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March 26, 2001 | Volume 94, Issue 13

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Derek Jeter Cover - Sports Illustrated March 26, 2001

March 26, 2001 | Stephen Cannella
They've vowed to rebuild, which is good, because this franchise is in ruins

March 26, 2001 | Stephen Cannella
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Orioles

March 26, 2001 | Mark Bechtel
As usual, precarious pitching will be saved by hitting, which may be even better

March 26, 2001 | Mark Bechtel
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Indians

March 26, 2001 | Mark Bechtel
A proven postseason pitcher joins a powerful lineup for a playoff push

March 26, 2001 | Mark Bechtel
an opposing team's scout sizes up the White Sox

March 26, 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 26, 2001 | Jeff Pearlman
Runs will be scored, and at last there's a bullpen to make them stand up

March 26, 2001 | Jeff Pearlman
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Royals

March 26, 2001 | Mark Bechtel
Another change in philosophy for a team that can't afford a turn for the worse

March 26, 2001 | Mark Bechtel
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Tigers

March 26, 2001 | Mark Bechtel
Their young, spunky lineup returns mostly intact. Is that a good thing?

March 26, 2001 | Mark Bechtel
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Twins

March 26, 2001 | Tom Verducci
Watch out, world: The A's are even better than last year. Just ask them

March 26, 2001 | Tom Verducci
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Athletics

March 26, 2001 | Tom Verducci
Without A-Rod—or any other slugger—it will all come down to pitching

March 26, 2001 | Tom Verducci
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Mariners

March 26, 2001
Grown men become giddy schoolboys in these baseball portraits shot by SI staff photographer V.J. Lovero, whose infectious enthusiasm—for baseball and life—is reflected in the joy exuded by his...

March 26, 2001 | Stephen Cannella
A-Rod gives them marquee value, but how many 10-9 games can a team win?

March 26, 2001 | Stephen Cannella
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Rangers

March 26, 2001 | Stephen Cannella
A strong bullpen, a weak rotation and a big-bang offense add up to mediocrity

March 26, 2001 | Stephen Cannella
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Angels

March 26, 2001 | Tom Verducci
With Atlanta's Mr. October back on the mound, who needs free agents?

March 26, 2001 | Tom Verducci
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Braves

March 26, 2001 | Jeff Pearlman
They can still pitch, but let's face it: The reshuffled rotation is minus an ace

March 26, 2001 | Jeff Pearlman
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Mets

March 26, 2001 | Michael Farber
A fresh battery provides a powerful charge for a fast-rising franchise

March 26, 2001 | Michael Farber
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Marlins

March 26, 2001 | Jeff Pearlman
Can overpriced free agents improve a bullpen that has nowhere to go but up?

March 26, 2001 | Jeff Pearlman
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Phillies

March 26, 2001 | Michael Farber
Some promising arms and the league's best young player, but not a lot more

March 26, 2001 | Michael Farber
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Expos

March 26, 2001 | Jeffri Chadiha
Is a World Series in the Cards? Only if Big Mac gets back, back, back to form

March 26, 2001 | Jeffri Chadiha
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Cardinals

March 26, 2001 | Jeffri Chadiha
Will Enron Field be the same house of horrors it was in 2000? No way, José!

March 26, 2001 | Jeffri Chadiha
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Astros

March 26, 2001 | Jeff Pearlman
If the starting pitchers don't fade, you can color this team a contender

March 26, 2001 | Jeff Pearlman
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Reds

March 26, 2001 | Jeff Pearlman
An iffy rotation and lackluster defense need more than some comic relief

March 26, 2001 | Jeff Pearlman
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Brewers

March 26, 2001 | Jeff Pearlman
A fast start by Adrian Brown will boost his confidence—and the team's

March 26, 2001 | Jeff Pearlman
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Pirates

March 26, 2001 | Jeff Pearlman
An anemic offense may get well if Rondell White can figure out how to stay well

March 26, 2001 | Jeff Pearlman
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Cubs

March 26, 2001 | Josh Elliott
Think the division champs didn't make a big off-season move? Think again

March 26, 2001 | Josh Elliott
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Giants

March 26, 2001 | Stephen Cannella
A lot of quality pitchers, but good karma seems to be in short supply

March 26, 2001 | Stephen Cannella
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Dodgers

March 26, 2001 | Josh Elliott
Two more big-ticket pitchers believe they can conquer Coors. They may be right

March 26, 2001 | Josh Elliott
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Rockies

March 26, 2001 | Josh Elliott
They have a healthy new attitude, but can their old guys avoid injuries?

