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Feb. 27, 2006
Feb. 27, 2006

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Feb. 27, 2006

Leading Off
SI Players: Life On And Off The Field
SI Players
Auto Racing
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
College Basketball
BASEBALL
Pro Football
2006 OLYMPICS TURIN
2006 Olympics Turin
Departments

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FEATURES

This is an article from the Feb. 27, 2006 issue Original Layout

AUTO RACING
42 Worth the Wait
After a controversial week at Daytona, Jimmie Johnson won on a late charge
by Lars Anderson

COLLEGEBASKETBALL
48 A Singular Season
Virginia Tech's Coleman Collins has done his late father proud
by Grant Wahl

BASEBALL
52 Big Game Hunter
See Astros ace Roy Oswalt stalk hitters
by Richard Hoffer

PRO FOOTBALL
56 Swann Goes Deep
Old Steeler Lynn Swann challenges an Eagles fan for Pennsylvania governor
by Michael Bamberger

2006 Olympics

62 What a Ride
A showboating fall didn't diminish the impact of U.S. snowboarders
by Austin Murphy

66 Way OffCourse
With only one medal, U.S. Alpine skiers--notably Bode Miller--flop
by Tim Layden

70 Looking Outfor No. 1
Speedskater Shani Davis stayed true to himself and made history
by Brian Cazeneuve

74 Mirakel PåIs
Sweden's own miracle on ice gave a needed lift to women's hockey
by Michael Farber

76 OlympicFellowship
An American shook hands with an Iranian and struck a blow for peace
by S.L. Price

Departments

12 LeadingOff

18 Letters

21 Air andSpace
Who was Mickey Mantle's hero? A blind sports reporter and single dad, Ed Lucasby Steve Rushin

22 Scorecard
• U.S. skeleton star's ban unfair
• Say goodbye to Sammy Sosa?
• Remembering Curt Gowdy

32 Faces in theCrowd

35 Players

86 Life ofReilly
Were Toby Dawson's biological parents watching from Korea as he won a bronzemedal? by Rick Reilly

Inside ...

82 CollegeBasketball
• Cal's indomitable Leon Powe
• Three unsung big scorers

84 The NBA
• Gilbert Arenas thrives on snubs
• A fine mess: European pro hoops

Cover
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MEDALISTS' PHOTOS: Peter Gregoire (Teter); Andrea Raso/Lapresse/BEImages Sports(White); Bob Martin
INSET PHOTOS: David J. Phillip/AP (Swann); Chuck Solomon (Oswalt); MarcSerota/Reuters (Johnson)

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PHOTOBOB ROSATO 42 PERFECT STORM A blizzard of confetti fell on an uncomplaining Jimmie Johnson in Victory Lane after the Daytona 500. PHOTOJOHN W. MCDONOUGH82 HUSKIES BEWARE Cal forward Leon Powe will take his muscular game up to Washington on Sunday. PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (YOUNG)PHOTOBILL LIVINGSTON/WIREIMAGE.COM (JOHNSON)PHOTOJOHN W. MCDONOUGH (FRANCIS)