This is an article from the March 2, 2009 issue
No Vonn like her. Despite a surgically repaired thumb—slashed on a brokenchampagne bottle while celebrating a Feb. 9 victory—she pulled out the Super Gin Tarvisio, Italy, to become the winningest U.S. woman skier ever. Her 19career wins aren't all; Vonn is the World Cup points leader.
A winner! For the first time in 2009, after putting away Radek Stepanek inMemphis. That gives Roddick at least one ATP victory nine years' running—and noone else has ever done that. Applause! From fiancée and SI Swimsuit modelBrooklyn Decker, who was there to support him.
The AL's losingest team in 2008 may not improve much this season, but they'refeeling better already. Junior is back. Nine years after he left forCincinnati, Ken Griffey Jr. returned, at the reasonable rate of $2 million forone year, to the team for which he hit 398 homers in 11 seasons. That shouldhelp in the lineup and at the box office.
The center's surge (nine points in nine games) is just what the Canucks (8-1-0in that stretch) signed him for in December. His sweetest reward: returning toToronto (where he played the last 13 years), getting a standing O ("I wasprobably crying a little," he said) and scoring the shootout winner.
Yes, something he can't do. The NFL's alltime rushing leader and 2006 Dancingwith the Stars champ was not re-signed after two gloriously malapropic years asan ESPN analyst. Now who will tell fans things like, "The NFC West isprobably one of the weakest conferences in the whole NFC"?
No Roddick or Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer or Nikolay Davydenko at this week'sstop. The stars have their reasons for not showing up, and here's Roddick's:He's ticked that Israel's Shahar Peer was denied entry to the United ArabEmirates to play in the women's tournament.
Exhibition games hadn't begun and the news was already bleak for the majors'worst team in '08. G.M. Jim Bowden is under federal investigation for hispossible role in skimming prospects' bonus money, and assistant G.M. Jose Rijotook a leave of absence after it was revealed that a prospect wasn't who hesaid he was (FOR THE RECORD, page 16).
Once among Sundin's suitors, the Blueshirts sure could use him now. After a2-8-2 run in which they'd scored more than two goals just twice, Rangers coachTom Renney was fired. Now, will that cure the scoring woes or silence all thatbooing at home?
SI PLAYERS NBA POLL
Who is the worst dribbler in the NBA?
Yao Ming, Rockets C 11%
Shaquille O'Neal, Suns C 10%
Greg Oden, Trailblazers C 6%
Ben Wallace, Cavaliers F 5%
Hamed Haddadi, Grizzlies C 4%
Eddie House, Celtics G 4%
Of the 26 players to receive more than one vote, House, a reserve who isaveraging just over 17 minutes per game, was the only guard.... Yao's 3.2turnovers per game this season was tied for fifth in the NBA through Sunday andwere the most for a post player.
[Based on a survey of 190 NBA players] • For more onthe poll, and to comment on it, go to SI.com/players.