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March 17, 2003 | Volume 98, Issue 11

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Kirby Puckett Cover - Sports Illustrated March 17, 2003

March 17, 2003 | Bill Syken
SEPTEMBER 1, 1980

March 17, 2003
Training DaysYour Feb. 24 baseball cover picture of the Angels is an instant classic. At first I thought I was looking at an artist's rendition of a 1950s training camp but soon realized it was a...

March 17, 2003
LETTERS

March 17, 2003 | Steve Rushin
Pete Taylor had no "Oh, my!" or "Whoa, Nellie!" no "Holy cow!" or "How about that!" His football broadcasts were bereft of boo-yah's, his basketball broadcasts en fuego-free. "He had no...

March 17, 2003 | Mark Jacobson
In this season of instant elimination, a youth basketball coach reflects on why the game is more than worth the effort and the pain

March 17, 2003 | Michael Farber
A huge gambling debt preceded Jaromir Jagr's IRS problems

March 17, 2003 | Michael Farber
21Ivy League losses in basketball (14) and football (seven) for Columbia, the first Ivy team to go winless in league play in both sports in one academic year.

March 17, 2003
ThreatenedThe Hall of Fame riding careers of Laffit Pincay Jr., 56, and Julie Krone, 39, who suffered separate falls at Santa Anita. Pincay, the winningest jockey in history with 9,531 victories,...

March 17, 2003 | Kelley King
KO'd

March 17, 2003
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 17, 2003
A possible war with Iraq and increasing fears of terrorism are starting to have an impact on the games played around the globe

March 17, 2003 | Melissa Segura
WIFE CARRYING CHAMPIONS

March 17, 2003
MARCH 14-20

March 17, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
•Inside North Korea•Jack Hits the Road

March 17, 2003 | Bill Scheft
Good to be here. See if you can figure out which jokes are still on the bubble.

March 17, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
Olympic co-gold medalists Jamie, 25, and David, 28, are traveling the U.S. as part of the Smuckers Stars on Ice Tour

March 17, 2003
Some hockey fans are seeing a familiar face on Fox's reality matchmaking show Married by America. Jill Nicolini, a 25-year-old Islanders hostess, is one of five contestants who is placing her...

March 17, 2003
As marathons go, this one wasn't fast, but it was memorable. Using only his hands, Bob Wieland, a 57-year-old Army vet who lost his legs when he stepped on a booby trap in 1969 in Vietnam,...

March 17, 2003
The Reverend Jesse Jackson said he has evidence the Masters is named for the "white male slave masters" who used the Augusta course.

March 17, 2003
TOM IZZOMichigan State basketball coach, after being asked whether he wakes up at night believing his team will suddenly live up to his preseason expectations: "Yeah, I do. But sometimes I wake up...

March 17, 2003
Michael Watson, KANSAS CITY, MO.BasketballWatson, a junior guard at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, scored 54 points in a victory over Oral Roberts. The total broke a 12-year-old school...

March 17, 2003 | Alexander Wolff
After his recent scintillating performances, it's official: Texas's undersized assist master, T.J. Ford, is SI's choice as player of the year

March 17, 2003 | Seth Davis
A dissenting vote for Marquette's high-scoring, high-flying guard, Dwyane Wade

March 17, 2003 | Grant Wahl
A contrary case is made for Xavier's potent power forward, David West

March 17, 2003 | Michael Farber
At 6'9", Zdeno Chara is not only the tallest NHL player ever but also the key to Ottawa's Stanley Cup hopes

March 17, 2003 | Daniel G. Habib
Spurning high-priced closers, the RED SOX are touting a new strategy and testing the odds with a mix of low-cost relievers to get them out of jams

March 17, 2003 | Daniel G. Habib
Boston isn't the only team experimenting with its staff. Arizona and Cincinnati hope that last year's finishers can move into their rotations

March 17, 2003
Who's in, out, on the bubble? Get the hoops scoop, including complete coverage of conference tournament week, at si.com/basketball/college.

March 17, 2003
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March 17, 2003 | Jack McCallum
A point guard from France, an Argentine rookie and a hoops nomad have added flavor to once-bland San Antonio

March 17, 2003 | Jack McCallum
Teams traveling to Texas these days in search of wins often come up empty

March 17, 2003 | Frank Deford
The media and the fans in Minnesota turned the Twins' Hall of Famer into a paragon of every virtue—and that made his human flaws, when they came to light, all the more shocking

March 17, 2003
Flat-out HustleOklahoma center Jabahri Brown is about to find out how hard the hardwood is at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. Texas guard T.J. Ford, who led his team from a 15-point second-half...

March 17, 2003
The NBA

March 17, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
The Blazers have been reenergized with Scottie Pippen running the show

March 17, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
On the trade-deadline deal in which the Sonics sent Gary Payton and Desmond Mason to the Bucks for Ray Allen:

March 17, 2003 | Grant Wahl
Brad Friedel of the U.S. has become the top goalkeeper in England

March 17, 2003 | Grant Wahl
It took five minutes for 13-year-old phenom Freddy Adu (SI, March 3) to produce his first magical moment in a U.S. uniform. Facing Jamaica last week in the qualifying tournament for August's...

March 17, 2003 | George Dohrmann
March SadnessTurmoil surrounding Georgia and coach Jim Harrick were among the lowlights in a week filled with scandal

March 17, 2003 | George Dohrmann
With Selection Sunday just days away, we turn over to the real Selection Committee our findings—four nearly unanimous No. 1 seeds. Barring total flameouts in their conference tournaments, Arizona,...

March 17, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
Money in the BankGreat play by Tomas Vokoun may get Nashville into the playoffs and save the owner from writing refund checks

March 17, 2003 | Pierre McGuire
Two factors led to the Avalanche's acquiring hard-nosed defenseman Bryan Marchment from the Sharks last Saturday: He earned the respect of Colorado coach Tony Granato and player-personnel director...

March 17, 2003 | Rick Reilly
Which of this country's greatest sports legends is clenched-teeth against the Iraq war and the death penalty and is for gay rights?