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April 13, 1998 | Volume 88, Issue 15

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Tiger Woods Cover - Sports Illustrated April 13, 1998

April 13, 1998 | Rick Reilly
Turned 40 recently. Asked what I wanted, I said, "The Perfect Day."

April 13, 1998
Hockey is a great sport, but it mil be second-rate as long as it permits fighting, goons, enforcers, etc.—Gary Fraser Las Vegas

April 13, 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,...

April 13, 1998
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and CNN team up on the Internet to offer up-to-the-minute sports news and stats. For comprehensive coverage of the Masters, including hole-by-hole leader boards, go to...

April 13, 1998 | Bill Colson
When Tiger Woods agreed to sit with a tiger for this week's cover, Matt Ginella, SI's picture editor for golf, was thrilled. But he didn't need to be told of the horrific headlines that would...

April 13, 1998 | Richard Hoffer
Exactly when athletes became software is hard to pinpoint. They were always a little larger than life, but for a long time, no matter their increasing fame or wealth, it was possible to think of...

April 13, 1998 | Richard Hoffer
•That the recent spate of brawling by pugnacious NHL netminders doesn't give rise to a new league stat: shots on goalie.

April 13, 1998 | John Walters
Saturday 4/11GOLFThe MastersGuilty. In each of the last two years, most of us thought Saturday's would be, beyond a reasonable doubt, the de facto final round of golf's most celebrated tournament....

April 13, 1998 | John Walters
Given the travails of the telecasters of Troy, Southern Cal alumnus Marcus Allen probably made the right call last week when he decided to spurn CBS's offer of a studio job on NFL telecasts and...

April 13, 1998
Johnny Pohl, Red Wing, Minn.HockeyJohnny, a senior forward at Red Wing High, led the state in scoring, with 107 points, for the second consecutive year and was voted Minnesota's Mr. Hockey. He's...

April 13, 1998
Departments

April 13, 1998 | Peter King
and are the class of the draft, but experts say one of them stands head and shoulder pads above the other

April 13, 1998 | Kostya Kennedy
Goalie Marty Turco was thrilled when he and the Wolverines won the NCAA title, save for one thing: It was his last game at Michigan

April 13, 1998 | Marty Burns
Michael Finley, who began playing against Michael Jordan while still a schoolkid, can do it all—except lift his Mavs out of the doldrums

April 13, 1998
Fatal FoliageThree horses died during the running of this year's Grand National at Aintree in Liverpool. Critics blamed the height of the hedges on the course, like this one being cleared by...

April 13, 1998 | Tom Verducci
Why wait five months for a meaningful series when the and the were offering up the next best thing on the season's opening weekend?

April 13, 1998 | Tim Layden
Around the time of spring practice, normally paranoid coaches open their playbooks and film rooms so rivals can study their strategic secrets

April 13, 1998 | Jaime Diaz
During a meticulously planned week of seclusion and training, sharpened his game and his mind for Augusta

April 13, 1998 | Michael Bamberger
Who's the best foul-shooter?Who's the worst?Who's the weirdest?Does practice help?Does talking to the ball help?And why is something that looksso easy so damned hard?

April 13, 1998 | Michael Bamberger
In 1996-97 the 29 NBA teams collectively shot .738 from the free throw line. The best-shooting team was the Warriors, at .778. The worst-shooting team was the Lakers, at .692. The Lakers had a...

April 13, 1998 | Michael Bamberger
You may call it a foul shot. The shot, after all, is the result of a foul. However, in the parlance of the NBA it's a free throw, with the emphasis on free, i.e., free points. At least that's what...

April 13, 1998 | Michael Bamberger
Clockwise, from topLarry Bird, .886 careerMark Price, .905 career (through sat.)Calvin Murphy, .892 careerRick Barry, .900 careerBill Sharman, .883 career

April 13, 1998 | Michael Bamberger
There's a school of thought among NBA coaches that too much discussion of free throws and too much practice increases pressure and worsens free throw shooting. John Calipari, coach of the Nets and...

April 13, 1998
What's With Shaq?

April 13, 1998
Magic Johnson, who was an .848 career free throw shooter, watched the ball—not the rim, as so many players do—while his foul shots were in the air.... Hal Greer (.801) shot his free throws as if...

April 13, 1998
In 1972-73, 35.2% of all NBA players shot 80% or better from the foul line (minimum 100 attempts). Twenty-five years later only 30% are doing so well.

April 13, 1998
Few records in sports are as underappreciated as Williams's mark for consecutive free throws made: 97, over two seasons, from March 24 to Nov. 9,1993, with the Timberwolves. On the way to 97,...

April 13, 1998
NBA players will tell you that in basketball there is free throw shooting, and there is everything else. In everything else, a player reacts to whatever the ball and other players are doing....

