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January 13, 2003 | Volume 98, Issue 2

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Craig Krenzel Cover - Sports Illustrated January 13, 2003

January 13, 2003
Hail, SportsmanWhat an outstanding Sportsman of the Year (Dec. 16). In selecting Lance Armstrong you have honored a man of incomparable ability and indomitable spirit. Lance is a model for...

January 13, 2003
LETTERS

January 13, 2003 | Steve Rushin
A decade from now, college football games will be played during halftime of marching-band competitions. For we are witnessing, at this very moment, an unprecedented interest in all things...

January 13, 2003
One year from today a lot will be missing from the world of sports

January 13, 2003 | Tom Verducci
Baseball's most dominant relief specialists rate inclusion at Cooperstown

January 13, 2003 | Tom Verducci
76Sacks absorbed by Titans rookie quarterback David Carr, an NFL record.

January 13, 2003
RetiredBy the Shanghai Sharks, the number 15 jersey worn by Yao Ming during his five seasons with the club. The 7'5" Rockets center, who averaged 23.4 points and 15.4 rebounds for the Sharks from...

January 13, 2003
Died

January 13, 2003 | Bill Scheft
Before we begin, Congrats to Shaquille O'Neal who married his longtime girlfriend. Are you like me? Are you thinking that's the only ring he'll get this year?

January 13, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
The 40-year-old former Knicks coach took a break from his job as a TNT analyst to chat about the NBA and himself.

January 13, 2003
You have no doubt heard of Claude Vorilhon, the French self-appointed prophet better known as Raël: He claims, so far without supporting evidence, that his 55,000-member organization, Clonaid, has...

January 13, 2003
USC players and coaches asked for autographs from O.J. Simpson when he showed up at a Trojans practice a few days before the Orange Bowl.

January 13, 2003
It took 37 seconds and 1,275 pounds of explosives to reduce Cincinnati's Cinergy Field to a 45-foot-high pile of rubble and dust. The Queen City razed the former Riverfront Stadium, which was...

January 13, 2003
MARTINA NAVRATILOVATennis legend and gay activist, on Damir Dokic, WTA pro Jelena Dokic's father, who said he might kill himself if he found out his daughter was a lesbian: "It's a good thing I'm...

January 13, 2003
For complete NFL playoff coverage, including the latest news and stats, plus analysis from SI's Peter King, Michael Silver and Dr. Z, go to cnnsi.com/football.

January 13, 2003
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January 13, 2003
JANUARY 10-16

January 13, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
Monday Night Woes, Air Lobo

January 13, 2003
Caroline Cretti, CARBONDALE, COLO.Cross-countryCretti, a Williams College freshman, won four of her final five races as she led the Ephs to their first Division III title. Williams won the team...

January 13, 2003
Mario's Magic

January 13, 2003
BETTER THAN AVERAGE: b. Former Lemieux teammate Jagr has averaged 1.30 points per game, second best among active players. Wayne Gretzky is second alltime, with an average of 1.92 points per game.

January 13, 2003
Precision passers took center stage on a wild-card weekend that saw the 49ers and Steelers overcome huge deficits, the falcons pull off a chilling upset and the Jets streak to stunning blowout

January 13, 2003 | Jeffri Chadiha
A blown (and bizarre) final play by New York capped San Francisco's miracle comeback

January 13, 2003
About Face!Browns defensive back Chris Akins shows Steelers receiver Antwaan Randle El a new way of looking at things during their AFC wild-card game on Sunday (page 44). Akins was flagged for a...

January 13, 2003 | Paul Zimmerman
49ers at Bucs

January 13, 2003 | Peter King
After making history in Green Bay, Atlanta's Michael Vick goes full speed into Philadelphia

January 13, 2003 | Paul Zimmerman
Falcons at Eagles

January 13, 2003 | Michael Silver
Improbable quarterback Tommy Maddox led an improbable rally from the brink of defeat, giving Pittsburgh second life in its bid for the Super Bowl

January 13, 2003 | Paul Zimmerman
Steelers at Titans

January 13, 2003 | Josh Elliott
New York cruised to victory on the amazing arm of Chad Pennington. Next stop: Oakland

January 13, 2003 | Paul Zimmerman
Jets at Raiders

January 13, 2003 | Peter King
Admitting he had let his team become too lax, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones lured Bill Parcells back to the sideline, but can the two egos coexist?

January 13, 2003 | Jack McCallum
Or can it get worse? Not even a coach who has won nine NBA titles has a solution to the disharmony that's plaguing the Lakers

January 13, 2003 | Austin Murphy

January 13, 2003 | Austin Murphy
Here are the 24 players—and one coach—who shone brightest in the postseason

January 13, 2003 | Frank Deford
After four memorable decades of college coaching, Lefty Driesell abruptly calls it quits

January 13, 2003 | Michael Farber
Markus Naslund, Brendan Morrison and Todd Bertuzzi of the Canucks have become the NHL's most potent (and fun-loving) line

January 13, 2003 | Michael Farber
SI senior writer Michael Farber's top 10 trios in hockey history (left wing-center-right wing)

January 13, 2003 | Grant Wahl
...in which the 18-year-old high school phenom and soon-to-be multimillionaire goes to L.A. and studies the pampered life

January 13, 2003
College Basketball

January 13, 2003 | Seth Davis
Triple ThreatKyle Korver of surprising Creighton is no longer just a three-point artist

January 13, 2003 | Seth Davis
He's Michigan State's 6'3" sophomore star, and at week's end he was ranked in the Big Ten's top 10 in seven statistical categories, including scoring (eighth, 16.0 points a game), steals (tied for...

January 13, 2003 | Seth Davis
I. Cincinnati's Conference USA dominance is near an end. The Bearcats have earned at least a share of every regular season championship since the league was formed in 1995-96, but they've appeared...

January 13, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
No Simple AnswerAllen Iverson's Olympic dreams may be Larry Brown's nightmare

January 13, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
On The Trail Blazers, who at week's end had gone 10-1 after a 10-11 start:

January 13, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
Coach Rick Adelman is optimistic that Peja Stojakovic—crucial to the Kings' title hopes—has turned the corner on his recovery from plantar fasciitis in his right foot. Though Stojakovic has missed...

January 13, 2003 | Daniel G. Habib
Shooting BlanksThe Devils are among the conference leaders, but their new coach is feeling heat over his team's lack of scoring

January 13, 2003 | Pierre McGuire
Hockey legends Scotty Bowman and Bobby Orr feel the NHL should eliminate the red line, a move that would open up the game. (International and college games are played without a red line.) Bowman...

January 13, 2003 | Rick Reilly
There is slow: the imperceptible yellowing of the Mona Lisa. There is slower: the inches-per-year movement of the great glaciers. And then there is football game official Terry Porter.