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May 31, 1999 | Volume 90, Issue 22

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Tim Duncan Cover - Sports Illustrated May 31, 1999

May 31, 1999 | Rick Reilly
Wait, Mr. Professional Athlete!

May 31, 1999 | John O'Keefe
May 21, 1956

May 31, 1999
Hosannas for a HeroThough I don't consider myself a huge hockey fan, I now understand what Wayne Gretzky meant to the game (One of a Kind, April 26). Thank you for capturing the essence of a true...

May 31, 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 31, 1999 | John Walters
DON'T MISS

May 31, 1999 | John Walters
7.4Local rating (equal to 162,000 homes) on Boston's WSBK for Game 6 of the Bruins-Sabres Stanley Cup playoff series. Against it, the Red Sox-Yankees game on New England Sports Network got a 4.2...

May 31, 1999 | John Walters
If the National Spelling Bee on ESPN (Thursday, noon) keeps drawing big numbers—last year it outrated the network's regular programming in the time slot—how will sensationalist Fox respond? We...

May 31, 1999 | Steve Rushin
Shopping catalogs found on airlines are stuffed with flighty gifts for the sports-minded

May 31, 1999 | Grant Wahl
We'll soon see if soccer's Mia Hamm can measure up to Mia mania

May 31, 1999 | Grant Wahl
•That U.S. broom makers acknowledge their debt to the Hawks, Lakers and 76ers.

May 31, 1999

May 31, 1999
1,000Circulation of The Ant Man Report, a stock-market tip sheet published by Chris Antley, Charismatic's jockey.

May 31, 1999
The Daily Grind

May 31, 1999
When Yankees outfielder Darryl Strawberry was busted in Tampa on April 14 for allegedly possessing cocaine and soliciting prostitution, assistant state's attorney Robin Fuson figured the case was...

May 31, 1999
Golfer Jesper Parnevik and his wife, Mia, named their newborn daughter Pebble Peach.

May 31, 1999
KEVIN KEEGANCoach of England's soccer team, on his job description: "It's my job not to get beheaded."

May 31, 1999
Sting Like a Ph.D.At Columbia's commencement ceremonies last Wednesday linguist Noam Chomsky argued that "athletes aren't really heroes. One just happens to play better than the others." On the...

May 31, 1999
Sarah Steinmann, Lilburn, Ga.SoccerSarah, a sophomore forward at Providence Christian Academy, scored two goals during the girls' Class AA-A state title game, in which the Stars beat defending...

May 31, 1999 | L. Jon Wertheim
For And 1, it's not about the shoes, it's the shtick

May 31, 1999 | L. Jon Wertheim
Once the Super Bowl of motor sports, the Indy 500 now competes for fans' attention with three other races on Memorial Day weekend: NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600, CART'S Motorola 300 and Formula One's...

May 31, 1999 | David Fleming
Browning Nagle is out to revive his career—and prove his old coach wrong

May 31, 1999 | Ron Fimrite
Slouching Toward FargoBy Neal Karlen Spike, $23

May 31, 1999 | Ian Thomsen
The Columbus Crew has a home that may be the model for the sport in the U.S.

May 31, 1999 | Franz Lidz
Fearless Sudsy Monchik has sliced and diced his way to the top of his sport

May 31, 1999 | Ian Thomsen
Doctors are now using cartilage cultured in labs to repair injured knees

May 31, 1999 | Ian Thomsen
In a carticel implant to repair a knee, the procedure pioneered by Dr. Peterson, an arthroscopic biopsy is performed first to harvest a sample of healthy cartilage (1). From this sample, new...

May 31, 1999 | Mark Beech
Every duffer knows there's more to spoiling a good walk than a John Feinstein book. If your white wing tips leave your dogs barking, and they just can't take any more six-mile hikes through mud...

May 31, 1999 | Richard Hoffer

May 31, 1999
This week Marty Burns scouts the NBA conference finals, and Phil Taylor answers your playoff questions. Plus, watch all the games in-progress on our NBA livecasts.

May 31, 1999 | Jackie MacMullan
With veteran resolve and a rejiggered rotation, Indiana blitzed Philadelphia to remain unbeaten in the postseason

May 31, 1999 | Marty Burns
Is new-look New York good enough to knock off its nemesis, Indiana?

May 31, 1999 | Tom Verducci
Long all but unhittable, Greg Maddux of the Braves has misplaced his pinpoint control and is getting rocked. Is the redrawn strike zone to blame? Harder baseballs? Or bad eyes?

