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October 3, 2005 Table Of Contents

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Right On DiMarco!

An unlikely hero lifted the U.S. to a hard-fought victory at the Presidents Cup

By Alan Shipnuck

Heart and Soul

Neither a disaster back home nor a cardiac scare could keep David Toms from the Presidents Cup

By Gary Van Sickle

Ready for Its Close-up

San Francisco's Harding Park has been restored to its former glory, but will Sandy Tatum's baby pass the acid test?

By Alan Shipnuck

Off the Radar

With nasty weather threatening, Robert Gamez came out of nowhere to win the Texas Open

By Art Stricklin

"A" List

What golfers are talking about

By Jim Gorant

Big Play

By with Mitchell Spearman

Missed Gimme

The Greatest Game turns Ouimet's Cinderella story into a pumpkin

By Jeff Silverman

Sour Notes

After my pro golf debut, I'm not quitting my day job

By Kenny G

STIK: Life and Times On The PGA Tour

By Chris Eliopoulos

Catching Up With

Tommie Frazier, Quarterback

DECEMBER 25, 1995

By Albert Chen

Air and Space

X's + O's = Zero Z's

By Steve Rushin

SI Players

Chipper Jones


Who's Hot Who's Not


Dangerous Curve

Breaking news: Barry Zito has the majors' best

By Ben Reiter

The Pop Culture Grid


Down to the Wire

With six teams vying for the four American League playoff spots, the season-ending White Sox-Indians and Yankees-Red Sox series loomed as do-or-die showdowns

By Tom Verducci

Power of the Pen

Relief pitching could make the difference in the AL East race

By Albert Chen

College Football

A Spartan's Revenge

Quarterback Drew Stanton has Michigan State averaging nearly 50 points a game and contending for its first Big Ten title since 1990. This week he'll be out to settle a personal score when he takes on rival Michigan

By Austin Murphy

A Golden Gopher

Led by marquee running back Laurence Maroney, unbeaten Minnesota showed that it could be a force in the Big Ten too

By Mark Beech

Pro Football

Brady Time

Yet another dramatic comeback proves that the Patriots' Tom Brady--the best player in the NFL--owns the final two minutes

By Michael Silver

Spare Parts

By Bill Syken

NHL Preview 2005-06

A Whole New World

The league is back with new rules, a redrawn rink and a salary cap that levels the ice for all 30 teams. After a year off and a frenzy of player movement, can a faster, more explosive NHL win back fans?

The Meek Shall Inherit the Ice

In a postlockout spree, have-not teams suddenly became haves: Pittsburgh lured All-Stars to play with Sidney Crosby, Chicago got a Cup-winning goalie--and that's not all

By Michael Farber

Sudden Impact

The improbable signing of Paul Kariya--the first big-name player in franchise history--makes Nashville an overnight Cup contender

By Michael Farber

Scouting Reports

1 - CALGARY Flames

A deep defense, a sharp goalie and the excellent Jarome Iginla add up to a dance with Stanley


Young, fast and ready to roll: The totally retooled Flyers are bound for the finals

By Kostya Kennedy

3 - OTTAWA Senators

Coach Bryan Murray believes that a little grit can lead to some long-awaited playoff glory

By Michael Farber

4 - TAMPA BAY Lightning

Thanks to stars willing to settle for less, the Cup winners' highly skilled core remains intact

By Brian Cazeneuve

5 - NASHVILLE Predators

With his mind clear at last, Tomas Vokoun is set to lead his promising team to new heights

By Michael Farber

6 - VANCOUVER Canucks

Can Todd Bertuzzi live down his infamous hit, and live up to his old reputation as a scorer?

By Michael Farber

7 - DETROIT Red Wings

For Hockeytown to have aspirations of hoisting the Cup again, a Swede must learn to lead

By Stephen Cannella

8 - SAN JOSE Sharks

They're skilled and deep, and they have a young captain who's hungry to reach the finals

By Yi-Wyn Yen

9 - EDMONTON Oilers

Chris Pronger may be the superhero the city has longed for since its Stanley Cup years

By Michael Farber

10 - FLORIDA Panthers

Better with age? A revamped team is counting on a pair of old friends to get it back into the playoffs

By Brian Cazeneuve

11 - NEW JERSEY Devils

Although he has been reined in by new rules, goalie Martin Brodeur remains without peer

By Kostya Kennedy

12 - BOSTON Bruins

A longtime New Yorker brings his postseason savvy and trophy-winning touch to Beantown

