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November 23, 1998 | Volume 89, Issue 21

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Arthur Lee Cover - Sports Illustrated November 23, 1998

November 23, 1998 | Kelli Anderson
Coming back after knee surgery and a burger binge, guard Baron Davis leads the best cast of young players in the land

November 23, 1998 | Seth Davis
In Athens they're talking of dethroning SEC king Kentucky, and thanks to one super sophomore, they very well might

November 23, 1998 | Kelli Anderson
If you listen to coach Rick Majerus, his depleted Utes don't stand a chance this season. Don't listen to him

November 23, 1998 | Grant Wahl
The Cowboys may be small, but they figure that by season's end they'll be standing tall as Big 12 champs

November 23, 1998 | Seth Davis
Fresh from its first NCAA bid in nearly a decade, Knoxville's "other basketball team" is ready to turn heads on campus

November 23, 1998 | Jack McCallum
If everything goes right, a trio of promising juniors could hand Jim Boeheim his most balanced team in more than a decade

November 23, 1998 | Seth Davis
The Rams are loaded with talent—and much of it belongs to Lamar Odom, who at 6'10" has the skills of a point guard

November 23, 1998 | B.J. Schecter
James Posey is ready to leave his sixth-man role and join the distinguished fraternity of Musketeers power forwards

November 23, 1998 | Tim Crothers
Kenny Thomas, a.k.a. Baby Shaq, is 25 pounds lighter and eager to shed his reputation as a postseason folding act

November 23, 1998 | L. Jon Wertheim
How long is Bob Knight likely to keep his new cool? Until his undersized squad, led by A.J. Guyton, comes up short

November 23, 1998 | Tim Crothers
Nolan Richardson says he wants to turn his smallish Hogs into nasty little dogs. Then he can unleash his devilish plan

November 23, 1998 | Grant Wahl
The Jayhawks appear destined for another early exit from the NCAAs. This year, though, their fans won't be so shocked

November 23, 1998 | B.J. Schecter
Last year the RedHawks waited for the other shoe to drop (it did); this year they're ready for Cinderella's slipper

November 23, 1998 | Grant Wahl
With high-scoring Lee Nailon returning after a near jump to the NBA, Billy Tubbs is dreaming of a 200-point game

November 23, 1998 | Kelli Anderson
Deep, balanced and free of the off-the-court distractions of the past, these unrebellious Rebels are up and running again

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[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

November 23, 1998 | Jack McCallum
Imagine that the best players from all the top colleges magically came together to decide which program had the greatest team of all. We did, and we'll tell you who won

November 23, 1998 | S.L. Price
After two banner recruiting classes in a row, Florida's hotshot young coach has this to say to the skeptics: I'm no outlaw

November 23, 1998 | Jamal Greene
November 29, 1976

November 23, 1998 | Richard Deitsch
Despite an opening-week loss on Purdue's home court, the mighty are still SI's pick to roll to their fourth straight title, in San Jose

November 23, 1998 | Kelli Anderson
In becoming an instant star for Tennessee, also became a role model for the hearing impaired

November 23, 1998
COLLEGE FOOTBALL

November 23, 1998 | Ivan Maisel
Super LeagueAfter three years the Big 12 has finally lived up to big expectations

November 23, 1998 | Ivan Maisel
Alan Borges, offensive coordinator, UCLAHis high-flying Bruins offenses have averaged 40 points a game over the last two seasons.

November 23, 1998
•Michigan (8-2) at Ohio State (9-1)Best game: 1969, when the Wolverines and first-year coach Bo Schembechler ended the Buckeyes' 22-game winning streak and beat a team Woody Hayes considered to be...

November 23, 1998 | Kostya Kennedy
Unexpected JoltA rejuvenated Wendel Clark has brought electricity to the Lightning

November 23, 1998 | Kostya Kennedy
DIRK GRAHAMCoach, BlackhawksWhen rookie coach Graham, Chicago's former rugged captain, was hired in June, his mandate was to galvanize the listless Hawks. But in its first 16 games under Graham,...

