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February 26, 2001 | Volume 94, Issue 9

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Dale Earnhardt Cover - Sports Illustrated February 26, 2001

February 26, 2001 | Chris Ballard
DECEMBER 9, 1963

February 26, 2001
Does anyone really think that if Michael Jordan moved to Washington and went to every Wizards game, all would be well?—BROOK GARDINER, New York City

February 26, 2001
LETTERS

February 26, 2001 | Steve Rushin
History and TV ratings may be telling us that our major sports are in an irreversible slide

February 26, 2001 | John Walters
Highlights

February 26, 2001 | John Walters
Like its players, baseball's revamped websites are undergoing their own spring tune-up

February 26, 2001 | John Walters
Ahab chased a great white whale. For Lisa Guerrero, a reporter at Fox Sports Net, the elusive prey was a 7-foot NBA center who in January announced that he was boycotting the media. "For a few...

February 26, 2001 | John Walters
Before Fox's rookie NASCAR commentator Darrell Waltrip works another race, he should review tapes of the 1998 Rose Bowl. Last Sunday, as Waltrip's brother Michael took the checkered flag in the...

February 26, 2001 | Daniel G. Habib
Talk of beanballs and a new draft clouds baseball's big issue

February 26, 2001 | Daniel G. Habib
Kenesaw Mountain LandisBans barnstorming in the mid-'20s. effectively ending games between white and black pro clubs.

February 26, 2001 | Walter Bingham
As a hall of famer and one of only 16 players to hit 500 home runs, Eddie Mathews has a secure place in baseball history. But Mathews, who died on Sunday of complications from pneumonia at 69,...

February 26, 2001
They're paramedics, masseurs, psychologists and strength coaches. Head trainers of NHL teams do everything from refilling water bottles to attending to virtually every knocked-out tooth. Their...

February 26, 2001 | Walter Bingham
$10,000Fine levied by the NBA on Grizzlies exec Dick Versace after he said the Raptors will soon be in the same dire financial straits as Vancouver is.

February 26, 2001 | Walter Bingham
Gauging the wit and wisdom of Mavericks owner Mark Cuban

February 26, 2001
Everyone knew the XFL would have its foes, but who would have expected that three weeks into its inaugural season, the rough-and-tumble league's biggest adversary would be the Not Ready for Prime...

February 26, 2001 | Steve Rushin
God, how I miss the Mattel electronic handheld football game that any normal (which is to say, completely maladjusted) 10-year-old boy played pretty much nonstop for all of 1977. That year, for...

February 26, 2001
Closing•Broadband Sports, the parent company of AthletesDirect.com, which operates the home pages of more than 300 sports figures, including Kobe Bryant, Brandi Chastain and Derek Jeter. The pages...

February 26, 2001
Last week Fox Sports executives found themselves caught up in an unexpected flap with NASCAR over race car logos. During Fox's Feb. II telecast of the Budweiser Shootout, the network showed...

February 26, 2001
Divorce, American style: Mets shortstop Rey Ordoñez (below) is being sued by his ex, Hilda Maria Fiallo, for nearly $8,000 a month in child support. Ordoñez and Fiallo were divorced in Havana on...

February 26, 2001
At the United Center streamers were shot off and Another One Bites the Dust was played over speakers after the Bulls snapped their club-record 16-game losing streak.

February 26, 2001
SHAQUILLE O'NEALOn Lakers coach Phil Jackson's gifts to him of Nietzsche's Ecce Homo and Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha in consecutive years: "Why do I always get the Harvard books?"

February 26, 2001
Savanté Stringfellow, JACKSON, MISS.Track and FieldStringfellow, a senior long jumper for Mississippi, has the best long jump in the world this year, a leap of 27'0". A member of the U.S. Olympic...

