This is an article from the March 6, 2006 issue
38 That's theSpirit
Fighting off the doldrums, Julia Mancuso won gold in the giant slalom
by Tim Layden
U.S. skater Sasha Cohen overcame two falls, giving her something to build on
by E.M. Swift
The Swedish hockey team reveled in the gold it wrested from its Nordic rival
by Michael Farber
48 The Best &Worst
From the U.S.'s most generous winner to a man on the rubber-chicken circuit
by Mark Bechtel
50 Jacques, BeNimble
IOC head Jacques Rogge has run three Games. His biggest test will come in'08
by S.L. Price
52 The Past IsHistory
Led by All-Star Elton Brand, the Clippers are erasing decades of futility
by Chris Ballard
At least abroad, interest in the World Baseball Classic is heating up
by Tom Verducci
A panel of hoopsters picks the player of the year and weighs in on other issuesby Grant Wahl
6 Leading Off
17 Air and Space
New competitors are embracing their inner glutton: They are how much they eatby Steve Rushin
• Musings from the Oscars' host
• Controversial start for the LPGA
• The first lady of Cooperstown
28 Faces in theCrowd
80 Life of Reilly
Shani Davis should have been the feel-good story of Turin. His mom made sure hewasn't by Rick Reilly
74 The NFL
• Vince Young could fall to Raiders
• Who's the top women's player?
78 The NBA
• Big deal: Knicks get another star
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A year after going19-15 and losing in the semifinals of the NIT, Memphis could finish thisregular season at 33-2 and earn a No. 1 seed for the NCAA tournament. Read whatSeth Davis and Grant Wahl have to say about Darius Washington (above) and theTigers, as well as other teams, at SI.com/collegebasketball.
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The World BaseballClassic hardly has the stature of soccer's World Cup, but it does have some ofthe game's biggest stars, including Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez (above) andJohan Santana. Follow the 16-team, 39-game tournament at SI.com/baseball.
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In Fukuoka, Ichiro Suzuki led the Japanese team as it limbered up for the16-team World Baseball Classic, which begins on Friday.
RUN FOR IT
Florida State running back Leon Washington tried to impress scouts during theNFL combine in Indianapolison Sunday.