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December 24, 2001 | Volume 95, Issue 25

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Pat Murphy Cover - Sports Illustrated December 24, 2001

December 24, 2001 | Michael Bamberger
LIKE SO MANY OTHER NEW YORK CITY FIREFIGHTERS WHO DIED ON SEPTEMBER 11, MIKE CARROLL WAS A DEDICATED ATHLETE AND LOYAL TEAMMATE WHOSE INDOMITABLE SPIRIT LED HIM TO EMBRACE HIS FINAL, HEROIC...

December 24, 2001 | Rick Reilly
Went to see Ali the other day. Not the movie, the man.

December 24, 2001 | Tim Alan Smith
JUNE 4, 1973

December 24, 2001
Skirting the IssueThank you, Rick Reilly, for revealing the absurdity of Ryan Sherburne (above) and other high school boys playing field hockey with girls (THE LIFE OF REILLY, Nov. 26). It is...

December 24, 2001
Letters

December 24, 2001 | Steve Rushin
A childhood snow day can produce all the chills and thrills of a sports jamboree

December 24, 2001 | Richard Deitsch
Highlights

December 24, 2001 | John O'Keefe
The website for the Salt Lake City Games has two approaches—and some jazzy new features

December 24, 2001 | Richard Deitsch
With the Emmys out of our rearview mirror and the Oscars three months away, we know you're in awards withdrawal. Thus we proudly present SI's first Viewers Choice Awards, commemorating the best...

December 24, 2001 | John O'Keefe
The Golf Channel has lost its Chris Berman. Last week it took Peter Kessler off the air because of disagreements over creative control of the shows he hosted, Golf Talk Live, Academy Live and...

December 24, 2001 | Richard Hoffer
Why, after all these years, does Ali continue to fascinate us?

December 24, 2001 | Richard Hoffer
A few of the many Ali-related products and events headed your way.

December 24, 2001
George O'Leary's CV was so doctored, it's a wonder it didn't come wrapped in bandages. Last week O'Leary's tenure as Notre Dame coach ended after five days, when he admitted having lied on his...

December 24, 2001
THIS WEEK: JAI ALAI

December 24, 2001
6Olympic hockey teams that Finnish forward Raimo Helminen, 37, has been named to, an international record.

December 24, 2001
From the Dec. 11 New York Times:Soccer Found Safer with Smaller Balls

December 24, 2001
With the new year approaching, it's time for a new calendar. Why settle for that bank giveaway when the world of sports affords so many colorful selections?

December 24, 2001
DisruptedWhite House press secretary Ari Fleischer's daily briefing, by Diamondbacks pitchers Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling. The pitchers, who with their teammates were in the White House to be...

December 24, 2001
The Jets have adopted Shrek as their unofficial mascot this season because, like the animated ogre, they're big, green and ugly but (hope to) stand victorious in the end. Given the 78,000 fans who...

December 24, 2001
There's no crying in sports. Unless you're a retiring athlete. Or you're being inducted into a hall of fame. Or you just lost a playoff game. O.K., so there's lots of crying in sports. In the last...

December 24, 2001
Subtlety has never been a hallmark of British tabloids. Take this recent headline from London's Daily Mail: THE TENNIS WORLD TOOK ME FOR A LESBIAN. BUT I'VE BEEN MARRIED, WIDOWED AND AM ABOUT TO...

December 24, 2001
The father of a 15-year-old boy who was cut from the varsity basketball team at Logan High in Union City, Calif., is suing the school district for $1.5 million because he says his son's chances of...

December 24, 2001
ERNIE BANKSBaseball Hall of Famer on how glad he is that contraction wasn't an option during his playing days: "I played on some bad teams, man. We would have been contracted before the All-Star...

