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July 29, 2002 | Volume 97, Issue 4

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John Madden Cover - Sports Illustrated July 29, 2002

July 29, 2002
Car TalkThank you for your article on the booming interest in NASCAR (NASCAR Nation, July 1). After I started following NASCAR in 1996, I found I did not miss talk of collective bargaining...

July 29, 2002
LETTERS

July 29, 2002 | Steve Rushin
If Allen Iverson is the Answer, then the Question, allegedly, is this: Who throws his wife onto the lawn, naked, in the middle of the night, in the manner of an aggrieved Fred Flintstone putting...

July 29, 2002 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
As it faces a racketeering suit, baseball should be afraid, very afraid

July 29, 2002 | Mark Beech
Cuba finally lets a superstar leave home, but with strings attached

July 29, 2002
Pitcher Jeff Weaver's July 7 debut for the Yankees (lower left) was shocking not because he went seven innings for the win but because he brought unruly collar-length locks to a team for which...

July 29, 2002 | Mark Beech
$25 millionEstimated amount of the four-year sponsorship deal between the U.S. Postal Service and its cycling team, featuring Lance Armstrong.

July 29, 2002 | Mark Beech
Is there a conspiracy to hide the details of a race driver's death?

July 29, 2002
Why you should quit being stubborn and learn her nameShe's the Secretariat of mule racing, or would be if she were a boy. The 10-year-old chestnut mollie dominates mule racing in Northern...

July 29, 2002
Died

July 29, 2002 | Bill Scheft
ELS WEATHERS BRITISH

July 29, 2002
Emmy Award-winning sportscaster Jim Gray caught up with home run king and Braves senior V.P. Hank Aaron, 68, and asked him about the state of the game.

July 29, 2002
Who'll wear the houndstooth hat? ESPN is developing a script for The Junction Boys, the story of Paul (Bear) Bryant's grueling 1954 Texas A&M football training camp, to air in mid-December....

July 29, 2002
Fans had to step right up if they wanted to see the Class A Charleston Riverdogs play on Nobody Night—the team intentionally locked fans out so it could set a record for lowest attendance, with...

July 29, 2002
Athletes from 10 countries took part in a three-round mobile-telephone-throwing competition in Manchester, England.

July 29, 2002
AARON GIBSONCowboys offensive lineman discussing his 410-pound frame: "I'm not the first 400-pound player. I'm just the first to admit it."

July 29, 2002
JULY 26-AUG. 2

July 29, 2002 | Pete McEntegart
ABC Shines in Rain, Masterful Merchant, Kornheiser Folly

July 29, 2002
Mandy Brown, POWAY, CALIF.SoftballMandy, a senior righthander at Poway High, pitched 120 innings without allowing an earned run as she led the Titans to a Division I state title. In the...

July 29, 2002
NFL Camp

July 29, 2002
AROUND THE WORLD: b. The Dolphins have won American Bowl games in Europe (London '88 and Berlin '92), Asia (Tokyo '91) and North America (Mexico City '97).

July 29, 2002 | Michael Silver
John Madden (BAM!) is comming (BOOM!) to Monday Night Football (POW!), and he's got a plan (OUCH!) to save ABC's bacon

July 29, 2002 | Steve Rushin
Battling Muirfield's elements, self-doubt and three playoff foes, Ernie Els came back from the brink of calamity to win the claret jug

July 29, 2002 | Phil Taylor
As mounting pressure—and losses—sparked rumors of his departure, Expos manager Frank Robinson started to show that familiar fire

July 29, 2002
Are you ready for some football? Keep up with Peter King on his annual NFL training camp tour as he sends in daily online postcards at cnnsi.com/football.

July 29, 2002 | L. Jon Wertheim
By beating Shane Mosley to defend his welterweight title, Vernon Forrest joined boxing's elite. But he's already the greatest to a special group of men back home

July 29, 2002 | Jack McCallum
A year after star lineman KOREY STRINGER succumbed to heatstroke, the Vikings open camp facing new scrutiny over how they handled his on-field collapse

July 29, 2002
Post HasteLance Armstrong of the U.S. Postal Service team leans into a turn en route to winning the prologue to the Tour de France. Armstrong gave up the yellow jersey in Stage I but regained it...

July 29, 2002 | Gary Smith
<b>Inside</b> a locked metal box. Inside a thick gray vault. Inside a yellow stucco building. In a town named Milpitas, Calif. ¶ There lies a baseball. ¶ No one may play with this ball. No...

July 29, 2002
Baseball

July 29, 2002 | Stephen Cannella
Hot CommodityThough he's coveted by contenders, Jim Thome's heart is still in Cleveland

July 29, 2002 | Stephen Cannella
The Giants began the season with two rookie righthanders in their rotation: unheralded Ryan Jensen and 1999 first-round draft pick Kurt Ainsworth, the jewel of the farm system for the past three...

July 29, 2002 | Brian Cazeneuve
Gail ForceAt 35, three-time Olympian Gail Devers is having the finest outdoor season of her career

July 29, 2002 | Brian Cazeneuve
Freeman gearing up for return at Commonwealth Games

July 29, 2002 | Rick Reilly
Do you get a facial tic when you see boxers renting the very skin on their backs for cheesy online casino ads?