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May 07, 2001 | Volume 94, Issue 19

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Johnny Unitas Cover - Sports Illustrated May 07, 2001

May 07, 2001
If darts is a sport, then so is channel surfing.—GREG GOODIE, Fall River, Nova Scotia

May 07, 2001
LETTERS

May 07, 2001 | Steve Rushin
With apologies to Don McLean—the songwriter, not the journeyman forward—we lament a long-lost NBA

May 07, 2001 | Chris Ballard
Highlights

May 07, 2001 | John O'Keefe
Power ratings on lacrosse's most influential website dare to differ with the national polls

May 07, 2001 | Chris Ballard
A plea to Charles Barkley: Drop the celery, forget the comeback and return to your previous goal of achieving corpulent bliss. It's not that we wouldn't enjoy seeing you and Michael make a playoff...

May 07, 2001 | John O'Keefe
Lifting his game in the postseason, NBA on NBC studio analyst Kevin Johnson showed some welcome on-air forthrightness last Saturday by declaring that in the wake of the Hornets' sweep of the Heat...

May 07, 2001 | Albert Chen
FEBRUARY 19, 1996

May 07, 2001 | Daniel Okrent
Was Babe Ruth black? More important, should we care?

May 07, 2001 | Daniel Okrent
Moses Fleetwood WalkerCatcher for Toledo Blue Stockings of American Association (then a major league) in 1884, 63 years before Jackie Robinson's debut. Batted .263 in 42 games.

May 07, 2001 | William Nack
Saturday's Kentucky Derby appears to have its deepest field since 1973. That's the year Secretariat won the 1¼-mile classic in 1:59 2/5, still the record time, and led a parade of quality horses...

May 07, 2001
Playoff beards were once as hallowed a hockey tradition as the gap-toothed grin. In a show of esprit de corps, players set aside their razors from the beginning of the first round until their...

May 07, 2001 | William Nack
4,000Slugging percentage through Monday of Cardinals reliever Gene Stechschulte, who had a homer and a walk in two pinch-hit appearances.

May 07, 2001
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.

May 07, 2001
Sony's Basketball

May 07, 2001
Scrambling to assemble a press packet on surprise third-round draft pick Sean Brewer (88, below), a tight end from San Jose State, Bengals media relations staffers drafted a release culled from...

May 07, 2001
DiedNepalese mountaineer Babu Chhiri Sherpa, 35, after he fell into a crevasse at 20,400 feet on Mount Everest. Babu had summited Everest 10 times, in 1999 spending a record 21 hours atop the...

May 07, 2001
Heavyweight champ Hasim Rahman's victory parade in Baltimore was cut short last week when the convertible carrying him and his wife, Crystal, collided with a cab. That reminded us that sports...

May 07, 2001
Touchy, touchy. After the New York Daily News reported that Tiger Woods had invited Miss Universe Lara Dutta—a.k.a. Derek Jeter's main squeeze—to last Saturday's Tiger Jam IV benefit concert in...

May 07, 2001
To boost their sport's appeal, officials of table tennis's world governing body said they're considering having women compete in skimpier outfits.

May 07, 2001
DAVE McGINNISCardinals coach, on the team's first-round draft pick, 6'6", 370-pound, offensive lineman Leonard Davis: "He'll play in this league a long, long time, unless he gets hit by a truck....

May 07, 2001
Bobby Kingsbury, LYNDHURST, OHIOBaseballKingsbury, a sophomore centerfielder at Fordham, set a single-game school record and tied an NCAA mark when he stole eight bases in a 5-1 defeat of Wagner....

May 07, 2001 | Richard Hoffer
The Blazers spent big to become worthy challengers to the Lakers, but Kobe, Shaq and Co. toyed with them in a first-round sweep

May 07, 2001 | Tim Crothers
Coach Paul Silas and the Hornets settled old scores with lopsided new ones in a sweep of the favored Heat

May 07, 2001 | L. Jon Wertheim
Even as the Bucks took the series lead, Magic forward Tracy McGrady, all of 21, ran—and talked—them ragged

May 07, 2001 | Tom Verducci
How Jorge Posada went from a too slow infielder to a starring role behind the plate for the Yankees

May 07, 2001 | Tom Verducci
If Jorge Posada continues to put up numbers like those he amassed in his first four full seasons, he'll earn the right to be mentioned in the same breath as his illustrious predecessors behind the...

May 07, 2001 | Jeffri Chadiha
With newly arrived Kevin Carter anchoring one flank and Jevon Kearse the other, the Titans' pass rush will pack a fearsome one-two punch

May 07, 2001 | Michael Farber
The Penguins' hopes don't rest merely on Mario Lemieux but also on little-known goalie Johan (Moose) Hedberg

May 07, 2001
Dawn's Early FlightA solitary surfer catches a wave at daybreak before the beginning of the Rip Curl Pro tournament at Bells Beach near Torquay, Australia.

May 07, 2001 | William Nack
As they limp into the sunset, retired NFL players struggle with the game's grim legacy: a lifetime of disability and pain

May 07, 2001
BASEBALL

May 07, 2001 | Stephen Cannella
Carrying a Big StickSoft-spoken Juan Gonzalez, healthy and happy again, is off to a loud start in Cleveland

May 07, 2001 | Stephen Cannella
Two advance scouts, one from each league, discuss what they saw and heard last week

May 07, 2001 | Stephen Cannella
April 26Red Sox 2, Twins 0

May 07, 2001 | Jeff Pearlman
Late-blooming L.A. backstop Paul Lo Duca is a hit behind and at the plate

May 07, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
Smashing SuccessWith a pair of postseason overtime goals, Adam Deadmarsh has been reborn in L.A.

May 07, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
JOHN LECLAIRFLYERS LW

May 07, 2001 | Pierre McGuire
The rash of face and eye injuries in recent seasons has led a number of young NHL players to experiment with visors at the world championships, which started last week in Cologne, Germany. Among...

May 07, 2001 | Grant Wahl
Starting at The TopThe U.S. is unbeaten in World Cup qualifying. Why is the once-struggling team so torrid?

May 07, 2001 | Rick Reilly
Promise me one thing. Promise that at the end of this you won't feel sorry for Jack Buck.