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December 17, 2001 | Volume 95, Issue 24

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Randy Johnson Cover - Sports Illustrated December 17, 2001

December 17, 2001
Devil DoggedCanadiens center Mike Ribeiro gets just enough mustard on his shot to score on sprawled Devils goalie Martin Brodeur in a game New Jersey won 2-1.

December 17, 2001 | Richard Hoffer
The Mavericks' Steve Nash has found a winning philosophy by tempering his you-first attitude with a little selfishness

December 17, 2001 | E.M. Swift
Jim Jr. is favored to become the third Shea Olympian, following his dad and granddad, the oldest U.S. Winter gold medalist

December 17, 2001 | Tom Verducci
Spurring each other on, Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson carried Arizona to victory in the World Series—and enthralled a nation

December 17, 2001
THE NFL

December 17, 2001 | Peter King
Cruise ControlRandy Moss is cheating the Vikings with his lack of full-time commitment

December 17, 2001 | Peter King
•WORD ASSOCIATIONWith battered Titans running back Eddie George

December 17, 2001 | Peter King
With the Bills and the Panthers, a pair of one-win teams, each fighting to avoid the embarrassment of losing to the other on Sunday, the Futility Bowl took an apt turn. Buffalo punter Brian...

December 17, 2001 | Paul Zimmerman
The Baltimore-Pittsburgh game is important for both teams, but it's crucial for the Ravens. At 10-2 the Steelers are one of the NFL's elite clubs. If the playoffs started tomorrow, they would be...

December 17, 2001 | Seth Davis
Without a BlemishMarquette is off to a 9-0 start behind multitalented rookie guard Dwyane Wade

December 17, 2001 | Seth Davis
Pepperdine, under new coach Paul Westphal, beats UCLA and USC

December 17, 2001 | Daniel G. Habib
Back in BusinessCoach Mike Keenan's latest enterprise is trying to turn around the woeful Panthers

December 17, 2001 | Pierre McGuire
The two-year, $20 million contract extension the Red Wings' Norris Trophy-winning Nicklas Lidstrom signed last week contains three incentive clauses not previously reported. Lidstrom will get a...

December 17, 2001 | Pierre McGuire
Brian SavageCANADIENS RW

December 17, 2001 | Ian Thomsen
Back the HardawayAfter being sidelined last season, Penny Hardaway is sparking the Suns' attack

December 17, 2001 | Ian Thomsen
Don't believe the rumors that Michael Jordan will retire again or demand a trade to a better team when he's eligible to be dealt on Dec. 25. In either case he would go down as a quitter, which...

December 17, 2001 | Rick Reilly
From Maine to Maui, parents dropped their spoons into their oat bran last week when they read the headline HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR QUALIFIES FOR PGA TOUR. To my wife, Linda, and me, it was like reading...

December 17, 2001 | Tim Alan Smith
NOVEMBER 12, 1956

December 17, 2001
Jumping Through HoopsI found your college basketball preview issue (Nov. 19) quite interesting. My alma mater, Purdue, is not listed in the men's top 65 (Scouting Reports), nor is the women's...

December 17, 2001
Letters

December 17, 2001 | Steve Rushin
For the truly odd sports record, the venerable Guinness Book is still hard to beat

December 17, 2001 | Richard Deitsch
Highlights

December 17, 2001 | John O'Keefe
In his trusty 1997 Honda, a website reporter hits the road to cover 2,000 miles and 27 games in 19 days

December 17, 2001
Unless you're a football-obsessed geek or a TV sports critic, no doubt you limit your Sunday NFL pregame viewing to one network. While CBS, ESPN and Fox all deliver on preparing fans for the day's...

December 17, 2001 | John O'Keefe
It was sobering enough that last Saturday's Heisman Award ceremony on ESPN had to be held at the Marriott Marquis because of damage inflicted on Sept. 11 to the trophy's home, the Downtown...

December 17, 2001 | Austin Murphy
The BCS or a playoff? The debate's hotter than ever this year

December 17, 2001 | E.M. Swift
Peter Blake wasn't one to suffer fools. And if Blake, a 6'4" New Zealander with 600,000 miles of ocean racing behind him, ever felt fear, he never showed it. So for those who knew him, it was no...

December 17, 2001
Air of Vulnerability

December 17, 2001 | E.M. Swift
48, 20Respective ages of UMass-Boston hockey leftwinger Dana Marek and his son, Steve, a rightwinger for Babson; they became the first pair of father-and-son hockey opponents in NCAA history, in...

December 17, 2001
Last Thursday baseball commissioner Bud Selig appeared before Congress to defend baseball's antitrust exemption, which is under fire now that baseball has announced plans to contract. Selig...

December 17, 2001 | Tom Russo
Superman vs. Muhammad Ali

December 17, 2001
Offered•Four seats behind the dugout for any 2002 Twins game, in an auction to support Minnesota's Children's Theatre Company. The tickets were donated by Dorsey & Whitney, the Minneapolis law...

December 17, 2001
How long have you been doing this?

December 17, 2001
It's the "wedding of the year," at least according to the feverish Scottish press. Edinburgh native and CART driver Dario Franchitti was scheduled to marry actress Ashley Judd at Skibo Castle in...

December 17, 2001
The website funideas.com offers a flask disguised as a pair of binoculars, allowing users to sneak their favorite beverage into "the golf course, sporting events, opera and church."

December 17, 2001
MARK CUBAN

December 17, 2001 | Kelli Anderson
Two old friends and teammates led Santa Clara's women to their first NCAA title

December 17, 2001 | Jeff Pearlman
Only 14, Hikaru Nakamura is the best young U.S. player since Bobby Fischer

December 17, 2001 | Mark Beech
A handy item for tracking weather and a classic that does almost everything else

December 17, 2001 | Mark Bechtel
North Dakota wrote a happy ending to its upbeat season, winning a national title

December 17, 2001
Mina Harigae, MONTEREY, CALIF.GolfMina, 12, beat Sydney Burlison, 12, of Salinas, 3-2 in the final round of match play to become the youngest player to win the California women's amateur...

December 17, 2001
•HELPING HAND

December 17, 2001
HELPING HAND: b. In 1987-88 Jackson had 868 assists for the Knicks to beat Cincinnati Royal Oscar Robertson's rookie record of 690 set in 1960-61.

December 17, 2001 | Michael Farber
The U.S. team is still tainted by the cover-up of a Nagano rooms-trashing

December 17, 2001 | Michael Silver
As if they didn't already have enough ways to score, the Rams uncorked beloved veteran wideout Ricky Proehl, who showed the 49ers he still has plenty of legs

December 17, 2001 | Michael Silver
New Orleans coach Jim Haslett has mellowed a bit since his raucous playing days, but no one would accuse him of being a choirboy

December 17, 2001
Check out the complete archive of SI's Sportsman of the Year award plus exclusive behind-the-scenes video of our cover shoot, at cnnsi.com/si_online.

December 17, 2001 | Peter King
With the NFL sack record within reach, Giants defensive end Michael Strahan shares his secrets for taking down the quarterback

December 17, 2001 | Grant Wahl
In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year, reluctant returnee Jason Gardner and a slew of freshmen have Arizona off to a shockingly fast start

December 17, 2001 | Kelley King
A Cubs washout from Santa Claus came off the bench to give LSU its best present in years and ruin Tennessee's holidays

December 17, 2001 | Chris Ballard
In a nod to the old days, tight teamwork and rugged defense have the Pistons pumping again