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January 27, 2003 | Volume 98, Issue 3

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Warren Sapp Cover - Sports Illustrated January 27, 2003

January 27, 2003
The Year That Was

January 27, 2003
LETTERS•For the fastest response, please fax us at 212-467-4049 or e-mail us at letters@si.timeinc.com•Letters should include the writer's full name, address and home telephone number and may be...

January 27, 2003
A word of warning: Do not try to call, page or in any way communicate with SI senior writer Paul Zimmerman, a.k.a. Dr. Z, when there's an NFL game on television. "I won't let him take calls then...

January 27, 2003 | Brian Cazeneuve
FEBRUARY 25, 1974

January 27, 2003 | Steve Rushin
When an English soccer fan was sentenced last week to five years in jail for futilely kung-fu-kicking a police horse after a match, the incident settled, once and for all, a barroom question that...

January 27, 2003 | Kelley King
In the battle to lure top recruits, the kindliness of campus hostesses can make all the difference. And you thought it was the new physics lab

January 27, 2003
SI's Frank Deford says the USOC is an utter embarrassment

January 27, 2003
$1.26 millionSalary Blazers forward Rasheed Wallace will forfeit (he earns $16.2 million a year) during his seven-game suspension for threatening a game official in a parking lot outside...

January 27, 2003
IgnitedWith three goals in his first two games for Everton, the English soccer career of Brian McBride, a striker for the U.S. national team and the Columbus Crew of MLS. McBride, 30, scored 10...

January 27, 2003 | E. M. Swift
Michelle Kwan won another U.S. title, but she's not alone at the top

January 27, 2003 | Brian Cazeneuve
KEVIN McENROE AND JOAKIM NOAH

January 27, 2003 | Bill Scheft
Good to be here. By applause, how many of you think we should be able to challenge two Super Bowl ads per half?

January 27, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
The five-time Grammy Award—winning singer will play at halftime of the Super Bowl.

January 27, 2003
Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko is getting competition from his wife on the celebri-meter: Masha Lopatova is a budding pop star in Russia. She recently released an album, Maloveroyatno (which means...

January 27, 2003
If there is no crying in baseball, then there is surely no blubbering in football, which may have been what attracted killer whale Kasatka to the game. The 27-year-old pride of San Diego's Sea...

January 27, 2003
RUDY TOMJANOVICHRockets coach, after Houston beat the Magic in Orlando for its first regular-season victory there since 1991: "The last time we won here, Snoop Dogg (left) was still a puppy."

January 27, 2003
The three female gymnasts banned by the Romanian Gymnastics Federation for appearing nude in an adult film (SCORECARD, Dec. 30, 2002) were offered keys to the city by Bucharest mayor Traian Basescu.

January 27, 2003
JANUARY 24-JANUARY 30

January 27, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
Meet Mike Millionaire •Reality shows, as president of ABC entertainment Susan Lyne put it last week, can be like crack for networks. And the addiction only grows worse. As SI first reported last...

January 27, 2003
Chris Solinsky, STEVENS POINT, WIS.Cross-CountryChris, a senior at Stevens Point Area Senior High, won the Foot Locker national championships in San Diego in 14:41, finishing 20 seconds ahead of...

January 27, 2003
A Warm Host

January 27, 2003
The sabers will be rattling in San Diego as the Raiders and the Bucs face off for the NFL's ultimate prize

January 27, 2003 | Peter King
A fiery pep talk and a big catch-and-run in frigid Philadelphia helped Tampa Bay reach its first Super Bowl

January 27, 2003 | Michael Silver
Behind its wall of massive blockers, the Oakland offense wore down Tennessee and marched on to San Diego

January 27, 2003
Put points on the board early, then dig in

January 27, 2003
The best defense is a ball-control offense

January 27, 2003 | Paul Zimmerman
If any team has an answer for the Raiders' top-ranked offense, it's the Buccaneers and their top-rated defense

January 27, 2003 | Paul Zimmerman
1 RAIDERS LT Barry Sims versus Bucs DE Simeon Rice.

