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SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD

Ready to Rumble

A rowdy traveler roams the world looking for a fight

By L. Jon Wertheim

Wrestling with Immortality

By Hank Hersch

ABOVE WATER

Bracing for Beckhamania

It's up to Landon Donovan (again) to carry the load

By Jonah Freedman

Monkey See, Monkey Don't

The costliest racehorse ever has been a huge bust

By Mark Beech

Switching Uniforms

After serving in Iraq, a Marine is living out his baseball dream

By George Dohrmann

On the Line

By David Epstein

C.C. Sabathia

As told to Ben Reiter

WHO'S Hot WHO'S Not

Something Wicket This Way Comes

Everything bad that can happen in sports is happening to cricket

By Stephen Cannella

For the Record

The Boys of Buzzer

By Marty Dobrow

A False Spring?

How much does preseason success really mean?

All the Right Moves

A two-year college in Miami is the most unlikely superpower in college chess

By David Epstein

Me and My Number

In the NBA it's not just what you score, but also what you wear

THE QUESTIONS WITH Craig Monroe

TIGERS LEFTFIELDER

Lots of Lutz

Its star shines, but Blades of Glory scores low

By Adam Duerson

Q&A Terrence Howard

The actor plays swimming coach Jim Ellis in Pride

By Richard Deitsch

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Chris Mannix

Faces in the Crowd

Still Bringing Heat

Bret Saberhagen coaches with the same intensity that won him two Cy Young Awards

By Arash Markazi

Big League Highs

By Joe Lemire

Man with a Hammer

Walter Henning excels at an obscure—and ancient—sport

By Caitlin Moscatello

THE LIST

2007 NCAA Tournament Final Four

Four Divide By Three

No lead will be safe as, 20 years after the three-point line was introduced to college hoops, a final quartet of trigger-happy teams takes aim at the title in Atlanta

By Grant Wahl

Why Mata Matters

After his poor showing against Florida in last year's title game, UCLA's unheralded big man has plenty to prove in Atlanta

By Phil Taylor

Women's Hoop Thoughts

Only two of the Final Four teams were set when SI went to press, but the tournament so far has provided plenty of drama, including ...

By Kelli Anderson

Baseball

My Trip to The Show (Part II)

Two springs after his cameo as a Blue Jays outfielder, SI's Tom Verducci was back in the bigs, this time as an umpire for an Orioles--Red Sox game. All he had to be was perfect. (And what manager, player or fan would ever believe that?)

By Tom Verducci

Pro Basketball

Kobe In Concert

Giving a lift to a city and a franchise still reeling from Hurricane Katrina, Kobe Bryant improvised a fourth consecutive 50-point night before a record crowd in the last NBA game of the season in New Orleans

By Ian Thomsen

Hockey

Mr. X Factor

Uprooted from Florida, Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo has found his groove in Vancouver--and he just might shift the balance in the Western Conference playoffs

By Michael Silver

Cover Story

Tiger 2.0

By John Garrity

Inside

Inside: The Week In Sports

Olympic Sports

By Brian Cazeneuve

NASCAR

By Lars Anderson

The NFL

By Peter King

Life of Reilly

Dear Greg Oden

By Rick Reilly

Departments

Leading Off

Changing His Stripes

Get ready for a new Tiger Woods

By Terry McDonell

Letters