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June 25, 2001 | Volume 94, Issue 26

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Kobe Bryant Cover - Sports Illustrated June 25, 2001

June 25, 2001 | Rick Reilly
Little did Stewart Cink know how much it meant. After all, it was such a nothing putt, barely two feet, shorter than your shirtsleeve, a spaghetti strand, the hair in your soup. It was a gimme....

June 25, 2001
Flexible FlyerWell done, L. Jon Wertheim, for a behind-the-scenes tale about the Charlotte Hornets that spoke more about the people (Jamal Mashburn, stretching, above) than about the game they...

June 25, 2001
Letters

June 25, 2001 | Steve Rushin
Despite its elitism, pomposity and exceedingly ugly clothing, golf is impossible to resist

June 25, 2001 | Chris Ballard
Highlights

June 25, 2001 | John O'Keefe
Several savvy sites can make you better acquainted with the likely choices in the NBA draft

June 25, 2001 | Chris Ballard
Yes, dreams do die hard. That, however, doesn't excuse some of the Tigerbole that was heard during NBC's otherwise stellar coverage of the U.S. Open. During Sunday's round, in which Woods never...

June 25, 2001 | John O'Keefe
No doubt there will be moments next season when Wizards coach Doug Collins will gaze longingly at the broadcast booth. We'll probably wish he was back in it too. As he proved time and again on NBC...

June 25, 2001 | Kristi Berner
NOVEMBER 27, 1967

June 25, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
Dynasties are the yardsticks by which sports history is measured

June 25, 2001 | Daniel G. Habib
Through Sunday the Cardinals' Albert Pujols led National League third basemen in average (.352), homers (20) and RBIs (62). Pujols, however, has virtually no chance of being elected to start in...

June 25, 2001
THIS WEEK: MOUNTAIN CLIMBING

June 25, 2001 | Daniel G. Habib
89Combined ages of Roberto Duran, 50, and Hector Camacho, 39, who will fight on July 14 for the North American Boxing Association super middleweight title.

June 25, 2001
SYNOPSISA series of playoff-themed ads that juxtapose stars of the past (Dr. J, Michael Jordan) with standouts of the present (Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson), capped by the slogan "It's All Good."

June 25, 2001
Next week Pete Sampras begins his quest for a record eighth Wimbledon singles title. One key to his success on the All England Club's slick grass courts is his booming serve; in seven Wimbledon...

June 25, 2001
Rehired•Radio reporter Sid Rosenberg, who was fired two weeks ago after saying on Don Imus's syndicated show that Venus Williams was an "animal" and that she and sister Serena had a better shot at...

June 25, 2001
Love means never having to say you're sorry—even if it's for burning down your loved one's $1.3 million mansion. NFL free-agent wide receiver Andre Rison announced on an Atlanta radio station last...

June 25, 2001
Hello, it's me: Last week, Rex Rundgren, a shortstop from Sacramento City College and son of rocker Todd, was selected by the Marlins in the 11th round of the baseball draft. Rex is the latest...

June 25, 2001
Biologists at Sweden's National Board of Fisheries have discovered that female brown trout regularly fake orgasms during spawning to trick males into releasing their sperm.

June 25, 2001
PAUL BYRDJourneyman pitcher, after he was traded from the Phillies to the Royals: "Steve Carlton. Mike Schmidt. Now the Paul Byrd era in Philadelphia comes to an end."

June 25, 2001
Kingsley Barrett, GAINESVILLE, GA.GolfKingsley, a senior at Gainesville High who has accepted an athletic scholarship to Auburn, shot a tournament-record 68 to win the girls' state high school...

June 25, 2001
Guidance for those lost in sports

June 25, 2001 | Jamal Greene
Mitch (Wild Thing) Williams nurtures young pitchers for the Atlantic City Surf

June 25, 2001 | Franz Lidz
Hard knocks outside the ring haven't hindered big Lance Whitaker inside it

June 25, 2001 | Craig Neff
FAUST'S GOLD:Inside the East German Doping Machineby Steven Ungerleider/St. Martin's Press, $23.95

June 25, 2001 | Josh Elliott
Unlikely hero Charlton Jimerson led Miami to its second NCAA title in three years

June 25, 2001 | Phil Taylor
Just one question remains for the Lakers after their second straight title: Can their stars stay aligned long enough to seize a third?

June 25, 2001 | Jack McCallum
Coming to bat cold and chafing at their second-string status, pinch hitters often must make the most of one big swing

June 25, 2001 | Jack McCallum
The Mets' lefthanded-hitting Lenny Harris (right), a 14-year veteran and the career leader in pinch hits among active major league players, lists the six nastiest pitches to put into play when...

June 25, 2001
For complete coverage of the NBA draft, including player profiles and exclusive analysis from Seth Davis and Marty Burns, go to cnnsi.com/basketball.

