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April 17, 2000 | Volume 92, Issue 16

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April 17, 2000 | Deborah Moss
July 31, 1972

April 17, 2000
Did someone forget to tell Frank Thomas that baseball is a team sport?—COREY STILL, Wahpeton, N.Dak.

April 17, 2000
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, 135 West 50th Street, New York, N.Y....

April 17, 2000 | John Walters
Highlights

April 17, 2000 | John Walters
Pom Saturday precedes Palm Sunday this year as CBS airs the National Cheerleading Association Championships from Daytona Beach (2 p.m., tape delay). Commentators Tim Brando and Ed Cunningham will...

April 17, 2000 | John Walters
With her Final Four pool performance, a Georgia woman won Web wooers, if not loot

April 17, 2000 | John Walters
The current dearth of cattle drives and Cannonball Run films has profoundly reduced the list of activities in which men travel great distances while risking mortality. Fortunately, in the last...

April 17, 2000 | John Walters
The "Salary Cruncher" on FoxSports.com

April 17, 2000 | Steve Rushin
Editors aren't good for much, but give them a team nickname and they'll give you a tortured pun in a headline

April 17, 2000 | Ivan Maisel
Title IX need not be a death sentence for men's minor sports

April 17, 2000 | Ivan Maisel
When, he says, God carried him through his house shortly after his first chemotherapy treatment in February 1999, the Braves' Andres Galarraga thought he was about to die. He wasn't, and now he's...

April 17, 2000 | Ivan Maisel
2Times Colombian cycling hero Oliverio Rincon has been abducted and released by leftist rebels this year.

April 17, 2000
Thin Gray LineArmy's losing the battle to stay competitive

April 17, 2000
Three-Faced•The new shot clocks atop the baskets at Reunion Arena, thanks to a fan who E-mailed Mavericks owner-in-waiting Mark Cuban to note that a three-sided configuration would let fans see...

April 17, 2000
New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman is peeved at the Giants' plan to restore their retro NY helmet logos—after all, New York has played in her state for 25 years. Drawing on New Jersey...

April 17, 2000
UPN is developing a show for next fall with the working title Spike, in which Daisy Fuentes and Lisa Rinna lead a group of female undercover operatives who pose as beach volleyball players.

April 17, 2000
BYRON SCOTTKings assistant, who as a Laker missed the 1989 NBA Finals because of a torn hamstring: "Next to playing in Vancouver for a season, that was the most painful experience of my career."

April 17, 2000 | Mark Bechtel
Lee Petty 1914-2000

April 17, 2000 | Franz Lidz
Once again, Andre Agassi pulled out a Davis Cup tie for U.S. captain John McEnroe

April 17, 2000 | Brian Cazeneuve
Olympic berths are at stake in Boston, London and Rotterdam

April 17, 2000 | Ian Thomsen
Diminutive goalie Karl Goehring led undersized North Dakota to the NCAA title

April 17, 2000 | Mark Beech
The next time you see a brightly lit spheroid tracing an arc across the night sky, take a moment before calling agents Mulder and Scully. Chances are it won't be a UFO or a low-flying satellite....

April 17, 2000 | Richard Hoffer
Thomas Hearns ended his glorious career not with a bang but a sprain

April 17, 2000 | Jeff Pearlman
Pitching is in his blood, but Florida Southern's Lance Niekro is making his name at the plate

April 17, 2000 | Richard O'Brien
Judging a book by the author's acknowledgments is a little like judging a fight by a boxer's postmatch interview. What should count in the ring are the punches thrown and taken; in a book it's the...

April 17, 2000
We don't know his time in the 40, but NFL insider Peter King is fast on his feet. Get his exclusive on-line hour-by-hour analysis of Saturday's draft at cnnsi.com/football.

April 17, 2000
Mohini Bhardwaj, CincinnatiGymnasticsBhardwaj, a junior at UCLA, won the all-around and the uneven bars and tied for first on the balance beam to lead the No. 2 Bruins to the NCAA region 1 women's...

April 17, 2000
When a Korean fishing boat rescued 42-year-old British solo rower Andrew Halsey last week 1,200 miles southeast of Hawaii, he had not eaten in two weeks, his last munchie having come after a...

April 17, 2000 | Alan Shipnuck
With a decisive victory in some of the toughest conditions ever at the Masters, Vijay Singh earned his second major title—and perhaps a new measure of respect

April 17, 2000 | Michael Farber
With the tumultuous regular season in the books, contenders and pretenders have set their sights on the Stanley Cup. As the playoffs begin, here are the answers to 10 pressing questions

April 17, 2000
Enough of Your LipMark O'Meara tries to blast his way out of the bunker on the Masters' 18th hole, only to catch the edge on his way to a second-round score of 75 (page 32).

April 17, 2000 | Jeff Pearlman
The hard-hitting young Kansas City outfield storms to the top

April 17, 2000 | Peter King
Penn State's Courtney Brown doesn't toot his own horn, but his impeccable reputation on—and off—the field makes him a good bet to be the first pick in this week's NFL Draft

April 17, 2000 | Paul Zimmerman
"I have a feeling you're going to see one of the most active drafts in history," 49ers coach Steve Mariucci says. "People trading up, trading down, last-minute jockeying for position. It's going...

