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April 10, 2006 Table Of Contents

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College Basketball

Flexing Its Muscles

The Women's Final Four was dominated by the ACC, which had three teams in Boston and produced the national champ. The scary thing? The conference might be stronger in 2006-07

By Kelli Anderson

SI's 2006-07 Top 10

Assuming that Texas's LaMarcus Aldridge, UConn's Rudy Gay, Gonzaga's Adam Morrison and LSU's Tyrus Thomas jump to the NBA, here's how next season's rankings shape up

By Luke Winn

Go-Go Gators

Behind center Joakim Noah's snarling, suffocating defense and a balanced, up-tempo attack, Florida cruised past UCLA to win its first basketball title

By Grant Wahl

SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus

Ecstasy And Agony

Karrie Webb's Back in the Swim after Winning a Scintillating Kraft Nabisco Championship

By Alan Shipnuck

Sneak Peak?

Mickelson's primed for Augusta--maybe

By Jim Gorant

Big Play

By Michael Breed

Pate Proofing

Hootie lays out his plan for lengthening the par-3 course

By Gary Van Sickle

Air and Space

Your Average Donnybrook

By Steve Rushin

SI Players: Life On and Off the Field

Drew Gooden


As told to Chris Mannix

Who's Hot Who's Not

Frugal Forward

Why Toronto's Matt Bonner is car-less in Canada

By Andrew Lawrence

The Questions With Orlando Hudson

Diamondbacks Second Baseman

The Pop Culture Grid

Gorilla in Their Midst

The Suns' mascot may train tougher than any player on the team

By Andrew Lawrence

Pro Football

D'Man Behind D' Name

He's more than a memorable moniker—D'Brickashaw Ferguson will be the first offensive lineman drafted this year and an NFL cornerstone for decades

By Nunyo Demasio


Out of Their League

Teams from the National League have been dominated by their American League counterparts in recent years, by almost every measure, and the trend will only continue this season. How did this happen?

By Tom Verducci


Healed and Dangerous

Besieged all season by injuries--including ones that sidelined stars like Peter Forsberg and Simon Gagné--the Philadelphia Flyers are finally getting healthy. Playoff opponents beware: Adversity has made them stronger

By E.M. Swift


Back in the Picture

When did the streaking Nets enter the discussion about NBA title contenders? Around the same time that 33-year-old Jason Kidd reentered the conversation about the league's elite point guards

By Chris Mannix


Inside: The Week in Sports


By L. Jon Wertheim


By Tom Verducci


By Ian Thomsen

Life of Reilly

Putting It In Writing

By Rick Reilly


Leading Off


Blue Wall Of Silence

Whether Duke lacrosse players are guilty or innocent, the rape allegations that rocked the program exposed the sport's changing culture

By Alexander Wolff

Head Strong

Despite blood clots on the brain, a former contender gets back in the ring

For the Record

End Zone Etiquette

Q&A Jon Heder

The 28-year-old actor (Napoleon Dynamite) costars in The Benchwarmers, which opens on April 7

By Richard Deitsch

The Beat

By Adam Duerson

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Chris Mannix

Faces in the Crowd