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February 10, 2003 | Volume 98, Issue 5

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Yao Ming Cover - Sports Illustrated February 10, 2003

February 10, 2003 | Bill Syken
NOVEMBER 2, 1959

February 10, 2003 | Terry McDonell/Managing Editor
On Feb. 6, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED will change the name of its website from cnnsi.com to simply si.com. What will not change is our mission: si.com will continue to be the most insightful and complete...

February 10, 2003
Crunching the RefsI don't know why Peter King was defending the officials (SCORECARD, Jan. 20). Sure the refs are only human, but shouldn't we expect them to properly perform their jobs? They're...

February 10, 2003
LETTERS

February 10, 2003 | Steve Rushin
As a five-year-old fond of standing on a milk crate to inspect her father's car engine, Kelly Sutton was happiest—in the pit-stop poetry of her mother, Carol—"in the garage, getting greazy."

February 10, 2003
A WNBA team playing in a casino? And the problem is...? SI's Frank Deford says pro sports needs to quit moralizing and get real about the so-called threat of gambling

February 10, 2003 | Tom Verducci
Some baseball players are taking a pay cut. Tough times or collusion?

February 10, 2003 | Tom Verducci
6Seton Hall players on the floor for the final 12 seconds of regulation during last week's game against Georgetown; each team scored once in that time and the Pirates went on to a 93-82 overtime win.

February 10, 2003
DiedIn a Moscow hospital after an extended illness, Valery Brumel, 60, the last Olympic high jumping champion to use the straddle style (above). After winning a surprise silver at the 1960 Rome...

February 10, 2003
Died

February 10, 2003
Nicole Kidman (below, left) wears a prosthetic nose as Virginia Woolf in The Hours (below, right). With not much going on in the battle over Augusta National's exclusion of women, we thought we'd...

February 10, 2003 | Bill Scheft
All right, a couple of jokes, but then Jerry Sloan and I have to shove off.

February 10, 2003 | Pete McEntegart
The hip-hop Hall of Famer stars in the new romantic comedy Deliver Us from Eva and is performing in the NBA's All-Star Read to Achieve concert this Saturday.

February 10, 2003
FEBRUARY 7-13

February 10, 2003 | Pete McEntegart
Too Much Richard, Too Much Bob

February 10, 2003
Considering the list of guest stars, the Feb. 17 episode of the CBS sitcom Yes, Dear could have been taped in Cooperstown. Jerry Van Dyke (right, kicking) plays Big Jimmy, who has long bragged to...

February 10, 2003
A woman is suing a Lexington, Ky., surgeon and University of Kentucky sports booster because he cauterized "UK" onto her uterus before removing it in a hysterectomy.

February 10, 2003
If LeBron James's suspension for accepting merchandise is upheld, this may already be a vintage style.

February 10, 2003
ED JOVANOVSKICanucks All-Star defenseman, on his improvement since being acquired from Florida in '99: "When I got traded here it turned my career around 360 degrees."

February 10, 2003
Funny Valentines

February 10, 2003
Joshua Trott, GLEN COVE, N.Y.SoccerJoshua, 18, a senior center midfielder at Friends Academy High School in Locust Valley, N.Y., scored 38 goals, the most in Nassau County, and was credited with a...

February 10, 2003
LOVE STINKS: b. Steffi Graf skunked Natalia Zvereva 6-0, 6-0 in the final of the 1988 French Open. No men's final in any of the four majors has been a complete shutout.

February 10, 2003 | Jack McCallum
With his forceful play and a smile that transcends language, Houston's 7'5" YAO MING has given the league a needed boost on two continents

February 10, 2003 | Chris Ballard
For the down-and-out, the upside of failure is a slightly better chance of snagging the No. 1 pick

February 10, 2003 | Chris Ballard
Results of a poll commissioned by SI show the interest of NBA fans is waning and that they're disenchanted with the players' behavior

February 10, 2003 | Phil Taylor
The crunch-time heroics of 5'5" dynamo EARL BOYKINS are a big reason why the Warriors are competitive again

February 10, 2003 | L. Jon Wertheim
Never mind his paltry 6.5 points per game. Detroit strongman BEN WALLACE earns the MVP honor for his mastery on defense

February 10, 2003 | L. Jon Wertheim
Here are the rest of our trophy winners, honored for their performance in leading roles

February 10, 2003 | L. Jon Wertheim
What will be the fate of MJ, the world champs and the most coveted free-agents-in-waiting?

February 10, 2003 | Michael Farber
Once a mastermind in Edmonton, Glen Sather has had no success in New York as G.M. of the Rangers. So now he'll try to coach them

February 10, 2003
Dump the dunk? Jack McCallum and Marty Burns suggest how the NBA should revamp All-Star weekend. Read their takes and offer your own at si.com/basketball.

February 10, 2003
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February 10, 2003 | Chris Ballard
Cablevision's stewardship has kept the Knicks in the doldrums too

February 10, 2003 | Albert Chen
In a battle of unbeatens, No. 2 UConn and its frisky freshman shut down duke to regain the too spot

February 10, 2003 | Michael Farber
Raised in that noted hoops hotbed of Newfoundland, sharpshooting guard Carl English traveled 5,800 miles to become a star at Hawaii

February 10, 2003 | Michael Farber
Carl English is not the first elite basketball player to come out of Canada Here are five others with roots north of the border.

February 10, 2003
Silent TributeFans and players from the University of New Hampshire (in home whites) and the University of Maine observe a moment of silence last Saturday for the seven astronauts who died aboard...

February 10, 2003
JEFF GORDON won the Cup in 2001, TONY STEWART stomped and kicked his way to the title in '02, but SI predicts that both men will be passed this year by a fellow Hoosier

February 10, 2003
A first-time champion at the Daytona 500, for starters, and a new racing powerhouse

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How far has NASCAR's reach extended? Look at where today's top drivers got their start

February 10, 2003 | Jeff MacGregor
Jeff Gordon is deified by millions as the paragon of all that's right about America, and vilified by millions more as the blue-eyed devil who will be the wrack and ruin of NASCAR, Could they both...

February 10, 2003
College Basketball

February 10, 2003 | Seth Davis
Horns of PlentyDeep and relentless, Texas has emerged as a national title contender

February 10, 2003 | Seth Davis
1. Gene Keady is doing a masterly job at Purdue. The Boilermakers were picked in the preseason to finish no higher than seventh in the Big Ten, but thanks to the leadership of the 66-year-old...

February 10, 2003 | Seth Davis
South Florida's Jimmy Baxter scored his biggest victory by coming to the aid of two victims of a serious car accident

February 10, 2003 | Tom Verducci
Richard Hidalgo hopes to bounce back after surviving an off-season shooting

February 10, 2003 | Tom Verducci
Here are four young players whose careers were derailed by injuries and are now looking to make an impact this season.

February 10, 2003 | Rick Reilly
There was the high school god—6'8", 240-pound senior LeBron James—sitting on the bench. And here was the high school nobody—5'76", 150-pound junior Brandon Weems—taking James's spot in the...