March 26, 2001 | Josh Elliott
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Diamondbacks

March 26, 2001 | Josh Elliott
An emerging rotation hopes for an end to the defense's reign of error

March 26, 2001 | Josh Elliott
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Padres

March 26, 2001
We ranked the position players in the major leagues from I (the best) to 425 and the pitchers from I to 400, based on our projections of their statistical production this season. The categories...

March 26, 2001
COLLEGE FOOTBALL

March 26, 2001 | Ivan Maisel
Eli's ComingThe last of the Manning boys is rekindling optimism at Ole Miss

March 26, 2001 | Ian Thomsen
Rocket RelaunchThe Dream era may have ended, but new-look Houston is soaring toward a playoff berth

March 26, 2001 | Ian Thomsen
The select committee on playing rules, headed by Suns owner Jerry Colangelo, will make its first report to the NBA board of governors on March 30. The committee will weigh major changes for next...

March 26, 2001 | Ian Thomsen
On the Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal:

March 26, 2001 | Ian Thomsen
Nets swingman Johnny Newman"I've always worn low-tops; there are only a few of us left in the league who wear them. I remember I tried high-tops my first year in college, but they were too...

March 26, 2001 | Chris Ballard
After too many missed shots, Denver's James Posey is loath to let fly

March 26, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
A Great IdeaWayne Gretzky should play for Canada in the 2002 Olympics

March 26, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
TODD BERTUZZICANUCKS C-LWThe 26-year-old former first-round pick (1993) was traded from the Islanders to Vancouver in '98. At 6'3" and 235 pounds, he has established himself as a solid scorer and...

March 26, 2001 | Pierre McGuire
Don't be surprised if you see former Penguins coach and current assistant general manager Eddie Johnston working behind the bench with rookie coach Ivan Hlinka before the regular season is over....

March 26, 2001 | Rick Reilly
Fire Indiana interim coach Mike Davis! The sooner the better!

March 26, 2001 | Kelley King
APRIL 3, 1978

March 26, 2001
NBA Midseason Report: Does anyone really care?—GARRY MAST, Jacksonville

March 26, 2001
LETTERS

March 26, 2001 | Steve Rushin
With Opening Day near, we savor the delights, simple and strange, that spice up the national pastime

March 26, 2001 | Chris Ballard
Highlights

March 26, 2001 | John O'Keefe
Need to know all about Ernie Banks—or how the Cubbies did in 1959? A site has instant answers

March 26, 2001 | Chris Ballard
When fox sports and MSG broadcaster Kenny Albert turned 33 earlier this year, he received a message from his father on his answering machine. "I can't believe you're getting older," Marv said in...

March 26, 2001 | John O'Keefe
Last Friday at 3 p.m., ESPN switched as scheduled from the LPGA's Standard Register PING tournament to the Tennis Masters Series. At the time Annika Sorenstam was 12 under and needed birdies on...

March 26, 2001 | Jack McCallum
We fast-forward one year to check out MJ's third coming

March 26, 2001 | Jack McCallum
Oct. 31, 2001NBC and NBA rent New York's Javits center for Welcome Back, MJ! party. Afterward, host Ahmad Rashad hospitalized for euphoria.

March 26, 2001 | Tom Verducci
Ruben Rivera was once a fleet, power-hitting Yankees centerfield prospect seemingly destined to join the pantheon of pin-striped legends. Upon his release by the Padres last week at age 27, Rivera...

