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April 27, 1998 | Volume 88, Issue 17

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Kobe Bryant Cover - Sports Illustrated April 27, 1998

April 27, 1998 | Kostya Kennedy
Starting Over

April 27, 1998 | Kostya Kennedy
Coach Craig HartsburgBlackhawks1997-98 salary: $325,000

April 27, 1998 | Pierre McGuire
One man's opinion on how the first-round playoffs will go.

April 27, 1998 | Ed Hinton
Tearin' Up Texas

April 27, 1998
Former panel-beater Jeremy Mayfield is an alternative NASCAR hero

April 27, 1998
0.569The Number of seconds that separated the fastest and the slowest cars to qualify for the 43-car field in Monday's Goody's Headache Powder 500 in Martinsville, Va. Three other cars failed to...

April 27, 1998 | Peter King
Raising Arizona

April 27, 1998 | Paul Zimmerman
It's hard to say that anyone had a bad draft. That's how good the talent was. There were no first-round head-scratchers. Form held up, needs were addressed. Here then, are the six teams I believe...

April 27, 1998 | Rick Reilly
Dennis Rodman is sleeping with a truck driver.

April 27, 1998
Letters

April 27, 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 27, 1998 | Kelvin C. Bias
December 13, 1971

April 27, 1998 | Leigh Montville
I am made dizzy by this Mel Kiper Jr. character again. He's a rabbi interpreting the Torah, a fundamentalist preacher explaining the loaves and the fishes, a Shakespearian scholar discussing Lear....

April 27, 1998 | Leigh Montville
•That more baseball players adopt the retro, high-sock knickers look—and that goiter Payne Stewart give it up.

April 27, 1998
Bad Back Stops WhiteThe Soul of the Pack

April 27, 1998
2Downham sisters who pitched perfect games in a doubleheader for Carroll High of Flora, Ind.: Senior Jennifer won the lidlifter 20-0 and freshman Stephanie the nightcap 28-0.

April 27, 1998
YESHis favorite coach is going to be reading poetry by a trout stream. His favorite teammate is going to be playing in some other NBA city. His favorite rebounder is going to be...well, who knows?...

April 27, 1998
It's hard to be hopeless in the NHL and the NBA, leagues in which more than half the teams qualify for the playoffs. Hard, that is, unless you're a member of this year's Clippers, Grizzlies,...

April 27, 1998
Once, Michael Buffer was just another empty tuxedo who introduced fighters. But the peripatetic Buffer—a self-made mannequin, er, man—has parlayed his impressive pipes and trademarked catchphrase...

April 27, 1998
An Auburn horticulture professor is encouraging area farmers to grow blue potatoes that in combination with orange sweet potatoes will allow the school to sell "Tiger Fries" at football games next...

April 27, 1998
FULTON ALLEMPGA Tour player, on the composure shown by 19-year-old Matt Kuchar, low amateur at the Masters: "He had the most incredible misdemeanor."

April 27, 1998
Departments

April 27, 1998
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and CNN team up on the Internet to offer up-to-the-minute sports news and stats. Get prepped for the playoffs: This week Phil Taylor answers your NBA questions and Kostya...

April 27, 1998 | John Walters
Saturday 4/25

April 27, 1998 | John Walters
According to Advertising Age, not counting Sunday-night NFL games, the two most expensive shows on which to advertise on cable, in their respective categories, are Comedy Central's South Park...

April 27, 1998
Glen Ghany, Bronx, N.Y.BoxingGhany, 21, a security officer, won a New York City Golden Gloves title for the sixth consecutive year by defeating Fari Diaz, 18, of Brooklyn, in the finals of the...

April 27, 1998
Imperious Running DogMirror of Truth (left) chews into the lead of Evening Jasmine on his way to winning the first race at Romford Greyhound Stadium in Essex, England.

