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Sports Illustrated Bonus Section: SI Adventure

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A WATERY WORLD

The author's quest to visit every continent by kayak has given him a sea-level look at the bond between humans and the ocean

By Jon Bowermaster

Great Leap Forward

Oft-battered and oft-broke motocrosser Chuck Carothers unleashed a monster jump at the X Games to establish himself as his sport's rising star

By Mark Beech

Out There

In a high-altitude feud, two Sherpas snipe about who's the fastest up Everest

What's Next

THE MONTH AHEAD

Indoor Adventure

In a harrowing do-it-yourself book, Aron Ralston recounts the tale of his desperate self-amputation

By Bill Syken

WHAT IT TAKES

An intrepid trekker plans to cross 4,000 miles of Asia to re-create a great escape

In the Shadow of the Big Cats

By Austin Murphy

Sports Illustrated Bonus Section: Golf Plus

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AUSSIES RULE

Their numbers growing as fast as their rate of success, Australian golfers are taking a backseat to no one

By Gary Van Sickle

Back in Cink

As if on cue, Stewart Cink picks the perfect moment for a peak performance

By Jim Gorant

Big Play With Patti McGowan

By Patti McGowan

Heard on the Range

By Jim Gorant

Golf Plus/SI.com Poll

Voting hours at si.com: 7 p.m. EDT Sunday to 3 p.m. EDT Monday

By Jim Gorant

Sal Stats

By Sal Johnson

TPC at River Highlands

By GORJUS George Lucas*

2¢ With Jay Haas

By Jay Haas

Amateur Hour

By Jim Gorant

Catching Up With ...

George Ratterman, Quarterback

OCTOBER 8, 1956

By Andrea Woo

Air and Space

Ten the Hard Way

By Steve Rushin

2004 Olympics

Fast Company

Youth was served at the birthplace of the Games as 22-year-old Justin Gatlin prevailed in one of the swiftest 100-meter dashes in history

By Tim Layden

Just Like Old Times

Ancient Olympia Stadium played host to an Olympic event for the first time in 1,610 years

By Tim Layden

HOW THE FALLEN WAS MIGHTY

Paul Hamm's dreams of Olympic gold didn't include a miraculous comeback--or a judging error that took some luster off his medal

By E.M. Swift

THE OFFICIAL MISTAKE

By E.M. Swift

Fourth Best in Group B

The U.S. men's hoops team has never been a bigger underdog

By Jack McCallum

Revenge of the Pepper Pot

Feisty Carly Patterson won gold in the overall (without dispute!) by outpointing the Russian diva who had edged her in the worlds

By E.M. Swift

On Top of the World

In dominating the field en route to a third straight gold medal, the U.S. softball team left no doubt that it's the greatest of all time

By Michael Farber

Time to Make Some Noise

A more festive atmosphere enveloped the athletes village in Week 2

By Brian Cazeneuve

Tennis, No One?

By S.L. Price

She Hate Me

By Kelli Anderson

Flag Jumper

Born in Cuba, living in London and suddenly a citizen of Sudan, triple jumper Yamilé Aldama is the ultimate nation-hopping Olympian

By S.L. Price

Fine and Handy

Americans have yet to discover the appeal of team handball

By Michael Farber

Much More Than a Race

By Tim Layden

The Boxing Bug

By Richard Hoffer

Break Out the Bubbly

In a roller-coaster week for U.S. swimmers, Michael Phelps won eight medals, but his finest stroke may have been an act of kindness

By Kelli Anderson

Eight Men Out (Front)

A dramatic early move paid off handsomely for U.S. rowers

By Brian Cazeneuve

Collector's Item

By Don Yaeger

Well-schooled

By Kelli Anderson

Going Out With A Bang

With a semifinal win over Germany, the U.S. women's soccer team overcame internal turmoil and gave its retiring stars a shot at gold

By Grant Wahl

Pedals to the Medals

Despite a sore back, Tyler Hamilton led the U.S. to a cycling jackpot

By Brian Cazeneuve

Double Or Nothing

By Brian Cazeneuve

Three Troubling Days

By Brian Cazeneuve

Emotional Decision

Disappointed after falling just short of a gold medal in women's wrestling, Sara McMann found perspective in a far greater loss

By Jack McCallum

Last to First

By Brian Cazeneuve

Chaos Theory

Hot as Hellas

ZONE PRESSED

Jostling across a no-man's-land from the athletes brings out the media's journalistic blood lust as well as their anthropological traits

By Richard Hoffer

BASEBALL

The Quiet Warrior

He's been called the most talented player in baseball, but Vladimir Guerrero doesn't want to talk about that. He'd much rather tell you about his large family and his mom's home cooking

By Esmeralda Santiago

HOW WILL THE WEST BE WON?

The Angels have the rings and the Rangers have the bats, but the balanced A's have the edge

By Daniel G. Habib

Tennis

Jimbo

In 1974 Jimmy Connors ignited a tennis boom with his wicked metal racket, his storybook romance, his vulgar antics and his renegade behavior. Thirty years later he still thumbs his nose at the game's establishment

By Alexander Wolff

Inside

Inside

The Week in Sports

Inside Baseball

A Sudden Ace

Minnesota has soared behind dominating starter Johan Santana

By Albert Chen

Dodgers Looking For Relief

L.A.'s Bullpen Woes

By Albert Chen

Tom Verducci's View

By Tom Verducci

Inside The NFL

Gold Mine

Pittsburgh is getting its money's worth from Ben Roethlisberger

By Peter King

Inside College Football

Battle Tested

Wisconsin's fortunes will rest with seasoned tailback Anthony Davis

By Kelley King

The Life of Reilly

Water Boy

By Rick Reilly

Departments

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Letters

Hats Out of Hell

You've heard about the salary cap, but what about the sullied cap? Players love the grungy look, but to execs and umps it's just another wardrobe malfunction

By Stephen Cannella

Backhanded Compliments

Taskmaster Robert Lansdorp is known only by his brilliant tennis brats

By L. Jon Wertheim

GO FIGURE

Edited by Mark Bechtel

FOR THE RECORD

Edited by Mark Bechtel

Riddick's Return

The Show

By Bill Scheft

Q+A SARAH HUGHES

The 19-year-old gold-medal-winning figure skater is covering the Athens Olympics as a reporter for New York City's WCBS-TV.

By Sarah Hughes

SPORTS BEAT

Edited by Mark Bechtel

THE WEEK AHEAD

WHAT TO WATCH AND WATCH FOR BY JULIA MORRILL

UNDER REVIEW

By Kristin Green Morse

Peter King's Five Things I Think I Think

By Peter King

THE POLL POSITION

TRUTH + RUMORS

Faces in the Crowd