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March 20, 2000 | Volume 92, Issue 12

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Marcus Fizer Cover - Sports Illustrated March 20, 2000

March 20, 2000 | Stephen Cannella
Back in the SwingAfter a year's absence Moises Alou is giving the Astros a lift

March 20, 2000 | Stephen Cannella
As a precautionary measure, the Cubs pushed Kerry Wood's first start after elbow surgery back 10 days, to this Sunday. They also want Wood to stop throwing his slider, fearing the pitch puts too...

March 20, 2000 | Stephen Cannella
After pitching in Boston and Texas and almost in Baltimore, Aaron Sele will play at home in Seattle

March 20, 2000 | Jackie MacMullan
Detroit's WheelThe Pistons are leaning toward hiring Bill Laimbeer as their coach

March 20, 2000 | Jackie MacMullan
Though Tracy McGrady was recently elevated to Toronto's starting backcourt, he's still eligible for the league's Sixth Man Award, which goes to the best player who has started fewer than half the...

March 20, 2000 | Jackie MacMullan
Wizards rookie guard Richard Hamilton has wowed new coach Darrell Walker with his offensive skills, but Hamilton's playing time will be limited until he improves on D. "He has to be tougher," says...

March 20, 2000
March into the madness. Catch the latest NCAA tournament news, scores, statistical matchups and exclusive on-the-scene reports from SI's experts at cnnsi.com/college/basketball.

March 20, 2000 | L. Jon Wertheim
Tariq Abdul-Wahad is art fancier by day and artful guard by night

March 20, 2000 | Brian Cazeneuve
Flame ShooterRed-hot Jarome Iginla is a big reason Calgary is in the playoff hunt

March 20, 2000 | Brian Cazeneuve
DAYMOND LANGKOWFLYERS CAt 5'11" and 175 pounds, he's small but gritty. The fourth-year veteran had 43 points in 68 games through Sunday and was tied for the Philadelphia lead with five...

March 20, 2000 | Pierre McGuire
If there was any question whether embattled Bruins coach Pat Burns would return next season, it was answered last week when Boston traded Raymond Bourque and Dave Andreychuk to the Avalanche and...

March 20, 2000
A Shoe-inGoalie Richard Wright of Ipswich Town gets the save—and the boot from Birmingham City defender Martin Grainger—during a match that ended in a 1-1 draw.

March 20, 2000 | Austin Murphy
San Jose's hard-hitting Owen Nolan has found his old scoring touch

March 20, 2000 | Rick Reilly
On Tuesday the best man I know will do what he always does on the 21st of the month. He'll sit down and pen a love letter to his best girl. He'll say how much he misses her and loves her and can't...

March 20, 2000 | Pete McEntegart
November 27, 1972

March 20, 2000
What are all these stories about golfers, Michael Jordan, Michigan State basketball, etc., doing in my copy of "True Crimes and Confessions?"—ROBERT H. SEALS, Carson City, Mich.

March 20, 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, 135 West 50th Street, New York, N.Y....

March 20, 2000 | John Walters
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March 20, 2000 | John Walters
On HBO's Real Sports (Monday, 10 p.m.) correspondent Bernard Goldberg reports on Texas high school basketball player Tony Limon, who was sentenced to five years in prison for elbowing an opponent,...

March 20, 2000 | John Walters
On March 8, ABC's Monday Night Football told color commentator Boomer Esiason to, in effect, "turn out the lights, the party's over" after two years on the show. Esiason's firing from TV's...

March 20, 2000 | John Walters
A new CD features major leaguers taking their musical cuts, with decidedly mixed results

March 20, 2000 | John Walters
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March 20, 2000 | Steve Rushin
Pro wrestling's seamy subculture appears in all its gory in the riveting documentary Beyond the Mat

March 20, 2000 | Richard Hoffer
Miked coaches won't stop the NBA's popularity plunge

March 20, 2000 | Richard Hoffer
The unsightly wrenching of Cincinnati senior Kenyon Martin's right fibula during last Thursday's loss to Saint Louis was matched only by the look on Bearcats coach Bob Huggins's face as the NCAA...

March 20, 2000 | Richard Hoffer
5thInning of a game against DePauw in which visiting Indiana-Northwest broke its last bat and had to forfeit.

March 20, 2000
A Key Deal?Bill Parcells's final NFL act may be to unload the Jets' best player

March 20, 2000
Unflapped•Formula One rookie Jenson Button, 20, Of England, who negotiated the Australian Grand Prix course on the opening day of practice while a bird flapped around in his cockpit. After...

March 20, 2000
It may be the most highly anticipated moment of Oscar night on March 26: No, not the unveiling of Jennifer Lopez's dress, but the performance of that most unlikely Best Song nominee, Blame Canada,...

