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April 10, 2000 | Volume 92, Issue 15

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Mateen Cleaves Cover - Sports Illustrated April 10, 2000

April 10, 2000 | Leigh Montville
For three endless hours last October the entire nation watched, horrified but helpless, as a runaway jet carried Payne Stewart and five others to its terrible destination

April 10, 2000
The only thing that was worse than the Marty McSorley stick-swinging incident was the defensive attitude that the NHL assumed.—Ron Orlandini, Parlin, N.J.

April 10, 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....

April 10, 2000 | Rick Reilly
Did you hear about the guy in Chattanooga who won a Big Game lottery jackpot worth $60 million and went out and bought himself a golf course?

April 10, 2000 | Richard Deitsch
January 4, 1965

April 10, 2000 | John Walters
Highlights

April 10, 2000 | John Walters
As a title, the U.S. Collegiate Golf Championships (ESPN, Saturday, noon and ESPN2, Sunday, 2 p.m.) has it half right. Yes, a dozen top college teams will play golf. However, the event will take...

April 10, 2000 | John Walters
No Basketball commentator—perhaps not even any presidential candidate—was more peripatetic last month than Bill Raftery. Working Nets games for Fox Sports New York and NCAA games for CBS and ESPN,...

April 10, 2000 | John Walters
After simulating the 2000 baseball season, a video-game maker likes—curses!—the Red Sox

April 10, 2000 | John Walters
XFL.comWant to try out for the new WWF- and NBC-backed pro football league? Its Web site contains an application form for prospective players. Among the questions: Do you wear glasses? Do you have...

April 10, 2000 | Steve Rushin
The numbers are in: Blowing off work or school to watch sports is the real national pastime

April 10, 2000 | Seth Davis
The NCAA is often held responsible when others are to blame

April 10, 2000 | Seth Davis
Defying a schedule that forced her to perform her free skate in the dreaded first slot and skeptics who questioned her dedication, Michelle Kwan won the women's world figure skating championship...

April 10, 2000 | Seth Davis
7Rule number (of 14) reportedly ordering ball boys at the Ericsson Open not to ogle Anna Kournikova.

April 10, 2000
A Piqued PeteDavis Cup captain's McBarbs give Pete Sampras that upset feeling

April 10, 2000
Duped•TV crews that showed up to cover a fallacious New York City April Fools' Day parade at which John Rocker was to have been on a float spewing racial epithets.

April 10, 2000
Five hundred Yankee Stadium tickets for the June 9 Yanks-Mets game have been reserved for sale in tandem with tickets for what Yankee Nets, the conglomerate that owns both teams, calls the Nets'...

April 10, 2000
GREG PAAVOLAMichigan man who missed a $2 million shot at a Final Four contest, on Rick Barry's tutelage: "This week was about me seeing Rick as a human being."

April 10, 2000
This shot of Carlos Ortiz's 14th-round knockout of Gabriel (Flash) Elorde at Madison Square Garden in 1966 is one of 70 New York Daily News boxing photographs, many of them featuring classic...

April 10, 2000
Peter Yik, VancouverSquashYik, a senior All-America at Princeton, beat Marcus Cowie of Trinity College in Hartford 15-14, 15-1, 15-4 to win the men's national collegiate crown for the second...

April 10, 2000 | Alexander Wolff
Michigan State overcame a nearly devastating injury to its leader to conquer Florida's vaunted pressure defense and win the national title

April 10, 2000
This week follow our hole-by-hole coverage of the Masters: complete leader boards, up-to-the-minute scoring and daily reports from SI's Alan Shipnuck and Gary Van Sickle.

April 10, 2000 | Kelli Anderson
Led by scrappy guard Shea Ralph, Connecticut smacked down archrival Tennessee to win its second national title

April 10, 2000 | L. Jon Wertheim
With Doc Rivers manipulating the NBA's lowest-paid roster, the Magic is poised to pull a playoff berth out of its hat

April 10, 2000
Stone ColdQuebec's François Robergé slides the rock through the rings as his sweepers prepare to escort his stone down the ice during a curling match against British Columbia.

