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Sports Illustrated Bonus Section: SI Adventure

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Seaside Heights

For the world's best climbers, a deep-water solo cruise to the Adriatic offers a no-ropes, no-worries crack at some daunting walls

By Bill Syken

Finding China

For climbers seeking unclaimed peaks, the newly opened Kham region of western China is a 700-mile smorgasbord

Edited by Yi-Wyn Yen

What's Next

The Month Ahead

Edited by Yi-Wyn Yen

Raid Ratings

Edited by Yi-Wyn Yen

Indoor Adventure

A new crop of ski and snowboard DVDs offers inspiration and vicarious thrills

Edited by Yi-Wyn Yen

On His Own Two Feet

By Austin Murphy

Sports Illustrated Bonus Section: Golf Plus

Inside Cover

Beating The Rap

Before he emerged as the Tour's first hip-hop golfer, John Morgan had to overcome a lot more than dirty looks

By Farrell Evans

First Up

What A Season!

Big winners, super shots, surprising stumbles, startling stats--the now-completed year had 'em all

By Gary Van Sickle

Silent Assassin

What more does a player like Retief Goosen need to do to be taken seriously?

By Jim Gorant

Big Play With David Glenz

By David Glenz

Heard on the Range

By Jim Gorant

Golf Plus/SI.com Poll

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

By Jim Gorant

Sal Stats

By Sal Johnson

Best and Worst

By Gorjus George Lucas*

2¢ WITH PADRAIG HARRINGTON

By Padraig Harrington

Paul Azinger

By Paul Azinger

SCORECARD

For Love of the Game

Greg Paulus, one of the nation's top QB recruits, will instead be doing his passing on the basketball court at Duke

By Gene Menez

Charting All the Hits

New helmet technology in use at several colleges offers insight into how concussions happen

By Merrell Noden

The Wayback Machine

In his 20th season at the helm of his venerable highlight show, George Michael remains resolutely old-school

By Bill Syken

Dressed to Thrill

Six months after dethroning Roy Jones Jr., Antonio Tarver is set to make his return in L.A. with an eye on Hollywood

By Franz Lidz

Sympathy for the Showboat

Terrell Owens's heartbreaking youth helps explain his outlandish behavior as an adult

By Charles Hirshberg

Faces in the Crowd

CATCHING UP WITH

Bubba Bean, Running Back

DECEMBER 8, 1975

By Brenda Lee

LETTERS

LETTERS

GOLF GLUT

If You Build It, They Won't Necessarily Come

Egged on by industry cheerleaders and promises of a golf boom, developers have oversaturated the U.S. with courses and driven each other to financial ruin

By E.M. Swift

AIR AND SPACE

The Rising Sun

By Steve Rushin

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Where Have All the Gunners Gone?

The Pistols of the past have become the mere popguns of the present. Here's how the game has changed

By Phil Taylor

SI Players

"WIN OR LOSE I'M UP ALL NIGHT ... GOING OVER THINGS IN MY HEAD"

By Michael Silver

WHO'S Hot WHO'S Not

SI PLAYERS POLL

Based on a survey of 354 players

In Search of Joe Horn's Phone

By Sarah Thurmond

Jersey Giants

The Questions with Takeo Spikes Bills Linebacker

By Takeo Spikes

Boogie Men

THE BEST JOKE I CAN TELL IN SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

By Texans tackle Marcus Spears

"What I've Learned So Far"

They got the dream job--now what? Checking in with the NFL class of 2004

By Amanda Cherrin

Generation Best

Coaches are seeking-- and finding-- a new maturity in young stars

By Peter King

Pro Basketball

One-Man Showtime

The Lakers are Kobe Bryant's team now, and if the season's opening week is any indication, he's got his work cut out for him

By Chris Ballard

Meanwhile, in Miami ...

Aside from a nagging hamstring injury, Shaquille O'Neal is adjusting to life with the Heat quite nicely, thank you

By Ian Thomsen

NFL MIDSEASON REPORT

Cool Brees

San Diego wrote him off after a 1--7 start last year, but Drew Brees never quit on himself--and now he has the surprising Chargers atop the AFC West

By Josh Elliott

Dealers' Choice

They could've drafted that Steelers rookie who's on a tear, but the Chargers and the Giants say they got the right men

By Peter King

A Free Bird

New schemes have brought out the best in Falcons defensive end Patrick Kerney, who has helped Atlanta take control of the NFC South

By Michael Silver

Quick-Change Artist

The Jets are thriving on defense thanks to the aggressive, attacking style of first-year coordinator Donnie Henderson

By Michael Silver

Second-Half Preview

Only three teams look like playoff shoo-ins to Dr. Z, who sees a scramble for the other nine berths with even some 3--5 teams in the hunt

By Paul Zimmerman

Dr. Z's Forecast: Week 10

By Paul Zimmerman

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Four Big Guys In Red

Call them what you want, but the quartet of seniors on Wisconsin's defensive line--the best in the nation--are the heart and soul of the unbeaten Badgers

By Karl Taro Greenfeld

Special Report

Get Out and Play!

Like the rest of Americans, school-age children are becoming overweight at an alarming rate. But innovative health experts and gym teachers are introducing kids to the benefits--and joys-- of exercise through sports and games

By Tim Layden

Inside

Inside

The Week In Sports

Inside Track & Field

Redemption

Paula Radcliffe put her catastrophic Olympic performance out of mind and won her first New York City Marathon

By Brian Cazeneuve

Inside Baseball

Ace High

The Red Sox stacked the deck in their favor last year by dealing for the gritty Curt Schilling, SI's Player of the Year

By Tom Verducci

Inside College Football

Pass Master

Hawaii's Timmy Chang has the most prolific arm in NCAA history--but that doesn't guarantee NFL success

By Austin Murphy

Three and Out

By Stewart Mandel

Sooners' Split Personality

DILEMMA ON D

By Mark Beech

Phil Taylor's Sidelines

By Phil Taylor

LIFE OF REILLY

Getting by On $14.6 Mil

By Rick Reilly

Departments

Leading Off

Ladies' Day

Female athletes make great role models and fierce competitors. But few women make a living in pro sports. How can they bolster their box-office appeal?

By L. Jon Wertheim

Unhappy Valley

Winless in the Big Ten, Penn State has hit a new low and even some of JoePa's loyal fans have felt their faith shaken

By Kelley King

Four More Innings!

Go Figure

For the Record

Death of a Hero

At 31, Sergei Zholtok had returned to his native ice to play during the lockout

By Stephen Cannella

The Beat

By Lisa Altobelli

The Show

By Bill Scheft

Q+A Tom Wolfe

By Tom Wolfe

The Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Julia Morrill

Under Review

By Nancy Ramsey

2004-05 College Basketball Preview

Wooden Preseason All-Americans

The Poll Position