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January 07, 2002 | Volume 96, Issue 1

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Clinton Portis Cover - Sports Illustrated January 07, 2002

January 07, 2002
A Righteous ManI've been an SI reader for more than 30 years, and Frank Deford's profile of Max Schmeling is the finest piece of writing I've read in your magazine (Almost a Hero, Dec. 3). As a...

January 07, 2002
Letters•For the fastest response, please fax us at 212-467-4049 or e-mail us at letters@si.timeinc.com.•Letters should include the writer's full name, address and home telephone number and may be...

January 07, 2002 | Mark Beech
June 11, 1973

January 07, 2002 | Steve Rushin
To clear the decks for 2002, we're unloading last year's ideas that didn't make the cut

January 07, 2002 | Richard Deitsch
Highlights

January 07, 2002 | John O'Keefe
For fans of a macabre bent, here's a website that provides the lowdown on baseball's dead and buried

January 07, 2002 | Richard Deitsch
Whether trying to do basketball play-by-play amid Dick Vitale's cacophony or as the studio host on ESPN's NHL playoffs, John Saunders has always exuded calm. He says he rarely gets anxious before...

January 07, 2002 | John O'Keefe
U.S. soccer fans can forget that Berlitz course: ABC/ESPN will televise all 63 of this year's World Cup matches from Japan and South Korea live. Previously the only live U.S. coverage was slated...

January 07, 2002 | Tim Layden
Despite an awkward search process, Notre Dame ended up with the right man

January 07, 2002 | Tim Layden
How the last five Notre Dame coaches fared in their first season.

January 07, 2002
Dick Schaap, who wrote nearly 30 sports books and was the avuncular host of ESPN's The Sports Reporters, died on Dec. 21, at age 67. His son Jeremy, 32, a reporter for ESPN since 1996, shares this...

January 07, 2002
Q In Muhammad Ali's first bout with Sonny Liston, in 1964, did Liston doctor his gloves in order to blind Ali, as depicted in the movie Ali?

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The Avalanche's crooked-nosed, quick-shinned MVP won his 500th career game on Dec. 26, a milestone that no other NHL goalie has neared. (Terry Sawchuk's 447 victories are second alltime.) Roy's...

January 07, 2002
So you're an English soccer fan rooting on your team at this summer's World Cup in Japan, and you want your taunts and epithets to have an authentic local ring. What do you do? Picking up where...

January 07, 2002
Angling•To be an NFL players' agent, baseball's ruthless superagent Scott Boras, who will take an NFL Players Association certification test later this month. Boras's prospective first client:...

January 07, 2002 | John Sellers
Why a gorilla? Phoenix is in a desert. Why not a Gila monster?

January 07, 2002
Another good omen for the Wizards: Michael Jordan is looking to put down roots near Washington, D.C. Jordan and his wife, Juanita, have reportedly started shopping for houses in Potomac, Md., an...

January 07, 2002
An interactive poll in the midst of ESPN's bowl coverage asked viewers, "From which bowl sponsor would you most like a gift certificate?"

January 07, 2002
GEORGE W. BUSHU.S. President, upon meeting Diamondbacks general manager Joe Garagiola Jr.: "I'm always suspicious of guys who've got a famous father."

January 07, 2002
•BUSINESS LEADERSOn Nov. 4, 1976, baseball's first free-agent draft took place at New York City's Plaza Hotel. Who was the first player to be signed under this system?

January 07, 2002
BUSINESS LEADERS: b. On Nov. 6, 1976, the Red Sox signed former Twins reliever Bill Campbell, making him the first player to sign as a free-agent draftee.

January 07, 2002 | Austin Murphy
Unbeaten Miami flogged Nebraska early and often to win an undisputed national title

January 07, 2002 | Kelley King
In his final game Joey Harrington lived up to all the hype, but even a Fiesta Bowl rout by Oregon left the Ducks at No. 2

January 07, 2002 | Ivan Maisel
When 50 teams play in 25 bowl games, there are plenty of highlights—and lowlights

January 07, 2002 | Kristi Berner
To win the door prize at the Cotton Bowl luncheon on New Year's Eve, all Oklahoma wide receiver Mark Clayton had to do was catch a pass from Sooners quarterback Nate Hybl (right). Across the...

