Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Wednesday, May 1
Updated: May 31, 2:40 PM ET
Football's Dominican Republic

Samoans hoping to become the next Joe Salava'e or Jevon Kearse work out with the Titans defensive linemen.
Never mind the gridiron boasts of Texans and Floridians, America's most fertile football country is the tiny island of American Samoa. From Junior Seau to Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala, at least 28 players on NFL rosters have roots that reach to the South Pacific island more than 4,500 miles from the U.S. mainland.

  • Feldman: Where football really is a religion | Garber: They might be giants
  • Liang: Asian athletes still struggling for acceptance | Lapchick: Just do it!

    Will Tiger ever show the color of his true stripes?
    Tiger Woods, the self-proclaimed "Cablinasian," has mastered being all things to most people, but makes no attempt to be all things to any one people, Greg Garber reports. But the tug on Tiger's coattails by ethnic and racial groups in search of a one-man rainbow coalition rubs Page 2 columnist Ralph Wiley the wrong way.
  • Harig: A cut above the rest | Wiley: Rising Tiger lifts all boats

    A look back at features on prominent Asian athletes
    Kim: History in the waiting
    Wendell Kim and Lenn Sakata await the time to come when Major League Baseball is ready for an Asian-American manager.
    Rovell: The perfect roster demographic
    It's perhaps more than coincidence that so many Asian players are landing with teams with large Asian American populations.
    Caple: Coming to America -- and an arena near you
    Asia is the next frontier for scouts of American professional sports teams.
    Rovell: Land of the rising revenue stream
    Major League Baseball is cashing in overseas on the explosion of Asian players in the United States.
    Off Base: Culture shock
    Japanese players slowly adapt to an American lifestyle and the English language.
    Murphy: A salute to Japan's rising sons
    Page 2's Brian Murphy loves Japanese athletes making it big in the States, but he has a beef with one Japanese-inspired NBA superstar.
    Asian influence growing quickly on PGA Tour
    Shigeki Maruyama's win at the Nelson made it two in a row for Asian players.
    Ratto: Follow the bouncing balls
    Wondering which lottery team will wind up with Yao Ming? Remember Patrick Ewing and 1985.
    Aldridge: Now, it gets interesting
    Everyone was there to watch Yao Ming's workout, but will the right team be around to take him?
    ESPN The Magazine: Save It!
    He gave up three crushing homers in the Series. But Byung-Hyun Kim doesn't want your sympathy.
    Off Base: Plunking heard 'round the world
    Hideo Nomo spiced up his first major league meeting with Ichiro, plunking him in the fifth inning.
    Caple: Ichiro's MVP for the little man
    In a time when bigger seems to be better in baseball, Ichiro shows you just have to be good to be MVP.
    Kreidler: Ichiro will hit and run
    With his media boycott, Ichiro has provided further proof he belongs in the big leagues.
    Ichiro is a hot commodity
    Collectors everywhere are shopping -- and paying -- for all things Ichiro.
    Despite awards haul, Ichiro looks to get better
    About the only baseball trophy Ichiro didn't get was a bat with the word "Wonderboy" burned into the barrel.

  • Fun on the side
    From the far reaches of's Page 2 archives ...

    10 Burning Questions for ...
    Ichiro Suzuki
    In our never-ending quest for truth and enlightenment in the world of sports, Page 2 asks the popular Seattle Mariners outfielder 10 hard-hitting questions.

    Kristy Yamaguchi
    Yamaguchi won Olympic gold without performing a triple axel, but we'll determine whether she can pass the grilling of Page 2's crack staff.

    Jeannette Lee
    Never has Page 2 faced such an intimidating force, but we turned the (pool) tables and racked up 10 questions for the Black Widow.

    Being ...
    Tiger Woods
    Take a glimpse into the mind of the world's best golfer and see what he's really thinking.

    The Ichiro
    Bobble-Head Doll

    He's extremely popular and in demand. So has success gone to the head of the Ichiro bobble-head?

    Tale of the Tape:
    Tiger vs. Bond,
    ... James Bond

    Men want to be him, women want to ... well, you know. Tiger Woods is a real-life James Bond.

    Page 2 Investigation:
    Ohno's crash
    Page 2's investigative reporters dig for the real dirt at the Winter Olympics.

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