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August 20, 2001 | Volume 95, Issue 7

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Magic Johnson Cover - Sports Illustrated August 20, 2001

August 20, 2001
Passing The BucsIf you print one more article or letter about the wondrous feats of the small-payroll Phillies and Twins without referring to the abysmal seasons that the Expos, Pirates, Reds and...

August 20, 2001
Letters

August 20, 2001 | Steve Rushin
The perils of America's highways make stock car racing look like a walk in the park

August 20, 2001 | Chris Ballard
Highlights

August 20, 2001 | John O'Keefe
Three diehards use the Web to evoke late and (at least to them) lamented sports leagues

August 20, 2001 | Chris Ballard
Flip to ESPN2 on a Tuesday or Friday night, and you'll immediately hear him, rattling off the names of long-forgotten boxers in his New York accent and sounding for all the world like a...

August 20, 2001 | John O'Keefe
CBS's May Carillo sounded like a soothsayer when she said that Andre Agassi's fragile psyche—evidenced by his recent poor on-court behavior—was more of an ominous sign for his chances at the U.S....

August 20, 2001 | Will Kimmey
JULY 2, 1956

August 20, 2001 | Daniel G. Habib
Are the Devil Rays the worst team ever?

August 20, 2001 | Mark Bechtel
The idea seems preposterous now—a 24-year-old shortstop sweet-talking an owner into handing him the manager's job—but it wasn't always so. In November 1941, before the biggest concern of a player...

August 20, 2001 | Mark Bechtel
1Players in major league baseball history to have smacked a grand slam and hit into a triple play in the same game, after Boston's Scott Hatteberg did so on Aug. 6.

August 20, 2001 | Mark Bechtel
THIS WEEK: STREET LUGE

August 20, 2001
After his win at Watkins Glen on Sunday, Jeff Gordon burned rubber in textbook fashion, a vast improvement on what he called a "pretty sad" attempt to do so at the Brickyard 400. In his defense,...

August 20, 2001
Who needs the Gold Club when you have the visitors' locker room at the Vet? Last week two former Eagles cheerleaders filed suit against 23 NFL teams, accusing players of spying on the dancers....

August 20, 2001
Scrapped•Kobe Bryant's plan to purchase a $13.5 million estate in Orange County, Calif., that includes a 10-bedroom house and a private lake with a replica pirate ship. A spokeswoman for Bryant's...

August 20, 2001
For two people who just spent a lot of effort denying rumors they'd gotten secretly married, Anna Kournikova and Sergei Fedorov (below) were a conspicuous couple last week. On Aug. 8 they dropped...

August 20, 2001
With the notable exception of Kingpin, bowling hasn't been associated with great art. Now, though, the bowling ball is finally enjoying its turn as an objet d'art thanks to Todd Ramquist and...

August 20, 2001
Top 10 heavyweight boxer Lance Whitaker has asked that he henceforth be referred to simply as Goofi.

August 20, 2001
BOB COSTASNBC announcer, describing the network's 2002 Olympic broadcasting strategy at a presentation for its Salt Lake City affiliate: "We want to show that Utah is more than Karl Malone,...

August 20, 2001
Guidance for those lost in sports

August 20, 2001
Pete Exline, JACKSONVILLETeam HandballExline, 22, a recent graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, was named the most valuable goalie in the nine-team U.S.A. Team Handball college championship. He...

August 20, 2001 | Tom Verducci
In spite of myriad woes, including a pitching staff devastated by injuries, the Dodgers haven't sold themselves short in the tight National League West race

August 20, 2001 | Michael Bamberger
His body healthy at last and his mind clear—at least most of the time—Cliff Floyd is having a career year for the resurgent Marlins

August 20, 2001 | Josh Elliott
Chess was out because the games drag on too long, and cards weren't an option because gambling in the workplace tends to be frowned upon. So a few of the Washington Redskins settled on playing...

August 20, 2001 | Alexander Wolff
By signing for five years, Antonio Davis, an emerging frontcourt star, helped Toronto lock up other free agents and assure Canadians another run at the NBA title

August 20, 2001
Simply magical: For even more photos of Magic Johnson, including his 25 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED cover appearances, go to cnnsi.com/si_online.

August 20, 2001 | Ivan Maisel
Weary of being, beaten to the punch by blitzing defenses on first down, offenses are throwing caution to the wind and changing the way the game is played

August 20, 2001
Track and Field

August 20, 2001 | Tim Layden
Help WantedHurdler Anjanette Kirkland was the aging U.S. team's only first-time world champion

August 20, 2001
Please Replace Your DivotsOlga Yershova of Russia appears to have a bad lie after a triple jump of 45'6", which left her short of the finals at the World Track and Field Championships (page 58).

August 20, 2001 | Stephen Cannella
Going the Other WayThe dead pull hitter is dying out as batters crush the ball to the opposite field

August 20, 2001 | Stephen Cannella
Two advance scouts, one from each league, reflect on what they saw and heard last week:

August 20, 2001 | Stephen Cannella
GIANTS 9, CUBS 4 Aug. 11

August 20, 2001 | Stephen Cannella
Hyperkinetic shortstop David Eckstein has given the Angels a lift

August 20, 2001 | Peter King
Showing The WayDaunte Culpepper helped the Vikings get back to the business of football

August 20, 2001 | Peter King
Two days before the Ravens' devastating loss of running back Jamal Lewis to a season-ending left knee injury, tackle Jonathan Ogden praised the coaching staff for its laid-back camp. Then, in a...

August 20, 2001 | Jack McCallum
Magic Johnson has pulled off one of the great comebacks in sports history, and it's got nothing to do with basketball

August 20, 2001 | Jack McCallum
THE ULTIMATE FLOOR GENERAL ALSO HAS A VERY HOT HAND IN THE WORLD OF BUSINESS

August 20, 2001 | Jack McCallum
WHAT WE KNOW—AND DON'T KNOW—ABOUT HIS HEALTH AND HIS PROGNOSIS

August 20, 2001 | Rick Reilly
My question is always simple: When were you happiest? The answer is always good.

August 20, 2001 | Gary Van Sickle
Walker CupThe End Of an Era

August 20, 2001 | Gary Van Sickle
Unlike after the 1989 Ryder Cup, a second consecutive U.S. loss in the Walker Cup won't get Americans all worked up. U.S. fans have cared about amateur golf only twice—in the '20s, when Bobby...

August 20, 2001 | Gary Van Sickle
What do these players have in common?

August 20, 2001 | Gary Van Sickle
Who should be selected as the captain of the 2003 U.S. Ryder Cup team?

August 20, 2001 | Marlene Hagge
Teenage pros are common in many sports, and they soon will be in golf too

August 20, 2001
Laura Coble, AUGUSTACoble, 37, became the first two-time winner of the Georgia Women's Match Play, defeating Kathi Eutzler, 24, of Atlanta 2 and 1. The Georgia women's player of the year for the...

August 20, 2001
Senior Tour Stops

August 20, 2001
•TeamworkKenny Perry gets the win, but the big prize—a spot on the Ryder Cup team—goes to Jim Furyk.

August 20, 2001 | Alan Shipnuck
Kenny Perry won the battle at the Buick Open, but Jim Furyk prevailed in the hotly contested war for a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team