June 25, 2001 | Alan Shipnuck
Fifteen years after being struck by lightning, Retief Goosen survived a near-fatal putting episode to win the U.S. Open

June 25, 2001 | George Dohrmann
Though rife with NCAA violations, college-run football camps have become bull markets for recruiters

June 25, 2001
The NFL

June 25, 2001 | Jeffri Chadiha
Two's a CrowdWill there be enough passes in Oakland to keep Jerry Rice and Tim Brown happy?

June 25, 2001 | Jeff Pearlman
Hitting His StrideAfter a wrenching personal loss, Bernie Williams is sparking the Yankees again

June 25, 2001 | Jeff Pearlman
Two advance scouts, one from each league, reflect on what they saw and heard last week:

June 25, 2001 | Jeff Pearlman
RANGERS 12, ASTROS 9June 15

June 25, 2001 | Daniel G. Habib
Dropping barbells for BP made Marty Cordova of Cleveland a better hitter

June 25, 2001 | Ian Thomsen
A Very Fine LineA retooled defense is spearheading the U.S.'s strong run in World Cup qualifying

June 25, 2001
Sunday BustRetief Goosen (white shirt) surveys his comeback putt after missing a two-footer on the 72nd hole of the U.S. Open that would have given him the title then and there. Instead he had to...

June 25, 2001 | Ian Thomsen
Five new starters have uplifted a once lowly franchise

June 25, 2001 | Alexander Wolff
You may think you can spot an NBA prospect a mile away, but a pro scout sees things you're not even looking for—as the author learned by tagging along with one on his predraft rounds

June 25, 2001 | Alexander Wolff
SCHOOL: DukeCLASS: SeniorCURRENT POSITION: 4/3PRO POSITION: 3HEIGHT: 6'8"WEIGHT: 220

June 25, 2001 | Alexander Wolff
SCHOOL: Seton HallCLASS: FreshmanCURRENT POSITION: 4PRO POSITION: 3HEIGHT: 6'9"WEIGHT: 219

June 25, 2001 | Alexander Wolff
SCHOOL: North CarolinaCLASS: SeniorCURRENT POSITION: 5PRO POSITION: 5HEIGHT: 7'WEIGHT: 268

June 25, 2001 | Alexander Wolff
SCHOOL: ArizonaCLASS: JuniorCURRENT POSITION: 4PRO POSITION: 4HEIGHT: 6'7"WEIGHT: 238

June 25, 2001 | Alexander Wolff
SCHOOL: Michigan StateCLASS: FreshmanCURRENT POSITION: 4PRO POSITION: 4HEIGHT: 6'8"WEIGHT: 250

June 25, 2001 | Alexander Wolff
SCHOOL: VirginiaCLASS: SeniorCURRENT POSITION: 2PRO POSITION: 1HEIGHT: 5'11"WEIGHT: 192

June 25, 2001 | John Garrity
Not far from Southern Hills, another Oklahoma club tries to climb back into championship contention

June 25, 2001
•Tulsa ToastWe thought Jean Van de Velde had class. Retief Goosen does him one better with his on-the-rebound U.S. Open win.

June 25, 2001 | Scott Gummer
Lured to America by the wartime tales of U.S. soldiers, he has been a Southern Hills fixture for 50 years

June 25, 2001 | John Garrity
Need a million feet of grass? The Allen family has all kinds down on the farm

June 25, 2001 | Gary Van Sickle
Matt Gogel's HomecomingA Local's Knowledge

June 25, 2001 | Gary Van Sickle
Southern Hills Country Club deserves another U.S. Open, and soon. The course is challenging, yet fair-although the 9th and 18th greens could stand some tweaking—and it resists low scores. More...

June 25, 2001 | Gary Van Sickle
What do these players have in common?

June 25, 2001 | Gary Van Sickle
Earl Woods says marriage could have a negative impact on Tiger's game, while Jack Nicklaus says it would be a positive. With whom do you agree?

June 25, 2001 | Brandel Chamblee
My 'instructor' is a man of few words, but he always gets the last one

June 25, 2001 | Frank Beard
The Tour will feel as if it has lost a family member if Westchester drops the Classic

June 25, 2001
A U.S. Open without controversy? As Hall Thompson might say, that just isn't done. Last week the tradition continued, when players wailed that Southern Hills's slick, sloping 18th green was...

June 25, 2001
1. Inverness, 1979; 2. Baltusrol, 1980; 3. Hazeltine, 1970; 4. Olympic, 1998; 5. Medinah, 1990; 6. Oakland Hills, 1985; 7. Oakmont, 1994; 8. Pebble Beach, 1992; 9. Oak Hill, 1989; 10. Winged Foot,...

June 25, 2001 | Michael Bamberger
Most Tour players never learn what makes the U.S. Open special

June 25, 2001 | Ivan Maisel
When Tiger Woods went down early, the road to the title was wide open. The most likely contenders, though, took a wrong turn

June 25, 2001 | Ivan Maisel
Tiger Woods sounded like a broken record as he repeated the reasons for his so-so play: Swing was a little off...the putts weren't dropping...didn't get the breaks...can't win 'em all. He could...

June 25, 2001 | Michael Bamberger
Clark Dennis nearly won the '94 Open. He was a different man at this one