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February 20, 2006 Table Of Contents

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Short Work

Great around the greens, Arron Oberholser gets it done the old-fashioned way

By Gary Van Sickle

Fade to Black

In 2005 ABC upgraded its golf talent. In '07 the 100-person cast and crew will lose their jobs. That makes '06 a season of uncertainty

By John Garrity

Double Dipper

Arron Oberholser wins twiceat Pebble

By Jim Gorant

Big Play

By Steve Bosdosh

Walking Papers

Mandatory carts on muni courses are an abuse of power

By Daniel E. Zurla

Air and Space

Yankees Be Damned

By Steve Rushin

SI Players: Life On and Off The Field

Sam Cassell


By Chris Mannix

Who's Hot / Who's Not


Nextel Cup Champ

Spirit of the Stones

California necklaces usher in a new aura in sports

By Lisa Altobelli

The Pop Culture Grid

A Skater With Class

Before heading to Turin, Kimmie Meissner went back to school

By Ben Reiter

2006 Olympics Turin

Stoked Italiana

American men and women ruled the halfpipe in Bardonecchia with a dazzling combination of technique, bravado and cool. It was sick

By Austin Murphy


Timely support from family and friends helpedChad Hedrick, a.k.a. the Exception, get on track and win the first of what could be a fistful of gold medals

By Brian Cazeneuve

Slow out Of the Gate

Neither prerace relaxation nor new skis helped Bode Miller and Daron Rahlves in the downhill as the U.S. got off to a bad start

By Tim Layden

Rising from The Ashes

The XX Winter Olympics have given Turin a moment of glory that may finally overshadow one of the city's greatest tragedies: the plane crash that killed all the starters on its beloved soccer team, Torino, 57 years ago

By S.L. Price


Valley Boys

With record crowds, lofty RPI rankings and a shot at four NCAA tournament bids, the teams of the Missouri Valley Conference, a so-called "mid-major," are making a big-time impact this season

By Stewart Mandel


Smooth in Transition

New coach? O.K. New system? Sure. Nobody has handled change better than Pistons point guard Chauncey Billups, who in his sixth NBA stop might become the first journeyman MVP

By Jack McCallum

The Mortar Mav

Whatever holes streaking Dallas has--on the boards, offense or D--Josh Howard is there to fill them in

By Chris Ballard

5 Minute Guide to the Second Half

Which perpetual also-rans could be going places in the postseason? Which marquee-name players might be headed to new places in the off-season?

By Ian Thomsen

Not in the Stars

The struggles of the Sixers and the T-Wolves raise a big question: Would they trade their franchise players?

By Jack McCallum


Speed Demon

Coming on with a fury after only one full season on the circuit, Carl Edwards could perform the ultimate backflip--with the Nextel Cup in his grasp--if he can temper his go-for-broke style

By Lars Anderson

Ozzie Guillen

War of the Words

From the mouth of White Sox manager and new U.S. citizen Ozzie Guillen comes a verbal barrage. "I will tell the truth," he says, "whether you like it or not." And nothing stirs him like the memory of a tragedy in his native Venezuela

By S.L. Price


Inside: The Week in Sports

College Basketball

By Luke Winn

SETH DAVIS'S Hoop Thoughts

By Seth Davis


By Peter King

Life of Reilly

Beyond The Pale

By Rick Reilly


Leading Off


Risky Business

Will the NHL stick with its blasé attitude toward gambling now that a bookmaking scandal has touched the life of Wayne Gretzky?

By Michael Farber

For the Record

Edited by Stephen Cannella

Passing the Torch

Michelle Kwan's sudden exit makes the U.S. skating team better

By E.M. Swift

Going Bro

A struggling Andy Roddick turns to a sibling to help get his career back on track

Edited by Stephen Cannella

A Time to Heal

With a new coach and a new attitude, Baylor is rebounding from a scandal

By Gene Menez

Q&A Tony Kornheiser

The Washington Post columnist and Pardon the Interruption cohost joins ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcast team next season

By Adam Duerson

The Beat

By Adam Duerson

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Chris Mannix

Faces in the Crowd