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March 18, 2002 | Volume 96, Issue 12

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Jason Williams Cover - Sports Illustrated March 18, 2002

March 18, 2002 | Chris Ballard
WHY IS THE NBA'S WESTERN CONFERENCE SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE EAST? BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE THE NASTIEST POWER FORWARDS LIVE. JOIN US ON A HEAD-BANGING TOUR

March 18, 2002
Baseball

March 18, 2002 | Stephen Cannella
Hail, Cesar!After much trial and many errors, L.A. may have found a shortstop in slick Cesar Izturis

March 18, 2002 | Stephen Cannella
Any hope the Cardinals had that Rick Ankiel would be in their rotation on Opening Day was dashed last week when he felt stiffness in his left (pitching) elbow after his first spring outing....

March 18, 2002 | Ian Thomsen
No Leading ManDespite his status as a star, Vince Carter won't take charge of the struggling Raptors

March 18, 2002 | Ian Thomsen
Scrapping their plan to convert Larry Hughes into a point guard (he's back to being a swingman), the Warriors have handed the position to 6'3" Gilbert Arenas, a second-round pick. They hope that...

March 18, 2002 | Ian Thomsen
On the Jazz, who at week's end was 2-12 against the top five teams in the West:

March 18, 2002
Baby BoomerI hope LeBron James (Ahead of His Class, Feb. 18) and every other high school phenom turned to page 80 and read the story about JaRon Rush (Reversal of Fortunes). Talent alone is not...

March 18, 2002
Letters

March 18, 2002 | Daniel G. Habib
Light TrafficDon't expect contenders' elite free-agents-to-be to travel at the trade deadline

March 18, 2002 | Daniel G. Habib
Ed BelfourG STARSThe 37-year-old was 17-22-7 with an .884 save percentage through Sunday. Since the Olympic break he'd allowed nine goals in parts of three games (114 minutes total).

March 18, 2002 | Pierre McGuire
The flames' Jarome Iginla, who led the NHL in scoring with 42 goals and 77 points as of Sunday, could become the first restricted free agent to command an offer sheet from another team since the...

March 18, 2002 | Rick Reilly
Is there anything more colorful than spring training? The lush green grass? The rich honey infield? The cancerous white lesions forming inside the players' tobacco-caked lips?

March 18, 2002 | Steve Rushin
Schoolboy track star Sean French made everyone he ran into feel special

March 18, 2002 | Richard Deitsch
the guide

March 18, 2002
Curt Schilling, RHP, Diamondbacks

March 18, 2002
The online auction items of the week

March 18, 2002 | Richard Deitsch
He has tackled Willy Loman and Hickey on Broadway and played an alien in Cocoon. Now Brian Dennehy sinks his teeth into another memorable character, Bobby Knight. We recently caught up to Dennehy,...

March 18, 2002 | Mark Beech
FEBRUARY 6, 1984

March 18, 2002 | Tom Verducci
The only ones who need preseason training are the fans

March 18, 2002 | Tom Verducci
Holman Stadium, Vero Beach, Fla. Roofless dugouts, Dodgertown's 50 years of tradition and an intimate, tree-studded layout. Nowhere else in Florida comes close.

March 18, 2002 | Albert Chen
Even by boxing's standards, it was an eye-catching publicity stunt. For his pay-per-view tide bout against middleweight champion Felix Trinidad last September, Bernard Hopkins wore a temporary...

March 18, 2002
THIS WEEK: CELEBRITY BOXING MATCHES

March 18, 2002 | Albert Chen
28Batters struck out by Riverview (Fla.) High junior Beth DiPietro in a 1-0, 1l-inning softball win over Gaither High, a single-game U.S. high school record.

March 18, 2002
Q Why is pepper forbidden at ballparks?

March 18, 2002
In real life Seabiscuit had no prominent offspring. In the publishing world, however, Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand's surprise bestseller about the charismatic thoroughbred who captured a nation's...

March 18, 2002
ChargedWith five counts of obstructing the law, former NBA player Jayson Williams, after the Feb. 14 shooting death of limo driver Costas Christofi at Williams's New Jersey estate (SI, March 11)....

March 18, 2002
Soccer is a game of artistry, and all artists need a muse. China is so eager for inspiration in the World Cup finals—which begin in Japan and South Korea on May 31—that a top modeling agency is...

March 18, 2002
Shaquille O'Neal is no Dean Martin. (Then again, Dino probably couldn't post up David Robinson.) Nevertheless, Shaq (below right) is set to become the nation's roastmaster general. The Lakers...

March 18, 2002
Police arrested 81 bookies in Jaipur, India, for offering bets on whether or not religious riots would erupt between Hindu and Muslim factions in the region.

