42 Worth the Wait
After a controversial week at Daytona, Jimmie Johnson won on a late charge
by Lars Anderson
48 A Singular Season
Virginia Tech's Coleman Collins has done his late father proud
by Grant Wahl
52 Big Game Hunter
See Astros ace Roy Oswalt stalk hitters
by Richard Hoffer
February 27, 2006
56 Swann Goes Deep
Old Steeler Lynn Swann challenges an Eagles fan for Pennsylvania governor
by Michael Bamberger
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 P√•Is
Sweden's own miracle on ice gave a needed lift to women's hockey
by Michael Farber
An American shook hands with an Iranian and struck a blow for peace
by S.L. Price
21 Air andSpace
Who was Mickey Mantle's hero? A blind sports reporter and single dad, Ed Lucasby Steve Rushin
• U.S. skeleton star's ban unfair
• Say goodbye to Sammy Sosa?
• Remembering Curt Gowdy
32 Faces in theCrowd
86 Life ofReilly
Were Toby Dawson's biological parents watching from Korea as he won a bronzemedal? by Rick Reilly
• Cal's indomitable Leon Powe
• Three unsung big scorers
84 The NBA
• Gilbert Arenas thrives on snubs
• A fine mess: European pro hoops
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