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May 17, 1999 | Volume 90, Issue 20

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Ken Griffey, Jr. Cover - Sports Illustrated May 17, 1999

May 17, 1999 | John O'Keefe
July 5, 1982

May 17, 1999
Chris Webber is an arrogant punk. He's the epitome of everything that is wrong with the NBA.—BRADLEY SMITH, Atlanta

May 17, 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,...

May 17, 1999 | John Walters
DON'T MISS

May 17, 1999 | John Walters
4.2Average NBC rating for 28 regular-season NBA telecasts, down from 4.6 in 1997-98. Turner Sports' average NBA rating was virtually unchanged at 1.7.

May 17, 1999 | John Walters
Too bad Melrose Place is going off the air, because Tom Glavine would have been a good addition to the cast. Glavine and fellow Atlanta Braves Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux are appearing in a...

May 17, 1999 | Steve Rushin
With ESPN and baseball rattling their legal sabers, can other tort tussles be far behind?

May 17, 1999 | Peter King
With the death of owner Leon Hess, the Jets will fly off the auction block

May 17, 1999 | Peter King
•That next season's NBA exhibition schedule isn't 50 games long.

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May 17, 1999
3Home runs by Bill Clayton of Chatham Glenwood High in Taylorville, Ill., during the second inning of a 27-2 win over Taylorville High in which he also pitched a no-hitter.

May 17, 1999
The WCW and a firm called Perfumania are teaming up to make Nitro, a fragrance designed to capture the essence of pro wrestling.

May 17, 1999
DMITRI YOUNGReds leftfielder, on a defensive gem that wasn't: "I fought the wall, and the wall won."

May 17, 1999
After a decade of nonstop chatter, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wouldn't come to the phone last week to discuss Deion Sanders. Laryngitis? No. Jones is suffering from a badly impacted salary cap....

May 17, 1999
Cuban Umpire Cesar Valdez's takedown of an anti-Castro protester was a highlight of last week's exhibition between the Orioles and Cuba's national team at Camden Yard It was also a pretty fair...

May 17, 1999
Heart-stopping starts don't often add up to much in October, but that doesn't keep baseball pundits from saying that Boston's Pedro Martinez is on pace to go 32-5 this year. (Right, and the...

May 17, 1999 | Franz Lidz
Players signed on at BYU hardly knowing their coach, but they won for him

May 17, 1999 | Ron Fimrite
Slugger Joe Adcock knew just when to hit it out

May 17, 1999 | Ron Fimrite
Uninspired by the prospect of a Yevgeny Kafelnikov-Sebastien Grosjean 1999 French Open final? While boring matchups and early-round flameouts have plagued men's tennis of late, the WTA tour is...

May 17, 1999 | Dave Fleming
Sprinter Casey Combest doesn't care that he's an anomaly: He knows he's fast

May 17, 1999 | Franz Lidz
The Hanson brothers are always good for a yuck

May 17, 1999 | Jeff Pearlman
Josh Hamilton hits, fields, pitches and is the darling of this year's draft

May 17, 1999 | Mark Beech
The biggest problem with blading in the dark is that you can't see where you're going. The second biggest problem is that no one else can see you not being able to see where you're going. The...

May 17, 1999
Alberto Concepcion, El Segundo, Calif.BaseballAlberto, a senior catcher at El Segundo High, tied the national high school record for consecutive home runs with six when he hit two in a 21-1 defeat...

May 17, 1999 | Tom Verducci

May 17, 1999 | Tom Verducci
Ken Griffey Jr., who hit his 361st homer last Saturday against the Yankees, reached the 350-homer mark at a younger age than any player in major league history. Though Junior, who won't turn 30...

May 17, 1999 | Gerry Callahan

May 17, 1999 | Leigh Montville
Game 1 of the opening round gave a rookie coach and four players who had never reached the postseason a tantalizing taste of what they had been missing

May 17, 1999 | S.L. Price
Marcus Camby took a bounce pass, rammed down the dunk and hung there, rocking high on the rim like a kid on a swing. The whistle blew, the Miami Heat's Alonzo Mourning got called for a foul, the...

May 17, 1999 | Ian Thomsen
I see myself a little bit in him," Sacramento Kings point guard Jason Williams was I saying of the Utah Jazz's John Stockton in the quiet visitors' locker room at the Delta Center last Saturday....

May 17, 1999
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and CNN team up on the Internet to offer up-to-the-minute sports news and stats. This week Phil Taylor tosses up his All-NBA ballot and MVP pick, and William Nack takes you...

May 17, 1999 | Phil Taylor
Don't call him a rookie. It has been 18 years since Kurt Rambis was a rookie, and no matter how new he is to being a head coach in the postseason, that word doesn't fit him anymore. He's not some...

