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Paying The Price

The end of the road comes for a figure in a recruiting scandal that refuses to die

When rookie free agent Albert Means was cut by the Houston Texans last month, it likely signaled the end of his unremarkable football career. Once the most promising high school defensive lineman in the country, he'll be remembered for being at the heart of a recruiting scandal that left one booster headed to prison, two schools on probation and several coaches' careers in disarray.

Under The Gun

Battling the clock, wretched facilities and random violence, Iraq's new Olympic committee races to build a team for Athens

It was after midnight, and what lay ahead was a 14-hour ride across the desert of western Iraq. Still, the passengers on the decrepit bus were beaming. The Iraqi soccer team, fresh from a 4-0 victory over Oman in an Olympic qualifying round on March 3, was headed home to Baghdad.

Psst… Wanna Buy Some Clubs?

Golfers spend millions a year on counterfeits and knockoffs. To find out how this burgeoning industry works, we went right to the source: southern China

The trap, months in the planning, had been laid. The quarry, a beautiful Chinese businesswoman named Lily Wan, had taken the bait. The sting, code-named Operation Tiger Lily, a joint venture of Callaway Golf investigators and the Orange County ( Fla.) sheriff's office, was about to take place.

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

Olympic champion Marion Jones has been called Golden Girl and the World's Fastest Woman, but during an interview with ABC's 20/20 broadcast last Friday, Victor Conte Jr., the man at the center of America's biggest doping scandal, called her a fraud.

Q&A: George W. Bush

The President discusses Aggies and Horns, his Rangers days and his sports idol

President George W. Bush has been a Texas sports fan since he was a young child. He grew up in the West Texas town of Midland, where his family moved from Connecticut when he was two. The former governor and onetime managing partner of the Texas Rangers recalls his excitement at seeing the first issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED at a friend's house in 1954. On the occasion of the magazine's 50th anniversary, he sat down with SI's Don Yaeger to talk about sports and the Lone Star State.

Son Of Saddam

As Iraq's top Olympic official, Uday Hussein is accused of the torture and murder of athletes who fail to win

As he stood at the double-door entrance to the office of Iraqi National Olympic Committee president Uday Hussein, the boxer knew what awaited on the other side. He had just returned from a Gulf States competition, where he had been knocked out in the first round. Now it was time to pay the price.

Some of the Winning Teams Don Yaeger works with


DELL
Chevron
Microsoft
Hewlett Packard
BROCADE