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March 11, 2002 | Volume 96, Issue 11

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Charles Barkley Cover - Sports Illustrated March 11, 2002

March 11, 2002
The Prince of CrashersThe guy sitting next to me at an invitation-only pre-Super Bowl brunch at New Orleans's Wyndham Hotel was familiar, but I couldn't place him until he started pulling out...

March 11, 2002
Letters

March 11, 2002 | Steve Rushin
College hoops needs a splash of color from the kind of characters who once brightened the game

March 11, 2002 | Richard Deitsch
the guide

March 11, 2002 | John O'Keefe
Yes: In Monday Night Mayhem director Chet Forte is portrayed ending his powwow with producer Roone Arledge on the inaugural season of Monday Night Football by saying, "Cosell makes it huge." Well,...

March 11, 2002
The online auction items of the week

March 11, 2002 | Richard Deitsch
Rick Fox, 32, plays forward for the NBA champions (the Lakers), sleeps with a Miss America (wife Vanessa Williams) and counts He Got Game, Eddie and Blue Chips among his acting credits. Since 1997...

March 11, 2002 | Yi-Wyn Yen
SEPTEMBER 12, 1983

March 11, 2002 | Grant Wahl
Nolan Richardson's charges of racism sealed his fate and left Arkansas in disarray

March 11, 2002
Viagra is penetrating the sports market more deeply than ever. Pfizer, makers of the little blue pills, got things going last year by sponsoring NASCAR driver Mark Martin, then 42, on the Winston...

March 11, 2002
49Age that Winnipeg Blue Bombers' punter Bob Cameron will be when his new contract extension runs out in February 2004, five months before he'll be eligible to receive his CFL Players' Association...

March 11, 2002
Used to be that a conquering hero returned to little more than a parade and the key to his hometown. Now the tour of fame has gotten a bit more involved, if no less predictable. Here's a quick...

March 11, 2002
Where you've seen herAs the update anchor on Fox Sports Net's The Best Damn Sports Show Period. She also does news reports on the network throughout the day.

March 11, 2002
The Iditarod began in Anchorage last Saturday, a few weeks after the Westminster Dog Show in New York. Here's an Iditarod star next to Ch. Surrey Spice Girl, the Best in Show at Westminster.

March 11, 2002
Misled•Potential ticket buyers, by the promoters of the Champions on Ice show, who are running newspaper ads in which photos of U.S. figure skaters Sarah Hughes, Michelle Kwan and Sasha Cohen are...

March 11, 2002
There are two types of people in the world: those who flip past the ads in magazines and those, like Doug Powell, who pore over them, cut them out and save them. Three years ago Powell, 39, quit...

March 11, 2002
Are offshore motorheads ready for the screaming teens of the MTV set? Backstreet Boy Nick Carter has purchased a 43-foot offshore racer, which will run in the 2002 circuit of the American...

March 11, 2002
An Avon (Ind.) High wrestling coach was suspended for two weeks after biting off the head of a live sparrow in front of his team.

March 11, 2002
JOHNNY BENSONNASCAR driver, on what he saw during an 18-car pileup at the Daytona 500: "Aw, we have our eyes closed during that stuff."

March 11, 2002
Barbara Stevens, WALTHAM, MASS.BasketballStevens, 47, guided Bentley College to an 83-42 victory over the College of St. Rose, of Albany, N.Y., to become the first Division II women's coach in her...

March 11, 2002
Calling the Shots

March 11, 2002
BOOM!: a. Gary Bender shared the booth with Madden during the 1980 season.

March 11, 2002 | Jack McCallum
He's a trash-talking, leg-pulling, high-rolling, golf-playing black Republican who says whatever's on his mind and doesn't care what you think of him. Would you vote for him to be governor of Alabama?

March 11, 2002 | Peter King
Sent packing after six seasons as a Yankee, Tino Martinez has a new league, a new team and a momentous new challenge: replacing Mark McGwire. What's not to smile about?

March 11, 2002 | Austin Murphy
Driven by his relentless coach, Sam Clancy is making it clear that he and USC will be a force to be reckoned with in the NCAA tournament

March 11, 2002 | Michael Farber
A golden performance in the Olympics put a crowning touch on Jarome Iginla's breakthrough season

March 11, 2002 | Tim Layden
Facing a manslaughter charge and witnesses who may turn on him, the ex-NBA star has seen his dream world collapse with the shotgun death of a limo driver

March 11, 2002
Can't get enough of Sir Charles? For the Best of Barkley, our collection of outrageous and uproarious video clips, go to cnnsi.com/si_online.

