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June 02, 2003 | Volume 98, Issue 22

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Roger Clemens Cover - Sports Illustrated June 02, 2003

June 02, 2003
Kings for a DayAs I watch Sacramento's Bobby Jackson being taken to the locker room for X-rays on his cheekbone, I ask, Why did you have to put the Kings on your cover (Pair of Kings, May 12)?...

June 02, 2003
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June 02, 2003 | Bill Syken
AUGUST 31, 1970

June 02, 2003 | Steve Rushin
Give it away. If I may offer one piece of advice to LeBron James—who in the span of 24 hours last week sold his soles to Nike for $90 million, had $1 million pressed into his palm by Upper Deck...

June 02, 2003 | George Dohrmann
Adidas and Reebok offered more cash, but Nike's full-court press helped it win the battle for the heart—and feet—of high school phenom LeBron James

June 02, 2003 | Peter King
Must there be a team in the City of Angels? The question bedevils the NFL

June 02, 2003 | Peter King
7Strikeouts by Dodgers pitcher Darren Dreifort in the first two innings of L.A.'s 4-3 win over the Rockies last Thursday.

June 02, 2003
ReceivedA taste of what it would be like to be covered by the English press, Metrostars and U.S. national team goalkeeper Tim Howard. Last week Manchester United made an inquiry to MLS about...

June 02, 2003
PetitionedThe NFL, to award the 1925 league championship to the Pottsville Maroons, by Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell. Until 1933 the NFL had no postseason and simply conferred its championship...

June 02, 2003 | Bill Syken
The 50th anniversary of Hillary's climb has Mount Everest hoppin'

June 02, 2003 | Brian Cazeneuve
While you never quite know where Gabe Jennings is coming from, the 24-year-old free spirit of running can tell you where he's just been—and how the trip almost killed him. Jennings, once touted as...

June 02, 2003 | Bill Scheft
Good to be here. Unfortunately the American Idol people are still angry with me because I phoned in 200,000 votes for Rocco Baldelli.

June 02, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
Making a comeback reminiscent of another basketball icon, the two-time MVP of the WNBA returns to the court for the Houston Comets at age 40.

June 02, 2003
The 7 train, the New York City subway line that runs from Manhattan to Shea Stadium, has historically been unkind to out-of-town pitchers. Just ask John Rocker. But Phillies reliever Randy Wolf is...

June 02, 2003
Uh, we asked for a Bud Light. Still, Cho Jin-Young, 23, could be a contender in the International Contest of Bartenders—if Red Adair doesn't parachute in during his signature move. Cho was one of...

June 02, 2003
The groundskeeper for the Class A Lakewood (N.J.) BlueClaws was ejected by an umpire for insisting that it was raining hard enough to roll out the tarp.

June 02, 2003
STEVE SMITHRangers coach, on the art of hitting pop-ups to the catcher in fungo sessions: "I just pretend I'm back in my playing days with the bases loaded and two out."

June 02, 2003

June 02, 2003 | John O'Keefe
•Thorne's Thorny Calls•Annika Revisited•Old-school Mike Men

June 02, 2003
Roger Kish, LAPEER, MICH.WrestlingRoger, a senior at Lapeer West High, set national records for career victories (252) and consecutive victories (223) and won his fourth state championship. He...

June 02, 2003 | Chris Ballard
With a swagger embodied by cocksure coach Byron Scott, the Nets cruised to the Finals again

June 02, 2003 | Jack McCallum
Playing with poise and éclat, French point guard Tony Parker had the Spurs primed for the Finals

June 02, 2003 | Michael Farber
The matchup between Anaheim and New Jersey pits conservative, defense-oriented teams that are strikingly—perhaps numbingly—similar

June 02, 2003 | Michael Farber
SI special contributor Pierre McGuire's scouting report on Mighty Ducks goaltender Jean-Sébastien Giguere

June 02, 2003 | Michael Farber
SI special contributor Pierre McGuire's scouting report on Devils goaltender Martin BrodeurTo solve Brodeur, the Mighty Ducks must keep him from getting into the flow of the action early in...

June 02, 2003
Rocket redux: For a Roger Clemens career retrospective, including a game-by-game log, photo gallery and SI Flashbacks, go to

June 02, 2003
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June 02, 2003 | Michael Bamberger
Under extraordinary scrutiny, Annika Sorenstam put her game up against the men's at the Colonial and left with thousands of new fans

June 02, 2003 | Daniel G. Habib
With all the props of the archetypal closer-as-intimidator, Eric Gagné was a ferocious force as the Dodgers rolled to 10 straight wins

June 02, 2003
Going DigitalSan Antonio's Tim Duncan tries to reach out and touch a loose ball as teammate Emanuel Ginobili looks on during Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference finals. The Spurs beat the Dallas...

June 02, 2003 | Michael Silver
Affable but forceful commissioner David Baker has thrown his weight around and put the Arena Football League on the sports map

June 02, 2003 | Lars Anderson
In a tight race, Gil de Ferran found Victory Lane and the 500 rediscovered some of its former magic

June 02, 2003 | Tom Verducci
In his final season, Roger Clemens stalks his landmark 300th win by making certain that his 40-year-old body can still bring the heat

June 02, 2003 | Tom Verducci
JUNE 8, 1981Drafted out of San Jacinto (Texas) Junior College in the 12th round by the New York Mets. Opts to attend the University of Texas after the Mets fail to meet his $25,000 bonus demand.

June 02, 2003
LacrosseVirginia stymies Johns Hopkins in the championship game, behind the goalkeeping of Tillman Johnson

June 02, 2003 | Mark Beech
Virginia took the NCAA title behind Tillman Johnson's mastery in goal

June 02, 2003 | Albert Chen
From the TopThe first two hitters in the order have juiced up the Braves' offense

June 02, 2003 | Tom Verducci

June 02, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
Landing the top draft pick instantly transforms the woeful Cavaliers

June 02, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
On 7-foot, 245-pound Darko Milicic of Serbia-Montenegro:

June 02, 2003 | Rick Reilly
There's nothing cheesier than a writer (me) using his column space (here) to plug his latest book (Who's Your Caddy?) to make money ($2.49 per copy) and get a fairly easy column (this) while out...