March 20, 2000
For all the dysfunctional tennis parents that are a few games short of a set, Jim Pierce long ago distinguished himself from the field. Jim, the erstwhile coach of his daughter, Mary, did time in...

March 20, 2000
After Rockets rookie Steve Francis lost a tooth in a collision with Denver's Tariq Abdul-Wahad, the Houston fan who found the tooth put it up for auction on eBay.

March 20, 2000
DARREN OLIVERTexas pitcher, on why he'll vote for former Rangers general partner George W. Bush for president: "I just think it would be cool to know the dude in the White House."

March 20, 2000
Aliy Zirkle, Two Rivers, AlaskaDogsled RacingZirkle, 30, became the first woman to win the 1,000-mile Sorel Yukon Quest Race from Fairbanks to Takhini Springs by driving her nine dogs to victory...

March 20, 2000
Every Malibu native in the Big Apple who can't watch Pepperdine dance because New York City's CBS affiliate is wed to St. John's—indeed, every sports fan stuck in provincial hell—had a friend in...

March 20, 2000 | David Fleming
Twin sprinters Miki and Lisa Barber of South Carolina buzzed the NCAAs

March 20, 2000 | Mark Beech
Despite appearances snowboarding has always had more in common with skiing than with surfing and skateboarding, its original inspirations. Snowboarders wear stiff boots fastened to the board with...

March 20, 2000 | Tim Crothers
Mary Garber's inspiration during a 56-year sportswriting career has been Jackie Robinson

March 20, 2000 | Charles Hirshberg
Two Contrasting Views of Youth Basketball: from the Hideous to the Sublime

March 20, 2000 | Michael Bamberger
Sabres rookie Maxim Afinogenov and his phenom sister, Katia, are a pair to watch

March 20, 2000 | Grant Wahl
DaMarcus Beasley and other young U.S. players will improve MLS this year

March 20, 2000 | Grant Wahl
The salary cap may lop off a fop United player every year (midfielder Tony Sanneh in 1999, forward Roy Lassiter this season), but D.C. remains the league's 800-pound gorilla. It gets whatever it...

March 20, 2000 | Alexander Wolff
Forget trying to figure out who's going to win. With every team suffering from some weakness, let us tell you how all but a final four will lose

March 20, 2000 | Alexander Wolff
To survive in the NCAAs, teams need selfless heroes who hold them together so they can stick it to opponents

March 20, 2000 | Kelli Anderson
Rising above an all-too-familiar handful of other contenders, talent-rich Connecticut is the clear favorite for the championship

March 20, 2000 | Peter King
With everything but a championship to show for his illustrious 17-year career, Dan Marino turned down a tempting offer from the Vikings and proudly walked away from the game

March 20, 2000 | Michael Farber
The trade that sent longtime Bruin Raymond Bourque to the Avalanche gives him and Colorado a shot at the Stanley Cup

March 20, 2000 | Phil Taylor
Sacramento's scintillating second-year point guard, Jason Williams, has been shooting poorly, passing wildly, alienating fans and struggling to come to terms with fame

March 20, 2000 | Phil Taylor
Though Sunday, Jason Williams's 35.5% shooting from the floor was the poorest among NBA starters. In fact, you have to go back 39 years, to the Lakers' Rod Hundley (35.1%), to find a worse shooter...

March 20, 2000 | John Ed Bradley
Ricky Williams was hailed as a savior when he arrived in New Orleans, but his heart's still in Texas, and his head's someplace else, far away, in a world of his own

March 20, 2000
HORSE RACING

March 20, 2000 | William Nack
Run for a RoseHal's Hope thrust his 88-year-old owner-trainer into the Derby picture

March 20, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
Lorie Kane: LPGA BridesmaidSecond Thoughts

March 20, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
When Brian Gay's lip-hanger on the 71st hole at the Honda finally fell, everyone with an NBC mike rushed to score it as a birdie. Instead of a long count by Gary Koch and flimflam by Johnny...

March 20, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
What do these players have in common?

March 20, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
Who does the best job of televising golf?

March 20, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
SYNONYMS for a TANTRUM

March 20, 2000
Ian Nelson, Canyon Lake, Calif.Ian, 17, has won three of the four International Junior Golf Tour events he has entered this year, the Kiawah Island (S.C.) Championship, the Cactus Shootout and...

March 20, 2000 | Ty Votaw
Before you comment on the state of the LPGA, get out of the office and check us out

March 20, 2000
•Easy Does ItSo predictable: Annika Sorenstam qualifies for the Hall of Fame and complains about it.

March 20, 2000 | Ivan Maisel
You didn't have to be Dudley Hart to feel like a winner at the Honda Classic