January 07, 2002
Last summer Colorado State third-string running back Chad Dixon worked two jobs, as a supervisor at a Mexican fast-food joint and as a waiter at a Holiday Inn, and still fit in workouts with his...

January 07, 2002
Positive Thoughts

January 07, 2002 | David Sabino
Before the 2001 bowl season, former Michigan State wide-out Andre Rison held the record for receiving yards in a postseason game, with 252 in the 1989 Gator Bowl. However, by the time Michigan...

January 07, 2002
For complete NFL playoff coverage, including the latest news and stats, plus exclusive analysis from SI's Peter King and Dr. Z, go to cnnsi.com/football.

January 07, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
GALLERYFURNITURE.COM

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winners

January 07, 2002
At a practice before the GMAC Bowl, Marshall quarterback Byron Leftwich (left) put on the number 45 jersey of tight end Gregg Kellett, went onto the field and began to mimic his teammate, a...

January 07, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
South Carolina pulled out a 31-28 victory over Ohio State in the Outback Bowl when Daniel Weaver's 42-yard field goal practically scraped the paint off the back of the crossbar as time expired....

January 07, 2002 | Alexander Wolff
Despite a talent-rich team that humbled hated Rick Pitino and Louisville, Kentucky fans keep looking for those dark clouds

January 07, 2002 | Michael Silver
Garrison Hearst refused to call it quits despite two seasons on the sidelines with a debilitating ankle injury, and now he's back in stride and playing a key role in the 49ers' surprising run to...

January 07, 2002
Blue CollaredKings defenseman Philippe Boucher (far right) gets a tripping penalty for helping Blue Jackets center Mike Sillinger find a seat in a game Los Angeles won 3-2.

January 07, 2002 | Jack McCallum
Mixing street tastes off the court with a button-down approach on it, Elton Brand is infusing Los Angeles's other team with a new identity

January 07, 2002
The NBA

January 07, 2002 | Ian Thomsen
To Hill and BackCan Tracy McGrady salvage the season for the Magic after another Grant Hill injury?

January 07, 2002 | Ian Thomsen
WITH Shaquille O'Neal expected to skip the world championships in Indianapolis this summer, the U.S. is preparing to enter a major tournament without a true center for the first time since the...

January 07, 2002 | Ian Thomsen
On the Knicks under coach Don Chaney, who took over for Jeff Van Gundy on Dec. 8 and was 3-8 through last Wednesday's games.

January 07, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
The lessons that Jeff Foster learned as a teen are paying off for the Pacers

January 07, 2002 | Peter King
Split DecisionThe Pro Bowl picks include some sweet surprises and, as usual, a few mistakes

January 07, 2002 | Peter King
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January 07, 2002 | Daniel G. Habib
Lightning StrikeAcquiring elite goalie Nikolai Khabibulin has given Tampa Bay a jolt of energy

January 07, 2002 | Pierre McGuire
The Kings' prospects are good, thanks to their scouting staff, led by director of amateur scouting Al Murray and director of player personnel Bill O'Flaherty. At the world junior championship in...

January 07, 2002 | Mark Beech
Kenny JonssonISLANDERS DThe 12th pick in the 1993 draft had four goals and six assists in 36 games through last Wednesday. He had only 236 career penalty minutes.

January 07, 2002 | Seth Davis
Hard LessonsWith league play getting under way, here's a look at what has been learned so far

January 07, 2002 | Seth Davis
J.R. BREMERSENIOR, GUARD, ST. BONAVENTURE

January 07, 2002 | Seth Davis
Guard Jamel Bradley is leading South Carolina in scoring while inspiring hearing-impaired kids

January 07, 2002 | Rick Reilly
The most amazing outcome of any tennis match in history was not Borg over McEnroe. Not Rosewall over Laver. Not even King over Riggs. No, the most astonishing result of any tennis match just burped.