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February 23, 2004 | Volume 100, Issue 8

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Alex Rodriguez Cover - Sports Illustrated February 23, 2004

February 23, 2004
Tales from the Super BowlYour Feb. 2 cover was great. For those readers who were wondering, the Green Bay Packers were Willie Davis (87) and Bob Skoronski (76).FRED EVERDING, Arvada, Colo.

February 23, 2004
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.

February 23, 2004 | Steve Rushin
Jesus said, "Ye cannot serve both God and mammon," but that didn't stop everyone from trying during NBA All-Star week in Los Angeles, where Magic Johnson took the stage of the Shrine Auditorium...

February 23, 2004 | Brian Cazeneuve
U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps could win more medals in Athens than some guy named Mark—if he can just decide which of his many strokes to unleash

February 23, 2004 | Albert Chen
A quarterback, a boxer and a Newfy chip off the rust

February 23, 2004 | John Garrity
John Daly smoked 'em at the Buick

February 23, 2004 | John Garrity
1Of the past nine American League MVPs who are still playing for the team on which they won the award-Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, who won it in 2001.

February 23, 2004
DiedOf cardiac arrest, Marco Pantani, 34, the last cyclist other than Lance Armstrong to win the Tour de France, in 1998. Often racing with a bandanna on his head and hoops in his ears, the lithe...

February 23, 2004 | Daniel G. Habib
Eliminated

February 23, 2004 | Bill Scheft
Good to be here. Are you like me? Are you waiting for Rush Limbaugh to say the dog who won best-in-show at Westminster is overrated because he's black?

February 23, 2004 | Richard Deitsch
The actress, 42, stars as boxing manager Jackie Kallen in Against the Ropes. The film, inspired by a true story, opens Feb. 20.

February 23, 2004
Sitting on a six-point halftime lead in Sunday's NBA All-Star Game, Eastern Conference coach Rick Carlisle decided he would forgo the traditional locker room strategy session and pep talk. "Our...

February 23, 2004
Fe fi fo fum. The giant of South Korean sumo wrestling, Kasugao, had little trouble shaking off a couple of boy toys at an exhibition last week in Seoul. Kasugao wasn't as successful when he...

February 23, 2004
The company that staged the Lingerie Bowl during halftime of the Super Bowl is forming a four-team lingerie league, to begin play next year.

February 23, 2004
MIKE HEIMERDINGERTitans offensive coordinator, on why he hasn't been a candidate for an NFL head coaching job. "They're looking for big names, not long names."

February 23, 2004 | Julia Morrill
WHAT TO WATCH AND WATCH FOR

February 23, 2004 | Daniel G. Habib
•NETWORK NEWSAvalanche and Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke's decision to move his teams' TV broadcasts to a cable network he's forming is the latest example of a burgeoning trend. More clubs are...

February 23, 2004
Kate Richardson, COQUITLAM, B.C.GymnasticsRichardson, a sophomore at UCLA, won the all-around after scoring two 10s (beam and floor exercise) to lead tire Bruins to a three-school-meet win and...

February 23, 2004 | David Sabino
Philly's Phab Phive

February 23, 2004
To submit a candidate for Faces in the Crowd, go to SI.com/faces.

February 23, 2004 | David Sabino
LIBERTY BALL: c. Temple has won 32 games in a season twice, in 1986-87 and in '87-88

February 23, 2004 | Tom Verducci
The reporting of pitchers and catchers is a sign that spring is near, and nobody does spring training like the folks at Dodgertown

February 23, 2004 | Tom Verducci
For more about spoils in Florida and the other 49 states, go to si.com/50.

February 23, 2004
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February 23, 2004
For the complete college hoops scoop from Seth Davis. Stewart Mandel and Grant Wahl, go to si.com/college/ basketball.

February 23, 2004 | Chris Evert
The tennis great says her home state helped shape her—on and off the court

February 23, 2004 | Compiled by Bill Syken
Floridians weigh in on sports*

February 23, 2004 | Compiled by Bill Syken
To read an SI flashback story on the Miami Dolphins' 1972 perfect season, view a gallery of every Florida cover or cast your vote for the state's best college football program, go to...

February 23, 2004 | Tom Verducci
By agreeing to move to third base, Alex Rodriguez got out of Texas and into pinstripes as the Yankees pulled off another blockbuster

February 23, 2004 | Tom Verducci
Yankees skipper Joe Torre can count on at least one bit of fun each day: filling out his batting order. The top eight hitters—three lefties, three righties and two switch-hitters—are a manager's...

February 23, 2004
Poll PositionAir Force One takes off from a runway located just outside Daytona Motor Speedway after President Bush (inset, with Richard Petty), no doubt looking for votes from NASCAR dads, had...

