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February 08, 1999 | Volume 90, Issue 5

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John Elway Cover - Sports Illustrated February 08, 1999

February 08, 1999 | Ian Thomsen
No franchise in the league was more in need of a makeover—and it got one. How does it look? Well, better

February 08, 1999 | L. Jon Wertheim
As if this team didn't have enough problems, three starters have barely been Kings for a day

February 08, 1999 | Phil Taylor
The focus is on winning, not choking, now that John Starks has replaced Latrell Sprewell

February 08, 1999 | L. Jon Wertheim
The Future is bright and a rookie provides bounce, but without detense there will be no breakthrough

February 08, 1999 | Phil Taylor
If Kandi isn't dandy, the club will continue to be the league's longest-running comedy routine

February 08, 1999
THE NHLRookie who's key to Leafs' new aggressivenessSon of a union manHas Ted Nolan been blackballed?

February 08, 1999 | Kostya Kennedy
Goal-OrientedRookie defenseman Tomas Kaberle fits the Leafs' new step-it-us style

February 08, 1999 | Pierre McGuire
General managers around the NHL would love to pry 23-year-old defenseman Jere Karalahti from the Kings' organization. Currentiy starring for I.F.K. Helsinki in the Finnish league, Karalahti was...

February 08, 1999 | Grant Wahl
Rising ArizonaA trying is turning out happily for Wildcats coach Lute Olson

February 08, 1999 | Grant Wahl
If there was a consensus among our voters, it was that there were only 15 teams worth putting in the top four seeds. Voting on those 15 was nearly unanimous, but several schools were mentioned for...

February 08, 1999 | Grant Wahl
Things are getting weird in some quarters of women's basketball. At Rhode Island, coach Linda Ziemke was temporarily relieved of her duties on Jan. 21 after several players complained about what...

February 08, 1999 | Seth Devis
Navy's leading rebounder has his sights set on a higher goal

February 08, 1999 | Mark Bechtel
October 26, 1964

February 08, 1999
Shereka Wright, Copperas Cove, TexasBasketballShereka, a junior forward at nationally No. 1-ranked Copperas Cove High, was named MVP of the Tournament of Champions after averaging 30.8 points in...

February 08, 1999
1998 was the greatest year in sports ever? I must have missed it.—JACK COHAN Cleveland

February 08, 1999
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 08, 1999 | John Walters
DON'T MISS

February 08, 1999 | John Walters
40.5Preliminary rating for Sunday's Super Bowl on Fox, which, if it holds up, would be four points lower than the rating of the 1998 Super Bowl on NBC.

February 08, 1999 | John Walters
Fox devoted seven hours to its Super Bowl pregame show. Then in the second quarter it blundered egregiously when, returning late from a commercial, it missed the beginning of the game's biggest...

February 08, 1999 | Steve Rushin
NBC's erroneous report of Joe DiMaggio's demise is part of a pattern of morbid fascination

February 08, 1999 | Kenny Moore
A two-time U.S. Olympian offers a cure for what ails the IOC

February 08, 1999 | Kenny Moore
•That John Elway decides to go for three.•That the Dirty Bird makes like the dodo.•That the golf world would give Arnold Palmer a Lifetime Achievement Skin and spare the man further embarrassment.

February 08, 1999
Hall of FameTaylor Takes a Giant Step

February 08, 1999
104,2Shots on goal by the women's hockey teams of Brown and Colby, respectively, in a 9-0 Bears victory.

February 08, 1999
Drink and Be MaryMartina Hingis won the Australian Open, but Mary Pierce had more dazzling supporters: Nike-sponsored Maryonettes who cheered Pierce on through four wins before she fell to Hingis...

February 08, 1999
Illinois Republican Henry Hyde, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is leading the team of prosecutors in the impeachment trial of President Clinton. Fifty-six years ago, as a backup center...

February 08, 1999
Fans at the Australian Open besieged court attendants in hopes of taking home anything Anna Kournikova had touched; one towel boy was offered $63 for a sweat-soaked Kournikova towel—and refused to...

February 08, 1999
DAVE COWENSHornets coach, evaluating rap mogul and NBA hopeful Master P, who has been working out in the Hornets' training camp: "I'm not going to say anything critical. He might be my owner one day."

February 08, 1999 | Franz Lidz
Heavyweight heir apparent Michael Grant is big, strong and...nice?

February 08, 1999 | Franz Lidz
You wouldn't know it from the stampeding crowds at their exhibition games, but NBA players will have to make nice if they want fans to forgive them for their role in the six-month lockout. Some...