December 24, 2001 | Ivan Maisel
Mount Union won yet another Division III title behind the running of Chuck Moore

December 24, 2001 | Kelli Anderson
A nonstop year for Stanford's Logan Tom culminated in an NCAA women's title

December 24, 2001 | Charles Hirshberg
A quick and riveting read about a fast and dangerous sport

December 24, 2001
WRESTLING

December 24, 2001 | Mark Bechtel
English defender Danny Jackson carried North Carolina to its first national title

December 24, 2001 | Mark Beech
Something for everyone (and just about every season), ranging from utilitarian to simply fun

December 24, 2001 | Jeff Pearlman
Evander Holyfield battered John Ruiz but got a draw, and boxing took a beating

December 24, 2001
•DEFENSIVE POSTURE

December 24, 2001
Ryan Pore, MANSFIELD, OHIOSoccerRyan, a senior forward at Madison Comprehensive High, broke state records for single-season and career goals, scoring 62 this year for a total of 154. Ryan, who led...

December 24, 2001
DEFENSIVE POSTURE: b. Miami's Bernard Clark made 14 tackles as the Hurricanes defeated Oklahoma 20-14 in the 1988 Orange Bowl.

December 24, 2001 | L. Jon Wertheim
Their once-ardent fans turned off by players' misdeeds and front-office ineptitude, the Trail Blazers are showing how quickly an NBA franchise can alienate its customers

December 24, 2001 | Tom Verducci
By acquiring four new regulars, including potent yet patient superstar Jason Giambi, the Yankees returned to the roots of their recent successes

December 24, 2001
Revisit the top stories of 2001 in our blowout year-in-review package, plus check out sport-by-sport predictions for 2002 from SI's experts on the beat.

December 24, 2001 | Michael Farber
You fly to Stockholm, jump into a car, head west, and an hour and a half later you hit Bars and Stars, a multistory pleasure palace in Vasteras that offers a nightclub, a memorabilia-crammed...

December 24, 2001 | Jeffri Chadiha
A parade of savvy wideouts is coming into its own as the NFL's latest generation of sure-handed pass catchers

December 24, 2001
Traveling SteerageRob Bell gets no points for his too-brief encounter with Real Deal during the bullriding competition at the National Finals Rodeo.

December 24, 2001 | Jeffri Chadiha
The Cardinals' David Boston has cut back on showboating and piled up yards en route to becoming a top wideout

December 24, 2001
Baseball

December 24, 2001 | Stephen Cannella
Cold ShoulderThe reluctance of teams to bid has cast a big chill on the market for free agents

December 24, 2001 | Stephen Cannella
Further proof that little matters to some clubs but talent: The Red Sox found several teams, including the Padres and the Brewers, willing to take clubhouse pariah Carl Everett off their hands...

December 24, 2001 | E.M. Swift
A Real DownerAnother puzzling loss left Michelle Kwan struggling to right herself for the Games

December 24, 2001 | Brian Cazeneuve
As the sled swervesAfter earning two world titles—and $500,000 in endorsements—with brakeman Jen Davidson, struggling driver Jean Racine (no wins in eight races this season) dumped Davidson less...

December 24, 2001 | Peter King
Coach In WaitingBill Parcells isn't sure he wants to return to the game, but he's doing his homework

December 24, 2001 | Peter King
•WORD ASSOCIATIONWith the Packers' Brett Favre, three-time league MVP and NFL record holder for consecutive starts by a quarterback, with 154

December 24, 2001 | Peter King
Denver offensive linemen have been fined a total of $102,941 this year for illegal blocks, and there's a feeling they've reined themselves in because the NFL is watching their chop-blocking...

December 24, 2001 | Paul Zimmerman
Some people consider this the Holiday Season. For me it's the Formula Season. My eyes have gone blurry from trying to read the many columns of tightly packed agate type. Team A can clinch a...

December 24, 2001 | Richard Hoffer
Troubled time's have put sports into proper perspective, but what better place to find inspiration for the comeback we all need?

December 24, 2001 | Steve Rushin
SI's Steve Rushin spent 2001 collecting all the weird and outrageous stories that may have slipped under your radar. The result left no doubt that it was a shocking year in sports, but don't...

December 24, 2001 | Steve Rushin
Two Mundelein (Ill.) High football players were referred to juvenile court after allegedly KO'ing a teammate while giving him a traditional "Birthday Beat Down."

December 24, 2001 | Steve Rushin
1stA 71-year-old woman from Illinois drowned after driving her golf cart into a water hazard at the Landings Yacht, Golf & Tennis Club in Lee County, Fla.