February 23, 2004 | Tom Verducci
Returning to their Houston roots, inseparable pals Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte want to share the fun of pitching the Astros to a title

February 23, 2004 | Tom Verducci
Tom Verducci's Insider column, every Tuesday at si.com/baseball.

February 23, 2004 | Lars Anderson
In the race that meant everything to his father, Dale Earnhardt Jr. charged to an emotional victory

February 23, 2004 | Lars Anderson
For more motor sports coverage, go to si.com/racing.

February 23, 2004 | Chris Ballard
Milwaukee's sharpshooting guard Michael Redd slipped quietly into L.A., then showed he belonged

February 23, 2004 | Chris Ballard
The latest NBA news, plus analysis from Jack McCallum, at si.com/basketball.

February 23, 2004 | Michael Farber
It's the most basic element in hockey, but its maintenance is one of the biggest headaches in sports. Herewith the cold facts on how to make good ice, what the NHL is doing to fix the sorry state...

February 23, 2004 | Michael Farber
After a Saint Louis University basketball game on Dec. 17, the Savvis Center floor was converted from hardwood to hockey rink, a nine-hour job completed in plenty of time for a Blues game the next...

February 23, 2004 | Stephen Cannella
At arenas in Florida, keeping the humidity down and the ice in playable condition is a tricky proposition

February 23, 2004 | Stephen Cannella
It sure looks like a fun job, but to Detroit's Al Sabotage his life's work is serious business

February 23, 2004 | Kelli Anderson
The release of some 20 depositions in lawsuits filed by three women who allege they were raped on a night they partied with Colorado football players and recruits has raised questions about coach...

February 23, 2004
Colorado isn't the only school at which sex and recruiting have been linked in recent years

February 23, 2004
The NBA

February 23, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
Underrated in the 2002 draft and embarrassed in last year's rookie game, Carlos Boozer is turning heads

February 23, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
On the Portland Trail Blazers, who dealt forward Rasheed Wallace to Atlanta for forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim and center Theo Ratliff in a five-player trade:

February 23, 2004 | Stephen Cannella
Though rocked by injuries and dizzy from trades, the Flyers keep winning

February 23, 2004 | Pierre McGuire
The NHL should be commended for recognizing that the game needs fixing, but the proposed rule changes do not go far enough. The issue of opening up the neutral zone was not addressed, nor was the...

February 23, 2004 | Seth Davis
Boys to MenStacked with juniors and seniors, Oklahoma State is on top of the Big 12

February 23, 2004 | Seth Davis
1. Miami coach Perry Clark is on thin ice. Just 4,025 fans showed up at Miami's Convocation Center last Saturday to watch the Hurricanes lose their seventh straight game, 91-74 to Syracuse,...

February 23, 2004 | Seth Davis
As the season enters the final stretch, SI's selection committee is back to examine which teams are in the best position to gain the top seeds. If the NCAA tournament were starting this week,...

February 23, 2004 | Rick Reilly
If you thought Colorado football recruiting parties were jailbreaks, brace yourself for the allegations made by the only woman ever to play on the team.

February 23, 2004 | Jim Gorant
Saying troubles are behind them, John and Sherrie Daly come out smelling like a rose

February 23, 2004 | Jim Gorant
Torrey Pines South was tough on the Tour pros last week, but wait until the 2008 U.S. Open. With the rough twice as thick and even a zephyr off the Pacific, par will be terrific at this 7,568-yard...

February 23, 2004 | Mike Perpich
Mike Perpich teaches at RiverPines Golf in Alpharetta, Ga., and is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher.

February 23, 2004 | Jim Gorant
Forget Waldo, Where's Jim? U.S. Open champ Jim Furyk has been M.I.A. since the Sony Open in mid-January. The injury-prone 33-year-old has reaggravated the wrist ailment that has plagued him since...

February 23, 2004 | Sal Johnson
9Players within a shot of Daly, the most on Tour since 1990.

February 23, 2004 | Mike Perpich
Was John Daly's victory a fluke or will he be a force this season?

February 23, 2004 | Gorjus George Lucas*
Riviera

February 23, 2004
On Feb. 25 the controversial new movie The Passion of the Christ comes to theaters, featuring Jim Caviezel in the role of Jesus. In April, Caviezel will portray another iconic figure, Bobby Jones,...

February 23, 2004 | Gorjus George Lucas*
•LONG PUTTERSI pray to God the USGA doesn't ban them.

February 23, 2004 | Gary Van Sickle
In golf, if you can't talk the talk you probably can't walk the walk. Getting the jargon right is proof that you do, indeed, live a golfing life. The game's language, though, is always evolving....

February 23, 2004 | John Garrity
Up before dawn. A cross-country flight. Three Tour pros waiting for advice. Welcome to a day in a swing coach's life