March 11, 2002 | Jeff MacGregor
In Hollywood everybody has a stand-in, even the foxes. Strange days with the members of the West Hills Hunt as they follow their highbred hounds in pursuit of another canine—the wily coyote

March 11, 2002
Taylor CuffedUNC Greensboro guard Ronnie Taylor gets clipped by Davidson guard Peter Anderer as they fight for a loose ball during their Southern Conference semifinal game. Davidson won 68-58,...

March 11, 2002
The NFL

March 11, 2002 | Peter King
Out of the MoneyA season removed from a Super Bowl win, the Ravens are paying a steep price

March 11, 2002 | Peter King
After the quarterbacks worked out at the combine on Sunday, the consensus was that Oregon's Joey Harrington, who threw some gorgeous deep balls while battling a bad cold, had closed the gap on...

March 11, 2002 | Seth Davis
March BadnessConference tournaments work for mid-major leagues, but they encourage top teams to tank

March 11, 2002 | Seth Davis
This completes the work of SI's selection committee. The real tournament selection committee gets to fill out the brackets this weekend. The big question: Who will be the No. 1 seed in the West?...

March 11, 2002 | Daniel G. Habib
Head CaseEdmonton's playoff fate may depend on how fast Tommy Salo gets over his Olympic gaffe

March 11, 2002 | Pierre McGuire
Bruins center Joe Thornton, who was suspended for three games last week for cross-checking the Hurricanes' Rod Brind'Amour in the face, had been warned numerous times this season by members of the...

March 11, 2002 | Mark Beech
Brian SutterBLACKHAWKSThe 45-year-old former NHL left wing had led Chicago to the league's third-most points (77) through Sunday. In 10 previous seasons behind the bench for three teams, he had a...

March 11, 2002 | Ian Thomsen
Babes in BullslandJalen Rose has picked up the spirits—and the play—of Chicago's rookie big men

March 11, 2002 | Ian Thomsen
With the launch of its $160 Shox VC shoes last Saturday, Nike is marketing Vince Carter the way it does Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods. But while Carter was the top vote getter in the recent...

March 11, 2002 | Ian Thomsen
On the Hornets, who at week's end were 29-30 and seventh in the East:

March 11, 2002 | John O'Keefe
A team on the soft side relies on hard-nosed backup Bobby Jackson

March 11, 2002 | Rick Reilly
Send suitcases full of Victoria's Secret! Gallons of Chanel No. 5! Crates of Cosmo advice!

March 11, 2002 | Alan Shipnuck
Ernie Els's roller coaster kept rolling at Doral

March 11, 2002 | Alan Shipnuck
The proposed Majors tour makes the XFL look like a good idea. This transparent TV cash grab would have the gravity of a bad Silly Season event, with fields populated by one-hit wonders and achy...

March 11, 2002 | Steve Bosdosh
Twelve-year-old Michelle Wie made history at the LPGA's Takefuji Classic and continued an unprecedented youth movement

March 11, 2002 | Sal Johnson
Ernie Els and Tiger Woods have finished one-two at eight tournaments worldwide, and the Genuity Championship was only the second victory for Els, along with the 1999 Nissan Open....

March 11, 2002 | Steve Bosdosh
My wife, Debbie (a 12 handicapper), and I have four golf-crazy children—the two boys, plus Stacey, 13, and Stephanie, 6. (That's Sean in my lap, with Debbie and Stephanie to my right.) Here are...

March 11, 2002
One of golf's great conflicts was finally resolved last week. The USGA versus the ERC II? Nope. Ben Wright versus Valerie Helmbrick? Negative. The antagonists here were Ian Leggatt, the Tucson...

March 11, 2002
Democracy is alive and well at playboy.com, where votes are being tallied in a contest to determine, as the site puts it, "which [of these nine LPGA] luscious links lynx should doff her kitschy...

March 11, 2002
Augusta national chairman Hootie Johnson says the Masters might implement its own equipment restrictions. Would this taint the tournament?

March 11, 2002 | John Garrity
Augusta might go it alone in putting restrictions on equipment

March 11, 2002 | Michael Bamberger
Despite advancing age and limited means, Al Besselink, golf's grand master of dolce vita, remains a man of action