April 27, 1998 | Ian Thomsen
Is Kobe Bryant the second coming of Magic or Michael? The playoffs are the place to find out if he's truly a prodigy or merely a creature of hype

April 27, 1998 | Phil Taylor
In the end, Michael Jordan should add to his five title rings, but for starters the playoffs promise an entrancing mix of hot streaks mind games and other unpredictable forces

April 27, 1998 | Michael Farber
Overlooked or dismissed as inconsequential by the casual observer, draws, in fact, can mean the difference between winning and losing—especially in the tightly contested playoffs

April 27, 1998 | Michael Farber

April 27, 1998 | Tim Layden
Ato Boldon's sizzling 9.86 seconds in the 100 meters served notice that he has taken dead aim at the world record and the man who holds it, Donovan Bailey

April 27, 1998 | Tom Verducci

April 27, 1998
BASEBALL

April 27, 1998 | Tim Crothers
Merciless Padres

April 27, 1998 | Tim Crothers
With the Yankees' recent signings of Cuban refugee righthander Orlando Hernandez for $6.6 million and 16-year-old righthander Ricardo Aramboles of the Dominican Republic for $1.5 million, some...

April 27, 1998 | Tim Crothers
Like his idol, Babe Ruth, David Wells is a portly portsider who plays for the Yankees and has a taste for the occasional beer. Also there's the much-publicized fact that Wells paid $35,000 for...

April 27, 1998 | Tim Crothers
On April 13 everybody at Coors Field was talking about the cold streak. No, not the Rockies' eight straight losses, but Darren Kennedy's naked dash across the Colorado outfield. Despite brisk...

April 27, 1998 | Keith Olbermann
A falling beam at Yankee Stadium reminds us how lucky baseball has been

April 27, 1998 | Jackie MacMullan
Delusional

April 27, 1998 | Jackie MacMullan
Raptors interim coach Butch Carter went only 5-27 after taking over on Feb. 13 but he will keep his job next season for two reasons: He has instilled much-needed discipline off the court and...

April 27, 1998 | Jackie MacMullan
The Wheels of JusticeShortly after referee Dee Kantner ejected Nuggets forward Danny Fortson for throwing a punch at Rockets forward Othella Harrington in an April 14 game, Denver general manager...

April 27, 1998
Fuzzy-Wuzzy Again: At Augusta, where fans cheered Fuzzy Zoeller and one speaker at a golf writers' dinner exhorted his colleagues to "get off Fuzzy's butt," Zoeller and Tiger Woods left the...

April 27, 1998
Ever wonder what the guys on the Tour really mean by those familiar phrases they keep spouting? Here's a guide.

April 27, 1998
What do these players have in common?

April 27, 1998
"This job could hurt my game if I let it," says Kevin Sorbo. "I mean, how would you like it if every time you teed up a ball, people said, 'C'mon, Hercules, let's see what you can do'? What do I...

April 27, 1998 | Rick Lipsey
Want a fair to middling pro? Mike Springer is the fairest of them all

April 27, 1998 | Rick Lipsey
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April 27, 1998 | Cameron Morfit
PGA

April 27, 1998 | Cameron Morfit
Olé, BallesterosTwenty years ago at the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic, a dashing 20-year-old fresh off a stint with the Spanish air force zoomed to his first PGA Tour victory. Severiano...

April 27, 1998 | Jeff Pearlman
Hale Irwin's win in the PGA Seniors makes one yearn for a bona fide rivalry

April 27, 1998 | Alan Shipnuck
Davis Love III may have his problems at a certain course in Georgia, but he owns Harbour Town

April 27, 1998 | Edited by Kevin Cook
Wall Of FameVideo artist Andy Clayman unveils the biggest show in golf

April 27, 1998 | Compiled by Gary B. Smith
Metal Woods: Hang on to those Franklin Mint medallions of Tiger Woods. They rose in value when a judge barred Franklin from using Woods's name or likeness.

April 27, 1998 | Kristi Coats
Winters are the worst. I spent two of my past three winters working in a record store and a restaurant. Glamorous, huh? At least I've learned that while golf is a tough way to make a living, it...