February 26, 2001
Guidance for those lost in sports

February 26, 2001 | Mark Bechtel
The fatal crash of seven-time Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt on the final lap of the Daytona 500 devastated the world of NASCAR

February 26, 2001 | Mark Bechtel
By the Numbers

February 26, 2001 | Pete McEntegart
Dale Earnhardt scraped plenty of paint off rival drivers' cars while barreling toward the front of his 676 Winston Cup races, and he had several crashes that were more frightening-looking than the...

February 26, 2001 | Tim Crothers
Following the lead of eccentric coach Larry Eustachy, Iowa State is storming to its second straight Big 12 title

February 26, 2001 | L. Jon Wertheim
An elegant player, smooth talker and man of varied interests, All-Star guard Ray Allen of the Bucks may have broader appeal than anyone in the NBA. So why do so few people seem to care?

February 26, 2001
BASEBALL

February 26, 2001 | Stephen Cannella
Chicago Misdeal?The Blue Jays say the White Sox sent them damaged goods in the Mike Sirotka—David Wells trade

February 26, 2001 | Stephen Cannella
Forget making solid contact—21-year-old Dodgers third baseman Adrian Beltre hopes simply to be eating solid food before spring games begin. After an appendectomy in January, he develpoed a severe...

February 26, 2001 | Ian Thomsen
Indecent BehaviorThe Suns are facing up to a series of recent incidents that have tarred their reputation

February 26, 2001 | Ian Thomsen
In the wake of the competition committee meeting during the All-Star break, the league is planning to survey every team to develop a plan for potential rules changes. While significant...

February 26, 2001 | Ian Thomsen
Lakers forward Rick Fox"I first took notice of number 17 because of John Havlicek—when I came to Boston, a couple of Celtics legends told me he was the player to model my game after. Also, the...

February 26, 2001 | Ian Thomsen
On the Timberwolves, who after a franchise-record 11-game winning streak lost four in a row last week:

February 26, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
Flying in PhillyYoung forward Simon Gagne's game has lifted off to celestial heights

February 26, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
JEFF O'NEILLHURRICANES C-RWDrafted by the Whalers with the fifth choice in 1994, the 6'1" 195-pounder didn't reach the 20-goal mark in his first four seasons but had 25 goals last year. As of...

February 26, 2001 | Pierre McGuire
Blue jackets general manager Doug MacLean has rejected numerous trade offers for solid netminder Ron Tugnutt and goal-scoring forward Geoff Sanderson. Both players have had stellar seasons, and...

February 26, 2001 | Seth Davis
Bubble TroubleWith so many bids to the NCAAs locked up, the fight for the remaining few will be frenzied

February 26, 2001 | Seth Davis
The battle between Duke and North Carolina for the No. 1 seed in the East—and two games at cozy Greensboro Coliseum—remained unresolved as both teams lost last week. The Tar Heels were upset by...

February 26, 2001 | Seth Davis
Who knew that MAC stood for Maniacally Attired Conference? Through Sunday, Bowling Green was 6-0 since coach Dan Dakich began wearing his sport coat inside out in an effort to loosen up the...

February 26, 2001
Hit the beach with the online version of SI's annual swimsuit issue: more than 100 Web-exclusive photos, plus two dozen video clips, only at swimsuit.cnnsi.com.

February 26, 2001 | Seth Davis
Xavier's David West isn't flashy, but he certainly gets the job done

February 26, 2001 | Alexander Wolff
Take a championship high school team, an NBA-ready 7-footer, a coach accused of molestation, a secretive summer-league operator and a community desperate for a winner, and you've got all the...

February 26, 2001
Born to RunThe signature number 3 car of Dale Earnhardt rips down the track at The NAPA 500 in Atlanta in 1997. Earnhardt, 49, died in a crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500 on Sunday (page 36).

February 26, 2001 | Rick Reilly
The most petrified I've ever been was crawling through the window of a 600-horsepower NASCAR-ready Chevy Monte Carlo and knowing there was no way out for 18 laps or one crash, whichever came first.