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February 28, 2000 | Volume 92, Issue 9

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Vince Carter Cover - Sports Illustrated February 28, 2000

February 28, 2000
I don't care if Ray Rhodes is black, white, yellow, green or purple. He didn't do his job.—CHARLES KRUEGER, Marshfield, Wis.

February 28, 2000
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 28, 2000 | Kelley King
March 18, 1957

February 28, 2000 | John Walters
Highlights

February 28, 2000 | John Walters
Wouldn't it be nice if just one Sunday, John McLaughlin (The McLaughlin Group) traded chairs with Dick Schaap (The Sports Reporters)? "Prediction, Mike LUUU-pi-caa!" McLaughlin might bellow....

February 28, 2000 | John Walters
We need a TO, babeee! from TV's incessant fawning over college basketball coaches

February 28, 2000 | John Walters
Tigers Pitcher C.J. Nitkowski had come to a forkball in the road. Since September 1997 his self-generated Web site, www.CJBaseball.com, had been among the funkiest and most candid jock addresses...

February 28, 2000 | John Walters
The relaunch of NHL.com

February 28, 2000 | Steve Rushin
An athlete's first step toward immortality is to name his kids after his favorite person: himself

February 28, 2000 | Michael Farber
By dividing fans, luxury boxes ruin what's best about going to a game

February 28, 2000 | Michael Farber
100Miles snowmobiled by several Forest Hills High fans from Jackman, Maine, to Rangely for a basketball game.

February 28, 2000 | Michael Farber
When last we saw him, he was an assistant at Alchesay High in Whiteriver, Ariz., on the White Mountain Apache Reservation. Now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar finds himself at an even more remote outpost: the...

February 28, 2000
Ring of TruthAn ex-champ sues over how he's depicted in The Hurricane

February 28, 2000
In Development•A sitcom coproduced by Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett, who reportedly has teamed with producer Brad Grey (The Sopranos) and Hungry Man, the outfit that created those...

February 28, 2000
All-Stretched Out Limo Service of Linthicum, Md., has received more than 40 requests to rent the bullet-riddled Lincoln Navigator involved in the Ray Lewis incident, including one from a couple on...

February 28, 2000
MARK SCHLERETHBroncos guard, 34, on why he'll return for another NFL season: "After assessing my abilities, I realize I don't have any other skills."

February 28, 2000 | Brian Cazeneuve
In the interest of balance, the Chinese team could have used some Yin at the Winter Goodwill Games last week. China brought the world's two best female short-track speed skaters to Lake Placid,...

February 28, 2000
April Ross, Newport Beach, Calif.VolleyballApril, a senior setter at Newport Harbor High, was named the Gatorade national high school player of the year after finishing the season with 624 kills,...

February 28, 2000 | John Rosengren
Phyllis Kahn, a Democratic member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, has come up with a pioneering concept for settling athletes' contract disputes. Kahn, a baseball fan whose district...

February 28, 2000 | Phil Taylor
No one is lighting up the NBA like Vince Carter, but can he continue to soar under the rising weight of expectations and the burdens of celebrity?

February 28, 2000 | Phil Taylor
The leading vote-getter for the 2000 All-Star Game, Vince Carter is this year's successor to Michael Jordan as the league's MPP: Most Popular Player. Carter and MJ already have distinct...

February 28, 2000 | Alexander Wolff
Looking for hungry players, fierce competition and low-budget, tournament-worthy teams? Did somebody say the Mid-American Conference?

February 28, 2000
Hit the beach with the on-line version of SI's annual swimsuit issue: a dozen video clips and more than 100 photos, including 93 Web-exclusive shots, only at swimsuit.cnnsi.com.

February 28, 2000 | Mark Bechtel
After emergency repairs to his car on race morning, defending Winston Cup champ Dale Jarrett made a late move that earned him a third Daytona 500 victory

February 28, 2000 | Jeff Pearlman
Diamondbacks righthander TODD STOTTLEMYRE is trying to do what no one before him has ever done: pitch effectively with a torn rotator cuff

February 28, 2000
Haulin' AshesGeoff Bodine's Ford got airborne during a fiery crash in the first running of the Craftsman Truck Series Daytona 250, last Friday. Bodine suffered a concussion, fractured his right...

