Leading Off

February 26, 2007

Checkered Pass
A last-second surge of horsepower put Kevin Harvick's number 29 Chevy just ahead of Mark Martin's racer and into Victory Lane as the winner of the Daytona 500 (page 46) on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway. Harvick (inset) was toasted by his red-and-yellow-clad crew in a blizzard of confetti.

More Than Able
At the first All Africa Amputee Football Tournament, in Freetown, Sierra Leone, pride and passion shone through in the photography studio and on the pitch, where the host country's Maxwell Fornah (inset, left) collided with Ghana's Richard Offei. Ghana won the five-nation tournament, and its forward Collins Gyemfi (above, shirtless) was the event's high scorer with 10 goals.

"I love football, and I want to play my whole life."
IDDISU FUSEINI, goalkeeper, 34, Ghana

"I love sports, and that's how I manage my life now."
SHEKU TURAY, forward, 22, Sierra Leone

"I love this sport too much."
M'BAYO CONTEH, forward, 24, Sierra Leone

"Since I've been playing amputee soccer, I've gained courage in my life."
MOHAMED BANGURA, forward, 24, Sierra Leone

"Amputee soccer shows love, peace and unity to the whole world."
MOHAMED JALLOH, forward, 21, Sierra Leone

"Disability is not inability. You can do some things better than able people."
ALEM MUMUNI, defender, 24, Ghana

"Don't look down on yourself. You can do anything you determine to do."
COLLINS GYEMFI, forward, 24, Ghana

"I struggle on my own, but I want to inspire people when I play."
DENNIS PARKER, forward, 20, Liberia

"I keep myself involved. Because if I sit and be quiet, I think about my problem."
VICTOR MUSA, Midfield, 23, Sierra Leone

Butler Didn't Do It
A 22-game home winning streak ended for Butler last Saturday when Jamaal Tatum (with the ball) and Southern Illinois beat the Bulldogs 68--64 at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Salukis, whose physical defense throttled Butler, moved up three spots to No. 13 in the AP Top 25 (page 73).

For more Leading Off pictures, go to SI.com/photos.

PHOTOPhotograph by Simon Bruty TEN PHOTOSPhotographs by Fiona Aboud PHOTOPhotograph by John Biever

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)