February 08, 1999 | Kostya Kennedy
When New Jersey defenseman Ken Daneyko quit drinking, he regained his life

February 08, 1999 | Ian Thomsen
U.S. women made short work of Portugal as the run-up to the World Cup began

February 08, 1999 | Michael Silver
The gunslinger from out West, John Elway, cut down the Falcons in rapid-fire fashion to give the Broncos their second straight Super Bowl title

February 08, 1999 | Paul Zimmerman
Denver's defense prevailed with a grab bag of exotic tactics

February 08, 1999
A Thousand Points of FutilityIn a ritual as timeless and pointless as the halftime show, thousands of fans at Pro Player Stadium in Miami whip out their disposables and take dark, blurry pictures...

February 08, 1999 | Peter King
Credit Shanahan for orchestrating Denver's rise

February 08, 1999 | Tim Layden
Having survived a brush with scandal and the threat of losing its Games, Sydney remains gung-ho—but knows the stakes for 2000 have been raised

February 08, 1999 | Michael Farber
Despite a nasty public dispute over a $1 million arts donation, the Senators' Alexei Yashin remains a fan favorite in Ottawa and a strong MVP candidate

February 08, 1999 | Jack McCallum
In a grueling seven-day stretch, St. John's went up against No. 1 UConn, No. 2 Duke and No. 17 Syracuse and found out that it's not yet an elite team—but it might be close

February 08, 1999 | Tim Layden
Martina Hingis won her third Australian Open, but it was the other women's finalist, openly gay Amelie Mauresmo, who stole the show with her breakthrough into the big time

February 08, 1999 | Phil Taylor
If the NBA wants to win back its alienated fans, the league should promote players like this quintet, who represent the best of what the league could—and should—be

February 08, 1999
EASTERN CONFERENCE

February 08, 1999 | Jackie MacMullan
With a team that's tight and tested, they're set to take it all—if they can pass their boards

February 08, 1999 | David Fleming
Coach Pat Riley's hopes for a championship rest on a surgically repaired right thumb

February 08, 1999 | Ivan Maisel
Even with nimble Latrell Sprewell, the style will remain rough-and-tumble. But will the aging center hold up?

February 08, 1999 | Marty Burns
A wise guy is in the middle, and a comedian sits courtside, but no one is taking this team lightly

February 08, 1999 | David Fleming
A late arrival—forward LaPhonso Ellis—gives coach Lenny Wilkens the player he sorely needed

February 08, 1999 | Marty Burns
Having failed to land a marquee scorer, the Cavs count on Derek Anderson to grow into the role

February 08, 1999 | Marty Burns
If its new forwards get back on track, Detroit could be in the driver's seat for a playoff spot

February 08, 1999 | David Fleming
To sign its best center since Shag left town, Orlando needed only a Penny (and $15 million)

February 08, 1999 | John Walters
Along with the fans, new star Mitch Richmond had to sweat out the re-signing of last year's star

February 08, 1999 | Marty Burns
George Karl's plan: come out trapping, play up-tempo and teach Big Dog some new tricks on D

February 08, 1999 | Jon Walters
The talent is there, but the gnawing question is whether the young Sixers have the hunger

February 08, 1999 | David Fleming
Who best to add to a combustible mix of disgruntled stars and a combative coach? Try Derrick Coleman

February 08, 1999 | Jackie MacMullan
Mature play from Antoine Walker and a steady hand from Kenny Anderson are keys to success

February 08, 1999 | Ivan Maisel
The franchise is pinning its hopes on a pair of kid cousins and two old-timers who could cry uncle

February 08, 1999 | Marty Burns
After a long and glorious run at No. 1, the deconstructed champs are back to square one

February 08, 1999 | Alan Shipnuck
They're deep, gifted and, often, lost. In a pair of Dereks, they may have finally gotten the point

February 08, 1999 | Ian Thomsen
In a season of change, the Jazz looks very much the same. But no news may not be good news

February 08, 1999 | Ian Thomsen
A ring-laden bench may give David Robinson the firepower—and fire—he's been lacking

February 08, 1999 | Ian Thomsen
Scottie Pippen's arrival makes for a lineup that's loaded—and a whirlpool that's crowded

February 08, 1999 | L. Jon Wertheim
Is Olden Polynice the remedy for the Sonics' mediocrity in the middle? Just ask him

February 08, 1999 | Jackie.MacMullam
There's a new power forward in town: He's a sharper shooter, but is he necessarily better?

February 08, 1999 | L. Jon Wertheim
The call is in for Mighty Mouse to excite fans and rescue Portland from a run of first-round flops

February 08, 1999 | Jackie MacMullam
A reenergized Joe Smith tries to replace Tom Gugliotta in the Twin Cities' power trio

February 08, 1999 | Ian Thomsen
The big gamble: Can a lottery pick from Würzburg, Germany, be their winning ticket?