By Brian Cazeneuve

13 - PITTSBURGH Penguins

With the hockey world watching, Sidney Crosby's first miracle will be to make his new team viable

By Kostya Kennedy

14 - COLUMBUS Blue Jackets

By signing a veteran defenseman, the team's quest for its first playoff berth is afoot

By Brian Cazeneuve

15 - ATLANTA Thrashers

After giving the club a bargain deal, winger Peter Bondra hopes the payoff will be the playoffs

By Brian Cazeneuve

16 - CHICAGO Blackhawks

The arrival of the 'Bulin Wall will significantly boost a team coming off a league-worst 20 wins

By Yi-Wyn Yen

17 - MONTREAL Canadiens

The franchise that epitomizes class has hired Youppi! Will a mascot help? Youmustbekidding!

By Michael Farber

18 - COLORADO Avalanche

After jettisoning star players and signing an archenemy, the team has some making up to do

By Stephen Cannella

19 - NEW YORK Islanders

The team is counting on their highly touted young goaltender to deliver on his promise

By Stephen Cannella

20 - TORONTO Maple Leafs

Its hopes hanging on civic pride, Toronto faces some slow going on the road to success

By Michael Farber

21 - DALLAS Stars

Over the hill? Mike Modano and his team of thirtysomethings insist that older is better

By Yi-Wyn Yen

22 - ANAHEIM Mighty Ducks

Lucky Ducks: Reunited at last, the Brothers Niedermayer have found a place in the sun

By Yi-Wyn Yen

23 - ST. LOUIS Blues

The franchise is for sale, but buyer beware: Depth of talent and team identity not included

By Yi-Wyn Yen

24 - LOS ANGELES Kings

L.A. hopes dumping one inconsistent goalie for two inexperienced ones will result in more wins

By Yi-Wyn Yen

25 - BUFFALO Sabres

Swift Maxim Afinogenov, his headaches behind him, could finally provide some needed offense

By Brian Cazeneuve


Fans had better get used to this bunch. Because of the club's philosophy, help isn't coming soon

By Stephen Cannella

27 - PHOENIX Coyotes

By taking the coaching reins, Wayne Gretzky hopes he can speed up the rebuilding process

By Yi-Wyn Yen

28 - CAROLINA Hurricanes

Any chance for success rests with Martin Gerber, a career backup out to prove he's a No. 1 goalie

By Brian Cazeneuve

29 - WASHINGTON Capitals

With mainstays thinking of bailing out, a rebuilding club is desperately seeking punch

By Brian Cazeneuve

30 - NEW YORK Rangers

The fortunes of the Broadway Blueshirts will revolve around the team's mercurial star

By Kostya Kennedy

Inside: The Week in Sports

Inside: The Week in Sports

Inside College Football

Bull Market

Led by a former hoops star, South Florida staked its claim on the top spot in the new Big East by dismantling Louisville

By Tim Layden

Backed into A Corner?


By Phil Taylor


By Stewart Mandel

Inside The NFL

Attitude Check

Mike Tice pushed the right buttons to get one win out of the Vikings. Quarterback Dante Culpepper will take it from here

By Peter King

Dr. Z's Forecast: More Pain for Philly

By Paul Zimmerman

Life of Reilly

Half the Size, Twice the Man

By Rick Reilly


To Russia with Game

U.S. native J.R. Holden was proud to play for his adopted homeland at the European championships

By Chris Ballard

A Bible for the Faithful

Here's everything you could possibly want to know about college football--in a single volume

By Charles Hirshberg

Leading Off

Remote Control

Remote Control Never miss a game again while traveling. The new Slingbox sends your home's TV channels to a laptop

By Bill Syken

A Face-off And a New Face

By Terry McDonell


Making It

Passionate players, delirious devotees and rising TV ratings: As it approaches its 10th birthday, the WNBA is showing signs that it can survive and thrive

By Kelli Anderson

The Blame Game

Rafael Palmeiro again points his finger, implicating a teammate in his steroids mess

By Stephen Cannella

For the Record

Green Day

Tulane returns to SMU and defeats the team that gave them shelter from a storm

Fit to Be Tied

New rules designed to avoid another embarrassing Presidents Cup draw nearly caused one

By Gary Van Sickle

Q&A Matthew McConaughey

The actor, 34, plays an ex--college football star who becomes a handicapper in Two for the Money, which opens on Oct. 7

By Richard Deitsch

The Beat

By Adam Duerson

Faces in the Crowd

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Amanda Cherrin