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February 17, 2003 | Volume 98, Issue 6

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Michael Jordan Cover - Sports Illustrated February 17, 2003

February 17, 2003
Super HeroI thought it was wonderfully appropriate for you to include Tonelli's Run, the story of Notre Dame's heroic fullback, Motts Tonelli, surviving the Bataan Death March and WWII internment,...

February 17, 2003
LETTERS

February 17, 2003 | Jeff Pearlman
MAY 30, 1966

February 17, 2003 | Steve Rushin
As America was put on Orange Alert last Friday, Atlanta appeared well-fortified against a terrorist attack, filled as it was with armored stretch Hummers and blocklong bulletproof Escalades. In...

February 17, 2003 | Gary Van Sickle
At the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Bill Murray stole clothing, threw fruit—and once again demonstrated the importance of not being earnest

February 17, 2003 | L. Jon Wertheim
Life—and big-time tennis—goes on in the Middle East nation of Qatar

February 17, 2003 | L. Jon Wertheim
15 years, 11 monthsTime elapsed since Penguins center Mario Lemieux had received a major penalty for fighting in a regular-season game before last week's tussle with the Panthers' Brad Ference.

February 17, 2003
RetiredAfter 14 major league seasons, outfielder David Justice, 36, a three-time All-Star. Justice played on World Series-winning teams twice, as a Yankee in 2000 and as a Brave in 1995, when his...

February 17, 2003 | Mark Bechtel
Entered

February 17, 2003 | Bill Scheft
Attention moviegoers: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days has nothing to do with the Red Sox and Bartolo Colon.

February 17, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
The 41-year-old actress and granddaughter of one of SI's most famous writers (Ernest's pieces on hunting and bullfighting appeared in the '50s) has a new memoir/yoga manual, Finding My Balance.

February 17, 2003
Does love affect hang time? The truth about two-athlete relationships

February 17, 2003 | Kelley King
Why we're hearing about herLast summer Wetzel, 40, became the first deaf female referee in Division I history. After 13 years of working in lower divisions and high school, then turning in an...

February 17, 2003
FEBRUARY 14-20

February 17, 2003 | Pete McEntegart
•Swift and Super•Chess Drama

February 17, 2003
Nike's soccer-streaker ad (SCORECARD, Feb. 3) is inspiring copycats. Late in the first half of the North Carolina-Duke basketball game, 21-year-old Duke student Robert Findly sprinted onto his...

February 17, 2003
Warriors guard Jason Richardson won the NBA slam-dunk contest for the second straight year, but that's only because Sixers mascot Hip-Hop wasn't entered. Listed at only 5'7" (6'4" with his ears...

February 17, 2003
The USOC is threatening to sue Nebraska Wesleyan for using the word Olympics in its annual Rat Olympics, in which trained rats compete in hurdling, long jumping, rope climbing and weightlifting.

February 17, 2003
JEROME JAMESSuperSonics center, responding to coach Nate McMillan's charges that he is selfish: "I don't have the first clue who he is talking about, because all I worry about is Jerome."

February 17, 2003
Ashley Postell, MITCHELLVILLE, MD.GymnasticsAshley, 16, won the gold medal on the balance beam at the world championships in Debrecen, Hungary. She is among seven American gymnasts recently chosen...

February 17, 2003 | Charles Hirshberg
Entering the ring against Muhammad Ali served to test—and to reveal—character

February 17, 2003 | Jack McCallum
As MICHAEL JORDAN's 40th birthday approached, the NBA's finest turned out in Atlanta to celebrate his myriad achievements (and to squeeze in an All-Star Game)

February 17, 2003 | Jack McCallum
A birthday wish for a last hurrah in Jordan's final season

February 17, 2003 | David Sabino
These five stars have played long enough to leave lasting legacies but stayed strong enough, as they faced the Big Four-O, to perform at a level that still approaches their top form

February 17, 2003 | Nicholas J. Cotsonika
Hey, if you can score 700 goals, you can say anything you want

February 17, 2003 | Chris Ballard
Spurred by the frenzied play of guard Reece Gaines and the coaching of Rick Pitino, the Louisville Cardinals are the nation's hottest team

February 17, 2003 | Tim Layden
Racked yet again by scandal and infighting, the U.S. Olympic leadership needs a complete overhaul and a new boss. Here's SI's plan

February 17, 2003
Senior set: For more on Michael Jordan and other fortysomething sports stars, check out our then-and-now photo gallery and SI Flashbacks at si.com.

February 17, 2003
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February 17, 2003 | Tom Verducci
Mike Hampton, whose career fell to pieces in Colorado, began the reconstruction last week with Atlanta's pitching guru, Leo Mazzone

February 17, 2003 | Tom Verducci
As he has done for the past 12 years, coach Leo Mazzone invited a group of pitchers from the Braves organization to join him in Atlanta for a winter workout and a few pointers that should put them...

February 17, 2003 | Daniel G. Habib
Keep a close eye on these pitchers this spring. Their managers will

February 17, 2003 | Grant Wahl
Hatched in New Jersey decades ago by irascible genius Pete Carril, the intricate ballet of the PRINCETON OFFENSE is suddenly the height of hoop fashion, winning games and converts from sixth grade...

February 17, 2003 | Grant Wahl
Here's how, in its 78-56 win on Feb. 2, North Carolina State employed the Princeton offense to lull and gull Clemson-and end up with an easy two

February 17, 2003 | Grant Wahl
Loyal to godfather Pete Carril, these coaches keep the offense in the family

February 17, 2003 | Grant Wahl
SI found 101 teams that are running the Princeton offense either ail or some of the time. Each is represented by a pin on the map below

February 17, 2003 | Grant Wahl
Jim Burson, the code cracker of the offense, has spread his knowledge to coaches near and far

February 17, 2003
From Zero to 60Caught on multiple exposure, Terrence Trammell (fourth from left) covered 60 meters in 6.51 seconds to beat, among others, Maurice Greene at last Friday's Millrose Games in Madison...

February 17, 2003
The NBA

February 17, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
The Lone Star BluesWith Grant Hill out, Tracy McGrady has to carry the load in Orlando

February 17, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
Nuggets rookie Maybyner Hilario prefers to be called by his nickname, Nene (NAY-nay, which means baby in Portuguese). He plans to change his name to Maybyner Nene-Hilario or simply to Nene, either...

February 17, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
On LeBron James, whose high school eligibility was temporarily restored last week after it had been revoked because he accepted two vintage jerseys worth $845:

February 17, 2003 | Tim Layden
Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery ditched their steroid-sullied coach

February 17, 2003 | Kelley King
Why some programs had surprising results on national signing day

February 17, 2003 | Rick Reilly
Rick Reilly is on assignment this week. The following column appeared in the April 12, 1999, issue.