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November 29, 2004 Table Of Contents

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Desperate Welterweights

In a rematch neither could afford to lose, Winky Wright retained his titles, and Shane Mosley remained in a tailspin

By Richard Hoffer

An Uphill Climb

Building on the success of 2003--04, the U.S. Alpine team aims for the top of the mountain this season

By Brian Cazeneuve

The Golden Child

With an MLS goal-scoring title and five goals in three U.S. games, Eddie Johnson is cashing in on his early promise

By Grant Wahl

The Start of Something Big

Cross-country hopes to get some attention with a high school team national championship, the first in any sport

By Kelli Anderson

Young Hearts, Running Free

By Richard O'Brien

Sports Illustrated Bonus Section: Golf Plus

Inside Cover

My Day at the Bear's Club D

The author, eager to play Jack Nicklaus's personal course, attends a high-profile fund-raiser and gets a glimpse into the private world of a very public man

By Michael Bamberger


Every golfer knows what it's like to be bitten by the bug, but a student in Iowa caught the fever without ever picking up a club

By Andrew Lawrence

What's Next?

Annika Sorenstam could either walk away, or take a shot at the 'impossible'

By Jim Gorant

Big Play With Brad Redding

After shooting a flawless 68 to force a playoff, Cristie Kerr rinsed her approach on the first extra hole to hand the ADT to Annika Sorenstam

By Brad Redding

Heard on the Range

By Jim Gorant

Golf Plus/ Poll

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

By Jim Gorant

Sal Stats

By Sal JohnSON

Testy Tester

By Jim Gorant

Jones Jubilee

By Jeff Silverman


By Meg Mallon

An Open Letter to Tom Lehman

By John Garrity


Just Gimme The Ball

After finally getting his chance to run, Reuben Droughns has rescued the Broncos' broken backfield and rolled up big yardage--just like he said he would

By Jeffri Chadiha

The Kid Steps Out

In his first NFL start, Giants rookie quarterback Eli Manning impressed teammates and opponents alike. Now, how quickly can he learn to win?

By Josh Elliott




Talk Ain't Cheap

By Charles Leerhsen


Hoops Played Here?

On the shores of Lake Champlain, led by an odd pairing of coach and player, the Vermont Catamounts have ignited an unlikely case of basketball fever

By Alexander Wolff

SI Players: Life On and Off the Field


Steelers Running Back

By Peter King

SI Players

Who's Hot/Who's Not


Based on a survey of 354 players

Thanksgiving Memories

Remember the perfect holidays of years gone by? Neither do we. But we do recall the turkeys.

The Questions with Orlando Pace

Rams Tackle

Is Crankier Better?

What NFL players look for in their leaders

Earthwind Moreland

Patriots Cornerback

By Lisa Altobelli

Swamp Thing

Off we go--bada bing!--into the Big Blue yonder

By Adam Duerson

What's Under My Helmet

Pro Basketball

The Ugliest Game

An NBA brawl exposes the worst in player and fan behavior and serves as a frightening wake-up call

By Jack McCallum

The Eye of a Perfect Storm

With his hair-trigger temper and history of eruptions, Pacers All-Star forward Ron Artest was exactly the wrong person in the wrong place at the wrong time

By Chris Ballard


The BCS Mess

The Bowl Championship Series is facing the same old problems--and a few new ones. How did it all go so wrong?

By Tim Layden


By Tim Layden

Pro Football

"A Rookie Mistake"

By Peter King


The Race To End All Races

In the closest title chase in NASCAR history, Kurt Busch survived a wheel-dropping, roller-coaster race at Homestead--Miami Speedway to take the inaugural Nextel Cup

By Lars Anderson



In a spectacular flameout after he retired from tennis, Roscoe Tanner deceived his friends and family and ended up penniless and in jail. Now he hopes to heal the wounds he's inflicted and repay all his debts--but it won't be easy

By L. Jon Wertheim



The Week in Sports

Inside College Football


With Maurice Clarett's accusations casting a shadow, freshman Ted Ginn has been a bright spot for Ohio State

By Kelley King

Three and Out

By Stewart Mandel

The Most Underrated


By Mark Beech

Phil Taylor's Sidelines

By Phil Taylor

Inside Golf

Old Master

Nine-time winner Vijay Singh, SI's Player of the Year, proved beyond doubt that age is no barrier to success

By Michael Bamberger

Inside The NFL

A Cut Above

Healthy at last, explosive running back Willis McGahee has given the Bills' offense a much-needed boost

By Jeffri Chadiha

Rookie Safety Saves the Day


Passer Rallies Ravens to Win


By Jeffri Chadiha

King's Corner

By Peter King

Dr. Z's Forecast

By Paul Zimmerman


Doing Hard Tee Time

By Rick Reilly


Leading Off

Simply Ricky

A return to the NFL could solve Ricky Williams's money woes, but the ex-Dolphin says he's living a blissfully bare-bones life that doesn't include football

By Michael Silver

Capital Punishment

All the Washington Nationals need is an owner--and a place to play baseball

By Daniel G. Habib

Gender Bender

In a topsy-turvy tennis season, the two professional tours swapped identities

By L. Jon Wertheim

Go Figure

Knee Jerk Reactions

The feud between Carolina's punter and the Gramaticas is getting ugly

For the Record

To Russia, with Love

Turning his broad back on the NHL, Alexander Ragulin became a Soviet hero

The Show

By Bill Scheft

Q+A Pat LaFontaine

The fifth-highest scoring American in NHL history completed the Ironman Florida Triathlon earlier this month

By Pat Lafontaine

The Beat

By Lisa Altobelli

The Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Julia Morrill

Under Review

By Nancy Ramsey

New Order in the Football World

The Poll Position

Faces in the Crowd