May 31, 1999
Nosed OutBraves base runner Bret Boone gets a leather facial from Cubs third baseman Tyler Houston while trying to stretch a double into a triple during a 5-1 Chicago win.

May 31, 1999 | Gerry Callahan
Diamondback Luis Gonzalez fresh from a 30-game hit streak, is a player who spreads around his bucks and his bingles

May 31, 1999 | Kostya Kennedy
Thanks in part to precocious rookies Milan Hejduk and Chris Drury, Colorado was giving Dallas all it could handle in the Western finals

May 31, 1999 | Michael Farber
With Dominik Hasek out, wily Buffalo turned to a backup goalie and jumped ahead of Toronto in the East finals

May 31, 1999
THE NBA

May 31, 1999 | Jackie MacMullan
J.R. Is O.K.Isaiah Rider's timing was perfect for Portland

May 31, 1999 | Jackie MacMullan
That groan you heard out of Secaucus, N.J., last Saturday during the draft lottery emanated from the Raptors. They badly want to choose Maryland guard Steve Francis in the first round, but the...

May 31, 1999 | Ed Hinton
Arie's Last RideIn his final race, pole sitter Arie Luyendyk wants his third Indy 500 win

May 31, 1999 | John Walters
Battling long odds, Ricky Craven tries to get back to Victory Lane

May 31, 1999 | Jeff Pearlman
Some top big league prospects have been broken by the breaking ball

May 31, 1999 | Jeff Pearlman
Four days before Blue Jays DH Dave Hollins, a switch-hitter throughout his 10-year career, went on the DL on April 20, Toronto skipper Jim Fregosi announced that henceforth Hollins, who was...

May 31, 1999 | Jeff Pearlman
There may be an increase in home runs this season (1.14 per team per game through Sunday, compared with 1.00 to the same point in 1998), but not everyone's going yard. While some pseudo-sluggers...

May 31, 1999 | Jeff Pearlman
May 22, 1999 Tigers 6, Indians 2

May 31, 1999 | Daniel Okrent
Lou Boudreau had Cleveland riding high in 1948

May 31, 1999 | Jeff Pearlman
The Mets' Roger Cedeño dashed to the fore while subbing for his hero

May 31, 1999 | Franz Lidz
Back to BasicsThe Oscar De La Hoya of old punched out a tough Oba Carr

May 31, 1999 | Franz Lidz
While only one member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic team, David Reid, proved to be worth his weight in gold, overall the Olympians have thrived as pros. The 12 boxers, who won five bronze medals in...

May 31, 1999 | S.L. Price
Call what you want—bizarre, deceitful or, perhaps, mad—but be sure of one thing: He has brilliantly guided the careers and lives of his daughters Venus and Serena, the hottest players in tennis

May 31, 1999 | Jaime Diaz
Freed from the pain that has dogged him for a decade, a reinvigorated Jack Nicklaus hit the tour again

May 31, 1999 | Edited by Ricky Lipsey
Watts Barred from U.S. TeamRyder Wrong

May 31, 1999 | Edited by Ricky Lipsey
What do these players have in common?

May 31, 1999 | Edited by Ricky Lipsey
Who of the following is most likely to win a major first?

May 31, 1999 | Edited by Ricky Lipsey
The minor leagues are the province of young prospects in most sports, but not in golf in 1999. The average age of winners on the Nike tour this year is 33.2, while on the PGA Tour it's 32.7....

May 31, 1999 | John Starks
Hey, NBA: Playing 36 holes one day doesn't mean you can't score 36 points the next

May 31, 1999
Brandon Christianson, Valencia, Calif.Brandon, 13, a 0.6 handicapper, won his Toyota Skills Challenge regional qualifier for the second year in a row, topping 705 players aged six to 90. Brandon,...

May 31, 1999
Comebacks Keep ComingBen Hogan would have appreciated the '99 season. First, Steve Elkington wins at Doral a year after nasal surgery, then José María Olazábal (feet) and Greg Norman (shoulder) go...

May 31, 1999 | John Garrity
Jenny Chuasiriporn's senior year at Duke was a dream come true

May 31, 1999 | Alan Shipnuck
After dominating a strong field in Heidelberg, Tiger Woods looks ready to reclaim his title as golf's marked man

May 31, 1999 | Gary Van Sickle
At the Colonial, Corey Pavin she that he Is only one small step from finally ending a mysterious slump