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March 11, 2007

FEATURES

ENVIRONMENT

36 Going, Going Green
As global warming changes the planet, it is changing the sports world too. Already, surprising and innovative ideas are helping sports to adapt
by Alexander Wolff
• Rising seas threaten the coast
• Creating greener greens in golf
• Ski resorts face life with no snow
• The arena of the future

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

46 Remade in Texas
Once a doormat, Texas A&M is now a rugged outfit that's never out of any game
by Kelli Anderson

BASEBALL

52 What's the Big Deal?
Pricey free agent Barry Zito has brought a welcome new vibe to the Giants' clubhouse
by Chris Ballard

WRESTLING

56 The Pride of Iowa
Two legends try to restore the luster of the state's once-dominant college teams
by Richard Hoffer

INVESTIGATION

62 Rx for Trouble
A raid of a drug distribution network turns up the names of prominent athletes
by Luis F. Llosa and L. Jon Wertheim

BILL WALSH

68 Top of His Game
If to ask What might have been is the price of genius, the coach of the three-time champion 49ers has paid his dues. But as he battles leukemia, the greatest football mind of his era is coming to terms with his considerable legacy
by Michael Silver

Departments

6 Leading Off

12 Letters

14 Players
First Person: Oscar De La Hoya
Remembering hurler Clem Lebine
NFL spending may have a cost
Days in a Life: Steve Nash

31 Faces in the Crowd

86 Life of Reilly
Two sixth-grade basketball teams, two budgets: one Gulfstream, one shoestring by Rick Reilly

Inside...

82 The NHL
Garth Snow's shrewd maneuvers
Detroit makes the best deal

83 The NBA
Shaq is ready to play his old role
Scout: Tough pick at the point

84 NASCAR
How to fix the Busch Series
Ray Evernham's disappointments

Cover
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NCAA tournament
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NFL Draft
Will Al Davis (left) use the top pick on Brady Quinn or JaMarcus Russell? See the mock draft at SI.com/nfl.

NASCAR
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Soccer
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Video
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NBA
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PHOTOJEFF TOPPING/REUTERS (GIANTS)52 BARRY COMPATIBLE New Giants pitcher Barry Zito (left) has already drawn a smile or two out of Barry Bonds at the team's Scottsdale, Ariz., training camp. PHOTOMICKEY PFLEGER (WALSH) PHOTOISSAC BALDIZON/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (O'NEAL)83 STILL A HANDFUL Shaquille O'Neal has looked like his old, dominant self, picking up the slack for the injured Dwyane Wade. PHOTOGREG NELSON (LAW) PHOTOJUSTIN SULLIVAN/GETTY IMAGES (DAVIS) PHOTONIGEL KINRADE (HARVICK) PHOTOADAM DAVY, PA EMPICS/ABACA (BECKHAM) PHOTOCLAY PATRICK MCBRIDE (REILLY) PHOTOGREG NELSON (NOWITZKI) PHOTODOUG PENSINGER/GETTY IMAGES (NASH)

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