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December 09, 2002 | Volume 97, Issue 23

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Ricky Williams Cover - Sports Illustrated December 09, 2002

December 09, 2002 | Kelley King
SI's picks for all the best—and worst—from an eventful season

December 09, 2002 | Kelley King
Virginia Tech RB Lee SuggsversusMiami LB Jonathan Vilma

December 09, 2002 | Rick Reilly
If you think Green Bay Packers wideout Donald Driver is fast now, you should've seen him when he was stealing cars.

December 09, 2002
Who's old school? Well, there's photographer Walter Iooss Jr., who has been shooting for SI since 1961 and has yet to convert to a digital camera. And then there are Brett Favre, Ray Lewis, Jerry...

December 09, 2002 | Andrea Woo
DECEMBER 4, 1989

December 09, 2002
Getting PreppedI applaud your series on The High School Athlete (Nov. 18). I coach high school football and baseball. I hope we coaches can remember that the games are for the players and that...

December 09, 2002
LETTERS

December 09, 2002 | Steve Rushin
Hockey players, among all athletes, have the coolest way of entering a game, hopping over the boards with one hand, like Steve McQueen getting into a convertible. But basketball is forever, and so...

December 09, 2002 | L. Jon Wertheim
Weeding is fundamental for many professional athletes, even though they're winding up on the blotter pages

December 09, 2002 | Mark Beech
Variable pricing means fans will pay more for hot tickets

December 09, 2002
Her name, like her speed off the blocks, seemed to augur a bright future. In 1996, shortly before she became America's top 500-meter high school runner, Promise Mose was an SI FACE IN THE CROWD...

December 09, 2002 | Mark Beech
1African-American NFL general manager now that Ozzie Newsome has been promoted to the position by the Ravens.

December 09, 2002
RICHMONDPromise, a junior sprinter on the John F. Kennedy High track team, has won five state Group AAA titles and nine Central Region championships. Promise, an honor student, holds six school...

December 09, 2002
DeclaredBy Wizards guard Michael Jordan, that following this season he will retire from the NBA for the third time and resume his role as part owner of the team. Jordan, 39, who quit the Chicago...

December 09, 2002 | Brian Cazeneuve
Postponed

December 09, 2002 | Bill Scheft
For those who watched the Macy's Parade, there was no Butterbean balloon this year. That was Butterbean.

December 09, 2002 | Richard Deitsch
The 42-year-old Hall of Fame defensive lineman Turned studio analyst for Fox's NFL Sunday hosts SI's Sportsman of the Year Show 2002 on Dec. 8 at 4:30 p.m. ET on Fox.

December 09, 2002
•Andy and Mandy are shedding their inhibitions. Tennis star Andy Roddick, 20, and pop singer-actress Mandy Moore, 18, came out as a couple last week as they mingled with Jimmy Fallon, Fran...

December 09, 2002
The English soccer team Manchester United says it has up to 1,800 deceased season-ticket holders, whose families haven't notified the club of the deaths for fear of losing rights to the tickets.

December 09, 2002
If you think the potholes in the New York City Marathon are dangerous, consider this U.S. soldier, running in the Minefield Marathon at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, under the watchful eye of...

December 09, 2002
MIKE HOLMGRENSeahawks coach, offering insight into the nature of momentum: "When it's going, it just kind of goes, and when it's not going, it kind of stops."

December 09, 2002
DECEMBER 6-12

December 09, 2002 | Richard Deitsch
George on Our Mind, Scorn for Horn, Myers Hired

December 09, 2002
Allison Shaw, SELMA, IND.VolleyballAllison, a Wapahani High junior, had 11 kills and a .526 hitting percentage as she led the Raiders to a win in the state title game over defending champion...

December 09, 2002
Rice Patterns

December 09, 2002
CATCHING ON: d. On Dec. 1, 1985, the 49ers beat the Redskins 35-8 at RFK Stadium, and Rice went catchless. The following week he had 10 receptions for 241 yards against the Los Angeles Rams to...

December 09, 2002
No crowds, no clock, no contact—but even lined up against the camera, the game's greatest players reveal the warrior inside

December 09, 2002
Gather round the virtual water cooler as SI's Phil Taylor weighs in on a burning sports issue in the Hot Button every Monday at cnnsi.com/si_online.

December 09, 2002
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December 09, 2002 | Austin Murphy
With a stellar showing against Notre Dame, USC's Carson Palmer proved he deserves college football's most coveted award

December 09, 2002 | Mark Mravic
In this wide-open Heisman race Carson Palmer is far from a unanimous choice. Four more SI Heisman voters reveal how they'll cast their ballots.

December 09, 2002 | Alec Wilkinson
Why would the Rangers' 41-year-old captain keep playing a ferocious sport against men half his age? Because there's nothing he'd rather do

December 09, 2002 | Richard Hoffer
For sheer fun, it's hard to top the spectacle of billionaires behaving badly in the America's Cup qualifying now under way in New Zealand

December 09, 2002 | Mark Bowden
In the last installment of a series, SI visits two suburbs of St. Louis where the Thanksgiving Day football game is not just an old-fashioned rivalry—it's something to savor forever

December 09, 2002
Crisp BillsBuffalo safety Coy Wire (27) awaits the snap as blizzardlike conditions sweep through Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., on Sunday. The Bills beat the Dolphins 38-21; in an...

December 09, 2002
College BasketballIgnited by a precocious freshman trio, North Carolina gets off to a startling start

December 09, 2002 | Seth Davis
Three frisky freshmen have helped rejuvenate North Carolina

December 09, 2002 | Seth Davis
1. Indiana is better than advertised. Coach Mike Davis's claim that the current Hoosiers are superior to last year's NCAA tournament runner-up may be an overstatement. But with freshman guards...

December 09, 2002 | Peter King
St. Louis BluesSidelined by another hand injury, the Rams' Kurt Warner is battered, beaten and nowhere near the MVP of old

December 09, 2002 | Peter King
TRADING E-MAIL WITH...Eagles defensive end Hugh Douglas

December 09, 2002 | Paul Zimmerman
October 6 was not a good day for the Michael Vick legend. The Bucs roughed up the Falcons' quarterback plenty. "I took a lot of good shots," Vick recalls. "I hit my head two or three times. I bit...