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December 21, 1998 | Volume 89, Issue 25

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Sammy Sosa Cover - Sports Illustrated December 21, 1998

December 21, 1998 | E. M. Swift

December 21, 1998
SOCCER

December 21, 1998 | Grant Wahl
Three of a KindA troika of highly skilled Ukrainians led Indiana to a fourth NCAA title

December 21, 1998 | Ivan Maisel
Our picks for the best and worst from a most unpredictable season

December 21, 1998 | B.J. Schecter
Ortege Jenkins's flipJenkins, a 6'2", 214-pound sophomore quarterback, scored the winning touchdown with four seconds left in Arizona's 31-28 victory over Washington on a nine-yard run that ended...

December 21, 1998 | Tom Verducci
L.A. outbid itself in giving Kevin Brown an embarrassment of riches

December 21, 1998 | Tom Verducci
Kevin Brown will be 40 in the final season of the seven-year, $105 million deal he signed with the Dodgers last Saturday. Will the righthander still be dominant, or even effective, in the later...

December 21, 1998 | Tom Verducci
Red Sox righthander Dennis Eckersley retired last Thursday, ending a 24-year career in which he filled two roles: 20-game winner as a starter, and dominating closer. Eck pitched in more...

December 21, 1998 | Tom Verducci
In an effort to reduce their $72 million payroll, the Braves intended to move outfielder Ryan Klesko, who is to be paid $4.75 million next season. But now G.M. John Schuerholz is reconsidering...

December 21, 1998
West Valley (N.Y.) High football coach Rick DeKay says, "You can't rally around a soccer team." Didn't he notice all those folks in France last summer?—DAVID ARNOLD, Highland Heights, Ky.

December 21, 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,...

December 21, 1998 | Peter King
Desperation TimeThe Bucs are making a late playoff bid, but did they wait too long?

December 21, 1998 | Peter King
The Colts' Marshall Faulk (left) is having one of the greatest seasons a running back has ever had—yet it has gone virtually unnoticed. He is second in the league in receptions, with 78, and has a...

December 21, 1998 | Peter King
1. The Crying GameMidway through the third quarter Steelers coach Bill Cowher pulls quarterback Kordell Stewart, who looks neither athletic nor decisive during a 16-3 loss to the Buccaneers. After...

December 21, 1998
The future of a coach and his family can turn on one blown call

December 21, 1998 | Paul Zimmerman
Maybe the best deal you could have, if you're a team scrambling for some kind of playoff position, is a game against Denver. The Broncos already have clinched home field for the AFC playoffs, and...

December 21, 1998 | Rick Reilly
I'll take a few questions now. Yes?

December 21, 1998
Julia Pudlin, Bryn Mawr, Pa.Cross-countryJulia, a freshman at The Baldwin School, became the youngest winner of the girls' state cross-country championship while setting a meet record of 19:14 for...

December 21, 1998 | John Walters
DON'T MISS

December 21, 1998 | John Walters
0.6The rating on Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. for the NCAA women's soccer final, buried by the NFL on Fox (10.8) and CBS (8.5). At the same time, ABC's Maryland-Stanford men's basketball game got a mere 1.0.

December 21, 1998 | John Walters
The lockout, of course, means no Christmas Day NBA action on NBC. At 8 p.m., in place of Knicks-Bulls, the network will air the classic It's a Wonderful Life, a tale of a coldhearted old miser who...

December 21, 1998 | Steve Rushin
A video from Tiger's caddie and off-key tunes from the NFL are right for someone's stocking

December 21, 1998 | Luis Fernando Llosa
September 19, 1966

December 21, 1998
Holiday hellos from those near and dear to us in the world of sports

December 21, 1998
Departments

December 21, 1998
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and CNN team up on the Internet to offer the latest sports news. Check out the complete archives of SI's Sportsman of the Year award at www.cnnsi.com—all the covers, excerpts...

December 21, 1998

December 21, 1998
30Dollars earned by Nets center Jayson Williams for carrying Arturo Gatti's spit bucket during Gatti's 10-round loss to Ivan Robinson in Atlantic City.

December 21, 1998
A Little off the TopGold medalist Zhou Xiaojing of China gave a captivating—though, appearances aside, not decapitating—performance during her clubs routine in the rhythmic gymnastics all-around...

December 21, 1998
The 20½-11½ thrashing the U.S. received from the International team in golf's Presidents Cup was the worst loss ever suffered by an American team in match play. The U.S. should have seen it...

December 21, 1998
The 40-page December issue of Rip City, the official publication of the Portland Trail Blazers, does not contain a single photo of or reference to a current Blazers player.

December 21, 1998
GERRY HUNSICKERAstros general manager, explaining why Houston pulled out of the Roger Clemens sweepstakes: "The talent we would have to potentially give up would leave us with a team that Roger...

December 21, 1998
Toss another Tiger on the BarbieCraig Parry chips in for birdie on the 18th to seal a foursomes victory of him and his partner, Shigeki Maruyama, over the U.S. team of Tiger Woods and Fred Couples...

December 21, 1998 | Gary Smith
Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa treated the nation to a home run race that was as refreshing as a day at the beach

December 21, 1998 | Tom Verducci
Sixteen years ago a coach at USC had a brilliant notion: turn Mark McGwire, a pretty good freshman pitcher, into a great hitter. Here's how Mac got his groove

December 21, 1998 | Gary Smith
Sammy Sosa's dream season was a nightmare for the man who taught him baseball but had to follow the home run race from a snake pit of a prison in the Dominican Republic.

December 21, 1998 | Grant Wahl
Khalid El-Amin and Richard Hamilton, a breed apart on the court, have the Connecticut Huskies in an unaccustomed spot: atop the national rankings

December 21, 1998 | Michael Farber

December 21, 1998 | Michael Farber
Daniel and Henrik Sedin could become the NHL's fourth set of identical twins since 1982, and if history repeats itself, they will one day wear the same uniform. The Sutters played together with...

December 21, 1998 | David Fleming
Believe it or not, the Broncos felt relieved after their dream of an unblemished season ended with an 11th-hour loss to the Giants

December 21, 1998 | Michael Silver

December 21, 1998 | Edited by Cameron Morfit
Odd Man OutLew Home's National Minority Golf Foundation is fighting for its life

December 21, 1998 | Edited by Cameron Morfit
What was the best shot of 1998?

December 21, 1998 | Edited by Cameron Morfit
11,382,767The difference, in dollars, in the 1998 worldwide earnings of the 12 members of the U.S. Presidents Cup team and their poorer International counterparts, who won anyway.

December 21, 1998 | Richard MacKenzie
Like a grasshopper, a caddie never stands still for long and spends many a day hopping through the rough. A good caddie is a philosopher as well, a man who can provide a rationalization for...

December 21, 1998
Who's That Girl?She was dubbed Mystery Blonde by Australia's Courier Mail and Tiger Tamer by the New York Post, but Joanna Jagoda (below), who accompanied Tiger Woods to the Presidents Cup, wasn't...

December 21, 1998
What do these players have in common?

December 21, 1998 | John Garrity

December 21, 1998 | John O'Keefe
Australia

December 21, 1998 | Jaime Diaz
Suffocated by success, a troubled Se Ri Pak needs to call her own shots

December 21, 1998 | John Garrity