SCORECARD
From the Bottom Up
Bears safety Mike Green was once best known as the last player drafted in 2000, but he's become a defensive star
Sports Illustrated Bonus Section: Golf Plus
A Time To Remeber
Happy memories of one of the game's most popular players and sad news of another tragic plane crash made for a bittersweet Father-Son Challenge
CATCHING UP WITH
Pro Basketball
Not By a Long Shot
Since its NBA advent 25 years ago, the three-pointer has won games and thrilled fans. But can it maintain its appeal amid rampant gunning by poor marksmen?
AIR AND SPACE
TENNIS
The Star Maker
Philadelphia millionaire Tom Stafford wants his two children to be the best tennis players in the world, and he's sparing no expense in building their support system
SI Players: Life On and Off the Field
SI Players
Steroid Scandal
BALCO BLOWS UP
Leaked grand jury testimony that Barry Bonds and Jason Giambi used steroids and damning allegations by the infamous drug lab's founder raised new questions about baseball's ability to clean up its mess
END OF THE RUN?
Victor Conte's allegation that Marion Jones was a drug cheat could bring her down -- but she's ready to fight back
College Football
A Perfect Trip
On a weekend that left some top teams bemoaning their BCS fate, unbeaten USC got past UCLA and earned a trip to the Orange Bowl for a showdown against Oklahoma
Received Wisdom
An unheralded wideout corps led by record-setting senior Mark Clayton might be the Sooners' secret weapon
The Best of 2004
After a season rife with breakout performances, we cast our ballots for year-end awards--and offer some kudos of our own
PRO BASKETBALL
Pro Football
Stepping Out
Shedding their losers' image, the Chargers closed in on their first playoff appearance since 1995 with the defense saving a win over the Broncos
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Small Wonder
Slam-dunking over the skeptics, Washington's 5'9" Nate Robinson has hoisted the Huskies with his irrepressible energy and mind-boggling play
Skiing
Mountain Man
With four wins in the season's first seven races, newly equipped Bode Miller is taking the World Cup by storm
SPORTS BUSINESS
Why Not Vegas?
Can a pro franchise thrive in the gambling capital of the U.S.? You bet. And major league baseball or the NBA may soon put one there
Inside
Inside The NFL
Going Places
Just like Nick Goings, the Panthers started the season in a hole; now the back and the team are up and running
Inside The NBA
Get Carter
Portland couldn't swing a deal for the Raptors' underachieving Vince Carter, but some other team most likely will
Inside College Basketball
Movin' On Up
Newly licensed minister Roger Powell and fellow senior Luther Head are big reasons Illinois has ascended to No. 1
Inside Tennis
Reign of Spain
In the Davis Cup final on the slow clay of Seville, the U.S. bowed to Rafael Nadal and his fellow españoles
LIFE OF REILLY
Departments
Irish Wake
By firing coach Ty Willingham last week, then failing to hire the man they wanted as his successor, Notre Dame demonstrated that the school of legend is no more
Q+A Kurt Busch
The NASCAR Nextel Cup champ spent last week in New York, where he received his trophy--and his $5.3 million check
Don't Look Now
With its coach afraid to watch, Notre Dame won its second soccer title