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SCORECARD

Bitter Rivalry 101

A survival guide to the slew of Red Sox and Yankees books

By Charles Hirshberg

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WIZARDS OF WAPPOO

With more than 100 significant amateur championships to their credit, five generations of the Fords of Charleston have been to Carolina Lowcountry golf what the Wallendas have been to the high wire

By Joel Zuckerman

My Shot

If you think the ball flies too far, here's a way the problem might be fixed

By Evan Rothman

STIK: Life and Times on the PGA Tour

By Chris Eliopoulous

Trust Me

By James P. Herre

Sports Illustrated Bonus Section : Golf Plus

FORD FAMILY TREE

Although Frank C. Ford Sr. was the progenitor of four generations of accomplished golfers, his mother, Anne (Sissie) Gaillard Hanahan Ford, was the family's oldest champion, and his wife, Elizabeth (Betsy) Coker Ford, taught their sons the fundamentals of the game. Here's an accounting of the family's many championships.

By Joel Zuckerman

LETTERS

LETTERS

Air and Space

Diamonds In the Sky

By Steve Rushin

SI Players

DEION BRANCH

Patriots Wide Receiver

By Deion Branch

WHO'S Hot/ WHO'S Not

SI PLAYERS POLL

[ Based on a survey of 227 NBA players ]

Double Alex

If you get them mixed up on draft day, you won't be the first

By Amanda Cherrin

MEET MR. SMARTY-PANTS

By Ben Reiter

Waiting for That Call

By Ronnie Brown

Raptor For a Day

On assignment for SI, a novelist got a crash course in the NBA

By Michael Grant Jaffe

Pro Basketball

The Big Question

Everyone is asking if freewheeling Phoenix, league leader in points and victories, can win in the playoffs. Recent history, and a lot of experts, say no. Then again. . .

By Jack McCallum

He's the Key. Just Ask Him

When Miami needs a locker room boost or late-game trey, it can count on Damon Jones, who seldom lets his game do the talking

Uttered Nonsense

In the heat of the playoffs, there's no telling what players will say--or how often their quotes will come back to haunt them

By Chris Ballard

It's About Time!

By Chris Ballard

Right Place, Right Time

They haven't commanded the spotlight, but five players are positioned to play major roles in their teams' postseason fates

By Ian Thomsen

Mo' Motown

SI sizes up the playoffs (bad news, Shaq) and a big deal

By Ian Thomsen

Baseball

The Vote Is In

And it's a resounding yea as Washington, D.C., falls in love with the Nationals, who are likely to succeed where the Senators twice failed

By Tom Verducci

Pro Football

What's His Game?

The most intriguing prospect in a confounding draft is Matt Jones, a college quarterback with size and speed who might line up at wideout, tight end or H-back. Consider the possibilities

By Peter King

Dr. Z's Mock First Round

You hear it everywhere: "Hardest draft I've ever tried to figure out," says Texans general manager Charley Casserly. Part of the problem is that there aren't any franchise players. (*projected trade)

By Paul Zimmerman

College Football

Charlie In Charge

A graduate of the Parcells-Belichick school of no-nonsense football, Notre Dame alum Charlie Weis is the latest coach called upon to put the fight back in the Fighting Irish

By Tim Layden

The Story Lines of Spring

With April football winding down, these are some of the biggest issues for the 2005 season

By Kelley King

Meanwhile, in Seattle ...

Tyrone Willingham takes over at Washington, where the beleaguered Huskies desperately need a steadying hand

By Austin Murphy

Get On The Stick

A longtime niche sport, lacrosse is the fastest-growing game in the U.S. at every level. The appeal? It's a neat composite of other sports, it's fast, it's easy to learn. And it's cool

By Alexander Wolff

The New Breed

Free-spirited Colorado is the center of the revolution in U.S. lacrosse

By Alexander Wolff

Warrior Culture

Using space-age materials and X Games attitude, one company set lax's new style

By Alexander Wolff

Inside

Inside

The Week In Sports

Inside Baseball

Curtain Call

Led by a dominant Pedro Martinez, the Mets erase an 0--5 start and show up the critics with six straight victories

By Albert Chen

Three Up Three Down

By Albert Chen

Unexpected Pop At the Top

ORIOLE BRIAN ROBERTS

By Albert Chen

Tom Verducci's View

By Tom Verducci

Inside Horse Racing

Track Meet

Todd Pletcher and Nick Zito took different routes to the Derby, but both will arrive with strong contenders

By Tim Layden

LIFE OF REILLY

Monkeying Around

By Rick Reilly

Departments

It Was a Very Good Year

Million Dollar Maybe

A record purse awaits women's boxing's first superstar, if she can get past an old foe

By Aimee Berg

Team Spirit

Is an English soccer stadium haunted? It wouldn't be the first time players felt spooked

By Rebecca Sun

Leading Off

The Creator

In researching a book on steroids, the author came face-to-face with the man reputed to be the driving force behind "the clear," the drug at the center of the BALCO case

By Will Carroll

Get Me Rewrite!

He won over finicky Philly fans. Now can Terrell Owens parlay that goodwill into a new deal?

By Jeffri Chadiha

For the Record

Go Figure

Back in Action

After being wounded in Iraq, a former Army lacrosse star returns to the field

The Show

By Bill Scheft

Q+A Jerry Bailey

The 47-year-old Hall of Fame jockey is the author of the just published Against the Odds: Riding for My Life

By Richard Deitsch

The Beat

By Lisa Altobelli

The Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Amanda Cherrin

Under Review

Edited by Mark Bechtel

Faces in the Crowd

Sportsmanship Edition

Trivial Matters

By David Sabino