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September 07, 1998 | Volume 89, Issue 10

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Mark McGwire Cover - Sports Illustrated September 07, 1998

September 07, 1998 | Rick Reilly
Your mouth is bloody. A couple of your fingers are bent in three directions. Your watch is gone. But you came out with it.

September 07, 1998 | Luis Fernando Llosa
September 7, 1959

September 07, 1998
Scrambling quarterbacks, rugby scrums and John Wooden's Pyramid of Success.—DAVID ODOM, Auburn, Calif.

September 07, 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,...

September 07, 1998 | Tom Verducci
The Cubs' beguiling slugger brings joy to the Maris chase

September 07, 1998 | Tom Verducci
•That a major leaguer make his daughter a batgirl, as Mark McGwire and Shawon Dunston have made their sons batboys.

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7,500,000Dollars paid by Marlins owner Wayne Huizenga for a house in Nantucket, $1.7 million less than the Florida payroll.

September 07, 1998
YESSAY IT: They're a team of destiny. How else to explain Scott Brosius, a scrap-heap third baseman who hit .203 last season, zeroing in on 100 RBIs? How else to explain Darryl Strawberry, worn...

September 07, 1998
There's no doubt that the Dolphins' Dan Marino, who holds the NFL career passing records for completions, yardage and touchdowns, will stroll straight into Canton when he retires. About the only...

September 07, 1998
Eager to protect preseason rankings, college football's Top 25 teams just love to bring in a few patsies to pad their records before taking on more challenging conference opponents. What's in it...

September 07, 1998
The girls' volleyball coach at Channelview (Texas) High locked eight of her players in a six-by-eight-foot equipment cage for about 50 minutes because they disobeyed her order to study in the...

September 07, 1998
JACK MCKEONCincinnati Reds manager, when asked during a discussion of the language barrier faced by visiting teams playing in Montreal if he spoke French: "Sí."

September 07, 1998 | David Fleming
After resisting the urge to quit, Chris Cardone led Toms River to victory

September 07, 1998 | Merrell Noden
Athletes must take control of their sport to save it

September 07, 1998 | Merrell Noden
While virtually every tennis tournament has an up-to-the-second site, there's little on the Net about the players' lives away from the net. Check out live scoring at the U.S. Open...

September 07, 1998 | Michael Farber
Roger Marino, fiery new Penguins owner, has fanned the flames in Pittsburgh

September 07, 1998 | Ian Thomsen
England is still lambasting David Beckham for his costly World Cup ejection

September 07, 1998 | Loren Mooney
In the arsenal of ultralight aluminum bats, the Copperhead ACX from Worth is a uniquely high-tech weapon. The Copperhead, which costs $299, helps batters turn off-center stingers into hits by...

September 07, 1998 | Peter King
At 3 A.M., in a room at the Napa, Calif., Marriott that is his training-camp bunker, first-year Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden rises. Though he went to bed just 3½ hours earlier, he doesn't need...

September 07, 1998
Ian Crocker, Portland, MaineSwimmingIan, 15, won three gold medals, in the 100-meter freestyle, 100 butterfly and 200 free, in the under-18 age group at the USA Swimming National Championships....

September 07, 1998 | John Walters
Saturday 9/5

September 07, 1998 | John Walters
CBS'S The NFL Today, the patriarch of Sunday football pregame shows, returns this week with Jim Nantz as the modern-day Musburger, joined by Marcus Allen, Brent Jones and George Seifert. Two...

September 07, 1998 | Rick Reilly

September 07, 1998 | Michael Bamberger
Two last place teams. The last week in August. A hot, muggy night in Cincinnati.

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Departments

September 07, 1998
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and CNN team up on the Internet to offer up-to-the-minute sports news and stats. Kick off the start of the NFL season: SI's Peter King answers your football questions in his...

September 07, 1998 | Gerry Callahan
As 26-year-old rookie quarterback Chris Weinke worked out the kinks, Florida State's defense subdued Texas A&M

September 07, 1998 | S.L. Price
She's not a teenager, not a sexpot and not No. 1, but , whose greatest gift is overcoming tragedy, is the most beloved woman in her sport

September 07, 1998 | L. Jon Wertheim
Seles has a shot, but well take Davenport and Sampras

September 07, 1998
Sign of the TimesWill the artists complete this huge billboard on 1-90/94 of the Cubs' Sammy Sosa (page 21) before he or his rival, Mark McGwire (page 32), breaks the single-season home run record?

