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April 09, 2001 | Volume 94, Issue 15

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Shane Battier Cover - Sports Illustrated April 09, 2001

April 09, 2001 | Rick Reilly
Hey, kid, you know why your mitt is always empty when you come home from a major league game? It's because you've got no clue!

April 09, 2001 | Daniel G. Habib
AUGUST 12, 1974

April 09, 2001
It's great you put Nomar Garciaparra on your cover. He's the rarest of sports creatures: an in-shape baseball player.—JAY FRANCIS, Colorado Springs

April 09, 2001
Letters

April 09, 2001 | Steve Rushin
Sports, unlike much of American life, often reward what seem like absurd aspirations

April 09, 2001 | Chris Ballard
Highlights

April 09, 2001 | John O'Keefe
A mixed bag of quick takes and longer, more serious fare, sportsjones is a thinking fan's site

April 09, 2001 | Chris Ballard
On March 27, two hours before Alonzo Mourning made his return to the Heat (page 54), he was leading Turner Sports reporter Craig Sager through the bowels of American Airlines Arena, looking for a...

April 09, 2001 | John O'Keefe
It was bad enough that CBS relegated last Saturday's Ericsson Open women's final between Jennifer Capriati and Venus Williams to tape delay. Worse, with Capriati about to serve for the match at...

April 09, 2001 | Seth Davis
College basketball's coaching carousel makes little sense

April 09, 2001 | Seth Davis
Lonny Baxter, center, MarylandAfter first-round no-show, averaged 19.8 points and II rebounds over next four games.

April 09, 2001
This week two heralded athletes will begin making their marks in U.S. sports: 7-foot center Wang Zhizhi, who will become the NBA's first Chinese player when he signs with the Mavericks, and...

April 09, 2001
Few things can vault a college athletic program from obscurity to notoriety faster than a controversy over gender equity—especially when it involves the rights of exotic entertainers. Such is the...

April 09, 2001
72NBA scouts on hand for the McDonald's High School All-American game, from which college coaches were banned.

April 09, 2001
Traditionally, yoga has called to mind long-haired, flower-powered peaceniks oming their way to nirvana. Try telling that to the disciples of power yoga, the souped-up aerobic version of the...

April 09, 2001 | Franz Lidz
The best big league games I've ever seen were played on the floor of my boyhood bedroom. The players were cards inscribed with a series of black-and-red numbers. When those figures were combined...

April 09, 2001
SuedThe NFL, by former Browns tackle Orlando Brown, over the career-ending injury he suffered in 1999 when struck in the right eye by a referee's weighted flag. Brown seeks $200 million from the...

April 09, 2001 | Anna Holmes
How did you get into braiding?

April 09, 2001
Remember the XFL's juicy pledge to encourage its cheerleaders to date its players? So far none of the XFLers are known to have taken the bait—perhaps She Hate Me?—but at least one NFL star has....

April 09, 2001
Australia's National Rugby League suspended John Hopoate for 12 games for inserting his fingers into opponents' rectums during scrambles for the ball.

April 09, 2001
TIE DOMIMaple Leafs enforcer, after grappling with a heckler who tumbled into the penalty box during a game in Philadelphia: "It's nice to see the fans get involved, I guess."

April 09, 2001
Jamaal Williams, CORONA, CALIF.BasketballJamaal, a senior forward at Centennial High, was named Riverside County player of the year after leading the Huskies to a 29-4 record. Jamaal, who averaged...

April 09, 2001 | Alexander Wolff
Clutch three-point shooting was key as coach Mike Krzyzewski completed his own trifecta, leading Duke to its third NCAA title in 11 years)

April 09, 2001 | Kelli Anderson
Notre Dame rode the shoulders of All-America center Ruth Riley to its first NCAA championship

April 09, 2001
This week follow our hole-by-hole coverage of the Masters: complete leader boards, up-to-the-minute scoring and daily reports from the Golf Plus team at cnnsi.com/augusta.

April 09, 2001 | Kelli Anderson
Record-setting scorer Jackie Stiles stole the spotlight and nearly won a title in the process

April 09, 2001 | Phil Taylor
Despite a dire kidney disease, Alonzo Mourning of the Heat made a surprise return—in plenty of time for the playoffs

April 09, 2001 | Tom Verducci
Already paying dividends for the Rangers off the field, Alex Rodriguez tripped all over himself during his debut with Texas

April 09, 2001
Bleacher ReachersRangers leftfielder Rusty Greer can't get a glove on a two-run blast by Blue Jays third baseman Tony Batista as fans get ready to lay their mitts on the ball during Toronto's 8-1...

April 09, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
At 38, Capitals captain Adam Oates is on the verge of breaking numerous team and league records, but does anybody really know him?

April 09, 2001 | L. Jon Wertheim
By winning the Ericsson, a sharply focused Andre Agassi showed that even at 30 his best may be yet to come

April 09, 2001
BASEBALL

April 09, 2001 | Stephen Cannella
Fallen StarsWith a dismaying number of baseball's best players beginning the season on the disabled list, teams scramble to fill the gaps

April 09, 2001 | Stephen Cannella
Don't tell the Red Sox, whose season began unraveling before it started, that March goes out like a lamb. While coping with the absence of Nomar Garciaparra (wrist injury) and the chronic...

April 09, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
The SpoilersEdmonton is the team to avoid in the Western Conference playoffs

April 09, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
BRUINS

April 09, 2001 | Pierre McGuire
Last week's incident in which Tie Domi attacked a fan who had fallen into the penalty box in Philadelphia's First Union Center could have been avoided. The plexiglass behind that box is the lowest...

April 09, 2001 | Austin Murphy
The Coyotes' veteran, who was unwanted before the season, is a contender for goaltending's top honor

April 09, 2001 | Ian Thomsen
Down to The WireIn the wild Western Conference, there's playoff intensity in the fight for playoff spots

April 09, 2001 | Ian Thomsen
Two general managers say the league should revise its rules for injury exceptions as a result of Alonzo Mourning's return on March 27 The Heat received a $3.92 million exception (using it to...

April 09, 2001 | Ian Thomsen
On the up-and-down play of the Trail Blazers:

April 09, 2001 | Kelvin C. Bias
Even rookie guard Mike Penberthy finds it hard to believe he's a Laker

April 09, 2001 | Peter King
Trade DeficitThe Broncos have a talented running back to deal, but no takers

April 09, 2001 | Peter King
When they traded defensive end Kevin Carter to the Titans for the 29th pick in the April draft, the Rams were bashed by the media for getting too little for the 1999 NFL sack leader. Carter, whose...

April 09, 2001 | L. Jon Wertheim
After selling team owners on his plan to turn their league around, quickly led the CBA into bankruptcy