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CATCHING UP WITH

Mike Casey, Kentucky guard

DECEMBER 2, 1968

By Bill Syken

AIR AND SPACE

Almost Famous

By Steve Rushin

SCORECARD

Faces in the Crowd

By Mark Bechtel

SI Players

Illinois Guards Dee Brown/Deron Williams

By Dee Brown

WHO'S Hot/WHO'S Not

SI PLAYERS POLL

[Based on a survey of 227 NBA players]

Wide World Of Diapers

How hoops star Erica Taylor and her boxer hubby Jermain make it work

By Richard Deitsch

Going Global

By Sarah Thurmond

Getting A Jump

Big-time base stealer Carl Crawford gets ready for the rigors of a 162-game season

By Lisa Altobelli

The Questions with Kelvin Cato/Magic Center

By Kelvin Cato

ROAD TO RECOVERY

Royals Pitcher Kyle Snyder

2005 NCAA Tournament Preview

The Final 5

To advance on the Road to St. Louis, teams will have to execute in the frenetic last five minutes of games. The secrets to success lie within

By Alexander Wolff

FIERY FIVE

Mirroring the intensity of their coach, the upstart Lady Bears are the team that no one wants to face in March

By Kelli Anderson

2005 NCAA Tournament

5 Minute Guide

A quick look at the trends, teams and names to keep an eye on as the Big Dance begins

By Seth Davis

THE BRACKETS

By Grant Wahl

PRO BASKETBALL

The Incredible Lightness of Being Gilbert

His routines are eccentric, his workouts defy logic and his jokes inspire teammates to choke him. So how is it that Gilbert Arenas is the driving force of the resurgent Wizards?

By Chris Ballard

Baaseball

In the Land of Rejuvenation

Is it something in the water? The Atlanta Braves have shown an uncanny ability to revive waning careers. The latest: Brian Jordan and Raul Mondesi

By Albert Chen

TRACK AND FIELD

Ready to Take On The World

Finally living up to his vast potential, tough-as-nails Dathan Ritzenhein could be the first American in 23 years to win a medal at the world cross-country meet

By Tim Layden

Inside

Inside

The Week In Sports

Inside Baseball

Comeback Kid

With their offense depleted, the Astros are depending more than ever on the healthy return of Andy Pettitte

By Albert Chen

Inside The NBA

Hard Knocks

Critics still call him soft and say his game has regressed, but Yao Ming is quietly making strides as a center

By Ian Thomson

Scout's Take

By Ian Thomson

Webber's Woes Mask Ailing D

THE 76ERS' STRUGGLES

By Ian Thomson

Dealing with Kid Stuff

ATLANTA'S JOSH SMITH

By Ian Thomson

Ian Thomsen's Fast Break

By Ian Thomson

LIFE OF REILLY

Everyone In the Pool!

By Rick Reilly

Departments

Even Better Than the Real Thing

RealPro Wrestling, a new made-for-TV competition, brings showbiz flair to the serious side of the sport

By Bill Syken

Leading Off

Little Shred Schoolhouse

Every day's a snow day at Stratton Mountain School, where skiers and boarders rip the slopes after they hit the books

By Kelley King

International Pastime

A new history of baseball--that most European of games--traces the sport back centuries before Doubleday

By Charles Hirshberg

The Best Behind Bars

Sweet Shots

Letters

House Cleaning

In hearings scheduled to begin this week, a congressional committee attempts to discover how far the stain of steroids has spread over baseball

By Karl Taro Greenfeld

Arms and the Kid

Torn ligaments and Tommy John surgery--they're not just for big leaguers anymore

By Stephen Cannella

Insider Trading

Coaches and players have found that there's big money in scalping tickets

By Tim Layden

Go Figure

For the Record

ANKIEL WATCH

Plagued by wildness and injuries as a pitcher, 25-year-old Rick Ankiel is trying to make the Cardinals as an outfielder. How's he doing? SI's Ankielometer tells all.

Taking a Powder?

Now that he's skiing's world champ, Bode Miller may skip the Olympics

The Show

By Bill Scheft

Q+A: Laird Hamilton

The big-wave surfer, 41, has his own film company and is married to volleyball star Gabrielle Reece

By Laird Hamilton

The Beat

By Lisa Altobelli

The Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Amanda Cherrin

Under Review

By Nancy Ramsey

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By Michael Farber