March 26, 2001
Even by the Williams family's standards, last week was eventful.

March 26, 2001 | Tom Verducci
6Winston Cup races that Shawna Robinson, 36, plans to run in this year for Michael Kranefuss's team.

March 26, 2001
The recent downturn in the markets has left virtually no sector unharmed. Tech stocks, industrials, biotechs—all have been pounded this year. What's a savvy financier to do? Might we suggest a...

March 26, 2001
QWhat happens to the hats hockey fans throw onto the ice to salute a hat trick?

March 26, 2001
Won•By Picabo Street, the first downhill contested on the Wildflower course at Snowbasin, Utah, site of the 2002 women's Olympic downhill. The lower-level Nor-Am race drew numerous World Cup...

March 26, 2001
RPI, RIP. We wondered how the NCAA tournament would play out if the field of 65 were seeded based on criteria other than basketball performance. Want real March Madness? Imagine Dickie V going...

March 26, 2001
The Greatest Dearest: Boxer Laila Ali (below), youngest daughter of Muhammad Ali, has just signed to write a book called Reach! Positive Motivational Power in My Life. "Hopefully her story will...

March 26, 2001
Blazers forward and body-art aficionado Rasheed Wallace has been approached by a candy company to tattoo its logo on him.

March 26, 2001
JOHN FRANCOLongtime Mets reliever: "You know how Tommy Lasorda says he bleeds Dodger blue? I bleed Met whatever-colors-they-are."

March 26, 2001
Anne Poleska, KREFELD, GERMANYSwimmingPoleska, a freshman at Alabama, won both the women's 100- and 200-yard breaststroke at the SEC championships. She finished the 200 in 2:08.85, breaking a 1998...

March 26, 2001
Guidance for those lost in sports

March 26, 2001 | Alexander Wolff
With low seeds, fewer invitations and an onerous play-in game, college ball's little guys got sucker punched by the NCAA—but the little guys struck back

March 26, 2001 | Grant Wahl
The Smack-...er, Pac-10 took great pride in muscling four teams into the Sweet 16

March 26, 2001 | Michael Silver
Even with a Super Bowl win on his résumé, Trent Dilfer is not getting a warm reception on the free-agent market

March 26, 2001 | Michael Silver
Trent Dilfer carried off the Super Bowl trophy, but Elvis Grbac and Brad Johnson got the big free-agent contracts. Stack Dilfer's stats over the past four seasons against those of the two passers...

March 26, 2001
Even in the era of a no-brainer, the home run, there are elements of the game that require calibration, cogitation and chemistry—not to mention the right DNA. On the following pages, we put...

March 26, 2001 | Tom Verducci
To solve the problem of turning two, a middle infielder must study the aerodynamics of the toss, the mass of the incoming runner and the angles at which to cross the bag

March 26, 2001 | Stephen Cannella
Velocity is only one factor in the formula for success on the base paths—a bold nature and a keen observation of outfield tendencies are just as important

March 26, 2001 | Jeff Pearlman
An out-of-this-world outfield arm is more than a matter of anatomy: Positioning and range, velocity and accuracy must all coalesce to intercept the moving target

March 26, 2001 | Tom Verducci
Teams are frantically bidding up the market for pitching—but their own research reveals how they should limit their largesse

March 26, 2001 | Tom Verducci
During the off-season 42 pitchers signed free-agent contracts. Two of them, Cubs closer Tom Gordon and Astros reliever Mike Jackson, didn't throw a pitch last season yet still got deals that could...

March 26, 2001 | Tom Verducci
Righthander Andy Ashby (lifetime 84-87, 4.10 ERA), who this winter signed a three-year, $22.5 million free-agent contract with the Dodgers (with a club option for a fourth year at $8.5 million),...

March 26, 2001 | Michael Bamberger
If former underachiever Darren Dreifort's midseason mound turnaround proves to be permanent, the Dodgers may have gotten a steal when they signed him for $55 million

March 26, 2001
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