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July 01, 2002 | Volume 97, Issue 1

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Clint Mathis Cover - Sports Illustrated July 01, 2002

July 01, 2002
Advanced PlacementWhile it may be tempting to criticize Brandon Hancock's vanity for his beefcake pose, can one really blame him (Blue-Chip Diary, June 10)? His build is fantastic, and he's an...

July 01, 2002
LETTERS

July 01, 2002 | John O'Keefe
SEPTEMBERS 12, 1966

July 01, 2002 | Steve Rushin
I was not, I confess, entirely prepared when the President of the United States shook my hand, looked me in the eye and asked—unbidden—as I was leaving the White House, "You think Bonds is on...

July 01, 2002 | L. Jon Wertheim
Modern rackets and a scarcity of grass events weaken the tournament's cachet

July 01, 2002 | Tim Layden
The next great American runner bolts Michigan to turn professional

July 01, 2002
SOCCER-PLAYING ROBOTS

July 01, 2002 | Tim Layden
$125Amount the Hawks have pledged to pay every season-ticket holder if the team fails to reach the NBA playoffs next season.

July 01, 2002 | Chris Ballard
Intrigue over two Chinese players has the NBA in an awkward position

July 01, 2002
METS OUTFIELDER TONY TARASCO

July 01, 2002
OrderedBy NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, in response to the March 18 death of fan Brittanie Cecil, new protective measures at all arenas. Before next season teams must install netting above the...

July 01, 2002 | Chris Ballard
Meet the man who's made a mint off sports' hottest collectible

July 01, 2002 | Pete McEntegart
The 15-year-old rapper stars in Like Mike as an orphan who finds a pair of magical sneakers that give him super hoops skills. Bow, who learned the game on the playground courts in his hometown of...

July 01, 2002
News that pop star Britney Spears will be making a movie set in the world of Winston Cup racing came as a surprise to many in Hollywood last week, but NASCAR insiders say the project has been in...

July 01, 2002
A Painesville, Ohio, judge ordered a man, who ran from police after being stopped for drinking in a car, to compete in a five-mile race; the faster his time in the event, the shorter his sentence...

July 01, 2002
It's something every athlete knows all too well: that sinking feeling when hope of victory slips away. For these oarsmen that moment came during a race in the South China Sea during the...

July 01, 2002
POKEY REESEPirates infielder and former Red, on the response he got from the fans when he returned to Cincinnati for a game: "I think the only words they know are, 'You suck.' "

July 01, 2002
JUNE 28-JULY 4

July 01, 2002 | Richard Deitsch
A Powerful Buck, Anna's Absence, A Trio of Women

July 01, 2002
Jana Peterkova, KARLOVY VARY, CZECH REPUBLICGolfPeterkova, a sophomore, won the individual title and led Florida Southern College to a team victory at the NCAA Division II championships. This was...

July 01, 2002
Tiger Time

July 01, 2002
In the beginning: d. Loren Roberts birdied the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to beat Jerry Kelly for the '96 Greater Milwaukee Open title. Roberts finished 12 strokes ahead of Woods.

July 01, 2002 | Stephen Cannella
The death of St. Louis pitcher Darryl Kile stunned a team and a city already mourning the loss of a beloved broadcaster

July 01, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
The voice of the Cardinals never believed he was bigger than the game

July 01, 2002 | Grant Wahl
Can Major League Soccer capitalize on the U.S.'s Cup run by cultivating the new fans, marketing the new heroes and making soccer viable?

July 01, 2002 | Kelli Anderson
WNBA rookie Sue Bird has the game and the charm to become the most popular female team-sport athlete ever

July 01, 2002
For complete coverage of the action at the All England Club, including live scores and Jon Wertheim's daily dispatches from courtside, go to cnnsi.com/wimbledon.

July 01, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
By boldly saving all four games of Texas' undefeated World Series run, Huston Street joined his dad as a Longhorns legend

July 01, 2002 | Richard Hoffer
A stirring rematch between Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales bolstered the notion that Hispanics are giving new life to the fight game

July 01, 2002
Greene MonsterMaurice Greene has time to look back at second-place finisher Tim Montgomery during the semifinals of the men's 100 meters at the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field championships at...

July 01, 2002 | Jeff MacGregor
Sixteen months after the death of its biggest star, stock car racing is bigger than ever, propelled by a new generation of drivers burning rubber through the intersection of sports and commerce

July 01, 2002 | Jeff MacGregor
Those who still think baseball is the national pastime need to have their tires rotated

July 01, 2002
What does it take to win at Daytona? State-of-the-art technology and engineering and, in some cases, a willingness to bend a few rules*

July 01, 2002 | Jeff MacGregor
Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn't the only youngster out here breaking curfew, playing the stereo too loud and talking back to the grown-ups. This is the year of NASCAR's Children's Crusade, and rebellion,...

July 01, 2002
The NHL

July 01, 2002 | Daniel G. Habib
Jeepers, Keepers!Teams are too impatient to wait for their first-round goaltending picks to develop

July 01, 2002 | Daniel G. Habib
Buffalo SabresUnder the control of the NHL since last week, after owner John Rigas's mismanagement drove the team about $150 million into debt, the fan-rich, talent-poor club is looking for a...

July 01, 2002 | Pierre McGuire
Coyotes managing partner Wayne Gretzky was impressed with highly touted center Jeff Taffe's first on-ice workout with Phoenix two weeks ago. The reason? Taffe, a first-round pick in 2000 who...

July 01, 2002 | Michael Bamberger
The Spirit Of 56Joe DiMaggio's record lives on as speedy Luis Castillo runs out of scratch hits

July 01, 2002 | Michael Bamberger
Barry BondsGIANTS

July 01, 2002 | Rick Reilly
Just once, before you die, wouldn't you love to see...