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August 18, 1997 | Volume 87, Issue 7

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Booger Smith Cover - Sports Illustrated August 18, 1997

August 18, 1997
Just because Pete Sampras doesn't throw his shirt into the crowd shouldn't make him any less "da man."ERIK WILLIAMS, HOUSTON

August 18, 1997 | John Walters
Saturday 8/16

August 18, 1997 | John Walters
Preseason injuries to star players already have begun to wreak havoc on the NFL's prime-time regular-season schedule. Among those now not scheduled to appear: Carolina Panthers quarterback Kerry...

August 18, 1997 | Edited by Richard O'Brien and Hank Hersch

August 18, 1997 | Edited by Richard O'Brien and Hank Hersch
10Times in three seasons that the Cincinnati Reds have sent outfielder-infielder Eric Owens to the team's Triple A club in Indianapolis.

August 18, 1997 | Edited by Richard O'Brien and Hank Hersch
The Harriet Carter mail-order catalog is offering a $17.95 Toilet Golf set, which includes a strip of artificial turf, a plastic putter and two plastic balls so "you can now sink putts...while...

August 18, 1997 | Edited by Richard O'Brien and Hank Hersch
John ElwayDenver Broncos quarterback, on the repeated diagramming in Denver newspapers of his ruptured biceps tendon: "I just hope I never get kicked in the groin."

August 18, 1997
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and CNN team up on the Internet to offer up-to-the-minute sports news and stats as well as stories and photos from the magazine. You can also find SI articles and photos on...

August 18, 1997 | Ed Hinton
WANT TO HURTLE AROUND A BANKED OVAL WITH NASCAR'S HOTTEST DRIVER? STRAP YOURSELF IN

August 18, 1997 | Ed Hinton
SWITCH BOXTen toggle switches control everything from Gordon's helmet fan to the engine's ignition; extenders put them within reach.

August 18, 1997 | Ed Hinton
TIRESIn a typical 500-mile race, Gordon will go through as many as five sets of tires; right ones wear more quickly than the left.

August 18, 1997 | Ed Hinton
RADIO BUTTONGordon wants to talk crew, he must key the mike by pushing this button.

August 18, 1997 | Ed Hinton
NACA DUCTPlastic scoop catches fresh air, which travels via hoses to cool Gordon's helmet, seatback and oil tank.

August 18, 1997 | E.M. Swift
The Florida Marlins have plenty to show for their record-setting off-season spending spree, including one of the best records in the game

August 18, 1997
Sharif KarieSPRINGFIELD, VA.Sharif, a senior at West Springfield High, was named the Circle of Champions U.S. high school boys' track and field athlete of the year. He won the mile at the national...

August 18, 1997 | Tim Layden
The U.S. men's penchant for botching the 4 x 100 continued, distressingly, at the Worlds

August 18, 1997 | Tom Verducci

August 18, 1997 | Michael Silver
In decline and disarray since their Super Bowl turn, the Chargers try to retool for the future

August 18, 1997 | Rick Telander

August 18, 1997 | Merrell Noden
MARCH 21, 1955

August 18, 1997 | Kelli Anderson

August 18, 1997 | Scott Ostler
The Babe and Elvis died on the same date—and the eerie parallels only begin there

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August 18, 1997
What do these players have in common?

August 18, 1997
1,821,895The amount in dollars won by Tiger Woods so far in 1997 (in 15 starts), breaking the previous Tour record of $1,780,159, set in '96 by Tom Lehman (22 starts).

August 18, 1997 | Compiled by Gary B. Smith
•TIGRESS WOODS: According to Tiger, "The answer is, no, I don't have a girlfriend."

August 18, 1997 | Michael C. Fondo
The motorized golf cart has severely curtailed the use of caddies in most parts of the U.S., and now a bureaucratic enemy, the Internal Revenue Service, is poised to deliver the fatal blow to the...

August 18, 1997 | Gary Van Sickle
A new model Vijay Singh roared past Ernie Els at the Tour's final road test before the PGA Championship

August 18, 1997 | Rick Lipsey
John Harris made sure that the U.S. turned the Walker Cup into a walkover