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SI Players

Grapefruit Games

Where to get loose with the Red Sox, the Yankees and eight other major league teams

By Adam Duerson

Dinner At Yao's

Chowing down with the Rockets' Yao Ming, Dikembe Mutombo and Patrick Ewing

By Gene Menez

Everybody Knows Jack

Georgia Tech's Jarrett Jack may be the best-connected player in college hoops

By Sarah Thurmond

NEW YORK STATES OF MIND

The Mets and Yankees' newest stars get grilled on Big Apple life

By Carlos Beltran

WHO'S Hot/WHO'S Not

SI PLAYERS POLL

[Based on a survey of 227 NBA players]

SI Adventure

HERE COMES THE SON

AT AGE 15, KYE PETERSEN IS TEARING UP THE FREESKIING WORLD--AND CHASING THE LEGEND OF HIS FATHER, WHO DIED IN AN AVALANCHE NINE YEARS AGO

By Yi-Wyn Yen

Inside Out

Edited by Yi-Wyn Yen

03.14.05

Edited by Yi-Wyn Yen

Wild Ride

A young surfer takes on the big boys--and the big waves--at Mavericks

By Bill Syken

Jay Quinlan

FREESTYLE SNOWMOBILER

By Jay Quinlan

The Spot BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

Winter-weary New York City riders take it to the street in their own indoor skatepark

By Andrew Lawrence

Surf Tunes

Edited by Yi-Wyn Yen

Long Haul

By Bill Syken

BY THE NUMBERS

Edited by Yi-Wyn Yen

The Bike Team

An interscholastic mountain biking league in California gives high school kids a freewheeling winter sports option

By Austin Murphy

Sports Illustrated Bonus Section: Golf Plus

Inside Cover

Questions For Ernie Els

By Ernie Els

A List

What golfers are talking about

Big Play with Wayne DeFrancesco

By Wayne Defrancesco

Top 100 Teachers Poll

News Hole

He Swings, She Sings

Amy Lepard, a.k.a. Mrs. Chad Campbell, is taking a big rip at a music career with a self-produced album due this spring

By Art Striklin

An Entertainment Weekly REVIEW

By Leah Greenblatt

What's He Trying to Prove?

There's a simple reason why Tom Kite, 55 and a Hall of Famer, traded the sure-thing senior circuit for a long-shot return to the PGA Tour: He might not get another chance

By Michael Bamberger

Paradise Lost

A hot spot for India-Pakistan battles and ethnic violence for more than 50 years, Kashmir is far removed from its Shangri-la past but remains a golfing wonderland for the adventurer

By Story and Photographs by Rick Lipsey

Trust Me

By Jim Gorant

My Shot

When it comes to keeping score, the golf industry could learn a lot from golfers

LETTERS

LETTERS

PRO BASKETBALL

The Man Has Seen 'Em All

After half a century of discovering stars from Zelmo Beaty to Ben Wallace, master scout and storyteller Marty Blake is still sizing up every NBA prospect out there

By Alexander Wolff

AIR AND SPACE

These Guys Know Squat

By Steve Rushin

Baseball

A Whole New Ball Game

They're not the Expos anymore, they're the Nationals, and in Frank Robinson they've got the right man to lead them into Washington, D.C.

By Michael Bamberger

Go East, Young Man

Jose Guillen, who wore out his welcome in Anaheim, tries to put his troubles behind him

By Albert Chen

I Was a Toronto Blue Jay

In five days as a major leaguer, the author saw the splendors of baseball—and its hard reality—from the best perspective: inside the game

By Tom Verducci

College Basketball

When Tall Men Cry

No moment in sports is as bittersweet as Senior Day. Last week the emotion flowed freely, from a moving oration at Kansas to a tear-jerking upset at Ohio State

By Grant Wahl

The Dark Side

A coach's alleged dirty deeds at the high-flying Barton County Community College program in Kansas raised fears that the very core of juco hoops may be rotten

By George Dohrmann

Golf

The Duel at Doral

A dream matchup featuring the game's two biggest names lived up to expectations as Tiger Woods rallied to beat Phil Mickelson and regain the world's No. 1 ranking

By Chris Lewis

Inside

Inside

The Week In Sports

Inside the NBA

Happy Return

After unloading Antoine Walker two years ago, Celtics G.M. Danny Ainge brought him back, slimmer and better

By Ian Thomsen

His "Upside"? He Wins a Lot

UNSUNG SHANE BATTIER

By Ian Thomsen

Ian Thomsen's Fast Break

By Ian Thomsen

Inside College Basketball

Back on Track

Though two players nearly died and the team struggled early, UConn is ready to try for another NCAA title

By Andrew Lawrence

Pro Prospects

By Andrew Lawrence

Three Rookies Rally Bruins

UCLA'S FRESH FACES

By Julia Morrill

Seth Davis's Hoop Thoughts

By Seth Davis

LIFE OF REILLY

Bored of The Rings

By Rick Reilly

Departments

Hard Road to Hardwood Glory

Five years after fleeing war-torn Sudan, shot-blocking sensation Deng Gai is close to fulfilling his hoop dream

By Andrea Woo

Next Overseas Wave

Look for these foreign players to go high in the NBA draft in June

By Chris Mannix

Leading Off

Ice Breaker

Speed skater Shani Davis, a pioneering star in both long and short track, aims to make Olympic history

By Brian Cazeneuve

The Cloud of Turin

With a year to go, the '06 hosts face some Athens-like challenges

By Brian Cazeneuve

Houdini's Hour

A biography of Bob Cousy makes the case that the Celtics great all but invented modern pro hoops

By Dick Friedman

Showtime, Part I

By Bill Syken

After-school Special

Velocity Sports Performance, a national chain of workout facilities, gets young athletes focused on phys-ed essentials

By Kelley King

Going Global

A Busch Series race in Mexico was the first step in Brian France's grand plan to turn all the world (even New York City) into NASCAR Nation

By Lars Anderson

Seeing Red

In a basketball career spanning five decades, the ever-upbeat Johnny Kerr has done almost everything--except gain induction into the Hall of Fame

By Jack McCallum

Moving Experience

Ralph Sampson's son checks into an Alabama school--and wins a state title

Go Figure

Affair of the Art

A Bay Area cycling team tells its newest member to clean up his act

By Rebecca Sun

For the Record

Jose Canseco

One Tough Baby

Hilary Swank's sparring partner is a favorite to win the Golden Gloves

By Aimee Berg

The Show

By Bill Scheft

Ari Fleischer

The former White House press secretary--and devout Yankees fan--is the author of a new book, Taking Heat

By Ari Fleischer

The Beat

By Lisa Altobelli

The Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Amanda Cherrin

Under Review

By Stephen Cannella

Now on SI.com

Breaking news, scores, schedules and fresh, original Web-only stories and columns 24/7

By Mark Bechtel

Faces in the Crowd

By Mark Bechtel