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October 02, 2000 | Volume 93, Issue 13

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Marion Jones Cover - Sports Illustrated October 02, 2000

October 02, 2000
Helmut and HelmetHelmut Oblinger of Austria, wearing well-aerated head gear, keeps his eyes on the gate in the men's kayak singles slalom finals at the Sydney Olympics. Oblinger finished fourth.

October 02, 2000 | Jeffri Chadiha
With a nose for the ballcarrier and an unwavering focus, inside linebacker Sam Cowart has emerged as the star of the Bills' unsung defense

October 02, 2000 | Tim Crothers
Freshman quarterback Philip Rivers has kept North Carolina State rolling along with three last-gasp victories

October 02, 2000 | Tom Verducci
In the battle for the last playoff spot, the Indians rely on Manny Ramirez, who talks softly but carries a big bat

October 02, 2000 | Tom Verducci
With 112 RBIs in HO regular-season games through Sunday, Manny Ramirez was on course to become the seventh player (including Lou Gehrig, above) since 1900—and first since 1940—to drive in more...

October 02, 2000
BASEBALL

October 02, 2000 | Stephen Cannella
Rocking And FiringA mechanical adjustment by John Rocker could spell trouble for the Braves' playoff foes

October 02, 2000 | Stephen Cannella
No one is more surprised at the Giants' waltz to the National League West title than the San Francisco players themselves, most of whom were on the roster when the Giants missed the postseason in...

October 02, 2000 | Peter King
What Price Mediocrity?Drew Bledsoe isn't the player he once was, leaving New England to ponder his worth

October 02, 2000 | Peter King
The chiefs' Tony Gonzalez, who in Sunday's 23-22 win over the Broncos had the best day by a tight end in franchise history (10 catches, 127 yards and a score), credited rookie wideout Sylvester...

October 02, 2000 | Peter King
My Two CentsDolphins defensive end Trace Armstrong, who turns 35 next week, is the most underrated player in the league. A situational pass rusher, he leads the AFC in sacks, with 6½ and is on...

October 02, 2000 | Paul Zimmerman
A week ago Tampa Bay figured to be a mortal lock over this Sunday's opponent, the Redskins. The Bucs were rampaging, averaging a gaudy 31 points a game to go with their crushing defense. All they...

October 02, 2000 | Ivan Maisel
Up and DirtyClemson is back among the elite, but did it get there by playing too rough?

October 02, 2000 | Ivan Maisel
•Washington (3-0)at Oregon (3-1)

October 02, 2000 | Ivan Maisel
Fresno State senior linebacker Tim Skipper wears number 51, not because Dick Butkus wore it but because Sam Mills did. The 5'9", 229-pound Mills ignored those who doubted he'd succeed in the NFL...

October 02, 2000 | Ivan Maisel
Two days after spraining his right knee in a Sept. 16 victory over Cal, Illinois quarterback Kurt Kittner wore a T-shirt to a press conference that read, DON'T ASK! THE KNEE IS FINE! The knee was...

October 02, 2000 | Lars Anderson
Minnesota's hard-hitting Karon Riley spares no one—including teammates

October 02, 2000 | Rick Reilly
You try to interview Ian Thorpe. Sorry, he's in massage. You try to get time with Marion Jones. Sorry, she's in training. You try to get an audience with anybody from anywhere down to and...

October 02, 2000 | Kelvin C. Bias
DECEMBER 13, 1965

October 02, 2000
Any list of pass rushers that fails to include a single member of the Vikings' Purple People Eaters is woefully incomplete.—PATRICK ELIFRITZ, Wewoka, Okla.

October 02, 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....

October 02, 2000 | Jeff MacGregor
In an imaginary colloquy, NBC's top talents ponder why the Olympics are a ratings dud

October 02, 2000 | John Walters
Highlights

October 02, 2000 | John Walters
Joe Buck swears by him. So does Howie Long. James Brown, too. When Michael Weisman, then executive producer of NBC Sports, hired Bob Costas in 1980 to be an NFL studio host, he asked Costas how...

October 02, 2000 | John Walters
For adult jocks, a new site provides places and pals to play with

October 02, 2000 | John Walters
On Friday's Olympic coverage, NBC broadcast priceless shots of Amy Van Dyken of the U.S. shaking her head at Inge de Bruijn's 50-meter freestyle world record in a heat, but commentators Dan Hicks...

October 02, 2000 | John Walters
Making sense of NBC's tumbling Olympic ratings

October 02, 2000 | John Walters
1. Winter Olympics, Feb. 23, 1994, 45.7 million viewersFigure skating short program: Nancy versus Tonya, Part I

October 02, 2000 | Phil Taylor
Allan Houston accepted so many condolences last week you'd have thought that he'd lost a loved one. In a way maybe he had, since the Knicks guard, who's in Sydney playing for the U.S. Olympic...

October 02, 2000
SPORT"Anything that's competitive and that requires discipline is a sport."—Angels infielder Mo Vaughn

October 02, 2000 | Phil Taylor
7Active players with 400 or more home runs (Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, Jose Canseco, Ken Griffey Jr., Cal Ripken, Fred McGriff, Rafael Palmeiro), the most ever.