April 17, 2000 | Richard Hoffer
When it comes to sustained ineptitude, no pro team in history can compare with the woeful L.A. Clippers

April 17, 2000 | Richard Hoffer
In the history of the four major pro sports, only 10 teams have spent at least 10 seasons in one region and never won a playoff series*. Among these failed franchises, at week's end the Clippers...

April 17, 2000 | Franz Lidz
Eccentric multimillionaire Donald Sterling has been a flaming success as an L.A. real estate mogul and a dismal failure as the owner of the Clippers

April 17, 2000 | Marc Spiegler
To hasten his development, top young U.S. player Landon Donovan has swallowed the prescription to play for an aspirin company in Germany

April 17, 2000
HORSE RACING

April 17, 2000 | William Nack
Ladies' FirstTrainer Jenine Sahadi made history as The Deputy won at Santa Anita

April 17, 2000 | Jackie MacMullan
The Toni RewardThe 76ers are a snappier act since the arrival of battle-tested Toni Kukoc

April 17, 2000 | Jackie MacMullan
In late February and mid-March, Hornets guard Eddie Jones dropped from 200 pounds to 180 due to heavy playing time and to insomnia, for which he began taking medication. Concerned about their...

April 17, 2000 | Jackie MacMullan
With 64 wins through Sunday the Lakers had clinched home court advantage throughout the playoffs, but they would have to win the rest of their regular-season games for Phil Jackson to equal the...

April 17, 2000 | David Fleming
Fearless rookie Andre Miller is the Cavaliers' playmaker of the future

April 17, 2000 | Kostya Kennedy
Young At HeartForty-year-old Guy Carbonneau, the league's elder statesman, is still a vital part of the Stars

April 17, 2000 | Kostya Kennedy
MILAN HEJDUKAVALANCHE RWA fourth-round pick in 1994, he had 36 goals and 36 assists, following his 48 points and third-place finish in the 1999 rookie of the year vote. Even veteran defensemen...

April 17, 2000 | Pierre McGuire
Rangers defenseman Stéphane Quintal said recently that he wanted to be traded to the Canadiens, for whom he played from 1995-96 through '98-99, but he shouldn't expect a warm welcome from his...

April 17, 2000 | Stephen Cannella
Exhibit AJust 30, Alex Fernandez is an old master to the Marlins' young arms

April 17, 2000 | Stephen Cannella
Astros closer Billy Wagner expects to hear some abuse from fans this season thanks to the shorter fence in left field at the new open-air Enron Field. "I give up deep fly balls all the time," he...

April 17, 2000 | Rick Reilly
I must be getting old.

April 17, 2000 | Gary Van Sickle
Even at 60, Jack Nicklaus isn't ready for a trip down memory lane

April 17, 2000 | Michael Bamberger
Butch Harmon is at top of his profession, and His relationship with Tiger Woods is only part of, the reason

April 17, 2000
The first masters of the new millennium gave us an old story. For the ninth time in 13 years an international player won, this time holding off the cream of the U.S. Ryder Cup team. Also, two...

April 17, 2000 | John Garrity
A tradition unlike any other? No Tour stop could match Waco Turner's Poor Boy Open

April 17, 2000 | Rick Lipsey
Mother's Day came a month early for the British Amateur champion's caddie

April 17, 2000 | John Garrity
A few days before Billy Casper celebrated the 30th anniversary of one of the greatest weeks of his lire, he lived every parent's worst nightmare: His child was sent to prison, perhaps forever

April 17, 2000
Flower PowerThe florescent trees and shrubs of Augusta National were a bloomin' impediment last week to Gabriel Hjertstedt (opposite, obscured), Darren Clarke (above) and Rocco Mediate.

April 17, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
Alterations To AugustaRough and Tough

April 17, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
Those CBS announcers are full of it. Contrary to what Peter Kostis says, more putts are missed because of a flawed stroke than because of a misread, and any dolt—but not Bobby Clampett-could tell...

April 17, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
What do these players have in common?

April 17, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
Should Lee Elder, who in 75 became the first African-American to play in the Masters, replace the late Gene Sarazen as one of the tournament's honorary starters?

April 17, 2000 | Lee Elder
Augusta has come a long way since I made history in the Masters, but black pros haven't

April 17, 2000
Martha Burkhard A, Alameda, Calif.Nick Ushijima, Stockton, Calif.

April 17, 2000 | Fred Bennett
Bennett, 69, who has been caddie master at Augusta National for 44 years, will retire in May. Until 1982, when only the club's caddies were used in the Masters, his job was to assign caddies to...

April 17, 2000 | Linn Strickler
New material is essential in avoiding stock shtick

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AGE 29WORLD RANK 45HEIGHT 5'9"WEIGHT 155

April 17, 2000 | Michael Bamberger
Every minute of the Masters is special, but the final few are worth savoring

April 17, 2000 | Jack McCallum
That's the lure at Augusta National's back-nine par-5s 13 and 15, which last week decided another Masters