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March 10, 2003 | Volume 98, Issue 10

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Cliff Hawkins Cover - Sports Illustrated March 10, 2003

March 10, 2003
Middle-aged MichaelEvery time I think I'm getting too old for Saturday morning pickup games down at the church gym, I remind myself that I'm 11 months younger than Michael Jordan (Going Out in...

March 10, 2003
LETTERS

March 10, 2003 | Farrell Evans
MAY 30, 1960

March 10, 2003 | Steve Rushin
Pro Football was fun, but I've watched my last game. "I love football as much as anyone," says Dan Shannon, a New England Patriots fan and animal lover, "but it takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL...

March 10, 2003 | Mark Bechtel
Yankees pitcher David Wells figured that by being outrageous he could sell a heap of books. He just didn't expect people to actually read the darn thing

March 10, 2003 | Pete McEntegart
HIV ended boxer Tommy Morrison's career. Now a new life is about to begin

March 10, 2003 | Pete McEntegart
1,354Basketball games coached by the retiring Jim Phelan of Mount St. Mary's, an NCAA record.

March 10, 2003
DiedOf cancer, British runner Chris Brasher, 74, who paced the first half mile when Roger Bannister broke the four-minute barrier (3:59.4) in 1954. Brasher, who got his countryman to the mid-point...

March 10, 2003 | Kelley King
Visited

March 10, 2003
Who's winning the battle, Hootie Johnson or Martha Burk? SI's Hootometer tells all.

March 10, 2003 | Daniel G. Habib
A trainer and owner are setting records at Gulfstream—and arousing suspicion

March 10, 2003
SportsPickle.com

March 10, 2003 | Daniel G. Habib
Brooks Kieschnick, 30, is trying to make the Brewers as an outfielder and a pitcher. How's he doing? SI's Kieschometer tells all.

March 10, 2003 | Bill Scheft
Good to be here. Be honest, how many of you still think John Deere makes a scouting combine?

March 10, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
The NBA Hall of Famer, who coached the USBL's Oklahoma Storm last season, is now an analyst on CBS Sport's college basketball coverage.

March 10, 2003
Red Wings center Sergei Fedorov's disclosure that he and Anna Kournikova were briefly married a couple of years ago—confirming long-swirling rumors—was a revelation to at least one person. Alla...

March 10, 2003
The Northern League's Schaumburg (Ill.) Flyers have signed Ted Williams's 34-year-old son, John Henry.

March 10, 2003
MO VAUGHNMets first baseman, on changes in the game: "Baseball's been played the same way for 200 years."

March 10, 2003
Never mind that it has no coastline, Switzerland rules the waves. An hour into the fourth race of the America's Cup, the 110-foot, $900,000 carbon-fiber mast on Team New Zealand's NZL82 snapped in...

March 10, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
Straight Shooter, Fighting Words

March 10, 2003
James Farrelly, BOULDER CITY, NEV.WrestlingJames, a senior at Boulder City High, won the Nevada 3A state wrestling tide in the heavyweight division and finished the season 40-0. As a tackle in...

March 10, 2003
Hype School

March 10, 2003
TRIPLE THREAT: b. The three-sport phenom was Don Gullett. Now the Reds' pitching coach, Gullett starred at McKell High in South Shore, Ky. He was 109-50 over his nine-year career with the Reds and...

March 10, 2003 | Grant Wahl
Thanks to a smothering defense, surprising Kentucky has silenced critics of coach Tubby Smith and become a March menace again

March 10, 2003 | Richard Hoffer
BOXING IS IN A HELL OF A STATE, SADDLED with fading stars and a fragmented fan base, but don't count out the not-so-sweet science just yet

March 10, 2003 | Richard Hoffer
A RINGSIDE VIEW OF TODAY'S PUGILISTIC PURGATORY

March 10, 2003 | Richard Hoffer
Boxing is struggling, but a good fight or two would go a long way toward rejuvenating the sport. Here's a fistic wish list for the coming year, along with an assessment of the chances that boxing...

March 10, 2003 | L. Jon Wertheim
There's little glamour and less money on boxing's casino-and-cable circuit, but every sport needs a minor league

March 10, 2003 | Tim Layden
After toiling in near obscurity for 16 years, the Arena Football League has a new partner, NBC, pushing to make the circuit a big-time success

March 10, 2003 | Tim Layden
The Arena Football League doesn't want to be a developmental league for the NFL and, at first glance, doesn't look as though it would be. For example, AFL linemen are generally quicker and smaller...

March 10, 2003
Calling all roto rooters: Now is the time to sign up for one of our three baseball fantasy games. Join a league—or run your own—at si.com/fantasy.

March 10, 2003
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March 10, 2003 | Jeremy Roenick
With neutral-zone traps choking the excitement out of the NHL, is it time to eliminate the red line to open up the game? Here are two points of view

March 10, 2003 | Jeremy Roenick
Remove the red line or keep it? In a poll, we took the pulse of NHLers

March 10, 2003 | Jeremy Roenick
There's a precedent for deciding whether to break with NHL tradition. Let's use it again

March 10, 2003 | Jeff Pearlman
Still going strong after a record 1,187 appearances, Padres lefty reliever Jesse Orosco, 45, now makes his living one batter at a time

March 10, 2003 | Jeff Pearlman
Despite all the talk about a depressed free-agent market, relief pitchers played a rousing game of musical chairs in the off-season. In the past four months numerous contenders have overhauled...

March 10, 2003
Stars and BarsCarly Patterson of Allen, Texas, performs a front aerial walkover on the balance beam during the Visa American Cup in Fairfax, Va., last Saturday. Although Patterson is considered...

March 10, 2003 | Alexander Wolff
Forty years ago a courageous college president defied a court order barring Mississippi State from integrated competition and sent his team to face black players in the NCAA tournament

March 10, 2003
The NBA

March 10, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
Older, but Not WiserA plan to push teens toward college by raising the minimum age could be a setback to future stars

March 10, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
Though Karl Malone will turn 41 before the 2004 Olympics, coach Larry Brown believes the Mailman will be in shape to deliver for the U.S. team. "He told me his weight has gone down every year he's...

March 10, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
On the Pacers, who ended a six-game losing streak last Friday after Ron Artest, who has missed nine games, returned from a one-game team-imposed suspension:

March 10, 2003 | Peter King
Worth a GambleIn the right system quarterback Jake Plummer could still be a star

March 10, 2003 | Albert Chen
Doubting Thomas?The White Sox did, and Frank Thomas is motivated to prove them wrong

March 10, 2003 | Rick Reilly
The best college tradition is not dotting the i at Ohio State. It's not stealing the goat from Navy. Or waving the wheat at Kansas.