February 28, 2000 | Michael Farber
You bet he was! Players from the former Soviet Union, who 10 seasons ago arrived in the NHL to loathing and mistrust, have made the league bigger, better and brassier

February 28, 2000 | Michael Farber
Here are SI's choices for the top players at each position to come to the NHL from the former Soviet Union.

February 28, 2000 | Michael Bamberger
Showing his eye for talent, Trail Blazers coach Mike Dunleavy foretold big things for Mike Jr., a freshman who's delivering in spades for Duke

February 28, 2000
THE NHL

February 28, 2000 | Kostya Kennedy
March MadnessA pre-deadline trading frenzy looms as Stanley Cup contenders load up

February 28, 2000 | Kostya Kennedy
GEORGE STEINBRENNERPROSPECTIVE DEVILS OWNERA consortium, YankeeNets, led by the Boss, is close to buying the Devils. In 27 years as Yankees owner he has been hands-on, making headlines and taking...

February 28, 2000 | Pierre McGuire
Kudos to the NHL for hiring Dave Smith, a former trainer for 14 years with the Rangers and the Panthers, to look after referees and linesmen. Traditionally, on-ice officials have had their...

February 28, 2000 | Jackie MacMullan
Feeling The HeatAt 33, injury-plagued Tim Hardaway struggles to prove he can lead Miami to a title

February 28, 2000 | Jackie MacMullan
Suns Rookie forward Shawn Marion is back after missing 31 games with a torn meniscus in his left knee, and he has given Phoenix what it needs most: athleticism. "Shawn is so quick, he can go for a...

February 28, 2000 | Marty Burns
After moving from Houston to Vancouver, Grizzlies guard Michael Dickerson has come into his own

February 28, 2000 | Jackie MacMullan
Oft-traded Billy Owens has changed jerseys again

February 28, 2000 | Seth Davis
Bubble, BubbleTeams that don't yet have a lock on an NCAA bid face toil and trouble

February 28, 2000 | Seth Davis
With only two weeks left before most of the major conferences begin their tournaments, the field of 64 for the NCAAs is starting to take shape. Here are the 33 teams that—unless they go into a...

February 28, 2000 | Seth Davis
Arizona's Eugene Edgerson is sitting out the season for a good reason

February 28, 2000 | Rick Reilly
There's only one place in the galaxy where kids' sports is sane.

February 28, 2000 | Gary Van Sickle
He built a course just for himself, but now he's committed to giving something back to the game

February 28, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
This week's Andersen Consulting Match Play at La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, Calif., marks the first birthday of the World Golf Championships (a.k.a. the World tour), and although PGA Tour...

February 28, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
Last week's GTE Classic convinced me of a few things about the Senior tour. First, Bruce Fleisher isn't going to go away anytime soon. For that matter, neither are a lot of his low-profile but...

February 28, 2000
USGA technical director Frank Thomas ranks Karsten Solheim, creator of Ping clubs, as one of the greatest innovators in the history of golf. "He rebuilt and rebuilt until he got it right, and when...

February 28, 2000 | Bob Gilder
Karsten Solheim was many things to many people. Throughout the golf industry he was known as an old-fashioned guy who stubbornly defended his beliefs and innovations. One of his favorite lines...

February 28, 2000
What do these players have in common?

February 28, 2000
What is the greatest feat in golf history?

February 28, 2000
SYNONYMS for a FADEBender, bleeder, blocker, boomerang, Boston carver, buttercut, carp, carver, Chiquita, cropduster, curver, cut, cutie, cutter, Cutty Sark, floater, heeler, hold shot, leaker,...

February 28, 2000
K.J. CHOI

February 28, 2000 | Ray Romano
I'm no pro, but I can't cause 6½-hour rounds on three courses all at once

February 28, 2000
•Alley CatMove over, Ben. After 265 starts without a victory, Kirk Triplett got it right at Riviera.

February 28, 2000 | Gary Van Sickle
Kirk Triplett was thrilled to take a long-awaited star turn, but his first Tour win was not the story everyone expected at the Nissan Open