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March 24, 2003 | Volume 98, Issue 12

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 Cover - Sports Illustrated March 24, 2003

March 24, 2003 | Don Yaeger
As Iraq's top Olympic official, Uday Hussein is accused of the torture and murder of athletes who fail to win

March 24, 2003
The NBA

March 24, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
Golden GilBrash point guard Gilbert Arenas has improved the Warriors' fortunes

March 24, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
On the Atlantic Division-leading Nets, who at week's end had gone 6-11 since the All-Star break:

March 24, 2003
Fresh SqueezedAstros third baseman Morgan Ensberg is safe on a squeeze bunt as Pirates catcher Jason Kendall applies a late tag during Grapefruit League action in Bradenton, Fla., last Thursday.

March 24, 2003 | Tom Verducci
The Fights of SpringTwo bench-clearing brawls showed that bad blood and retribution can flare up even in exhibition games

March 24, 2003 | Peter King
Smooth MovesNew England shored up its suspect defense with three prime free agents

March 24, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
Joy RideToronto made bold moves at the trade deadline, but the celebratory mood was cut short by injuries

March 24, 2003 | Pierre McGuire
At a recent practice Panthers defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, 19, was checked hard by wing Kristian Huselius, who is skilled but not usually physical. Bouwmeester took exception and smashed Huselius...

March 24, 2003 | Rick Reilly
You know about FACES IN THE CROWD, right? It's maybe the best thing we do. It's just people's achievements, simple as that. No agents, contracts or Hummers. They never fail to astound.

March 24, 2003
BryantballAs I neared the end of the article about Kobe Bryant's amazing scoring streak (Roll of a Lifetime, March 3), I was delighted to read that here was a young superstar who had just one...

March 24, 2003
LETTERS

March 24, 2003
Our cover incorporating images of all 65 invitees to the NCAA tournament required some prognostication on the part of our college basketball staff, which is headed up by senior editor Dick...

March 24, 2003 | Steve Rushin
Inspired by our leaders in Congress (whose cafeteria now calls french fries "freedom fries") and by New Jersey restaurant owner Anthony Tola (who poured his Dom Pérignon down the toilet), Georgia...

March 24, 2003 | L. Jon Wertheim
Truly a man of mystery, the Pacers' Ron Artest just might be the nicest guy ever to lead the league in flagrant fouls

March 24, 2003 | L. Jon Wertheim
Counted out of the tennis elite, U.S. men are suddenly coming on strong

March 24, 2003 | L. Jon Wertheim
4Straight seasons in which UCLA hoops coach Steve Lavin, who was fired on Monday after a 10-19 season, has beaten the nation's No. 1 team; the Bruins edged Arizona in the Pac-10 tournament.

March 24, 2003
Hospitalizedwith what is suspected To be a brain Tumor, plucky ex-reliever Tug McGraw, who helped The Mets and The Phillies To championships in his 19-year career. The 58-year-old lefty was in...

March 24, 2003 | Kelley King
CaptainedIUPUI to its first-ever berth in the NCAA basketball tournament, 27-year-old Navy veteran Matt Crenshaw. With one second left in the Mid-Continent conference title game against Valparaiso...

March 24, 2003 | Franz Lidz
For the first time since '78, no one phoned for baseball's ultimate journeyman

March 24, 2003 | Kelley King
CHESS GRANDMASTER

March 24, 2003 | Franz Lidz
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 24, 2003 | Bill Scheft
Sorry I'm late. I was tending the pin for Scott Hoch.

March 24, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
The 50-year-old hockey guru is an analyst for ABC, MSG Network and Hockey Night in Canada

March 24, 2003
Before Frank Worth became the Los Angeles Dodgers' first official photographer, he made a name for himself as one of Hollywood's first paparazzi. Unlike today's celebrity shutterbugs, Worth got...

March 24, 2003
Next time you're in Japan, watch out for flying sumos. Asashoryu, the sport's first Mongolian yokozuna (or grand champion, right), was bowled out of the ring by a lower-ranked countryman,...

March 24, 2003
A sherpa whose grandfather carried supplies on Sir Edmund Hillary's historic 1953 Everest expedition is planning to build a cybercafe on the mountain.

March 24, 2003
Rockets center and media darling, identifying his favorite English words: "Last question."

March 24, 2003
MARCH 21-27

March 24, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
CBS Barters with ESPN, CNN Noize

March 24, 2003
Shelly Chessie, FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICKIce HockeyChessie, a senior forward at Bowdoin College, is the school's alltime leading female scorer, with 177 points. She helped the Polar Bears become...

March 24, 2003 | Jeff Pearlman
After a contentious run to the World Series, the Giants rebuilt their lineup with veterans who can get along with Barry Bonds. Will the plan work?

March 24, 2003 | E.M. Swift
A seemingly innocent race for the puck ended with one college player fighting for his life and another suffering the pain of being blamed

March 24, 2003 | Grant Wahl
In college basketball's era of uncertainty, experienced players are essential for a team to navigate the postseason storms

March 24, 2003 | Seth Davis
Here's a team's worth of unsung seniors who could show what they've got

March 24, 2003 | Seth Davis
Julius BarnesStanford point man is a catalyst at both ends.

March 24, 2003 | Kelli Anderson
With neutral-site regionals forcing more top seeds to travel, the road to the Final Four could—for once—be loaded with potholes

March 24, 2003 | Alexander Wolff
SI's Complete Bracket Picks for 2003

March 24, 2003 | Alexander Wolff
In last year's Sweet 16, Sooners punished Cats inside. This time 'Zona lords over boards to deliver Olson's second crown

March 24, 2003 | Jack McCallum
An MVP season? So what? Critics of one of the NBA's most versatile stars won't let up until he carries Minnesota further into the playoffs

March 24, 2003
On the March: Catch the latest NCAA tournament news, plus bracket breakdowns and on-scene analysis from SI's experts, at si.com/basketball/college.

March 24, 2003
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March 24, 2003 | Jack McCallum
The 76ers are torrid thanks to Allen Iverson, whose all-around play has vaulted him into contention in the crowded MVP race

March 24, 2003 | Don Van Natta Jr.
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