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August 21, 2000 | Volume 93, Issue 7

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Mike Piazza Cover - Sports Illustrated August 21, 2000

August 21, 2000
Pass the Plate, PadreSan Diego pitcher Adam Eaton avoids a tag by Cubs catcher Jeff Reed to score in an 8-6 Padres victory over Chicago.

August 21, 2000
Regarding the David Wells cover story: Stick to the stats and lay off the fat.—Carolyn Gonzalez, Garland, Texas

August 21, 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....

August 21, 2000 | Pete McEntegart
JUNE 26, 1961

August 21, 2000 | Steve Rushin
Athletes tell us incessantly that it's not about the money. Yeah, right

August 21, 2000 | John Walters
Highlights

August 21, 2000 | John Walter
The Internet offers fight fans a one-two combination that's difficult to beat

August 21, 2000 | John Walters
Lesley Visser never saw it coming. On June 23, 1993, Visser was running in Central Park when she tripped over a crack in the sidewalk. Her left knee hit the pavement so hard that it drove her hip...

August 21, 2000 | John Walter
As adventure races go, the older Raid Gauloises (Wednesday, Outdoor Life Network, 8 p.m.) plays big brother to the Eco-Challenge, which was created by Raid survivor Mark Burnett, who would pitch...

August 21, 2000
Will U.S. sports be forced to kick the cigarette habit?

August 21, 2000
They may be world-class jocks, but that doesn't mean they don't like to come alive with pleasure. Here are some players who like to light up.

August 21, 2000 | Don Yaeger
Did Romo's fondness for pharmaceuticals go too far?

August 21, 2000 | Don Yaeger
3American League division winners from 1999 (the Yankees, Indians and Rangers) for which outfielder Ricky Ledee has played this season.

August 21, 2000 | Don Yaeger
Sprite [v.]sprit•ed; sprit•ing. To get stuffed by the front rim when trying to dunk a basketball. From the soft-drink ad in which a kid suffers this ultimate embarrassment, even though he's fueled...

August 21, 2000
Won•A $240 million judgment, by All Pro Sports Camps Inc., in a lawsuit claiming the Walt Disney Company's Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando was based on an idea stolen from All Pro's plans...

August 21, 2000
Middle East, Schmiddle East. What we really want to know about Al Gore (left) and George Bush is how they stack up as sportsmen. Here forthwith, a handy little sports crib sheet on the...

August 21, 2000
Results to the contrary, Tiger Woods doesn't have any tricks up his sleeve. He does, however, play a trick with his sleeve, one that's becoming increasingly common in golf. Woods watchers have...

August 21, 2000
Despite heavy speculation that Lakers coach Phil Jackson will soon wed Jeannie Buss (below), Lakers executive vice president and daughter of owner Jerry Buss, don't go asking about a bridal...

August 21, 2000
What if Quidditch, the enchanted sport of wizards and witches featured in the Harry Potter books, were regulated by the NCAA?

August 21, 2000
A bomb squad was called in to Redskins headquarters to defuse a suspicious package that, when blown open with a water cannon, was found to contain four musical dolls sent to the Skins for good luck.

August 21, 2000
PEDRO MARTINEZRed Sox ace, after reading that he had the best slider in the American League, according to a poll of managers: "I'm flattered, but I don't throw a slider."

August 21, 2000
Jon Severy, ASPEN, COLO.Track and FieldJon, a recent graduate of Aspen High and the Colorado high school record holder in the 3,200 meters (9:23.78), won the Class 3A state title in that event for...

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Guidance for those lost in sports

August 21, 2000 | Tom Verducci
Mike Piazza isn't just the best-hitting backstop of all time. He's also the leading man on baseball's hottest team

August 21, 2000 | Tom Verducci
No catcher in history has hit as prolifically as Mike Piazza (right). Through Sunday he had 271 home runs, 865 RBIs and 680 runs scored in eight-plus major league seasons, which ranked him sixth,...

August 21, 2000 | Leigh Montville
Emigrating from the Soviet Union was one of the best things that ever happened to backstroker Lenny Krayzelburg, the U.S.'s best hope for swimming gold at the Sydney Games

August 21, 2000 | Leigh Montville
At her fourth Olympic trials, backstroker B.J. Bedford learned what pressure really is

August 21, 2000 | Michael Silver
The next NFL team shopping for a head coach would be wise to place its first call to Stanford's Tyrone Willingham

August 21, 2000 | L. Jon Wertheim
Irrepressible point guard Steve Francis has found a home in the NBA, and his confidence is having a ripple effect on the Rockets

August 21, 2000 | William Nack
With a style that relies more on feel than on the percentages, manager Jerry Manuel has turned the White Sox into the most surprising success story of the summer

August 21, 2000
It's never too early to kick off the NFL season. Chat with SI's Peter King on Wednesday, Aug. 23 at p.m. EDT, plus register now to join our two free fantasy football leagues.

August 21, 2000
COLLEGE FOOTBALL

August 21, 2000 | Ivan Maisel
Healed HeelNorth Carolina's Ronald Curry is rebounding from a torn Achilles

August 21, 2000 | Tim Layden
Unsung HeroesLow-profile champs Allen Johnson and Charles Austin keep winning

August 21, 2000 | Brian Cazeneuve
At 38, British rower Steven Redgrave is stroking toward a fifth gold medal

August 21, 2000 | Jeff Pearlman
Will to WinHot-hitting Oriole-turned-Cardinal Will Clark has helped keep St. Louis flying while Mark McGwire has been out

August 21, 2000 | Jeff Pearlman
August 11, 2000Reds 6, Cubs 4

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Milwaukee outfielder Jeromy Burnitz, whose four-year, $14.5 million contract ends after the 2001 season, stands to improve upon the $3,625 million average annual salary he now earns but has made...

August 21, 2000 | Peter King
Turning HeadsA slew of mid-to late-round draft picks are earning plaudits—and jobs

August 21, 2000 | Peter King
After being allowed to freelance for much of his career at Penn State, outside linebacker LaVar Arlington is struggling in the Redskins' system because defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes is ordering...

August 21, 2000 | Rick Reilly
It's not the balls. It's not the parks. It's not the pitchers. It's not the bats. It's not the mud. It's the players.

August 21, 2000 | Gary Van Sickle
Tiger Woods may have had the keys to the city, but Rocco Mediate wound up the toast of the town

August 21, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
Tiger Woods, the StudentHead of the Class

August 21, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
What do these players have in common?

August 21, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
No matter what the Tour says, we'll see more taped coverage of Tiger Woods during early rounds and less live action, as we did last Thursday at the Buick Open. The reason: It makes business sense....

August 21, 2000
Pat Hatfield, Scotch Plains, N.J.Hatfield, 65, a preschool teacher at Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA, won the club championship at Roselle Golf Club for the 44th time, with a 19-over-par 169....

August 21, 2000 | Bob Estes
It was a slow transformation, but playing faster has definitely improved my game

August 21, 2000 | Linn Strickler
Autographs can be a major pain at majors

August 21, 2000 | Tom Hanson
Dazzling Diva and Denim & Lace, Donna Andrews's horses

August 21, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
Even the great players have their biggest hits

August 21, 2000 | Gary Van Sickle
Yes, we asked for a dominant player, but this is ridiculous

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•Role ReversalTiger was just an opening act for the fab finish put on by Rocco Mediate and Chris Perry.

August 21, 2000 | John Garrity
Meg Mallon kept her shot at a career grand slam alive by winning the last du Maurier