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February 17, 1997 | Volume 86, Issue 6

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 Cover - Sports Illustrated February 17, 1997

February 17, 1997
While they won't admit it publicly, most fans simply don't find it enjoyable to watch women play team sports.RODNEY V. BENNETT, COLUMBUS, OHIO

February 17, 1997 | John Walters
Saturday 2/15

February 17, 1997 | John Walters
Back in Black: Debbie Black of Philadephia, the point guard for the ABL's Colorado Xplosion, played seven years in Australia for the Tasmanian Islanders before returning last fall to the U.S....

February 17, 1997 | Edited by Jack McCallum and Richard O'Brien

February 17, 1997 | Edited by Jack McCallum and Richard O'Brien
219Wins by which the Detroit Red Wings' Scotty Bowman, when he won his 1,000th game last week, led the NHL's second winningest coach, Al Arbour.

February 17, 1997 | Edited by Jack McCallum and Richard O'Brien
You think sumo is all blubber and G-strings? The Sumo Connection in Oahu has a broad range of trinkets celebrating the sport.

February 17, 1997 | Edited by Jack McCallum and Richard O'Brien
Parsing Mister Phelps Is a Mission Impossible

February 17, 1997 | Edited by Jack McCallum and Richard O'Brien
In the course of a week in February, 50 Madison Square Garden workers prepared the arena floor for a hockey game, two basketball games, two track meets and a canine showdown. They should keep...

February 17, 1997 | Edited by Jack McCallum and Richard O'Brien
At the Winston Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway on April 6, the national anthem will be performed by classical pianist Van Cliburn.

February 17, 1997 | Edited by Jack McCallum and Richard O'Brien
Walt Frazier New York Knicks broadcaster and NBA alltime All-Star, on his disappointment that Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley skipped the media session for the league's 50 alltime greatest...

February 17, 1997
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED offers current and past articles, photos and special multimedia features on CompuServe (GO SPORTS) and on the Internet (www.sportsillustrated.com). To subscribe to CompuServe,...

February 17, 1997
Deborah Compagnoni of Italy skis toward victory in the women's slalom de soir at the world Alpine championships in Sestriere, Italy. She later got a daylight gold in the giant slalom.

February 17, 1997 | Phil Taylor
Long-range plans: The NBA's three-point contest is a big-league mind game

February 17, 1997 | Tim Crothers
Tim Duncan is having one of the best seasons ever for a college center. But can he carry Wake Forest to the title?

February 17, 1997 | Leigh Montville
In 17 years in Boston the incomparable Raymond Bourque has never won a Stanley Cup—but you'll never hear him complain

February 17, 1997 | Gerry Callahan
For top recruits who play both baseball and football, it's one decision down and a bigger one to go

February 17, 1997 | Merrell Noden
Mary Slaney first ran in New York City's Millrose Games in 1974, when she was "little Mary" Decker, a pigtailed 15-year-old so absurdly talented that she was already the best female half-miler in...

February 17, 1997 | John Garrity
Catcher Dave Valle isn't a star, unless you consider his good works outside baseball

February 17, 1997 | Jaime Diaz
Tiger Woods had to juggle a slew of demands in the homeland of his mother

February 17, 1997
With last week's scouting combine behind them, NFL general managers and coaches focused this week on the free-agency signing period, which was set to begin on Friday. In what is the strongest...

February 17, 1997 | Peter King
With the Carolina Panthers as their model, the Cleveland Kings load up with veterans who can make them winners in a hurry

February 17, 1997 | Peter King
Owners are increasingly willing to give the coach total control, but a two-headed monster is still hard to beat

February 17, 1997 | Paul Zimmerman
With 12 rookies, six of them starters, on their roster, the Los Angeles Z's have a warrior mentality and a durable talent base

February 17, 1997 | Mark Bowden

February 17, 1997 | Jackie MacMullan
Kemp says money isn't his problem, so what is?, Iverson responds to his elders, Rice reigns in Cleveland

February 17, 1997 | Kelli Anderson
After a slow start, South Carolina has streaked to the top of the SEC, Cincy revisited, Mr. Mean is back

February 17, 1997
Linda PuglieseBARSTOW, CALIF.Pugliese, 34, a black belt in karate and mother of three, won her fourth kata title in as many years at the Super Grands VII World Games martial arts tournament. A...

February 17, 1997 | Leigh Montville
A new rule would elevate Smart Kids to the same status as star athletes

February 17, 1997 | David Fleming
THE BALLOT BOX

February 17, 1997 | Tim Kurkjian
Point guard Kevin Johnson vows he'll quit at age 31, even though he's as good as ever

February 17, 1997 | Tim Kurkjian
FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 3-9

February 17, 1997 | Marty Burns
On the court, a center is a necessity; on the bench, he's a rarity. Only one current head coach—Dave Cowens of the Hornets—was a full-time pivot during his playing days. "I don't know why there...

February 17, 1997 | Marty Burns
A hot topic at this year's All-Star weekend was injuries, and not just because they forced several high-profile players to sit out the game. Dream Team III members Charles Barkley, Penny Hardaway,...

February 17, 1997 | Marty Burns
Pacers center Rik Smits is a certified auto mechanic with a passion for high-horsepower rides. His affection for the Plymouth Roadrunner is so great that he also collects things related to the...

February 17, 1997 | Gaby B. Smith
ANOTHER TAKE ON THE HEADLINES

February 17, 1997 | Kathryn Marshall
As a pro golfer who is not only surviving but also enjoying the most stressful marital experiment since Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, I offer this advice to any players considering hiring...

February 17, 1997 | Robinson Holloway
Last week, in a curious sort of way, the impact of Tiger Woods was even felt at the Tour event he skipped, the Buick Invitational in La Jolla, Calif. Mark O'Meara won again, but there was no Tiger...

February 17, 1997 | Gaby B. Smith
The Shark's in Fighting Trim

February 17, 1997 | Gaby B. Smith
106Local workers Tiger Woods could employ for a year, based on Thailand's per capita income of $4,970, with the $528,000 he made at last week's Asian Honda Classic in Bangkok.