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August 15, 2005 Table Of Contents

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Questions For Jason Gore

By winning a record three straight Nationwide starts, the Cinderella of the U.S. Open earned a PGA Tour card

By Stu Pospisil

A List

What golfers are talking about

By Jim Gorant




By Geoff Shackelford

Junior Exam

What do the kids think? SI asked a group of teenagers, all serious golfers, their opinions on equipment, fashion, women on the men's Tour and if they'd rather be president or win the Grand Slam

Waiting Game

Five years ago Bob May was part of one of the most exciting PGA Championships ever. Today he's just getting to the point where he can play 18 holes without feeling it for days

By John Garrity

My Shot

Eliminating more club pros from the PGA is bad for the event and not fair

By Wayne Defrancesco

STIK: Life and Times on the PGA Tour

By Chris Eliopoulos

Catching Up With

Frank Emanuel, Linebacker

AUGUST 8, 1966

By Brian MacPherson


Stayin' Alive In '05

By Steve Rushin

SI Players: Life On and Off the Field


Pro Golfer

As told to Luis Fernando Llosa

SI Players

Who's Hot / Who's Not

The Questions with Jorge Posada

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

Talking Leather

... with J.T. Snow, Omar Vizquel and Mike Matheny

Edited by Kostya Kennedy


Edited by Kostya Kennedy

The Right Stuffing

Indians pitcher Jason Davis has a passion for taxidermy

By Ben Reiter


With an eye toward the rivals' four-game showdown at Wrigley Field this weekend, Cubs second baseman Todd Walker and Cards pitcher Jeff Suppan played a game of ESPN MLB2K5 on Xbox Live.

By Lisa Altobelli

Top Buys

NFL season openers are just weeks away, and that's when prime time for merchandise sales kicks off. Broken down by type of stuff, these teams sold the most in 2004.

Edited by Kostya Kennedy


Stealing the Show

Bedeviling opponents on the base paths, fleet leadoff man Scott Podsednik has the White Sox racing toward their first World Series in 46 years

By Daniel G. Habib


Two Fast

Jaunty Justin Gatlin and plucky Lauryn Williams gave the U.S. a sweep of the 100 meters at the world championships

By Tim Layden


How Larry Got to Cleveland

He was sure he'd re-sign with the Wizards. But that was before Larry Hughes got swept up by the forces of the free-agent market, including one named LeBron

By Ian Thomsen


The Week in Sports

Inside Motor Sports

Closing Laps

With time running out, Jeff Gordon improved his chance to qualify for the Chase, but Junior's hopes hit the wall

By Lars Anderson

Inside Baseball

Two for Two

With Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio winding down, it's Lance Berkman and Morgan Ensberg to the Astros' rescue

By Albert Chen

Rookie Off to a Perfect Start


By Albert Chen

Tom Verducci's View

By Tom Verducci

Inside The NFL

No Rush

Maurice Clarett is eager to carry the ball in Denver, but first he'll have to make his mark on special teams

By Peter King



Danger Is His Game

Pity the poor defender charged with trying to shut down Reggie Bush, the nation's most electric player and the key to USC's goal of a three-peat

By Austin Murphy

Texas Time

It's been 36 years since the Longhorns finished at the top, but the relentless Vince Young could be the guy who finally gets them there

By Tim Layden

5 Minute Guide

The games, players and zaniness that make the season great

By Gene Menez

The Next Big Thing

Four years ago Urban Meyer invented his spread-option offense. Now, as he installs it at Florida, it's the hottest scheme in the land

By Stewart Mandel

The Top 25 Scouting Reports

compiled by David Sabino


The Trojans are going for three with the nation's top quarterback, most electric playmaker and most dynamic wideouts. Who's to stop them?