May 17, 1999 | Marty Burns
It was his postseason ritual. Every spring Jim Jackson, his team not in the NBA playoffs, would pack his bags and head to Chicago to visit his boyhood pal from Ohio, Bulls guard Ron Harper. "I...

May 17, 1999 | Grant Wahl

May 17, 1999 | Michael Farber
Detroit went on the road to Colorado and took home a 2-0 lead, thanks in large part to their levelheaded captain, Steve Yzerman

May 17, 1999
PolecatPeter Gudmunson throws a caber during the sixth annual Loch Norman Highland Games in Huntersville, N.C. He finished fourth overall, but nobody teased him about his skirt.

May 17, 1999
COLLEGE BASKETBALL

May 17, 1999 | Seth Davis
BedeviledA string of defections has the once rock-solid Duke program suddenly looking a little shaky

May 17, 1999 | Seth Davis
The spring signing period officially ends on May 15, but so many of the top prospects have already committed that the jury of recruiting mavens has rendered its decision on which schools had the...

May 17, 1999 | Kostya Kennedy
Impact PlayerWill concussions keep phenom Patrik Stefan from being the No. 1 pick?

May 17, 1999 | Pierre McGuire
After flyers owner Ed Snider and coach Roger Neilson publicly ripped referee Terry Gregson for his penalty call on John LeClair late in Game 6 of Philly's first-round series against the Maple...

May 17, 1999 | Kostya Kennedy
Nobody is more intense than Dallas's star goaltender Ed Belfour

May 17, 1999 | Richard Hoffer
NorthboundA hero in Mexico, WBC 122-pound champ Erik Morales storms the U.S.

May 17, 1999 | Richard Hoffer
Good NEWS-Bad NEWS for boxing fans: Oscar De La Hoya and Felix Trinidad will be throwing punches again this month—but unfortunately, not at each other. De La Hoya, the undefeated WBC welterweight...

May 17, 1999 | Ivan Maisel
RebuildingAuburn needs a lot more than just a touch-up

May 17, 1999 | Jackie MacMullan
Eddie-fyin'Charlotte's Eddie Jones has schooled doubters

May 17, 1999 | Jackie MacMullan
The timberwolves' signing of Radoslav Nesterovic, a 7-foot center from Slovenia, the last week of the season was a smart move for both parties. The 22-year-old Nesterovic, who was the 17th pick in...

May 17, 1999 | Jeff Pearlman
After dreary debuts in Arizona, Diamondbacks batting stars Matt Williams and Jay Bell are living up to expectations

May 17, 1999 | Jeff Pearlman
May 8, 1999 Giants 6, Brewers 4

May 17, 1999 | Jeff Pearlman
The braves, in dire need of a closer, are hot on the trail of the Twins' Rick Aguilera (3-1, with five saves through Sunday). If Atlanta swings a deal with Minnesota, it will probably include at...

May 17, 1999 | Jeff Pearlman
SI asked a cross section of current players, managers, coaches and G.M.'s—all of them guaranteed anonymity in return for their comments—who among today's players would make the best managers....

May 17, 1999 | Daniel Okrent
A hot rookie year doesn't ensure a brilliant career

May 17, 1999 | Steve Rushin

May 17, 1999 | Rick Reilly
I never allow my personal feelings to affect what I write. That's why, even though I live in Denver, home of the Colorado Avalanche, I'd never speak unfairly about the [motherless]* Detroit Red Wings.

May 17, 1999 | Rick Reilly
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May 17, 1999 | Alan Shipnuck
Spurred by the play of Rachel Hetherington, Karrie Webb rallied to win the Titleholders

May 17, 1999 | Edited by Cameron Morfit
The Trouble with TigerPutt for...Doh!

May 17, 1999 | Edited by Cameron Morfit
What do these players have in common?

May 17, 1999 | Edited by Cameron Morfit
Should rules officials investigate alleged infractions reported by TV viewers and spectators?

May 17, 1999 | Edited by Cameron Morfit
Who says only the big hitters kill the par-5s? Here are the top five players in driving distance on the Senior tour and how they rank in par-5 birdies, and the top five on the par-5s and where...

May 17, 1999
Downright Un-American

May 17, 1999 | Marty Parkes
Don't believe everything you read. We at the USGA encourage all rules questions

May 17, 1999
Dink Farmer, Ukiah, Calif.Farmer, 45, the owner of a Porsche 356 restoration business, made holes in one on a par-3 and a par-4 while shooting a four-over 76 at Hidden Valley Lake Golf and Country...

May 17, 1999 | Michael Bambebger
Most Americans had never heard of Carlos Franco until his first Tour victory, last week in New Orleans, but his name has long been spoken with pride back home in Paraguay