April 10, 2000 | Michael Farber
When the Philadelphia Flyers stripped Eric Lindros of his captaincy, the NHL's most bizarre team became even more dysfunctional

April 10, 2000 | Tom Verducci
Their ardor undampened by a downpour, the good burghers of Cincinnati opened their hearts and wallets for the return of hometown hero Ken Griffey Jr.

April 10, 2000 | David Fleming
A backup for most of his 13-year career, Steve Beuerlein finally has a tight grip on the first-string quarterback job in Carolina

April 10, 2000
BASEBALLCan Higginson again roar for Tigers?Rapid recovery of Indians' LoftonUnkindest spring cuts

April 10, 2000 | Stephen Cannella
Save the TigerCan Bobby Higginson reclaim his game—and will he do it in Detroit?

April 10, 2000 | Stephen Cannella
See the Expos at La Stade Olympique this season, or don't see them at all. As of Opening Day, Montreal's local television and radio networks, English-language and French, had refused to meet new...

April 10, 2000 | Kostya Kennedy
Hart ThrobThe Blues' Chris Pronger should become the first defenseman since Bobby Orr to be the league MVP

April 10, 2000 | Kostya Kennedy
ADAM OATESCAPITALS CAn extraordinary passer, the 5'10" 180-pounder led Washington with 67 points through Sunday. At 37 he has a strong presence as Capitals captain.

April 10, 2000 | Pierre McGuire
Don't be surprised to see former Devils coach and current Canadiens consultant Jacques Lemaire behind a bench again next season. At least one team has called Montreal to ask for permission to talk...

April 10, 2000 | Jackie MacMullan
Springing A LeagueNBA execs say they plan a minor league for 2001, but they're suspiciously vague about it

April 10, 2000 | Jackie MacMullan
Commissioner David Stern is upset about the bright yellow seats in Miami's new American Airlines Arena, which look horrid when they're empty. The league may ask the Heat to change them to a more...

April 10, 2000 | Jackie MacMullan
The scoring race between Shaquille O'Neal (29.2 points per game through Sunday) and Allen Iverson (28.8) is coming down to the wire for the second straight year. Not only are the two players...

April 10, 2000 | Phil Taylor
Caddy-loving Kings backup Scot Pollard plays hungry and thinks goofy

April 10, 2000 | Peter King
One Hat Too ManyCoach Dennis Green has stumbled as the Vikings' personnel chief

April 10, 2000 | Peter King
Friends of recently retired Dick Vermeil say he wanted to coach the Rams again next season but bowed to the wishes of his wife, Carol, and walked away....

April 10, 2000 | Mark Bechtel
The Son RisesWith help in the pit, Dale Earnhardt Jr. earned his first Winston Cup win

April 10, 2000
Johnny Benson traded in his old ride, and the change is paying off

April 10, 2000
Seasons, through 1999, that Michael Andretti has won at least one CART race, tying the record of Rick Mears, who retired in '92.

April 10, 2000 | Gary Van Sickle
When Tom Kite held off Tom Watson to win the Tradition, the long-awaited transition to a new set of Senior stars became a reality

April 10, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
O'Meara at a CrossroadsThe Tour Or TV?

April 10, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
By shooting a 67 on Sunday at the Tradition, Jack Nicklaus, as usual, found a way to take something positive to Augusta. But think how special the Masters would have been if all Tour winners still...

April 10, 2000
Doug Rouse, Evergreen, Colo.Rouse, 49, beat 108 players from four states at the Utah Golf Association Winterchamps at Green Spring Golf Course in Washington, Utah, a two-day Stableford event....

April 10, 2000 | Brian Lowe
Not even my mom believed me when I told her I had made an ace three days in a row

April 10, 2000 | Linn Strickler
Sometimes a joke is just what the doctor ordered

April 10, 2000 | Walter Bingham
A word to the wise for those who think Tiger is a lock to win the Masters

April 10, 2000
•Party PooperFirst Phil Mickelson stops Tiger's streak; then he bursts Gary Nicklaus's balloon.

April 10, 2000 | Alan Shipnuck
Gary Nicklaus just missed in his bid for a first Tour win but in his loss to Phil Mickelson at the rain-shortened BellSouth Classic he showed a lot of his father's grit