By Austin Murphy

2 Texas

Mack Brown signs top recruiting classes, but his teams have yet to reach the ultimate goal. This could be the Longhorns' best shot

By Tim Layden

3 Florida

If the Gators can quickly master Urban Meyer's offense--and early signs are good--they'll take the SEC by storm

By Kelley King

4 Michigan

With young, gamebreaking players at quarterback, running back and wideout, the Wolverines are an offensive juggernaut

By Mark Beech

5 Tennessee

It's a long way from the Big Island to Rocky Top, but Volunteer Jesse Mahelona wouldn't mind a trip to Pasadena as well

By Stewart Mandel

6 Miami

The emergence of the Hurricanes' most talented wideout corps in years will ease the transition to a new quarterback

By Kelly King

8 Ohio State

A spread offense in Columbus? Believe it--with a wealth of explosive receivers on hand, the Buckeyes are ready to let it fly

By Mark Beech

7 Oklahoma

After back-to-back losses in the BCS title game, the Sooners make a fresh run at the championship with a younger team

By Lars Anderson

9 Virginia Tech

The Hokies hope Marcus Vick--little brother of the Blacksburg legend--has put his troubles behind him. If so, watch out

By Gene Menez

10 Georgia

With the top Dawgs gone to the NFL, the new leaders on offense are the experienced--and huge--linemen

By Kelly King

11 Louisville

The high-powered Cardinals make the jump to the Big East-- and immediately become the class of the conference

By Stewart Mandel

12 Iowa

It's up to a senior-led defense with a young front four to fulfill expectations created by three straight top 10 finishes

By Mark Beech

13 LSU

Unity is the word in Baton Rouge, as the Tigers want to prove that a coaching change won't keep them out of the SEC hunt

By Kelly King

14 Texas A&M

The Aggies are closing in on the Big 12 South's big two. Reggie McNeal's playmaking might put them over the top

By Lars Anderson

15 Florida State

Another tumultuous off-season has left the once-mighty Seminoles with more questions than answers

By Gene Menez

16 Boise State

Quarterback Jared Zabransky and the Broncos take another shot at a BCS bid--but the schedule could bust 'em

By Stewart Mandel

17 Cal

An all-conference quarterback and a 2,000-yard rusher are gone, but the ultradeep Bears aren't sweating it

By Mark Beech

18 Auburn

It's showtime for heralded sophomore passer Brandon Cox, who has gained the Tigers' confidence after a shaky start

By Lars Anderson

19 Fresno State

There's one thing standing between the Bulldogs and the WAC title: Boise State. Is this the year they beat the Broncs?

By Gene Menez

20 Arizona State

The Sun Devils put their potent aerial attack in the hands of Sam Keller, who has huge shoes to fill

By Mark Beech

21 Pitt

A new coach makes wholesale changes, but one constant on defense is the fearsome play of linebacker H.B. Blades

By Gene Menez

22 Purdue

Known for their offensive prowess, the Boilermakers want the same respect for their head-rattlin' defense

By Mark Beech

23 Bowling Green

The Falcons are aiming high in the MAC, thanks to the ultraprecise arm of quarterback Omar Jacobs

By Gene Menez

24 Colorado

In the weak Big 12 North, the Buffaloes should have an easy trip thanks to the prolific arm of Joel Klatt

By Lars Anderson

25 Wyoming

Welcome to the Top 25, Cowboys. First task: proving yourselves against Florida ... at the Swamp

By Richard Deitsch

All The Rest 26-119

COMPILED BY Richard Deitsch

Divisional Powers

I-AA, II and III Rankings

Compiled by Mark Beech and Gene Menez


Gutless Wonders

By Rick Reilly


Down on the Funny Farm

When minor league clubs need an over-the-top stand-up or tiny Elvis impersonator, they call on talent agent Jon Terry

By Bill Syken

Pawn Till Dusk

A top chess player takes on all comers in a record-setting test of endurance

By Craig Lowell

Leading Off


Kick Start

David Beckham, Ronaldo and other European stars say they'd like to lead a soccer revolution in America. Is this the way to finally make f√∫tbol a big draw here?

By Grant Wahl

Hawkish Behavior

Battling practically since they became partners, the owners in Atlanta are now in court over who's the boss

By Chris Mannix

For the Record

Go Figure

Heavy Hitters


The Heartbreak Kid

Gene Mauch saw some big ones slip away, but still wound up a winner


The Magic's top draft choice books it for a better-paying gig

By Lang Whitaker

Q+A: Bill Bradley

The former U.S. senator and basketball Hall of Famer, 62, is the host of a new talk show on Sirius Satellite Radio

By Richard Deitsch

The Beat

By Adam Duerson

The Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Amanda Cherrin

Faces in the Crowd