8 Leading Off
14 Catching Up With ...
19 Air and Space
Coaches and players, you're on The Gong Show. No honeymoon, no margin of error by Steve Rushin
• Who'll turn down the Irish next?
• We put Kurt Busch on the grill
• The Browns' growing pains
30 Faces in the Crowd
118 Life of Reilly
If Barry Bonds says he didn't know what the "creams" and "clears" were, I believe him. Sure I do by Rick Reilly
107 The NFL
• Panthers back in the hunt
112 The NBA
• Raptors want to deal Carter, Rose
114 College Basketball
• Illini crush Wake, vault to No. 1
• U.S. bows to Spain in Davis Cup
S T E R O I DS C A N D A L
BALCO BLOWS UP
Grand jury testimony about Barry Bonds (left) and Jason Giambi using steroids and new charges by BALCO's founder raise doubts that baseball can clean up its mess
by George Dohrmann
56 A Perfect Trip
Unbeaten USC got past UCLA and heads to the Orange Bowl
by Austin Murphy
66 I'm Fine Without You
Former Mavericks teammates Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki are playing even better apart
by Ian Thomsen
74 Stepping Out
The Chargers closed in on their first playoff berth in nine years
by Michael Silver
82 Small Wonder
Dunking over the skeptics, 5'9" Nate Robinson has hoisted Washington
by Kelli Anderson
88 Mountain Man
On new skis, Bode Miller is taking the World Cup by storm
by Tim Layden
96 Why Not Vegas?
Can a professional franchise thrive in the gambling capital of the U.S.? You bet
by Ian Thomsen
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