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  A day after this cover appearance Anna Kournikova is bounced from the French Open in the second round, the earliest she has exited a Grand Slam in three years.  
  After Week 1, Chargers quarterback Ryan Leaf has gone 17 for 39 with three interceptions. He throws seven more interceptions than touchdowns for the season.

  Two games after his cover appearance the Rams' Kurt Warner breaks his pinkie and, for the first time since he won the job, is sidelined, missing his next five games.  
  Minnesota quarterback Daunte Culpepper wants to be "The Greatest Ever!" but he's not yet great enough to prevent the Vikings from losing its next (and final) three regular season games.

  Amani Toomer and the Giants, featured after a rout of the Vikings in the NFC title game, lose 31-7 to the Ravens in the Super Bowl.  
  Days after Nomar Garciaparra of the Boston Red Sox appeared on SI's cover, it was announced that he had split a tendon in his right wrist.

  The Hornets, appearing with a 3-2 lead on the Bucks in the second round of the playoffs, lose the next two games and the series.  
  Oregon State, SI's preseason college football No. 1, lost 44-24 to Fresno State in its opener and finished 5-6.

  In his next game Dolphins quarterback Jay Fiedler has two fumbles and two interceptions in a 42-10 loss to the Rams.  
  The run of Nebraska QB Eric Crouch for the Heisman trophy hit a speed bump the day after Thanksgiving, when Colorado obliterated the Cornhuskers 62-36.

  The cover billing SKINS GAME: HOW TO GO 0-5, THEN 5-0 all but assured the Washington Redskins would lose to the Dallas Cowboys that week and then fail to make the playoffs.  
  As SI goes to press, news reports come out that cover boy Michael Jordan's wife has filed for divorce.

Photographs by: Walter Iooss Jr., Peter Read Miller, Damian Strohmeyer, Heinz Kluetmeier, Damian Strohmeyer, Walter Iooss Jr., Lynn Johnson, Rich Frishman, Eliot Schechter/Allsport, Jeffery A. Salter/SABA, , Al Tielemans, Nathaniel S. Butler/NBA Entertainment