the course and bad news on it

By Gary Van Sickle

Cool Customer There's been no stopping 20-year-old Spencer Levin, the surprise of the Open, since he learned to control his temper

By Seth Davis

Up & Down South Africans rule, Tiger reels and Phil falters. Winners and losers from the U.S. Open

By Jim Gorant

Big Play with Mitchell Spearman The U.S. Open boiled down to a brilliant two-man putting contest that Retief Goosen won when Phil Mickelson three- jacked the 71st hole

By Mitchell Spearman

Sal Stats

By Sal Johnson

Top 100 Poll

By Jim Gorant

Heard on the Range

By Jim Gorant; Farrell Evans

TPC at Avenel

By Gorjus George Lucas*

2¢ With Kirk Triplett

By Kirk Triplett

David Fay's In-box

Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary

It's A Reel Whopper The annual Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo in Gulfport is the largest--and in some ways strangest--tournament of its kind

By E.M. Swift

Just For The Doing Fishing with his father gave the author a different view of athletic pursuits

By Richard Ford

The Poll Mississippians weigh in on sports*

Compiled by Farrell Evans

Who & Where

Compiled by Farrell Evans


Compiled by Farrell Evans

Greatest Moment

Compiled by Farrell Evans

Memorable Quote

Compiled by Farrell Evans

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

Compiled by Farrell Evans


Lance in France (Part 6)

Don't let the smile fool you. New doping allegations and a defeat in the Alps have only steeled Lance Armstrong in his bid to win a record sixth straight Tour de France

By S.L. Price


Wild Goose Chase On a bloody Sunday, steady Retief Goosen stared down Ernie Els and outlasted Phil Mickelson to win his second U.S. Open

By Alan Shipnuck


Carlos Beltran Is Good To Go The Royals centerfielder is up for grabs and may be the only franchise player that contenders will get a shot at before the trade deadline

By Tom Verducci

Inside Baseball

Nicely Done, Joe Pistons G.M. Joe Dumars was the most agreeable Bad Boy, but he was no pushover when it came to building an NBA champion

By Jack McCallum

Inter-esting Interleague play spikes attendance with rarely scheduled matchups

By Albert Chen

Major Players At the CWS Omaha's Finest

By Daniel G. Habib

Tom Verducci's View


On Safari For 7-Footers With the NBA hunting for talent in Africa, a top prospect there must come to grips with a wild, new world of opportunity

By Grant Wahl

Prodigies' Paradise A former U.S. college coach has migrated to the Canary Islands to develop African hoopsters

By Grant Wahl

The 101 Most Influential Minorities In Sports

The Man Behind the Man

Aggressive. Brash. Cocky. And that's what his friends call Aaron Goodwin, the most controversial agent in sports. He's also one of the most powerful—and the envy of his profession—since he landed LeBron James

By Jeffri Chadiha

Same Game, New Players Thirty new entrants made this year's list, including key executives in baseball and the NFL, an SEC football coach and a teenage golf phenom

By Richard Deitsch, Gene Menez, Elizabeth Newman, Melissa Segura and Andrea Woo


Inside The Week in Sports

Another High Five Jimmie Johnson's seventh top five finish in eight races put him on top of the NASCAR points standings

By Lars Anderson

Those Yellow-Flag Blues Finishing Under Caution

By Lars Anderson

Sir Jackie Rates The Yanks

By Lars Anderson; Jackie Stewart

Driver's Ed For Formula One U.S. Starts From Scratch

By Lars Anderson

The Life Of Reilly

Different Tiger, Different Rules

By Rick Reilly


Leading Off


Why Is This Man Smiling? It wasn't Phil Jackson who decided that his stint as the Lakers' coach was over. But the ringmaster was happy to leave the circus behind

By Jack McCallum Edited by Mark Bechtel

Word Games Marion Jones and the feds may throw the book at each other

By George Dohrmann Edited by Mark Bechtel

Go Figure

Edited by Mark Bechtel

For The Record

Edited by Mark Bechtel

The Graduate

By Josh Elliott Edited by Mark Bechtel

The Show

By Bill Scheft Edited by Mark Bechtel

Q+A Grant Hill

By Grant Hill; Richard Deitsch 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

Ken Griffey Jr

By Adam Duerson Edited by Mark Bechtel

ESPN Hockey

By Richard Deitsch Edited by Mark Bechtel

Peter King's Five Things I Think I Think

By Peter King Edited by Mark Bechtel

The Poll Position

Edited by Mark Bechtel

Tom Verducci's Mailbag

By Tom Verducci Edited by Mark Bechtel

Trivial Matters

By David Sabino Edited by Mark Bechtel

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Mark Bechtel