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Little Course On The Prairie The people in a tiny North Dakota town longed to have a place to play, and finally made their dream come true

By John Garrity

Second Season Carlos Franco hoisted the trophy, but Fred Funk also won in Milwaukee

By Jim Gorant

Big Play With Bryan Gathright

By Bryan Gathright

Heard on the Range

By Jim Gorant; Farrell Evans


Sal Stats

By Sal Johnson

Warwick Hills

By Gorjus George Lucas*

Bubble Boys

By Jim Gorant

2¢ with Jerry Kelly

By Jerry Kelly

Catching Up With...

Vasili Alexeyev, Weightlifter APRIL 14, 1975

By Allen Abel

What's My Line?

By Steve Rushin


The Joy of Six

Loving every minute of it, Lance Armstrong rode the field into the ground to win an unprecedented sixth Tour de France

By Austin Murphy


Anger Management Randy Johnson is fed up with losing in Arizona, but can the Diamondbacks give him what he wants: a trade to a contender?

By Tom Verducci

2004 Olympic Preview

A Sprint to the Finish On a mad dash from Athens to ancient Olympia, the author lives out the chaos of Greece's final, frantic preparations

By S.L. Price

How Safe Will It Be? The 2004 Games seem fated to begin under a cloud of fear

By Don Yaeger

So How'd It Go Last Time? Athens put on an odd show at the first modern Games

By E.M. Swift

View from Above Little of the competition will be held in central Athens, where the Acropolis is located. Most of the glamour events will take place at the 11-sport OAKA Complex, three miles to the north

What's New Here's one guarantee about the Games: You'll see some things you've never seen on the Olympic stage

By Kelley King; Richard Deitsch

Meet Team USA America's 531 Olympians include artists, doctors, soldiers, physicists, high school students and even a 52-year-old retiree

By Julia Morrill

Michael Phelps HOLD YOUR BREATH The prodigy from Baltimore is about to attempt the greatest feat in Olympic history

By Tim Layden

Natalie Coughlin Is Less More? The world-record-setting Californian is passing up some of her best events, but that approach may not be as crazy as it sounds

By Michael Silver

Paul & Morgan Hamm GO CHEESEHEADS On the heels of Paul's historic world title, the twins from Wisconsin could lead the men's team to its first medal in 20 years

By E.M. Swift

The Most Talented U.S Lineup Ever?

By Kelli Anderson

Maurice Greene ONE MO' TIME His sport is a colossal mess, but the 2000 gold medalist is back in fine form, raring to prove he's the best 100-meter runner ever

By Tim Layden

Fast and Fresh Marion Jones's former training partner LaTasha Colander leads a U.S. women's sprint corps that's loaded with new talent--but surrounded by question marks

By Tim Layden

Don't Call It The Dream Team Times Change Larry Brown has an inexperienced squad bereft of outside shooters. His first job: persuading his players that winning won't be easy

By Jack McCallum

Who's In The Field A guide to the men's basketball tournament

By Ian Thomsen

Five Foreign NBA Players To Watch These pros will spearhead their countries' efforts to dethrone the United States as Olympic champion

By Chris Mannix

Pictures of Greatness These champions from around the world are back for another shot at gold. Enjoy them now--most will retire after the Athens Games

By Virginie Luc

Around The World Every country will view the Athens Games from a different perspective. Some will watch to see if their national hero triumphs; others will obsess over the medal count; others will look on with pride simply because they're taking part; and

By Hannah Beech

In Love with Ana The 400-meter world champ and Olympic favorite is the unlikeliest of heroes in a country long ruled by machismo

By Melissa Segura

Africa's Time Will Come A nation has hoop dreams for its undersized team

By Zoe Eisenstein and Karen Iley

One Giant Leap A medal for Anju Bobby George would do wonders for the nation's Olympic profile

By Brian Cazeneuve

Those Were the Days A new sports czar tries to put his country back atop the medal standings

By Allen Abel

A Team to Celebrate Liberated from Saddam but still living in danger, a nation rallies behind its surprising soccer squad

By Don Yaeger

Medal Picks Here's the outlook for all 301 events, as well as the U.S. prospects and a gallery of international stars

By Brian Cazeneuve


Inside The Week in Sports

Inside Baseball

Mr. Sunshine David Ortiz keeps the Red Sox loose--and in the playoff hunt

By Albert Chen

Young Slugger Sparks Revival Cleveland's Travis Hafner

By Albert Chen

Tom Verducci's View

By Tom Verducci

Inside College Basketball

Rush Hour A terrific summer has elevated Brandon Rush to the top of his class

By George Dohrmann

Tour Of Duty

By Rick Reilly


Greeks Gone Wild As the Olympics return to their roots, two books lay bare the truths about the ancient Games

By Charles Hirshberg

Leading Off

Rebuilt to Last Apparel impresario George Horowitz has turned venerable Everlast into a licensing juggernaut

By Franz Lidz


He's Going To Rickyland

After a five-year NFL career in which he always did things his own way, Ricky Williams is trading his cleats for his traveling shoes

By Michael Silver Edited by Marc Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

Long Winter Ahead NHL players and teams are preparing for an extended work stoppage

Edited by Marc Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

Go Figure

Edited by Marc Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

For The Record

Edited by Marc Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

Beckham's World We're just living in it

Edited by Marc Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

Fire Fighter

By Lars Anderson Edited by Marc Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

The Show

By Bill Scheft Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

Q+A Carl Lewis

By Carl Lewis; Richard Deitsch Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

Sports Beat

Edited by Marc Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

Peter King's Five Things I Think I Think

By Peter King Edited by Marc Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

The Poll Position

Edited by Marc Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

Truth + Rumors

Edited by Marc Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

The Week Ahead What to watch and watch for

By Julia Morrill Edited by Marc Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

Forget The Fuss

By Nancy Ramsey Edited by Marc Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

ESPN's dream job

By Lisa Altobelli Edited by Marc Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

Faces In The Crowd

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

Bye, George

By David Sabino Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella