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April 24, 2006 Table Of Contents

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SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus

So Badds He's Good

At Hilton Head, while others decompressed from the Masters, Aaron Baddeley showed his colors

By Michael Bamberger

Fractured Fairways

Hurricane Katrina--ravaged New Orleans will celebrate the return of the PGA Tour next week, but the city will need much more time to overcome the obstacles to resuscitating its golf industry and courses

By John Garrity

Vegas, Baby!

Lorena Ochoa hits the jackpot, finally

By Jim Gorant

Word Games

Will Tiger's slip of the tongue be used against him in September?

By John Garrity

Big Play with Patti McGowan

Air and Space

Flying High in Coach Class

By Steve Rushin

SI Players: Life On and Off the Field

Gilbert Arenas


As told to Elizabeth Newman

Who's Hot / Who's Not

Edited by Kostya Kennedy AND Gene Menez

Hot Stove League

He's no point guard, but Mavs swingman Jerry Stackhouse is known for his dishes

By Lisa Altobelli

The Questions with Chris Burke

Astros Infielder

Edited by Kostya Kennedy AND Gene Menez

Take Me Into the Ball Game

While New York fans debate whether Met Billy Wagner or Yankee Mariano Rivera has dibs on Metallica's Enter Sandman, other relievers talk about the tunes that get them pumped

By Ben Reiter


LeBron Act II

He's the Cavaliers' leader and an MVP candidate--and deep down, at 21, still a kid. LeBron James charges into the second phase of his unparalleled career with his playoff debut this weekend

By Chris Ballard

NHL Playoff Preview

The Happy Ranger

Surrounded by fellow Czechs and doted on by his coach, an invigoratedJaromir Jagr is the key to the postseason for the league's bellwether team

By Michael Farber

Carrying The Load

Jaromir Jagr isn't the only star who has kept his team in the playoff picture. Here are five other leading men who have lifted their squads into the postseason and whose performances could make or break dreams of bringing home the Stanley Cup

By Yi-Wyn Yen

The Fast Will Flourish

SI's Pierre McGuire says team speed and the efforts of underrated players could be the decisive factors

By Pierre McGuire

Health Is an Issue

The fate of some Stanley Cup hopefuls, McGuire says, will hinge on whether top players can overcome injuries

By Pierre McGuire


Buffalo Soldier

After a tumultuous couple of years, Colorado hired a happy warrior, Dan Hawkins, who favors offensive pyrotechnics, a splash of Zen and player contests, such as belly sliding in the snow

By Austin Murphy

New Spring Roles

Some of the intriguing storylines coming out of April involve rehabbing stars and a few old hands in different positions

By Stewart Mandel


The Mexican Connection

Operation Gear Grinder shut down a flourishing drug business in a BALCO-scale investigation of major steroid trafficking

By George Dohrmann


Inside: The Week in Sports


By Tom Verducci

Tom Verducci's View

By Tom Verducci


By Jeffri Chadiha

Horse Racing

By Tim Layden

Life of Reilly

The Magical and Mysterious Oz

By Rick Reilly


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Decline And Fall

How much of a soap opera are the Knicks? Let's just say coach Larry Brown started as The Guiding Light and ended up in General Hospital

Power Shortage

Former commissioner Fay Vincent tells why Bud Selig has few options in the matter of Barry Bonds

By Fay Vincent

For the Record

Trying Their Patience

Brett Favre is still sittin' on the dock of the bay

By Peter King

Q & A Reggie Bush

The Heisman Trophy--winning running back from USC is expected to go first in the NFL draft on April 29

By Richard Deitsch

The Beat

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Chris Mannix

Faces in the Crowd