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June 09, 2003 | Volume 98, Issue 23

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Tim Duncan Cover - Sports Illustrated June 09, 2003

June 09, 2003
Mixed NetsI was very excited to read Chris Ballard's portrayal of the 2003 New Jersey Nets [Rising in the East, May 19). This is a tight-knit team whose main objective is winning rather than...

June 09, 2003
LETTERS•Please e-mail us at letters@si.timeinc.com or fax us at 212-467-4049. Letters should include the writer's full name, address and home telephone number and may be edited for clarity and space.

June 09, 2003 | Kelvin C. Bias
AUGUST 30, 1971

June 09, 2003 | Steve Rushin
Here in St. Louis—birthplace of the ballpark hot dog and brewer of the nation's beer—are two other timeless American verities: Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio, the longest-tenured teammates in major...

June 09, 2003 | Tom Verducci
Pitchers are swinging away and umpires are crying foul, but QuesTec, baseball's high-tech strike zone evaluator, is good for the game

June 09, 2003 | Jack McCallum
Why NBA teams look to Larry Brown for salvation

June 09, 2003 | Jack McCallum
68,112Single-game college basketball attendance record, set at a 1990 LSU-Notre Dame game at the Superdome in New Orleans—a figure Michigan State and Kentucky will try to top on Dec. 13 when the...

June 09, 2003
SignedBy Rockets center Yao Ming, a seven-figure deal with Miramax M Books for his life story. Scheduled for a fall 2004 release, the book will tell how the values Yao learned growing up in a...

June 09, 2003 | Alexander Wolff
Retired

June 09, 2003
Is Phillies pitcher Randy Wolf on track to find his subway siren?

June 09, 2003 | Michael Farber
Hockey's greatest goaltender, Patrick Roy, changed the shape of the game

June 09, 2003
CHECKING OUT AMERICA'S HOTTEST THREE-YEAR-OLDS

June 09, 2003 | Julia Morrill
Arturo Moreno, baseball's newest owner (right), is a living saint. In one of his first moves since purchasing the Angels for $180 million, he ordered the price of beer to be slashed. "Beer in the...

June 09, 2003 | Bill Scheft
Good to be here. Am I wrong, or does the oversized head on Tiger Woods's new Nike driver look like LeBron James?

June 09, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
The 27-year-old NASCAR phenom swept last month's Charlotte races, the Winston and the Coca-Cola 600, and sits seventh in the Winston Cup points standings.

June 09, 2003
JUNE6-JUNE 12

June 09, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
Courting Collins, Going for the Gold

June 09, 2003
Percy Miller, a.k.a. hip-hop impresario Master P, worked out with the Denver Nuggets last week and said there was no limit to his NBA dreams. "Hopefully I'll get a shot once camp starts [on July...

June 09, 2003
Just wear it. In a city famous for haute couture, Nike took advantage of the French Open's relaxed dress code and cornered the Paris fashion market last week, supplying six players with identical...

June 09, 2003
The June 25 auction of Barry Bonds's 73rd home run ball will be televised live by ESPN.

June 09, 2003
SANDRA DAY O'CONNORU.S. Supreme Court justice, whose son, Brian, 43, summitted Mount Everest on May 25 despite her strenuous objections that the trip would be too dangerous: "So you can see how...

June 09, 2003
Triple threat: For complete coverage of Funny Cide's run at the record book, including Tim Layden's daily analysis from Belmont Park, go to si.com/more.

June 09, 2003
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June 09, 2003
Megan Helsen, RAVENNA, MICH.VolleyballMegan, a senior at Ravenna High, set a national high school record with 986 kills this season. She also broke five school records with 351 career blocks (129...

June 09, 2003 | David Sabino
Bridesmaid RevisitedSwept by the Lakers last year, the Nets were again heavy underdogs entering this year's NBA Finals with the Spurs. Since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976, which is the only team to...

June 09, 2003 | David Sabino
BRIDESMAID REVISTED: c. The Lakers lost the 1983 Finals to the 76ers then were beaten by the Celtics the following year. The last team to lose in the Finals in consecutive years was the Jazz, who...

June 09, 2003 | Tim Layden
As Funny Cide closes in on Triple Crown history, we asked where all that horsepower came from. The answer will make you squirm

June 09, 2003 | Tim Layden
Funny Cide is the first gelding with a shot at the Triple Crown, but not the first to build an impressive racing résumé.

June 09, 2003 | Tim Layden
What stands between Funny Cide and a victory in the Belmont Stakes? History, and a field of foes led by Empire Maker

June 09, 2003 | Michael Farber
They're a smart, tough hockey team battling for their third championship in nine years. So why don't the Devils have more admirers?

June 09, 2003
Split DecisionKim Clijsters finds out how low she can go during her third-round victory over Paola Suarez at the French Open (page 76).

June 09, 2003 | Phil Taylor
An errant penalty flag nearly blinded him in one eye and it idled him for three years, but Orlando Brown returns to the field a more forgiving man

June 09, 2003 | Phil Taylor
If you thought the 68-year-old manager was over the hill, guess again. He has the rebuilt Giants in first place in the NL West

June 09, 2003 | Compiled by David Sabino
The Alous made their mark in the major leagues—brothers Felipe, Matty and Jesus combined for more than 5,000 hits in 47 total seasons—and Felipe's son Moises still carries the family banner

June 09, 2003 | Tim Layden
Seventeen-year-old California sprinter Allyson Felix will soon be giving Marion Jones a run for her money

June 09, 2003 | Jack McCallum
To prevail in the championship series, the Nets will have to exploit flaws in the game of Spurs star Tim Duncan—if they can find any

June 09, 2003 | Chris Ballard
Some helpful hints for anyone hoping to slow Tim Duncan

June 09, 2003
In a Finals packed with role players, the outcome hinges on the two biggest names

June 09, 2003 | Jack McCallum
The well-stocked Spurs will come at the Nets in waves

June 09, 2003
Baseball

June 09, 2003 | Daniel G. Habib
Jay WalkersWith a get-on-base mantra, red-hot Toronto is running up the score

June 09, 2003 | Daniel G. Habib
Toronto led the majors in runs scored at week's end, despite ranking last in stolen bases and sacrifice bunts. Here are the top-scoring teams and how often they tried to manufacture runs.

June 09, 2003 | Daniel G. Habib
The last time the Cubs and the Yankees met was in the 1938 World Series-no one should have to tell you who won that—and this weekend's interleague series between the two clubs has Wrigley Field...

June 09, 2003 | Tom Verducci
HEADING SOUTH?

June 09, 2003 | L. Jon Wertheim
OverpoweredEven on clay, the artistic shotmaker is helpless before today's big hitters

June 09, 2003 | Kelli Anderson
High-SteppingWith his scintillating all-court game, Gonzaga guard Blake Stepp shone at the Pan Am Games trials

June 09, 2003 | Rick Reilly
When the 65-year-old track and field coach at Fresno State was told in April that his men's teams were about to be eliminated to save money, he did not holler, "This is an outrage! I'm suing!"