40 Bang-Up Finish
Jeff Gordon fought off a hard-charging Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win his third Daytona 500
by Lars Anderson
46 The Unit Has Landed
Ace lefty Randy Johnson hit the ground running at his first spring training as a Yankee
by Tom Verducci
50 Locker Room Menace
A strain of antibiotic-resistant staphylococcus is striking athletes at an alarming rate
by Phil Taylor
54 The Rise of Saint Paul
Chris Paul of Wake Forest is a great point guard--and citizen
by Seth Davis
58 The Home Team
A Sudanese couple in Indiana sent their five kids to college on basketball scholarships
by L. Jon Wertheim
4 Leading Off
10 Catching Up With ...
17 Air and Space
Throw, throw, throw your coat: Purdue's Gene Keady will hang it up after 25 years by Steve Rushin
• NHL season dies twice in a week
• U.S. women's soccer coach ousted
• Recalling Hunter S. Thompson
30 Faces in the Crowd
72 The Life of Reilly
Some very rich men partied in Denver last weekend. OPEC summit? Nah. NBA All-Star Game by Rick Reilly
68 The NBA
• Can Cavs hold onto Ilgauskas?
• Udrih gives Spurs hot pair at point
70 College Basketball
• Foreign players power Pacific
• Pro scout on Wolfpack's Hodge
• Curry has Cowboys in Big 12 hunt
INSET PHOTO: Clay Patrick McBride
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• Swing into spring training: SI writers weigh in from camps in Florida and Arizona, John Donovan previews each division and Tom Verducci provides Web-exclusive analysis in his weekly Insider, all at SI.com/baseball.
Yankees hurler Randy Johnson and skipper Joe Torre catch some rays next to a pitching machine (page 46).