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September 04, 2000 | Volume 93, Issue 9

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Ryan Leaf Cover - Sports Illustrated September 04, 2000

September 04, 2000
Coors LightAgainst the glow of the setting sun in the Rockies, streaking Todd Hollandsworth of Colorado beats out an infield hit against the Braves.

September 04, 2000 | Rick Reilly
Wow, Jenny Thompson has a nice pair, doesn't she? Massive. Firm. Perfectly shaped.

September 04, 2000
Though guilty of transgressions myself, I know it's hard for kids to have fun if their parents are making the game life or death.—JACK DALTON, Moline, Ill.

September 04, 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....

September 04, 2000 | Steve Rushin
From Adalius to Zeron (never mind Earthwind), the NFL has boasted a multiplicity of memorable monikers

September 04, 2000 | John Walters
Highlights

September 04, 2000 | John Walters
No ticket, no TV? It's no problem this Saturday for Web-savvy Huskers fans

September 04, 2000 | John Walters
George Hirsch, publisher of Runner's World, sees the paradox. "There is a tremendous upsurge in the popularity of marathons and certain road races," says Hirsch, "at a time when interest in...

September 04, 2000 | John Walters
What never fails to provide an invigorating rush but is guaranteed to last no more than five seconds? Reading The Zapper? Of course, but also drag racing. The premier event of the NHRA, the U.S....

September 04, 2000 | Kelli Anderson
The WNBA's biggest star retires at the top of her game

September 04, 2000 | Kelli Anderson
Keep your season short.A 32-game schedule leaves no room for coasting.

September 04, 2000
After nearly two months of full-contact two-a-days and 65 exhibition games (the equivalent of a quarter of a season), the NFL preseason is finally over. Was it worth it? Well, we did learn the...

September 04, 2000
THIS WEEK: SKATEBOARD

September 04, 2000
16-1Odds set by British bookmaking firm William Hill that Tiger Woods will win all four majors next year.

September 04, 2000
What a difference a little national obsession can make. Last week CBS announced that it would air a two-week marathon of Survivor repeats beginning on Sept. 15. That puts the hugely successful...

September 04, 2000
OUTFITReebok's contour strap dress, with athletic halter styling and cutaway sides, shown here in mango.

September 04, 2000
IncludedUp to 200 drag queens, in the Sydney Olympics closing ceremonies. They'll appear in a float celebrating the 1994 cult drag-queen movie Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (above),...

September 04, 2000
Last week the NFL announced that MTV will produce the next Super Bowl halftime show. What if the NFL and MTV collaborated on other projects?

September 04, 2000
Barry Bonds and his wife, Liz, threw a $150,000 party for his teammates and their families at the estate of Giants co-owner Harmon Burns. The medieval-themed bash featured performances by...

September 04, 2000
Honored before the Little League World Series title game, Hall of Famer George Brett (right) told the 42,000 spectators that he had wanted to be there for 35 years and then left after the first...

September 04, 2000
CARL TORBUSHNorth Carolina football coach, on the bad breaks that led to his team's 1-4 start in 1999: "I can promise you if we'd been 4-1 after those first five games, we wouldn't have ended up 3-8."

September 04, 2000 | L. Jon Wertheim
Kevin Plank's apparel business is based on keeping perspiring athletes dry

September 04, 2000 | Franz Lidz
The boys from Maracaibo arrived with one bat and left with all the hardware

September 04, 2000
Dwain Burkholder, WOODLAND PARK, COLO.WrestlingBurkholder, 51, the wrestling coach at Woodland Park High, suffered pulled rib cartilage midway through the tournament but still earned the gold...

September 04, 2000
Guidance for those lost in sports

September 04, 2000 | Michael Silver
San Diego quarterback Ryan Leaf seems to have put his tumultuous first two seasons behind him and is flashing the talent that made him the second pick in the 1998 draft

September 04, 2000 | Tom Verducci
In trying to become the first hitter since Ted Williams to bat .400, Todd Helton of the Rockies is battling long odds, his psyche and 59 years of futility

September 04, 2000 | Tim Crothers
Bill Guthridge's resignation as North Carolina's coach set off a chain reaction that changed the lives of scores of people in the game

September 04, 2000 | Tim Crothers
Here's how the tiles fell in place during the weeks following the resignation of Guthridge (red). Some coaches capitalized on the resulting job frenzy and moved on to what they felt were better...

