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March 08, 2004 | Volume 100, Issue 10

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Sebastian Telfair Cover - Sports Illustrated March 08, 2004

March 08, 2004
Admirable NelsonI saw Jameer Nelson in December when St. Joe's played Cal (Full Nelson, Feb. 16). At first I thought he was the team's mascot. Then I thought he must be the 12th guy on the team, a...

March 08, 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.

March 08, 2004 | Steve Rushin
By the time you realize that a New Jersey Net, retired but still paid more than $14 million a year, stands accused of fatally shooting a chauffeur in one of the eight bedroom suites in his...

March 08, 2004 | Rick Telander
How did Colorado's Gary Barnett—once a cornball coach on a slow career track—wind up in the center of a college sports scandal?

March 08, 2004
Colorado quarterback Joel Klatt feels under siege

March 08, 2004 | Sridhar Pappu
A procedural slip could cost Terrell Owens millions. He's not the only one

March 08, 2004 | Sridhar Pappu
9Straight 30-win seasons for Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, an NHL record.

March 08, 2004
ThreatenedWith punishment by the NBA, the 28 referees who protested the suspension of a colleague by wearing their jerseys inside out with his number (62) on their backs. Referee Michael Henderson...

March 08, 2004
Step right up and play along with sports fans who have been seeing some not-so-subtle changes in girth lately. John Daly is bigger (and maybe better) than ever, Maurice Clarett carried extra...

March 08, 2004
Padres pitcher and rocket scientist Jason Szuminski, 25, is trying to become the majors' first MIT grad. How is he doing? SI's Szuminskimeter tells all.

March 08, 2004 | Bill Scheft
Well, I guess this isn't surprising: Steinbrenner just signed Peter Jackson.

March 08, 2004 | Richard Deitsch
The middleweight champ—a.k.a. the Executioner—signed last week to fight Oscar De La Hoya on Sept. 18. Hopkins (43-2-1) has won 23 straight fights.

March 08, 2004
Now that Billy Bob Thornton is out of the picture, Angelina Jolie is carrying a torch for someone else—Juan Antonio Samaranch. Saying she would "consider it an honor to run with the Olympic torch...

March 08, 2004
Confirming the suspicions of at least some snarky soccer fans, David Beckham does wear a skirt. Well, he did when filming a new Pepsi commercial, in which he and several top players—such as Raul...

March 08, 2004
Gatorade is planning to introduce an "ESPN-flavored" drink.

March 08, 2004
TRACY McGRADYMagic guard, after being fined $10,000 for kicking the ball into the stands twice during a game: "That's a lot of money. I'll have to get me another autograph-signing session to pay...

March 08, 2004 | Julia Morrill
WHAT TO WATCH AND WATCH FOR

March 08, 2004 | Sridhar Pappu
•DIAMOND DREAMSAs the director of 1994's Hoop Dreams, Steve James gave us the stories of William Gates and Arthur Agee, young Chicagoans attempting to raise their fortunes by playing high school...

March 08, 2004
Drew Neitzel, GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.BasketballDrew, a senior point guard at Wyoming Park High, scored a total of 133 points in three games, including career highs of 45 and 57 on consecutive nights....

March 08, 2004 | David Sabino
Training Days

March 08, 2004 | David Sabino
SPRING ROLL: a. Craig Biggio has reported to the Astros' camp in Kissimmee, Fla., each year since 1989, longer than Larkin (Sarasota, '98), Salmon (Tempe, '93) or Franco (Port St. Lucie, '90).

March 08, 2004 | Chris Ballard
With sled teams mushing 1,112 miles, the Iditarod celebrates Alaska's history and makes the state even more distinctive

March 08, 2004 | Trajan Langdon
Growing up in Anchorage, the author developed his hot hand in extreme cold

March 08, 2004 | Compiled by Bill Syken
Alaskans weigh in on sports*

March 08, 2004 | Compiled by Bill Syken
To read an SI flashback story about master musher Susan Butcher, dig into more Iditarod trivia or see additional images of Scott Gomez, Tommy Moe and other Alaskan athletes, go to...

March 08, 2004 | Chris Ballard
Already a polished star, Brooklyn hoops phenom Sebastian Telfair is set to become the first point guard to jump from high school to the NBA

March 08, 2004 | Chris Ballard
Sebastian Telfair is only the best-known of a crop of potential NBA draftees in an unusually deep class of high 1 school seniors. These top prospects might also make I the leap from high school to...

March 08, 2004 | Jack McCallum
Hubie Brown's trademark patter and boundless energy have helped turn the sad-sack Grizzlies into a team that's roaring toward the playoffs

March 08, 2004
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March 08, 2004
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March 08, 2004 | John Ed Bradley
Though he fell short in the Super Bowl, the Panthers' Jake Delhomme played with a passion that captivated fellow Cajuns

March 08, 2004 | John Ed Bradley
Barely recruited out of high school and passed over in the draft, Jake Delhomme isn't your typical NFL quarterback. But in his first year as a starter, he led Carolina to a game-winning score on...

March 08, 2004 | Albert Chen
The downtrodden Orioles have a new manager and three free-agent sluggers, but in the star-studded AL East, will anyone notice?

March 08, 2004
Gate-crasherBode Miller of the U.S. bends a gate pole on his way to winning the World Cup giant slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, last Saturday and taking first place in the overall World Cup...

March 08, 2004 | Michael Farber
A 5'7" dynamo with a big heart, Martin St. Louis has emerged as a prolific scorer and helped make Tampa Bay a Cup contender

March 08, 2004 | Will Blythe
If you're a lifer, like the author, in the maniacal rivalry between the Tar Heels and the Blue Devils, this Saturday's game will be another life-altering occasion. There are only two ways it can...

March 08, 2004
College Basketball

March 08, 2004 | Seth Davis
Late rushes have Missouri and Alabama on the brink of Madness

March 08, 2004 | Seth Davis
1. Blake Stepp wuz robbed. At week's end Gonzaga's senior point guard was shooting 42.5% from three-point range and was seventh in the nation in assists (6.9 average) for the No. 4 Bulldogs. He...

March 08, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
Thanks to rookie Dwyane Wade, Miami is back in the playoff hunt

March 08, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
On Nuggets center Marcus Camby, who is making $7.3 million in the final year of his contract:

March 08, 2004 | Stephen Cannella
With labor strife in the air, deadline deals are made for different reasons

March 08, 2004 | Pierre McGuire
In one of the best games of the season the Blue Jackets overcame a 2-0 deficit last Saturday to beat the Avalanche for the first time in franchise history, 5-4 in overtime. Columbus right wing...

March 08, 2004 | Richard Hoffer
Two Cincinnati flyweights stood out at the uninspiring U.S. boxing trials

March 08, 2004 | Brian Cazeneuve
The U.S. men's gymnastics team suffered a potentially crushing blow at the American Cup competition in New York City last Saturday when five-time national all-around champion Blaine Wilson (above)...

March 08, 2004 | Rick Reilly
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