November 23, 1998 | Pierre McGuire
Oilers forward Bill Guerin (below), who led the NHL with 12 goals at week's end, is the perfect example of a talented player who excels when the restraints of a rigid system are taken off. The...

November 23, 1998 | Peter King
Detail-oriented Chan Gailey is making a big difference in Dallas

November 23, 1998 | Peter King
1. Peyton ArrivesIn the same week that fellow rookie Ryan Leaf lost his starting job in San Diego, Colts quarterback Peyton Manning enjoyed his finest hour in a 24-23 win over the Jets. Down 23-10...

November 23, 1998 | Peter King
Through Monday three kickers who had at least 30 combined field goal and extra point attempts this season—the Vikings' Gary Anderson (above), the Broncos' Jason Elam and the Saints' Doug...

November 23, 1998 | Paul Zimmerman
Philadelphia owner Jeff Lurie, after his Eagles were blown out by Washington 28-3 on Sunday: "We were pitiful. I'd rather see paint dry than watch our team play. Pitiful."

November 23, 1998 | Tom Verducci
Mating DanceElite free agents and rich teams approach each other warily

November 23, 1998 | Tom Verducci
The Pirates have entertained several offers for second baseman Tony Womack, including one from the Indians. Cleveland also would get lefthanded reliever Ricardo Rincon in a deal that would send...

November 23, 1998 | Rick Reilly
Picabo Street, the Olympic downhiller, is scared. "I'm just not sure I can be fearless anymore," she says.

November 23, 1998
Kelly Williams, Kansas City, Kans.FencingWilliams, 33, was named the U.S. Fencing Association's Female Athlete of the Year after coming in second in women's sabre at the world championships, the...

November 23, 1998 | John Walters
DON'T MISS

November 23, 1998 | John Walters
3.6Fox NFL Sunday's average rating for the season's first 10 weeks. Its noncable pregame competitor, The NFL Today on CBS, averaged a 2.5.

November 23, 1998 | John Walters
On Turkey Day give thanks that Kirk Herbstreit, analyst for ESPN College GameDay, cares more about doing a solid job than getting off a rim shot; that CNN/SI anchors Vince Cellini and Fred...

November 23, 1998 | Steve Rushin
Finding serious news highly frivolous, Keith Olbermann returns to fun and games

November 23, 1998
Rage and irrational violence in the NFL—could it be related to steroid use? Gee, do ya think?—KATHY GARRETT, Wilmington, Del.

November 23, 1998
Letters to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED should include the name, address and home telephone number of the writer. They may be mailed to The Editor, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, Time & Life Building, New York,...

November 23, 1998 | Tom Verducci
There's nothing right about baseball that a few fat contracts can't screw up

November 23, 1998 | Tom Verducci
•That Tennessee's thank-you note to Arkansas is in the mail.

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10,000Fine, in dollars, handed down by the NFL to Vikings defensive tackle John Randle for using excessive eye black in a game.

November 23, 1998
Is there a less likely place for Bobby Bonilla to have landed than back in New York with the Mets? The team exiled him in 1995 after he hit only .278 over 3½ seasons, all the while alienating fans...

November 23, 1998
Awards handed out before a jumper has been drained might seem pointless, but don't tell Elton Brand of Duke, Mateen Cleaves of Michigan State, Richard Hamilton of Connecticut, Andre Millerof Utah...

November 23, 1998
Pumping iron or pedaling an Exercycle is passé. The latest health-club craze is the role-playing workout. A real drill sergeant puts a "platoon" of lycra-clad "recruits" through a make-believe...

November 23, 1998
The official magazine of Britain's Leeds United soccer club offers a George Graham Toilet Sticker, a photo of the team's former manager—who went to a rival club—meant to be placed at the bottom of...

November 23, 1998
CHARLIE SPOONHOUR

November 23, 1998 | Tim Layden
Quarterback Michael Bishop redeemed himself brilliantly after three early fumbles and kept K-State's perfect season alive with a historic win over Nebraska

November 23, 1998 | David Fleming
The Falcons are now much tougher birds, as the 49ers found out in losing a battle for the NFC West lead

November 23, 1998 | David Fleming
Much of Atlanta's success over the past two seasons can be attributed to an ability to stop the run, as the Falcons did in limiting the 49ers' Garrison Hearst (above) to 56 yards on Sunday. The...

