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March 19, 2001 | Volume 94, Issue 12

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Mike Dunleavy, Jr. Cover - Sports Illustrated March 19, 2001

March 19, 2001
BOXING

March 19, 2001 | Richard Hoffer
Sweet DreamsSugar Shane Mosley needs a challenge to put the icing on his career

March 19, 2001 | Richard Hoffer
John Ruiz, who defeated Evander Holyfield on March 3 to claim the WBA's slice of the heavyweight title, is known as The Quiet Man. The nickname (based on Ruiz's soft-spoken nature, not on the fact...

March 19, 2001 | Tim Layden
Back on TrackFour U.S. sprinters are running to atone for their victory antics in Sydney

March 19, 2001 | Brian Cazeneuve
America's best speedskating hope, Chris Witty, knows what she wants

March 19, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
Not So MightyFor the dismal Ducks, the Paul Kariya-Teemu Selanne era has ended

March 19, 2001 | Pierre McGuire
The League is considering the use of protective netting above the plexiglass in the end zones of arenas to help reduce the number of fans injured by flying pucks. (The netting is used in most...

March 19, 2001 | Ian Thomsen
Pat PendingRetirement is no longer a distant notion to Heat coach Pat Riley

March 19, 2001 | Ian Thomsen
Beware: The Lakers are putting on their postseason game faces. No more squabbling. "We need each other," Shaquille O'Neal says of Kobe Bryant. "I need him, he needs me, like Magic needed Kareem."...

March 19, 2001 | Ian Thomsen
Clippers forward Cherokee Parks

March 19, 2001 | Ian Thomsen
"If Yao Ming, the 7'6" center from China, enters the draft, a lot of people believe he'll go No. 1. The others with the most talent seem to be Eddie Griffin, the 6'9" freshman from Seton Hall, and...

March 19, 2001 | L. Jon Wertheim
The spindly gams if newcomer Keon Clark late given the Raptors a lift

March 19, 2001 | Rick Reilly
Don't listen to him. Listen to me. Michael Jordan does too want to come back—and he wants Charles Barkley to come with him.

March 19, 2001 | Bill Colson
We Get Letters

March 19, 2001 | Bill Colson
1 Best from each state1,026December 27, 1999-January 3, 2000

March 19, 2001 | Jamal Greene
MAY 13, 1957

March 19, 2001
Funny, you use the word sleazy on your cover regarding the XFL. In what league do Rae Carruth, Ray Lewis and Mark Chmura play?—GREG GOTWALT, York, Pa.

March 19, 2001
LETTERS

March 19, 2001 | Steve Rushin
Running and gunning go together all too often these days in the games high school athletes play

March 19, 2001 | John Walters
Highlights

March 19, 2001 | John O'Keefe
Using an engineer's formula, a fantasy website attempts to solve of sports' great debates

March 19, 2001 | John Walters
The axiom concerning geography and stock car racing's appeal goes something like this: The more traffic you had to endure during the week, the less likely you were to watch it on weekends. Now,...

March 19, 2001 | John O'Keefe
While doing play-by-play of the Big East women's tournament final pitting Connecticut and Notre Dame, ESPN's Robin Roberts, who starred as a forward at Southeastern Louisiana in the 1980s, was...

March 19, 2001 | Grant Wahl
Why the General just might love a place like Lubbock

March 19, 2001 | Grant Wahl
Stan Heath assistant, Michigan State. Delivers big on recruiting front for Tom Izzo; signed top high school guard Kelvin Torbert for next year.

March 19, 2001 | Stephen Cannella
While the Spotlight has been on Gary Sheffield, three lesser-known players have leaped to prominence in spring training, aided by circumstance as much as by stellar play.

March 19, 2001
THIS WEEK: TOURNAMENT BASS FISHING

March 19, 2001 | Stephen Cannella
0Players in the NBA's top 10 in scoring as of Sunday who played four years of college basketball.

March 19, 2001
Lord knows, baseball has seen its share of weird fads. These days the hottest craze in the majors is the pièce de résistance of clubhouse cook-ware, George Foreman's Lean Mean Fat-Reducing...

March 19, 2001
Q Just what is the Baseball Hall of Fame's Veterans Committee?

March 19, 2001
Petitioned•The California Supreme Court, by O.J. Simpson, to throw out the $33.5 million civil judgment against him for the 1994 deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. O.J., who appeared...

March 19, 2001
1 VHMusic First

March 19, 2001
Country star Travis Tritt was getting ready to go on tour when he heard of the death of his friend Dale Earnhardt (below). "I felt the need to do something to let all the other fans know I'm...

March 19, 2001
A full-page ad in the Swedish financial daily Dagens Industri, signed by five-time Wimbledon champ Bjorn Borg, urged Europeans to have more sex to reverse a drop in birth rates that threatens...

March 19, 2001
LEE REHERMANXFL sideline reporter, on why the league's Saturday night ratings are so bad: "The young male viewer who loves us is out chasing young female viewers."

