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April 30, 2001 | Volume 94, Issue 18

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Matt Lawton Cover - Sports Illustrated April 30, 2001

April 30, 2001
In regard to the cover shot of Derek Jeter and his four World Series rings, I hope Alex Rodriguez received his copy.—JUDY WIERZBICKI, Bayonne, N.J.

April 30, 2001
LETTERS

April 30, 2001 | Steve Rushin
Despite those elemental charms, not to mention decapitations, U.S. viewers haven't warmed to playoff hockey

April 30, 2001 | Chris Ballard
Highlights

April 30, 2001 | John O'Keefe
Fox Sports Net's Preps portrays the everyday lives of three high school basketball stars

April 30, 2001 | Chris Ballard
There was a moment, after months of preparing for his role in 61*, when actor Barry Pepper truly became Roger Maris. It happened on a sultry night last summer at Detroit's old Tiger Stadium (which...

April 30, 2001 | Chris Ballard
Was that ESPN or CNBC covering the NFL draft last weekend? There were three information tickers, a sidebar that listed past picks and results of an espn.com fan poll, plus talking heads Chris...

April 30, 2001 | Seth Davis
The NCAA's new proposal on cash for athletes benefits only the elite

April 30, 2001 | Seth Davis
Gilbert Arenas6'3" sophomore guard. Has shooting range and athleticism to excel as NBA two guard. Possible lottery pick.

April 30, 2001 | L. Jon Wertheim
Ostensibly Owing to the popularity of its Freestyle commercial (SI, March 12), Nike said last week that the airing of another ad featuring Kings guard Jason Williams has been put on hold. The...

April 30, 2001
Q. Why do baseballs float?

April 30, 2001 | L. Jon Wertheim
8Big leaguers with the surname Martinez, the most common last name in the majors.

April 30, 2001
The song may encourage buyers to go for the peanuts and Cracker Jack, but when it comes to concession sales, nobody tops the beer man. Vendors selling suds at big league parks—by far the most...

April 30, 2001
Last week, Stephen Dunn, a professor of creative writing at Richard Stockton College in Pomona, N.J., won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry for his 11th collection, Different Hours. Dunn, who played...

April 30, 2001
Flooded•The phone lines of the Jacksonville office of investment company Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown, after a fan at Safeco Field hung a banner during Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez's April 16...

April 30, 2001
The goodwill games have always been an oddity on the international sports calendar. The brainchild of media billionaire Ted Turner, who founded them in 1986 to foster better U.S.-Soviet relations,...

April 30, 2001
Michael Jordan's back! Yes it's true: Jordan is returning...to the big screen. Twentieth Century Fox has just bought a script called Like Mike, about a teen who receives a pair of Jordan's...

April 30, 2001
Apex Fitness of Thousand Oaks, Calif., has introduced a line of Oreo- and peanut-butter-cup-flavored energy bars laced with the muscle-builder creatine.

April 30, 2001
PETE BABCOCKGeneral manager of the Hawks, who went 25-57 in 2000-01: "Except for the record, this season has been a really good experience."

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Guidance for those lost in sports

April 30, 2001
Ted Hatlen, SANTA BARBARA, CALIF.Track and FieldHatlen, 90, a retired drama professor, won four events in the 90-and-over division at the national masters indoor championships. He surpassed world...

April 30, 2001 | Richard Hoffer
Hasim Rahman shocked Lennox Lewis with a fifth-round KO to take the heavyweight championship

April 30, 2001 | Phil Taylor
No longer so fantastic, the NBA opened its playoffs amid debate over its daring—or is it reckless?—attempt to reinvigorate its game

April 30, 2001 | Ian Thomsen
With something old and something new, Indiana made Philly blue, seizing the home court advantage

April 30, 2001 | Michael Bamberger
Little ball—plus some big bats and strong arms—has vaulted Minnesota from worst to first, at least for now

April 30, 2001 | Tom Verducci
The new unbalanced schedule has been a boon to fast starters like the Twins

April 30, 2001 | Michael Farber
By cleanly laying out two Hurricanes, New Jersey captain Scott Stevens cemented his reputation as one of the game's best bangers ever

April 30, 2001 | Tim Layden
With his future up in the air, Purdue's DREW BREES, like many top prospects, lived in a maddening limbo from New Year's to draft day: working out for NFL teams, watching his I draft status rise...

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THE NHL

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Stay prepped for the playoffs: Phil Taylor answers your questions in his NBA mailbag and Marty Burns breaks down each and every postseason matchup at cnnsi.com/basketball.

April 30, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
Follow the Leader

April 30, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
JOE SAKICAVALANCHE CA shoo-in for league MVP this season, the 31-year-old continued his dazzling play with a team-high seven points as Colorado swept the Canucks in the first round.

April 30, 2001 | Pierre McGuire
Penguins Goalie Johan Hedberg, who maybe the best puckhandling netminder to come from Europe, learned that fine art as a kid growing up in Sweden by watching video of renowned Flyers goalie Ron...

April 30, 2001 | Peter King
Scoring PointsMike Holmgren went on the offensive during Seattle's banner draft

April 30, 2001 | Paul Zimmerman
1. SEAHAWKSOnly vegetarians are unhappy. Seattle ordered up a hot dog and a pork chop: first-round pick Koren Robinson, a wideout with unlimited ability but an attitude that belongs on a bun, and...

April 30, 2001 | Mark Bechtel
Better Safe Than SorryCaution prevailed in the first restrictor-plate race since Dale Earnhardt's death

April 30, 2001
Heat-sinking MissileHornets forward Eddie Robinson makes as if he has a rocket in his pocket during Charlotte's rout of the Heat in Game 1 of their first-round series (page 40).

April 30, 2001 | Mark Bechtel
Journeyman Willy T. Ribbs has a new ride, this one in NASCAR

April 30, 2001 | Jeff Pearlman
Off and RunningThe majors are teeming with fast starters, but what do amazing Aprils mean in the long haul?

April 30, 2001 | Jeff Pearlman
Two advance scouts, one from each league, discuss what they saw and heard last week

April 30, 2001 | Jeff Pearlman
A's righthander Jim Mecir has 209 big league appearances, all in relief. Over the past three seasons, with the Devil Rays and Oakland, he has been one of the game's best vultures—gobbling up 17...

April 30, 2001 | Jeff Pearlman
April 20 Reds 9, Mets 5After doubling with the bases loaded against the Pirates on April 12, Cincinnati shortstop Barry Larkin returned to the clubhouse to find a 25-pound weight had been left...

April 30, 2001 | Stephen Cannella
Hard-knocks rookie righthander Chris Reitsma breaks in big with the Reds

April 30, 2001 | Rick Reilly
WHOA, CANADA!