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May 15, 2006 Table Of Contents

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Tough As Nails

Looking for an early favorite at the U.S. Open? Check out Wachovia champ Jim Furyk

By Gary Van Sickle


Earl Woods 1932 - 2006

By Gary Smith

Mudder's Days

Better to be wet this May than next

By Jim Gorant

Big Play with T.J. Tomasi

By T.J. Tomasi

Bad Actor

What fans see in a quitter like John Daly is a mystery to me

By Gary Van Sickle

Air and Space

Hair-raising Superstition

By Steve Rushin

SI Players: Life On and Off the Field

Dontrelle Willis


As told to Ben Reiter

Who's Hot - Who's Not

Collectors' Items

Life is more than playing games for these dunker-gatherers

The Pop Culture Grid

The Questions with Chris Kaman

Clippers Center

Blocking a Shot

He shoots, he scars! Getting in the way of flying rubber is painful. It's also an art


Hard Number

On his way to eclipsing Babe Ruth's iconic total of 714 home runs, Barry Bonds has made history--and a lot of people angry. Deep into the final chapter of the Steroid Era, the lingering question is, What do we make of the slugger's feats? For many, the numbers just don't add up

By Tom Verducci

In Other News ...

By Tom Verducci

Pro Basketball

May Madness

Who's ready for seconds? After a spellbinding opening round of playoffs, the sequels could be even better, starting with the Battle of Texas

By Chris Ballard

The Mettle Round

Dallas's coach sought to remake Dirk Nowitzki's game along the lines of Tim Duncan's. Now he'll find out if he did a good enough job

By Ian Thomsen

Fast Break

How did the Suns celebrate their dramatic comeback over the Lakers? By preparing for L.A.'s other team. Here's the view from the inside

By Jack McCallum


Tiny, Happy People (Holding Sticks)

In the diminishing world of the playoffs--only eight teams left!--diminutive players throughout the league are wearing big smiles as they lead their teams to big wins

By Michael Farber


A Run to Remember

In a Kentucky Derby that began without a clear-cut favorite, Barbaro shot out of the pack and rekindled Triple Crown dreams

By Tim Layden


The Long Way Home

Steelers receiver Hines Ward grew up a hurt, confused child, adrift between the cultures of his African-American father and Korean mother. Even a Super Bowl MVP award did not give him peace of mind. What he really needed was a little bit of Seoul

By Karl Taro Greenfeld


Inside: The Week In Sports


By Albert Chen

Tom Verducci's View

By Tom Verducci

Still Golden

Oscar De La Hoya regained his Midas touch--and the super welterweight title--by battering Ricardo Mayorga. Will he crown his career against Floyd Mayweather Jr.?

By Richard Hoffer

Life of Reilly

Pops' Last Lesson

By Rick Reilly


The Unvarnished Ruth

A new biography of the Sultan of Swat takes an intimate look at a familiar and fascinating subject

By Charles Hirshberg

You Can Count on Kyle

In his 12th Arena Football League season, two-way lineman Kyle Moore-Brown has yet to miss a start

By Chris Mannix

Leading Off


Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Athletes like John Daly and Charles Barkley have lost millions at the gaming tables waiting for their skill and luck to kick in

By Richard Hoffer

Hootie's Legacy

Outgoing Augusta chair Hootie Johnson did more than battle Martha Burk

By Alan Shipnuck

For the Record

Big Whoops

Given cause for celebration, soccer players can often get carried away

Q&A Mark Harmon

The 54-year-old actor stars on the CBS drama NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service

By Richard Deitsch

The Beat

By Adam Duerson

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Chris Mannix

Faces in the Crowd