October 02, 2000 | Chris Lewis
IF YOU'VE SEEN SHAQ

October 02, 2000
Q If a Formula One car raced against a CART machine, which would win?

October 02, 2000
Billed•Orioles outfielder Albert Belle, by the Indians, for ruining the carpeting in the visitors' clubhouse during the teams' three-game series at Jacobs Field in early September. After several...

October 02, 2000 | Jack McCallum
To follow Johann Olav Koss around Sydney for a day is to reawaken to the fact that not all superstar athletes are greedy boors. An IOC member, four-time speed skating gold medalist and SI's 1994...

October 02, 2000
What happens when you let a Playboy Playmate choose a starting quarterback? Let's just say that arm strength ends up counting for far less than a snazzy sports car. Earlier this year Browns...

October 02, 2000
Nike workers who handled Michael Johnson's custom-made 24-karat-gold-encrusted shoes had to wear white gloves so they wouldn't dull the shine.

October 02, 2000
GARY PAYTONU.S. Olympic basketball player, on the changed attitudes of Dream Team opponents: "These guys don't even ask for autographs anymore."

October 02, 2000 | Jeff Pearlman
Even the players weren't much interested in the Triple A World Series in Vegas

October 02, 2000 | Kelley King
Molded backpacks are designed to keep vulnerable contents snug and safe

October 02, 2000 | George Dohrmann
Athletes and rap stars can't get enough of jeweler Jacob Arabo's garish designs

October 02, 2000 | Charles Hirshberg
Chamique: On Family, Focus and Basketballby Chamique Holdsclaw with Jennifer FreyScribner, $18

October 02, 2000 | Mark Bechtel
A Grand Prix race drew crowds to Indy as Formula One returned to the United States

October 02, 2000
Flo Meiler, SHELBURNE, VT.Track and FieldMeiler, 66, a sales representative, broke a seven-year-old U.S. age-group record in the long jump by leaping 12'2½" to win the women's 65-and-over division...

October 02, 2000 | Tim Layden
Marion Jones's drive for five began brilliantly in the 100, then came news that her husband had failed a drug test

October 02, 2000 | Leigh Montville
The surprisingly strong American swimmers got the biggest surprise of all when Anthony Ervin and Gary Hall Jr. won in a dead heat

October 02, 2000 | Steve Rushin
As was true in that other Land of Oz, the most rewarding views in Sydney come when you pull off the masks and look behind the curtain

October 02, 2000 | Jack McCallum
In the first Olympics to give a squat about women weightlifters, Tara Nott (right) won a gold medal and Cheryl Haworth a bronze for the U.S.

October 02, 2000
Go inside the NFL: Peter King gives you his exclusive online take on Sunday's action every Monday morning, and Dr. Z rates every team at cnnsi.com/football.

October 02, 2000 | E.M. Swift
The women's all-around gymnastics competition was marred by a short horse and a failed drug test

October 02, 2000 | Michael Farber
To win the match sprint, Marty Nothstein of the U.S. first had to streak past the man who had beaten him for gold in Atlanta

October 02, 2000 | Michael Farber
Laura Wilkinson spun a Harry Potteresque tale while becoming the first U.S. woman since 1964 to win a platform diving gold

October 02, 2000 | Richard Hoffer
What separates beach volleyball from the rest of the Games is the good-time atmosphere, even when fierce competition breaks out

October 02, 2000 | Jack McCallum
No worries? Hah! At the mountain biking venue the hazards ranged from mad magpies to alleged dinosaurs

October 02, 2000 | Phil Taylor
A disputed goal gave Australia the gold medal, but the big winner was women's water polo

October 02, 2000 | Gary Smith
Team handball stars Camilla Andersen and Mia Hundvin are the first spouses ever to oppose each other in the Games

October 02, 2000 | Michael Silver
Everything's going the Jets' way as they beat the Buccaneers on the last-ditch heroics of the maligned Wayne Chrebet to run their record to 4-0

October 02, 2000 | Alan Shipnuck
A supercharged diet has Larry Nelson feasting on the Senior tour, on which he has won three of his last four starts to make a late-season run at player of the year

October 02, 2000
•Hook 'EmJustin Leonard's 2½-year winless streak was nothing compared to his drought in Texas.

October 02, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
To be successful these days, a PGA Tour event must have three things: a title sponsor who puts up a big purse, good dates and Tiger Woods. The venerable Texas Open has none of the above, which...

October 02, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
The R&A'S decision to break ranks with the USGA and not test clubs for their springlike effect might seem like a big deal, but it actually amounts to nothing more than maintaining the status...

October 02, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
What do these players have in common?

October 02, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
Should golf be an Olympic sport?

October 02, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
SYNONYMS for a PRODIGY

October 02, 2000
Tom Stitt, Easton, Pa.Stitt, 57, a lawyer, won the championship of Easton's Northampton Country Club for the 13th time, including at least one title in each of the last five decades. Stitt, who...

October 02, 2000 | Aree Wongluekiet
My sister, Naree, and I aren't robots. We're a couple of 14-year-olds who love to play golf