September 04, 2000
BASEBALL

September 04, 2000 | Stephen Cannella
September SongIt's in the season's final month that the MVP races hit full swing

September 04, 2000 | Stephen Cannella
Two years after undergoing reconstructive elbow surgery, Dodgers catcher Todd Hundley is finally a threat to would-be base stealers. After throwing out a woeful 23.0% of runners attempting to...

September 04, 2000 | Stephen Cannella
Aug. 27, 2000Angles 10, Indians 9

September 04, 2000 | Stephen Cannella
The U.S. Olympic team features strong young arms and one veteran catcher

September 04, 2000 | Ian Thomsen
No Pat AnswersAfter failing to dump their veteran center, can the Knicks fly with a broken Ewing?

September 04, 2000 | Ian Thomsen
Jaws Dropped in Toronto when new Indiana coach Isiah Thomas hired Brendan Malone as his top assistant. When Thomas was the Raptors' executive vice president and Malone was their first coach, he...

September 04, 2000 | Peter King
Thrown for a LossSidelined by a bum elbow, the Packers' Brett Favre is feeling mortal

September 04, 2000 | Peter King
Last year Colts wideout Marvin Harrison caught 115 passes, 53 more than any other player on the team. This season quarterback Peyton Manning would like to spread things around more, with Harrison,...

September 04, 2000 | Paul Zimmerman
I don't think I've ever seen as much head-scratching at the quarterback position going into the opening week. The exhibition season is supposed to sort all that out, right? But look what we have.

September 04, 2000 | Ivan Maisel
A Real LaugherUSC quarterback Carson Palmer's return was a pratfall, but that didn't stop the Trojans

September 04, 2000 | Ivan Maisel
•Alabama at UCLARemember the Rose Bowl, we'll win then, says the Alabama fight song. More than 20,000 Crimson Tide fans are expected to attend 'Bama's first appearance in Pasadena in 55 seasons....

September 04, 2000 | Ivan Maisel
When Alabama coach Mike DuBose ordered more contact in August workouts, his assistants worried that someone would get hurt. Sure enough, in the final preseason scrimmage, on Aug. 24, starting left...

September 04, 2000
Get inside the NFL: Peter King gives you his exclusive on-line take on Sunday's action every Monday morning, and Dr. Z rates every team each week at cnnsi.com/football.

September 04, 2000 | Gary Smith
<b>Russian-born Viktor Chistiakov and Tatiana Grigorieva, who will pole-vault for Australia in Sydney, gave up their homeland—and almost each other—for their sport.</b>

September 04, 2000 | Alan Shipnuck
To win a wild U.S. Amateur, Jeff Quinney was forced to scramble from behind as well as hang on for dear life

September 04, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
A Message to Webb: C'mon, KarrieLike it or not, as the LPGA's top player you have a responsibility to do more for the tour

September 04, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
The Players finished the NEC Invitational in the dark because, to them, it's just an aimless exhibition dressed up as one of the World Golf Championships. The NEC, with its patchwork field of...

September 04, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
What do these players have in common?

September 04, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
If Tiger Woods is victorious in next year's Masters, he will have won the four majors consecutively. Should that feat be considered a Grand Slam, or must he win them all in the same calendar year?

September 04, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
Ken Venturi passed over 12 higher-ranked players to make Paul Azinger one of his captain's picks for the Oct. 19-22 Presidents Cup outside Washington, D.C. Will Venturi's gamble pay off? Here are...

September 04, 2000
•Tiger DeliversWasps, rain, flu, dark of night. Nothing could keep Woods from his appointed rounds.

September 04, 2000
Ben Curtis, Ostrander, OhioCurtis, 23, defeated an elite field to win the Players Amateur at Belfair Golf Course in Bluffton, S.C. America's third-ranked amateur and a recent graduate of Kent...

September 04, 2000 | Gary Wolstenholme
They call me Tiger Tamer because in '95 I gave Woods a defeat he apparently hasn't forgotten

September 04, 2000
If Tiger Woods wins next year's Masters and Steve Williams (above) is on the bag, the 36-year-old New Zealander will become the first caddie to win all four major championships. Here are the...

September 04, 2000 | Walter Bingham
For the top U.S. Tour pros, the Presidents Cup is one team event too many

September 04, 2000 | Gary Van Sickle
Tiger Woods blasted through the field at the NEC Invitational, confirming that when he's on, everyone else is playing for second place