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April 17, 2006 Table Of Contents

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SI Special Bonus Section: Golf Plus

Buddy System

If Phil Mickelson had picked his partner for the final round of the Masters, he couldn't have made a better choice than friendly Fred Couples, the ultimate pro's pro

By Michael Bamberger

Crash Course

By ignoring the critics and turning a beauty into a beast, Hootie Johnson succeeded in putting the fear factor back into Augusta National

By Gary Van Sickle

Going Backward?

Playing in what could be his final Masters, David Duval displayed the form that signaled either his imminent demise or the next step in what would be a remarkable comeback

By Austin Murphy

Ciao Down

Before saying hello and goodbye to Augusta, U.S. Amateur champion Edoardo Molinari feasted on his first Masters experience

By John Garrity

Up & Down

It was a good week to be Phil, over 40 or from Texas

By Jim Gorant

Big Play

By with T.J. Tomasi

Three Pack

One (Player) plus two (Nicklaus and Palmer) still equals Big Three

By Jim Gorant

Air and Space

A Bottomless Cup of Coffee

By Steve Rushin

SI Players: Life On and Off The Field

Lance Berkman


As told to Ben Reiter

Who's Hot Who's Not

The Questions with Desmond Mason

Hornets Forward

Me and My Bobblehead

Their dolls are shakin', but some ballplayers aren't stirred

By Ben Reiter

The Pop Culture Grid


Master Craftsman

With skillful and disciplined play, Phil Mickelson dominated the field at Augusta, winning his second straight major and suggesting that the best may be yet to come

By Alan Shipnuck

College Hockey

Save at Home

Behind the play of its dominating goalie--and in front of a raucous Milwaukee crowd--Wisconsin edged Boston College for the NCAA championship

By Michael Farber

Pro Basketball

The Great Unknown

Ten seasons into a certain Hall of Fame career, Kobe Bryant remains, to teammates and opponents, admirers and haters, as big a mystery as ever

By Jack McCallum and L. Jon Wertheim

Horse Racing

The One To Beat

By romping at Santa Anita, Brother Derek became the Kentucky Derby favorite--and continued to inspire his paraplegic trainer

By Tim Layden


Blood Relations

Sportswriter Sam Kellerman might have gone even further than his older brother, HBO analyst Max Kellerman, if his generosity to an old boxing friend hadn't led to murder

By Gary Smith


Inside: The Week In Sports


By Albert Chen

Tom Verducci's View

By Tom Verducci


SI's End of Season Awards

By Michael Farber


SI's End of Season Awards

By Ian Thomsen


By Richard Hoffer

Life of Reilly

Round and Round He Goes

By Rick Reilly


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On the Right Track

Theauthor of an American turf classic delivers another winner with a paean to Irish horse racing

By Charles Hirshberg

Leading Off


Bumps in The Night

Injured while sleeping? Why so many athletes climb in the sack, turn out the light--and wake up on the DL

By Mark Bechtel

Playing Defense

Lawyers for Duke's lacrosse team build a case that the players aren't guilty of rape

By Farrell Evans

For the Record

Fear the Turtle

Gutsy NCAA women's champ Maryland will be even stronger next year

By Kelli Anderson

Q&A Shannon Miller

By Richard Deitsch

The Beat

By Adam Duerson

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Chris Mannix

Faces in the Crowd