January 27, 2003 | Jack McCallum
In his first meeting with Shaq, the NBA's immovable object, the Rockets' Yao Ming proved that he's an irresistible force

January 27, 2003 | Allen Abel
While Yao Ming dazzles U.S. fans, his replacement in Shanghai, Dan McClintock, struggles to fill the biggest shoes in China

January 27, 2003 | Tom Verducci
Slugger Hideki Matsui makes his dramatic debut in Gotham

January 27, 2003 | Tim Layden
Suddenly running the best downhill races of his life, New Hampshire's Bode Miller is atop the overall World Cup standings

January 27, 2003 | Alexander Wolff
Trapped in a hell where the bravest thing a man could do was to just stay alive, Motts Tonelli clung to hope—and his Notre Dame class ring

January 27, 2003
Shaq TherapyThe Lakers' Shaquille O'Neal had the stunning experience of having five of his shots blocked by the opposing center when he faced the Rockets' Yao Ming for the first time, last Friday...

January 27, 2003
College BasketballMaryland shows how to beat DukeHawkeyes exceed expectationsDomercant's scoring landmark

January 27, 2003 | Seth Davis
Cutting Duke Down to SizeIn a resounding victory, Maryland revealed the Blue Devils' Weaknesses

January 27, 2003 | Seth Davis
1. Cal—yes, Cal—is the second-best team in the Pac-10.With a 5-0 league record (12-2 overall) through Sunday, the Golden Bears trailed only 6-0 Arizona and were off to their best conference start...

January 27, 2003 | Seth Davis
He is Tennessee's 6' 8", 240-pound senior forward, and in the past he has been known as much for his mouth as his moves. This season Slay has also been making some noise with his game. After...

January 27, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
School of Hard KnocksThe Pacers are learning fast thanks to the oft-criticized lsiah Thomas

January 27, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
On the Kings, who in a recent seven-day stretch whipped the Nets and the Mavericks by a combined 65 points:

January 27, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
Realizing Grant Hill's injured ankle and uncertain future might make Orlando less attractive to the big men who are free agents this summer, the Magic is aggressively pursuing a trade for an...

January 27, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
Here's the 12-man roster we'd like to see in 2004—including Paul Pierce (above)—chosen from those players interested in going to Athens.

January 27, 2003 | Daniel G. Habib
Something ExtraHard-shooting defenseman Andy Delmore gives the Predators an even bigger advantage on the power play

January 27, 2003 | Pierre McGuire
Unlike in his first four NHL seasons, during which most of his goals (he averaged 27 per year) came off the cycle down low, the Senators' Marian Hossa has scored off the rush more often this year....

January 27, 2003 | Rick Reilly
If you are a woman, there are only three ways to get the sports world to notice you:

January 27, 2003 | John Elliot Jr.
Ernie Els stuck to his game plan of using a trusty Texas wedge and was rewarded when he holed a 43- footer to win the Sony Open

January 27, 2003 | John Elliot Jr.
"The biggest change Ernie Els has made in 2003 isn't in his equipment. He told SI it's a dramatic grip change, which has him using a weaker left hand."

January 27, 2003 | John Elliot Jr.
You have two choices when playing from the fringe: Keep the ball on the ground, or put it in the air. My advice is to always roll it using a putter, a shot called the Texas wedge.

January 27, 2003 | John Garrity
At the Sony Open, James McLean got his first taste of what life's like in the Show

January 27, 2003 | John Garrity
During the course of the 2003 season, SI Golf Plus will periodically check in on first-year PGA Tour pro James McLean.

January 27, 2003 | Edited By Alan Shipnuck
Bad luck and Ernie Els kept Aaron Baddeley from his first win

January 27, 2003 | Edited By Alan Shipnuck
Tiger Woods's knee suddenly feels a lot better. The Tour's biggest star doesn't like sharing the spotlight, and Ernie Els's roaring start has surely gotten Woods's attention. Already back on the...

January 27, 2003
The first batch of Ernie Els's Stellenbosch 2000 wine recently came to market in South Africa, and a dozen bottles found their way to Waialae Country Club, where members snapped them up, in five...

January 27, 2003
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January 27, 2003 | Dick Harmon
I think I know the real reason my brother and I were dropped from Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers list