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February 16, 1998 | Volume 88, Issue 6

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Michael Jordan Cover - Sports Illustrated February 16, 1998

February 16, 1998
Skiing is actually very safe, if you're thinking while you do it.—Patrick Allen, Bemus Point, N.Y.

February 16, 1998
Letters to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED should include the name, address and home telephone number of the writer. They may be mailed to The Editor, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, Time & Life Building, New York,...

February 16, 1998
(www.cnnsi.com)SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and CNN team up on the Internet to offer complete coverage of the Winter Olympics. You'll find up-to-the-minute results, as well as stories and photos from the...

February 16, 1998 | B.J. Schecter
After weathering a storm of criticism, the St. John's star is still afloat

February 16, 1998 | Ivan Maisel
I went with my heart," said Dennis Johnson, one of the best high school athletes in Kentucky history, explaining his decision to spurn Notre Dame to play football for the home-state Wildcats....

February 16, 1998 | Ivan Maisel
The ups and downs of recruiting

February 16, 1998 | Peter King
Where Did Love Go?Green Bay Blues

February 16, 1998 | John Ed Bradley

February 16, 1998 | Rick Reilly
HEY, MIKE TYSON!

February 16, 1998 | Kelvin C. Bias
February 13, 1978

February 16, 1998 | Richard Hoffer
Anyone who sees shame in Mike Tyson's employment as a so-called enforcer for Wrestlemania XIV (which came first, kids: Wrestlemania or the Super Bowl? Know your Roman numerals!) hasn't been paying...

February 16, 1998 | Richard Hoffer
•That a proctological Dream Team extracts Ahmad Rashad from the spot he occupies as Michael Jordan's Boswell.

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February 16, 1998
1Players (Michael Jordan) in Sunday's All-Star Game who have won an NBA championship.

February 16, 1998
YES

February 16, 1998
Jose Canseco signed a one-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays last week for $750,000, a significant pay cut from the $4.7 million he earned for hitting 23 homers and driving in 74 runs for the...

February 16, 1998
Megaselling novelist Tom Clancy, whose pumped-up paeans to military technology have made him a megamillionaire, last week offered 200 of those millions to buy the Minnesota Vikings. We can't help...

February 16, 1998
Iowa State's new, seven-ton, $1.5 million gondola-shaped basketball scoreboard that hangs in Hilton Coliseum comes equipped with four video screens and 24 panels for corporate signage but shows...

February 16, 1998
CHARLIE PIRRELLONorthern Burlington (N.J.) High football coach, on the decision of Mike Haynes, a star fullback and aspiring veterinarian, to enroll at rural Penn State: "If he wants to see his...

February 16, 1998
Departments

February 16, 1998
The regular season has ended for Strath Haven High in suburban Philadelphia with the haunting memory of a basketball left hanging on the rim more than two months ago. At the end of a Dec. 5 game...

February 16, 1998
Gao Jun, Gaithersburg, Md.Table TennisJun, 29, the No. 1-ranked American women's player, defeated Amy Feng, 28, of Atlanta 3-1 in the singles final at the U.S. championships. She also won the...

February 16, 1998 | John Walters
Olympics: Week 2XVIII WINTER GAMESBest EventsGold, not diamonds, is a girl's best friend. At least an American girl's. On Saturday (CBS, 7 p.m., tape-delay), 1994 downhill skiing silver medalist...

February 16, 1998 | John Walters
Do we have a FoxTrax sighting? This year's NHL broadcasts on Fox so far have been devoid of the network's two ballyhooed innovations, one that highlights the puck in a blue halo and another that...

February 16, 1998 | Phil Taylor

February 16, 1998
Snow's up, dude!Ross Rebagliati of Canada goes for the gold in the snowboarding giant slalom.

February 16, 1998 | Steve Rushin
As the Nagano Games opened with a spectacle led by sumo king Akebono and choirs on five continents, what dazzled visitors most was that gentlest of Japanese virtues: politeness

February 16, 1998 | E.M. Swift

February 16, 1998 | E.M. Swift
1. Provide video replayJudges should get replay for the short programs of both singles and pairs. Give them 60 seconds—no more—to review any two of the eight required elements.

