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June 16, 2003 | Volume 98, Issue 24

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Pipin Ferreras Cover - Sports Illustrated June 16, 2003

June 16, 2003
Gary Smith is to National Magazine Awards what Tom Hanks is to Oscars, albeit with a slightly better record. Smith, a 21-year veteran of SI, collected his fourth "Ellie" this year, for his April...

June 16, 2003
Ladies FirstMen's sports are definitely my favorites to watch, and I am no feminist, but it was sweet to see Serena Williams and Annika Sorenstam, two superb female athletes, on the cover of the...

June 16, 2003
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June 16, 2003 | Steve Rushin
In San Antonio, Spurs brake for goose bumps, not speed bumps, as when Steve Kerr steered onto his street after Game 6 of the Western Conference finals and slowed to see, in yard after yard,...

June 16, 2003
Sammy Sosa's creative carpentry made front-page news and inspired outrage, disappointment, sympathy, laughter—and one very bad poem

June 16, 2003 | Kelley King
Two former ABA owners are getting superrich from a long-ago dream deal

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June 16, 2003 | Kelley King
13Home runs hit by the Angels in two games in Puerto Rico's Hiram Bithorn Stadium, tying the American League record for homers in consecutive games, set by the 1939 Yankees.

June 16, 2003 | Gary Van Sickle

June 16, 2003
DiedOf kidney and heart failure, pro wrestling pioneer "Classy" Freddie Blassie, 85. A last link to wrestling's carnival roots, the 6'1", 220-pound Blassie (real name: Fred Blassman) became...

June 16, 2003 | Bill Scheft
Good to be here. I missed the Tony Awards. Help me out here. Did the Mighty Ducks win for Best Revival?

June 16, 2003 | Daniel G. Habib
The 47-year-old celebrity scientist—you've seen him teaching kids about gravity and other natural forces on PBS—is a baseball obsessive and a Mariners fan

June 16, 2003
Instead of the next Pelé, Mallory Snyder will try to become the next Puck. The 19-year-old daughter of former Falcons wide receiver Todd Snyder gave up a full soccer scholarship at Iowa State and...

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That's what you call an unhealthy glow. Andy Natalie, a crewman for Tomas Scheckter (and apparently a big fat liar), got hosed down after his pants—and other things—caught fire during a pit stop...

June 16, 2003
Police in Norway stopped a 94-year-old runner because they thought she had escaped from a nursing home.

June 16, 2003
BARCLAY TAGGTrainer of Funny Cide (left), after the horse finished third in the Belmont Stakes (page 42), thus failing to complete the Triple Crown. "I don't know what happened, and he won't tell me."

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June 16, 2003 | Pete McEntegart
•Peacock Passion Play•Horse Sense

June 16, 2003
Mandy Carnes, NEW CONCORD, OHIOSoftballCarnes, a senior first baseman at Muskingum College, led the Ohio Athletic Conference in homers (13), runs (49) and RBIs (50), and had the highest on-base...

June 16, 2003 | Michael Farber
In a compelling finish to the Stanley Cup finals, resilient New Jersey outlasted the Mighty Ducks to win its third championship in nine years

June 16, 2003 | Tim Layden
Racing was denied the Triple Crown it so desperately needed when Funny Cide, the people's horse, lost to Empire Maker, the rich man's horse, in the Belmont

June 16, 2003 | Franz Lidz
Two 142-pounders, Micky Ward and Arturo Gatti, brought a fitting end to their thrilling trilogy with a fearless display of boxing the way it ought to be

June 16, 2003
Chances are, your father caught the first ball you ever threw and dreamed of your success long before you could talk. These six athletes, like so many others, have grown to appreciate that early...

June 16, 2003
Sizing up the big men: SI hoops scribes Jack McCallum and Marty Burns provide previews and complete analysis of the NBA Finals at

June 16, 2003
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June 16, 2003 | Jack McCallum
Outplaying Jason Kidd, Paris-schooled point guard Tony Parker helped stake the Spurs to an early lead

June 16, 2003 | L. Jon Wertheim
The women get the ink, but as the French Open proved, it is young men like Juan Carlos Ferrero who are lifting the game

June 16, 2003
Duck-PinnedDevils goalie Martin Brodeur and defenseman Scott Niedermayer (27) stop the puck—and, temporarily, Mighty Ducks left wing Paul Kariya—during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals in Anaheim,...

June 16, 2003 | Gary Smith
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June 16, 2003 | Albert Chen
Interleague IntrigueMarquee matchups, like Yanks-Cubs, boost fan interest, but schedule inequities are a sore spot with some clubs

June 16, 2003 | Albert Chen

June 16, 2003 | Tom Verducci

June 16, 2003 | Peter King
Shaping UpThe Rams' Marshall Faulk works hard to prove he's not finished at 30

June 16, 2003 | Rick Reilly
Just inside Pete Sampras's front door in his cushy Beverly Hills house is a case of unopened cans of tennis balls.