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SCORECARD

Go Figure

Chow Time

Unable to land a college head coaching job, USC's offensive guru goes to the NFL

By Tim Layden

TIME Bonus Section: Golf Plus

Inside Cover

Questions For Phil Mickelson

After his back-to-back wins and going wire to wire at Pebble Beach, we wondered, What will Phil do next?

By Phil Mickelson

Big Play with Jim Suttie

By Jim Gorant

DOUBLE TAKES

By Jim Gorant

2¢ with Mark O'meara

By Mark O'Meara

A Whole New Ball Game

They say you can tell a lot about a man by the way he plays golf. That's why all eyes were on Ted Forstmann as he made his debut as the owner of IMG

By Michael Bamberger

My Shot

Can a 14-handicap Latino comedian find success--and laughs--at Pebble Beach?

By George Lopez

TRUST ME

By Jim Gorant

STIK

Life and Times on the PGA Tour

By Paul Jenkins

LETTERS

LETTERS

AIR AND SPACE

The Jock Calendar

By Steve Rushin

SI Players

HOW IT FEELS ... To Be on Fire

WHO'S Hot/WHO'S Not

SI PLAYERS POLL

[Based on a survey of 227 NBA players]

One Super Week

After the big game we asked Patriots TE Christian Fauria to share his personal snapshots

The Questions with Antwan Jamison Wizards Forward

By Antwan Jamison

Body by Brandi

How a soccer legend keeps going strong

By Lisa Altobelli

Baseball

Reason To Believe

Spring training is the season of optimism, so what better time to suggest that the Steroid Era is drawing to a close and a fresh and better day is about to bloom?

By Tom Verducci

Juice And Truth

Jose Canseco's book bashes Mark McGwire but raises more questions than it answers

By Tom Verducci

2005 NASCAR PREVIEW

The View From The Driver's Seat

With the Nextel Cup roaring to life this eek at Daytona, SI gets some answers from the men behind the wheel, including defending champ Kurt Busch (above), profiles last year's top rookie and predicts that a wily veteran will win hsi fifth title

By Lars Anderson

MOTOR SPORTS

WATCH OUT FOR THE KID

The freshest face in Nextel Cup belongs to 2004 Rookie of the Year Kasey Kahne, but don't let those apple cheeks fool you--the 24-year-old driver has everything it takes to win

By Lars Anderson

THE TOP 20

By Lars Anderson

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

The Aussie Rules

Though he hails from a country not known for producing basketball prodigies, Utah sophomore Andrew Bogut has become the best big man in this nation

By Kelli Anderson

HOCKEY

The Death of the NHL And Its Plan for Resurrection

While a labor dispute was killing this season, optimists at the NHL donned rose-colored glasses to look beyond a grim present to a future of more scoring, tight sweaters and HDTV

By Michael Farber

It Could Get Nasty

Players and owners will weigh legal options

By Lester Munson

NBA MIDSEASON REPORT

The Future Is Now

When you consider the dazzling arc of his career, it's no surprise that LeBron James, at the tender age of 20, is being measured against the greatest players in the NBA

By CHARLES P. PIERCE

THE ODD SQUADS

SI's Ian Thomsen presents a medley of select midseason lineups, some of which players and coaches would strongly prefer not to crack

By Ian Thomsen

WHY FANS ARE TUNING OUT THE NBA

Until teams can control or unload players who behave badly, the league will suffer in the public's eyes

By Ian Thomsen

WHY FANS SHOULD TUNE IN AGAIN

The NBA is providing more end-to-end action and scintillating star power than it has in many years

By Jack McCallum

THE END IS IN SIGHT

Here is history that will be made before next season tips off

By Ian Thomsen

Inside

Inside

The Week In Sports

Gene Therapy

Georgetown has made a quick return to national prominence thanks to a new coach with a very familiar name

By Julia Morrill

Pro Prospects

By Julia Morrill

Guard's NBA Hopes Not Dead

IOWA'S PIERRE PIERCE

By Andrew Lawrence

Seth Davis's Hoop Thoughts

By Julia Morrill

Inside The NFL

On the Money

The Patriots' Tom Brady is SI's Player of the Year for the way he performed when the stakes were highest

By Peter King

Inside

Saving Grace

Bowling Green goalie Jordan Sigalet hasn't let multiple sclerosis slow his run for the Hobey Baker Award

By Brian Cazeneuve

LIFE OF REILLY

Old-timer's Game

By Rick Reilly

Departments

Striking Presence

Pro bowling pioneer Dick Weber became his sport's first superstar

Leading Off

Easy Does It?

The unspoken rule is, Don't knock the jocks. But should TV analysts pull their punches when criticizing the performance of big-time college athletes?

By Grant Wahl

Parting Shots

In their long and brilliant NBA careers, Karl Malone and Reggie Miller did everything but win a ring

By Jack McCallum

For the Record

The Show

By Bill Scheft

Q+A Jeff Gordon

By Jeff Gordon

The Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Amanda Cherrin

Under Review

By Mark Bechtel

The Beat

By Lisa Altobelli

Faces in the Crowd