March 18, 2002
TIM RAINESMarlins outfielder, on being a 42-year-old major leaguer: "I'm only 32 in the Dominican Republic."

March 18, 2002
Robert Joseph, PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITIBasketballJoseph, a 6'7" senior forward at Union University in Jackson, Tenn., had eight blocks in a 65-51 win over crosstown rival Lambuth College to break the...

March 18, 2002
•STOLEN SEASON

March 18, 2002
STOLEN SEASON: b. Alvin Robertson averaged 3.04 steals for the 1990-91 Bucks.

March 18, 2002 | Franz Lidz
Once a year a sleepy Derbyshire town awakens to two days of licensed mayhem

March 18, 2002 | Kevin Conley
Inside the radical surgery that prolonged a multimillion-dollar stud career

March 18, 2002 | Charles Hirschberg
Big Game, Small WorldA Basketball Adventure, by Alexander Wolff/Warner Books, 424 pages, $24.95

March 18, 2002 | Grant Wahl
It propels some teams to success and sabotages the hopes of others. Three-point shooting is the game within the game that will decide the NCAA tournament

March 18, 2002
Our surefire picks for who'll get to Atlanta and who'll win it all

March 18, 2002
March into the madness. Catch the latest NCAA tournament news, plus on-the-scene analysis from SI's experts, at cnnsi.com/basketball/college.

March 18, 2002 | Kelli Anderson
A decade after shutting down its women's program, Oklahoma is a favorite to reach the Final Four, thanks to an unlikely coach, Sherri Coale

March 18, 2002 | Kelli Anderson
The Huskies hope to complete their second perfect season in seven years in San Antonio, but there are potential roadblocks along the way

March 18, 2002
Winners AllHuge crowds turned out in Salt Lake City to cheer 420 athletes from 36 countries competing in 91 events at the Paralympic Winter Games, held after every Winter Olympics. Mher Avanesyan...

March 18, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
Sweet-swinging SEAN BURROUGHS, a star since his Little League days, is this spring's can't-miss rookie

March 18, 2002 | Michael Farber
In the NHL little players have to show they can do things as big as the league's tallest guy, and this season a bunch of them are doing just that....

March 18, 2002 | Peter King
Ricky Williams is tickled to be a Dolphin—and eager to prove New Orleans fans are wrong

March 18, 2002 | Peter King
Ricky Williams is the seventh running back since 1970 to be taken in the top 10 in the draft, have at least one 1,000-yard year and be traded before his sixth NFL season. The Dolphins can only...

March 18, 2002 | Michael Farber
The majors' orphan team, the Expos, is playing out the string in Canada under a puppet regime and facing an uncertain future

March 18, 2002 | Tom Verducci
That's the question in Montreal when it comes to making deals

March 18, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
After a season of torment 44-year-old throwback STERLING MARLIN is riding high in NASCAR

March 18, 2002 | Phil Taylor
Kobe Bryant has suddenly turned testy, talking trash and picking fights. Is he trying to prove how tough he is? Or is he still just growing up?

March 18, 2002 | John Garrity
Unlike its founder, the vagabond Honda Classic is no longer a great one

March 18, 2002 | Evan Rothman
In the Badlands of North Dakota, what started out as a Small town's field of dreams wound up as a nightmarish battleground

March 18, 2002 | Edited by Alan Shipnuck
After a momentous summit the LPGA says fans come first

March 18, 2002 | Edited by Alan Shipnuck
Matt Kuchar is going to be a force. He's a big kid (6'4", 200 pounds) who plays the modern power game, but as he showed at the Honda, he also has two key attributes of a champion—a wicked putter...

March 18, 2002 | Bill Madonna
Mike Weir's brazen backhanded recovery shot broke one of golf's cardinal rules, and it cost him the Honda Classic

March 18, 2002 | Sal Johnson
The Honda Classic was only the 17th PGA Tour start as a pro for Matt Kuchar, but with the victory he moved to 50th in the World Ranking, thus earning an invitation to the Masters....

March 18, 2002 | Bill Madonna
Don't try to be a hero if you have to turn your clubhead around and hit from the opposite side. Take your medicine and punch back into play, treating the shot like a long putt. This requires...

March 18, 2002
Once a slugger, always a slugger: Mark McGwire (below), the recently retired St. Louis Cardinal, played in a pair of pretournament pro-ams at the Toshiba Senior Classic and wowed tour regulars...

March 18, 2002 | Fred Couples
I don't care what the critics say: The Majors tour would be good for golf, and fading older golfers

March 18, 2002
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March 18, 2002
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED recently surveyed 70 PGA Tour players—about the number who make the cut in an average week—to gauge their feelings on issues salient and frivolous. Some of the players declined...