The Lineup

April 18, 2004

DEPARTMENTS

6 Leading Off

13 Letters
NCAA tournament perspectives

15 Air and Space
Sports are too easy. Let's make them more difficult
by Steve Rushin

17 Scorecard
--Barry Bonds's job gets harder
--Arena ball's surprise standout
--Q&A with Hornets' Baron Davis
--David Beckham's girl trouble

28 Faces in the Crowd

92 The Life of Reilly
Phil Mickelson was fulfilled before he won the Masters
by Rick Reilly

SI'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY

30 The Long Run
Next week's Boston Marathon will add to a legacy of heroes and
heartbreaks by Tim Layden

INSIDE...

84 Baseball
--Glaus sees the ball, hits the ball

86 College Basketball
--SI names its Player of the Year

88 Boxing
--No mystery to this Spinks

90 The NHL
--Legace a third-stringer no more

NBA PLAYOFF PREVIEW

42 Not-So-Happy Family
The Lakers could regain the title, but not unless they resolve a
few thorny issues
by Jack McCallum

--Leap year for Lamar Odom
--The best starting lineups
--The fan who acts like a coach
--Who's hot and who's not
--Teams that have rifts with refs
--A peek into the crystal ball

GOLF

52 Amen
With a stirring Sunday charge, a heady, steady Phil Mickelson won
the Masters, his long-awaited first major
by Alan Shipnuck

COLLEGE HOCKEY

60 Pioneers! O Pioneers!
Frozen Four longshot Denver held on in a frenetic final minute to
win its first national title in 35 years
by Stephen Cannella

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

64 UConn's Flashy Finish
Diana Taurasi capped her matchless career--and UConn's strange
year--with a three-peat. So what's next?
by Frank Deford

BASEBALL

68 Earning Their Stripes
The new-look Tigers, who last year had an anemic offense and lost
119 games, began this season with a bang
by Albert Chen

HORSE RACING

70 Anybody's Derby
The Run for the Roses remains a wide-open affair after three prep
races failed to produce a clear favorite
by Tim Layden

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

72 Long Time Coming
The SEC's first black football coach, Sylvester Croom is a
symbol, but he's more concerned with winning games
by Rick Bragg

COVER

PHOTOGRAPH BY DAVE MARTIN/AP
LAKERS INSET PHOTO: JOHN W. MCDONOUGH;
COVER FLAP PHOTOS: HOWARD SCHATZ (CROOM); WILLIAM B.
PLOWMAN/GETTY IMAGES (MASSACHUSETTS)

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COLOR PHOTO: DAVID E. KLUTHO EASY SLIDER Andres Torres scores the winning run in red-hotDetroit's 6-5 win over Minnesota on Sunday (page 68).

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