March 19, 2001
Aaron Walski, FARGO, N.DAK.HockeyAaron, a junior goalie at Fargo North High, established a state tournament single-game record with 73 saves in a 2-1, five-overtime title-game loss to Red River...

March 19, 2001
Guidance for those lost in sports

March 19, 2001 | William Nack
Monarchos ruled at the Florida Derby and may do the same at Churchill Downs

March 19, 2001 | Jack McCallum
MORE THAN A GAMEBy Phil Jackson and Charley Rosen/Seven Stories Press, $24.95

March 19, 2001 | Jack McCallum
The Globetrotters want to be the best at a lot more than clowning around

March 19, 2001 | Stephen Cannella
This spring umps and players are struggling to learn the new strike zone

March 19, 2001 | Alexander Wolff
The Palestra, spiritual home of Philadelphia hoops, puts its epic history on display

March 19, 2001
New York Yankees fan Billy Crystal practices vérité in his new movie, 61*, about the season Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris assaulted Babe Ruth's home run record. The film, which debuts on HBO in...

March 19, 2001 | John Walters
On KXGN-TV in Glendive, Mont., the sports department is a one-man band

March 19, 2001 | Mark Beech
Where were these inventions when hightops were considered cutting edge?

March 19, 2001 | Alexander Wolff
As the battle for the national title unfolds, the teams with true grit will have the best chance of surviving all the way to the Final Four in Minneapolis

March 19, 2001
March into the madness. Catch the latest NCAA men's and women's tournament news, scores and on-the-scene analysis from SI's experts at cnnsi.com/basketball/college.

March 19, 2001 | Jack McCallum
A quarter century has passed since there has been a champion—the '75-76 Indiana Hoosiers-tough enough to go undefeated

March 19, 2001
Reflective MoodRinkside fans can feel the pane of Devils center Sergei Brylin as he's smashed into the glass by Flyers left wing Ruslan Fedontenko during a 3-2 New Jersey win.

March 19, 2001 | Kelli Anderson
Injuries to players for perennial powers UConn and Tennessee have left the door open for other teams

March 19, 2001 | Michael Silver
Broadway Beckoned, and Marcellus Wiley heeded its seductive call. Four-and-a-half years ago, in the middle of many a New York night, he'd come to an island in the middle of the Big Apple's busiest...

March 19, 2001 | Michael Farber
Just another regular-season match? Don't tell that to the Red Wings and the Blues, who were fighting bitterly to secure a better seed in the postseason

March 19, 2001 | Phil Taylor
Tagged as a player who fades in crunch time, Jamal Mashburn has shown his mettle this year and put Charlotte into the Playoff hunt

March 19, 2001 | Phil Taylor
Once the lifeblood of most NBA offenses, low-post scoring is at a premium now—and teams need it to thrive in the postseason

March 19, 2001 | Phil Taylor
Here are five big men who should be better than they are in the post.

March 19, 2001 | Frank Deford
Age, success and a good woman have mellowed Mariners manager Lou Piniella. So whom can we rely on now to storm out of the dugout in a righteous rage?

March 19, 2001 | Frank Deford
As a teenager in Tampa, Lou Piniella (above, in 1981) would spend lunch hours in the spring watching the Cincinnati Reds train at Al Lopez Field, named after the Tampa-born Hall of Fame catcher...

March 19, 2001 | Jaime Diaz
With back-to-back wins at the Australian Open, his Badds.com website and his I'm-out-to-beat-Tiger-Woods media message, Aaron Baddeley casts a long shadow. For now, Adam Scott is perfectly happy...

March 19, 2001 | Jaime Diaz
Forget his three-putt on the final hole of the Honda, Mark Calcavecchia will figure at the Masters. At 40, a wiser Calc is also a better player from tee to green than he was in '88, when Sandy...

March 19, 2001 | Jaime Diaz
What do these players have in common?

March 19, 2001 | Jaime Diaz
Do you think the Senior tour should lower the age at which players become eligible to 45?

March 19, 2001 | Jaime Diaz
Mark Calcavecchia, who broke the Tour's four-round scoring record at Phoenix, and Joe Durant, who bettered the five-round mark at the Hope, aren't the only ones going low this year. Here are the...

March 19, 2001
David Cosper, Clearwater, Fla.Cosper, 18, picked up his third junior title in two months at the Melrose Classic, a Southeastern Junior Tour event on South Carolina's Dawfuskie Island. He beat...

March 19, 2001 | John Daly
I used to be on everyone's A-list, but these days I'm finding out who my friends really are

March 19, 2001
•Oh, Baby!Without a doubt, Jesper Parnevik is a wacky kind of guy. But is he wacky enough to name his next child after a Japanese import?

March 19, 2001 | Alan Shipnuck
After years of odd jobs and mostly ordinary golf, late-blooming Joe Durant is ready for his close-up