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July 07, 2003 | Volume 99, Issue 1

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Kerry Wood Cover - Sports Illustrated July 07, 2003

July 07, 2003
SI's first poll of major league baseball players in 20 years—the results of which appear on page 52—was like a very elaborate game of 20 questions. First, baseball editor Larry Burke came up with...

July 07, 2003
Devils and the Deep Blue SeaLet me get this straight: You called the article Give the Devils Their Due (June 16) and put two freedivers on the cover? I still think it's kind of special to make the...

July 07, 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.

July 07, 2003 | Mark Beech
JUNE 19, 1978

July 07, 2003 | Steve Rushin
This column stinks. It's a scratch-and-sniff catalog of every smell in sports. A fresh can of tennis balls, for instance, opens with the same vacuum-packed whoosh as a coffee can but is—on first...

July 07, 2003
So Barry Bonds's 73rd homer ball sold for $450,000. Ho-hum. The memorabilia market has yielded far more fascinating items, some of which you can even afford

July 07, 2003
A Super Bowl hero faces jail

July 07, 2003
9 to 1Odds British bookmaker William Hill offered on Englishman Tim Henman to win Wimbledon.

July 07, 2003
CaughtThirty-five miles off the coast of Louisiana, a 1,152-pound bluefin tuna, the biggest fish ever caught on a rod and reel in the Gulf of Mexico. Fishing in a blue marlin tournament with three...

July 07, 2003 | Kelley King
Jumped

July 07, 2003 | Bill Scheft
Before we begin, quick impression. Oprah Winfrey to Michael Jordan before his deal fell through: "O.K., I'm in. But only if you change the name to Oprah's Buck Club."

July 07, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
Monday Night Football's new sideline reporter, Guerrero, 39, makes her debut on Aug. 4 at the Hall of Fame Game.

July 07, 2003
The kind people who bring us the Women in Waders calendar—basically a year of fly models fly-fishing—have just released their newest calendar, Beauty and the Bass. Melinda Hoeyne and Gary...

July 07, 2003
It is summer, a time once associated with family vacations and outdoor fun but which in recent years has become, let's face it, the competitive eating season. Here, in a scene reminiscent of a...

July 07, 2003
A Wisconsin couple have arranged to have their infant daughter baptized at Lambeau Field.

July 07, 2003
ANDY RODDICKTwenty-year-old U.S. tennis player, responding to a female reporter who asked him if he enjoys being the "new sex symbol" of tennis: "Do you want to go to dinner later?"

July 07, 2003
JULY 4-10

July 07, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
OTL's Big Switch, Courageous Coach

July 07, 2003
Scouting the Cubs: For more on Chicago's pair of aces, including a photo gallery and analysis from SI's Tom Verducci, go to si.com/baseball.

July 07, 2003
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July 07, 2003
Justin Horn, TRIPP, S. DAK.Track and FieldHorn, a recent graduate of Tripp-Delmont High and the only member of the Wildcats' squad at the state meet, finished with 38 points to win the Class B...

July 07, 2003 | Michael Bamberger
With a near-perfect swing that can crank the ball 300 yards, Michelle Wie will try this week to light up the biggest event in women's golf. Then it's on to ninth grade

July 07, 2003 | Michael Bamberger
How can a willowy teen blast tee shots 30 yards farther than battle-hardened LPGA pros—and even a handful of PGA Tour players? That's what SI asked Mitchell Spearman, the director of instruction...

July 07, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
After Jay Williams's motorcycle crash, the Bulls' new G.M. John Paxson had to make some hard choices. He started by drafting a point guard from Kansas

July 07, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
With so many mysteries in the NBA draft—14 of the 29 first-rounders were teens or foreigners—most selections can't be fully judged for at least two years. Setting aside the Cavaliers (No. 1 pick...

July 07, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
By taking Nedzad Sinanovic, Portland foiled a plot

July 07, 2003
Howard's EndMetroStars goalie Tim Howard reaches in vain for a shot in overtime by Chicago Fire forward Ante Razov (page 70) in an MLS game in Naperville, Ill., last Saturday. Razov's goal gave...

July 07, 2003 | Tom Verducci
From the historic to the horrendous, the first half had its moments. Now the stage is set for some heated division races

July 07, 2003 | Daniel G. Habib
The surprising Cubs are banking on Mark Prior and Kerry Wood to end their championship drought

July 07, 2003 | Daniel G. Habib
The Cubs' farm system is well-stocked with pitchers who throw hard and rack up strikeouts

July 07, 2003
Who's the best manager? The worst umpire? The best-dressed player? Should Pete Rose be in the Hall? We wondered what the players think, so we went right to the source*

July 07, 2003 | Tom Verducci
The African-American baseball player is vanishing. Does he have a future?

July 07, 2003
Soccer

July 07, 2003 | Grant Wahl
What will it take for the red-hot Ante Razov to make the U.S. team?

July 07, 2003 | Grant Wahl
For the U.S. women's team the biggest difference between this year's World Cup and the two previous editions is simple: There's no six-month residency before the tournament. Because the WUSA...

July 07, 2003 | S.L. Price
Youth MovementMaria Sharapova was the latest 16-year-old to take Wimbledon by storm. But where will she be in a few years?

July 07, 2003 | S.L. Price
Everyone scoffed last month when Mark Philippoussis, after years of coach-hopping and three surgeries on his left knee, announced he had reunited with his father, Nick, and then went on to lose in...

July 07, 2003 | Rick Reilly
Why in creation did Joe Delaney jump into that pit full of water that day?