September 07, 1998 | Richard Hoffer
Rookie receiver is haunted by past mistakes, but the Vikings seemingly didn't err by drafting him after 19 other teams had shied away

September 07, 1998 | Richard Hoffer
Though he's a first-round draft choice, Randy Moss (left) shouldn't feel any pressure to make an early impact in Minnesota. Based on their combined receptions, receiving yards and touchdown...

September 07, 1998
BASEBALLPiazza gets a warm welcome in L.A.Ripken's back in the grooveGood things brewin' for Mabry

September 07, 1998 | Mark Bechtel
On a visit to Los Angeles with the Mets, Mike Piazza got the feeling he would be welcomed back

September 07, 1998 | Mark Bechtel
Save for a short-lived appearance in the National League wild-card race earlier this season, the Phillies haven't provided their fans with a lot of excitement. So when Philadelphia hyped Scott...

September 07, 1998 | Keith Olbermann
Nearly every holder of the home run record has had his naysayers

September 07, 1998 | Jeff Pearlman
Despite a yo-yo season, Travis Lee is a rookie of the year candidate

September 07, 1998 | Gerry Callahan
Since moving into the Red Sox bullpen, Tom Gordon has been electrifying

September 07, 1998 | Peter King
Stuck in NeutralThe Packers stumbled out of the preseason still trying to get into gear

September 07, 1998 | Peter King
Pride's at stake whenever the Steelers' starting 22 lay it all on the line for one intense series

September 07, 1998 | Paul Zimmerman
Somewhere out there is a team that's good and knows it's good, even though no one else does. It has been downgraded by the forecasting geniuses, including yours truly, and is licking its chops,...

September 07, 1998 | Ivan Maisel
Ram ToughColorado State's gritty fifth-year seniors stopped Michigan State

September 07, 1998 | Ivan Maisel
•Ohio State at West VirginiaMountaineer Field under the lights is a rowdy place. Says West Virginia nosetackle John Thornton of the Mountaineers' hard-drinking fans, "At night everybody will be...

September 07, 1998 | Frank Defobd
Our survey shows that Golfer-Americans feel they're healthier, happier and having a hell of a lot better time than other folks. In fact they're so addicted to the game that 81% say they would pass...

September 07, 1998 | Frank Defobd
To complete this poll, more than 1,200 randomly selected Americans were interviewed by the Peter Harris Research Group. They comprised a cross section of 602 men and women from around the country,...

September 07, 1998 | John O'Keefe
Joe Ogilvie: He's a Golfer Without Portfolio

September 07, 1998
Mentalist: As SI predicted in June, Mark James (below) was named Europe's 1999 Ryder Cup captain last week. The 44-year-old James, who was fined for skipping meetings and refusing to wear the team...

September 07, 1998 | Billy Barty
Little Big Man

September 07, 1998
What do these players have in common?

September 07, 1998 | Cameron Morfit
PGAGreater Milwaukee Open, Brown Deer Park Golf Course, MilwaukeeIn the last three GMOs, Scott Hoch (below) has two wins, Loren Roberts a win and a second

September 07, 1998 | John Garrity
John Daly is exhibiting classic symptoms, but not those of an alcoholic

September 07, 1998 | Jaime Diaz
After what Hank Kuehne had been through, winning the U.S. Amateur seemed easy

September 07, 1998 | Gary Van Sickle
A rich win at the World Series put David Duval atop the money race

September 07, 1998 | Edited by Kevin Cook
North of NorthwestThe Greater Vancouver Open gives the Tour a new direction

September 07, 1998 | Edited by Kevin Cook
Do you believe President Clinton has broken 80, as he claims?

September 07, 1998 | Edited by Kevin Cook
Among the bonuses Hank Kuehne will receive for winning the U.S. Amateur are invitations to next year's Masters and U.S. and British Opens. Yet only Tiger Woods, the Amateur champion from 1994 to...

September 07, 1998 | Edited by Kevin Cook
140,734Average number of dollars earned by six-time winner Hale Irwin in his 16 Senior tour starts this year.