November 23, 1998
Departments

November 23, 1998
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and CNN team up on the Internet to offer up-to-the-minute sports news. Tip off the college hoops season with our blowout on-line preview: Check out all the newcomers to watch,...

November 23, 1998
A Real Head-turnerWhen Nebraska goes for it on fourth down late in its loss to Kansas State, Wildcat Travis Ochs (50) takes matters into his own hands and sacks Husker Eric Crouch by means the...

November 23, 1998 | Steve Rushin
Got the NBA lockout blues? Relax, and let us count the ways that the college game is superior

November 23, 1998 | Tim Crothers
Keep an eye on these five cosmic performers, four freshman and a junior college transfer, who are set to launch careers that could send their teams rocketing up the rankings

November 23, 1998 | Alexander Wolff
He might as well be on another planet given the scant attention he gets, but Miami of Ohio forward just may be the best player in the nation

November 23, 1998
In what promises to be a season of surprises, Stanford is the pick to take the title

November 23, 1998 | Kelli Anderson
There's only one thing in short supply for the deep, physical and experienced Cardinal: tickets

November 23, 1998 | Tim Crothers
Last year the timid young Blue Devils ended their season in disastrous fashion; this year they're older, bolder and wiser

November 23, 1998 | Lars Anderson
Gifted sophomore Khalid El-Amin has revised his priorities at the point: lead bypassing, especially to Richard Hamilton

November 23, 1998 | Tim Crothers
Three top-flight starters are back for the Terps, but it may be a well-traveled newcomer who carries them to St. Petersburg

November 23, 1998 | Grant Wahl
Where once was Earvin Johnson, there's now Mateen Cleaves, another Spartan guard sparking talk of magic in March

November 23, 1998 | Seth Davis
After an off-season rife with ugly incidents, what kind of season can the damaged Wildcats expect? Merely to repeat as champs

November 23, 1998 | B.J. Schecter
John Chaney has the talent to run his trusty three-guard lineup, which means hell to pay for somebody in the NCAAs

November 23, 1998 | Kelli Anderson
Mixing a sweet-shooting center with a sugar-shunning guard, the Huskies are anticipating a honey of a season

November 23, 1998 | Tim Crothers
For the Tar Heels to reach a 25th straight NCAA tournament they'll have to turn to a less traditional source: freshmen

November 23, 1998 | Lars Anderson
They're strong and deep, but if the Minutemen can't learn to hit the three-pointer, their Final Four hopes are a long shot

November 23, 1998 | Cameron Morfit
PGA

November 23, 1998 | Alan Shipnuck
Greg Norman ended a seven-month layoff in style by teaming with Steve Elkington to win the Shark Shootout

November 23, 1998 | Edited by Kevin Cook
School of Hard KnocksFor 169 pros, Q school '98 might be a final chance to make the grade

November 23, 1998 | Edited by Kevin Cook
Whom would you most like to see in the Skins Game?

November 23, 1998 | Edited by Kevin Cook
Which statistics add up to millions on the PGA Tour? Leading money winner David Duval finished first in two categories and was second in total driving and fifth in putting. Hal Sutton led in two...

November 23, 1998 | Edited by Kevin Cook
329Distance, in yards, of Casey Martin's winning poke in the long-driving portion of the Nov. 9 Golf Skills Challenge in Ojai, Calif. Overall, Martin came in second to Nick Price to win $74,500,...

November 23, 1998
Oversized Is Downsized: Responding to golf's industrywide slowdown, the world's No. 1 equipment maker laid off 700 employees last week. In addition to axing almost a quarter of its workforce,...

November 23, 1998 | Jeff Sluman
Golfer and Caddie—it's a relationship. You hope it works out, but you never know. This has been the best year of my 15-year career, with a win at Milwaukee and more than $1.1 million in earnings,...

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What do these players have in common?