February 16, 1998 | Alexander Wolff

February 16, 1998 | Mike Shropshire

February 16, 1998
THE NHL

February 16, 1998 | Kostya Kennedy
Home Is Not Where Recchi's Heart IsThe UnOlympian

February 16, 1998 | Kostya Kennedy
RW OWEN NOLANSharks1997-98 salary: $2.7 millionEight goals in 55 games is embarrassing for the first pick in the '90 draft. He has Olympian talent, but he's not on the Canadian team.

February 16, 1998 | Pierre McGuire
Word out of Colorado is that the Avalanche needs a vocal leader in the dressing room. The player the team misses is right wing Mike Keane, a free agent who left the club after last season to sign...

February 16, 1998 | Ed Hinton
Shootout at the ShootoutJump the Gun

February 16, 1998 | Ed Hinton
1.701The average margin of victory, in seconds, of the 31 Winston Cup races that ended under a green flag in 1997. It was the closest racing since 1990, when the margin was 1,580. Last year the...

February 16, 1998 | Ed Hinton
Team Chemistry

February 16, 1998 | Jackie MacMullan

February 16, 1998 | Jackie MacMullan
Collins's Fast BreakDoug Collins, fired as coach of the Pistons on Feb. 2, is determined to cut all ties to his former team. Last week he packed up all his shirts, hats and sweats bearing...

February 16, 1998 | Jackie MacMullan
Question the All-Star selection of center Rik Smits all you want (and many Alonzo Mourning fans did), but remember this: As of Sunday, Indiana was 12-0 when Smits led the team in scoring and 13-13...

February 16, 1998 | Jackie MacMullan
Ups and Downs

February 16, 1998 | Jackie MacMullan
Feb. 17INDIANA AT CHICAGOThe United CenterNine days after coaching Michael Jordan in the All-Star Game, the Pacers' Larry Bird makes his first visit to the House That Mike Built. In the teams'...

February 16, 1998 | Marty Burns
When this unassuming second-round draft choice starts in the backcourt, the Trail Blazers are 7-1

February 16, 1998 | Kelli Anderson
Arkansas Is BackHog Wild

February 16, 1998 | Kelli Anderson
The changes this week start at the top as North Carolina reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the East with its blowout win over Duke. The Blue Devils, now top-seeded in the South, will get another...

February 16, 1998 | Kelli Anderson
Michigan at Michigan State Tuesday, Feb. 17

February 16, 1998 | Edited by Kevin Cook
Implicated in Sexgate, Greg Norman fights back on and off the course

February 16, 1998 | Edited by Kevin Cook
Olympics: Golf hasn't been played at the Games since 1904 and Seve Ballesteros has never been a synchronized swimmer or Greco-Roman wresder. Still, Ballesteros was recently awarded the Olympic...

February 16, 1998 | Phil Knight
Just when we begin to fear that sport is in danger of being taken over by the forces of evil, from out of nowhere comes an athlete to inspire and uplift us all. His name is Casey Martin.

February 16, 1998
Sorry, Dad: The Buick Invitational is one of the few Tour stops that set aside spots for amateurs each year. Last week Charley Hoffman and Magnus Carlsson, two collegians who finished one-two in a...

February 16, 1998
The way things are going, expect Jim Colbert to lose his rug any day now. Already reeling from the sight of Corey Pavin sans mustache, the golf world was rocked again last week when Tom Kite...

February 16, 1998
Does Casey Martin have a right to ride a cart? We asked Roger Cossack and Greta Van Susteren, cohosts of CNN's Burden of Proof.

February 16, 1998
What do these players have in common?

February 16, 1998 | Rick Lipsey
Tour caddie Bob Ming makes stats do tricks

February 16, 1998 | Cameron Morfit
PGA

February 16, 1998 | Alan Shipnuck
Resurgent Scott Simpson sweated out a strange finish to win in San Diego

February 16, 1998 | Walter Bingham
The Senior tour's first unsung star, Don January, now 68, soldiers on

February 16, 1998 | Walter Bingham
With one electrifying shot, Gil Morgan proved he's the man to beat on the Senior tour