April 13, 1998
In the 1972-73 season, 78.7% of all NBA players shot 70% or better from the foul line. Twenty-five years later, only 70% are doing as well.

April 13, 1998
There's a superb videotape, available at yard sales, at some summer basketball camps and on the World Wide Web ($33), called Buzz Braman Is Doctor Sure Shot. On the back of the cassette box, the...

April 13, 1998
Recent Moments in Free Throw Infamy

April 13, 1998
In 1996-97, 19.3% of all points scored in the regular season were on free throws. In the playoffs, the percentage went up to 21.6.

April 13, 1998
The playoff record for most free throws made in a single game without a miss is 18, by Karl Malone—yes, Karl Malone—against the Lakers on May 10, 1997.

April 13, 1998
The Mavs Have Home Court Advantage

April 13, 1998
The NBA

April 13, 1998 | Jackie MacMullan
Showdown Time

April 13, 1998 | Jackie MacMullan
Patrick for PresidentThough he was a leader in the unsuccessful fight to decertify the union in 1995, the usually low-key Patrick Ewing was a surprise choice when he was voted in by his peers as...

April 13, 1998 | Jackie MacMullan
The pain in Pacers center Rik Smits's feet has intensified, and his usual cure-all (rest) has not proved effective. Though Smits had sat out Indiana's last five games through Sunday, the soreness...

April 13, 1998 | Jackie MacMullan
Select Company

April 13, 1998 | Jackie MacMullan
April 13L.A. LAKERS AT SUN ANTONIOThe Alamodome

April 13, 1998 | Marty Burns
The Spurs' Avery Johnson explains how to defend against the running game

April 13, 1998 | Tim Crothers

April 13, 1998 | Tim Crothers
The rangers privately admit they want to rectify the error they committed in 1993 when they chose not to re-sign free agent first baseman Rafael Palmeiro and made a deal with free agent Will Clark...

April 13, 1998 | Tim Crothers
In the '97 World Series, Indians righthander Orel Hershiser gave up two three-run homers on a sinker and a slider, respectively, to the Marlins' Moises Alou, a dead fastball hitter. On April I at...

April 13, 1998 | Tim Crothers
Baseball is at a crossroads, and standing at the intersection is Yankees centerfielder Bernie Williams, who is expected to be one of the most coveted free agents available after this season. Will...

April 13, 1998 | Keith Olbermann
Once again, the Boss is sacrificing the future for a dubious present

April 13, 1998 | Kostya Kennedy
The Big Mess

April 13, 1998 | Kostya Kennedy
FOXTRAX GLOWING PUCKCost: $2 million-plus to develop

April 13, 1998 | Pierre McGuire
Hurricanes Goalie Trevor Kidd is having a career season, as evidenced by his 2.17 goals-against average through Sunday and his back-to-back shutouts of the Devils and the Canadiens last week. A...

April 13, 1998 | Grant Wahl
Fast Forward

April 13, 1998 | Grant Wahl
Los Angeles galaxy midfielder Cobi Jones is off to a running start this season, leading MLS in scoring through Sunday with eight points (two goals and four assists). As one of the league's fastest...

April 13, 1998 | Grant Wahl
He may be the Kobe Bryant of U.S. soccer, having jumped from high school straight to the pros, but Jamar Beasley is sure not pulling down Bryant-like bucks ($1.2 million a year with the Los...

April 13, 1998 | Edited by Kevin Cook
A transplant saved Erik Compton, the nation's top-ranked junior

April 13, 1998 | Edited by Kevin Cook
Achoo! Tiger Woods is allergic to azaleas.

April 13, 1998 | Tim Herron
The Masters means something different to everybody. For me, it brings back memories of snow and freezing cold. I grew up in Minnesota, where seeing the Masters on TV meant that winter was almost over.

April 13, 1998
Another Battle: Last month, four years after the LPGA's Heather Farr died of breast cancer, it was announced that her younger sister had the same disease. On April 2 Missy Farr Kay, 30, the...

April 13, 1998
BackstageGolfer on Tiptoes

April 13, 1998
What do these players have in common?

April 13, 1998 | John O'Keefe
A new, improved John Daly leads the Tour in...putting?

April 13, 1998 | John O'Keefe
3Horses owned by Donna Andrews, whose win at the Longs Drugs Challenge was worth $90,000 "and maybe some more horses," she said.

April 13, 1998 | Cameron Morfit
PGA

April 13, 1998 | Gary Van Sickle
After knocking 'em dead in New Orleans, a calm and collected Lee Westwood rode a wave of momentum to Augusta

April 13, 1998 | Cameron Morfit
Before you try to lose that spare tire, think what it does for your golf game

April 13, 1998 | Jeff Pearlman
A Win at the Tradition made Gil Morgan the man to beat