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March 12, 2001 | Volume 94, Issue 11

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Mario Lemieux Cover - Sports Illustrated March 12, 2001

March 12, 2001 | Albert Chen
DECEMBER 1, 1980

March 12, 2001
Hey, Jack, go rent The Sandlot (1993) and rewrite your article.—TOM HALEY, Medina, Ohio

March 12, 2001
LETTERS

March 12, 2001 | Steve Rushin
In an era of officially bestowed forgiveness, the sports world offers a lineup of likely excusees

March 12, 2001 | John Walters
Highlights

March 12, 2001 | John O'Keefe
At the Craig James Broadcast School, players tackle the basics of a whole new ball game

March 12, 2001 | John Walters
If you were to fashion an Internet college basketball ratings guru, what qualities would you choose? He'd be young, yes, and Silicon Valley-based. He'd hold a degree in some statistical field like...

March 12, 2001 | John O'Keefe
The Feb. 28 Mexico-U.S. world CUP qualifier was ESPN's SportsCenter Showcase that evening—chosen by online voters over a Heat-Sixers game. The next day ESPN Radio's Tony Kornheiser, noting that...

March 12, 2001 | Peter King
In one day NFL teams cut nearly $100 million in payroll

March 12, 2001 | Peter King
Damien RobinsonFree safety. Four-year veteran was unsung hero of very strong Bucs defense

March 12, 2001 | Mark Beech
When news emerged early in the evening of Sunday, Feb. 18, that Dale Earnhardt had died at the Daytona 500, the video image of his collision with the wall went from seemingly innocuous to...

March 12, 2001
(Q) Why Dubai?

March 12, 2001 | Mark Beech
$59 millionEarnings last year of Formula One driver Michael Schumacher, placing him atop Forbes's list of the highest-paid athletes, $6 million ahead of second-ranked Tiger Woods.

March 12, 2001
SYNOPSISIn a performance reminiscent of the percussive dance show Stomp, a group of pro and street hoops players pound out a high-energy syncopated music track composed entirely of the sounds of a...

March 12, 2001
Last week, citing the program's "sustained failure to meet the minimum criteria expected of all members," the Big East dropped Temple football. (Since 1991 the Owls are 9-58 against Big East...

March 12, 2001
Disrupted•Work on the Seahawks' new stadium, by last week's 6.8-magnitude earthquake in the Seattle area. The temblor caused scaffolding to give way and left a large concrete form hanging off the...

March 12, 2001
Two sure signs that spring is in the air: baseball players working out in Arizona and Florida, and college kids working it in Panama City and Cancún. So how do the two March traditions—spring...

March 12, 2001
Justice decried: Last week David Justice (below) was hit with a $5 million palimony suit by ex-fiancée Nicole Foster. According to Foster, who's the mother of one-year-old David Justice Jr., the...

March 12, 2001
Fleer has created a limited edition of 800 Bob Knight trading cards, each of which is embedded with a swatch from one of Knight's trademark sweaters.

March 12, 2001
KEVIN GARNETTTimber wolves forward, describing the atmosphere in the locker room: "There is no 'I' in here. It's 'us' and 'we.' A little French—we, we. That's how we win."

March 12, 2001
Lorie Martinez, CORPUS CHRISTIBasketballMartinez, a 5'3" senior guard at Texas A&M-Kingsville, set a Division II women's record for career three-pointers when she made her 366th in a 94-83...

March 12, 2001
Guidance for those lost in sports

March 12, 2001 | Phil Taylor
Led by talented but hot-tempered Rasheed Wallace, the volatile Trail Blazers could win it all—or blow up trying

March 12, 2001 | Phil Taylor
Of the 14 NBA teams with a winning percentage over .550 through Sunday, Portland had displayed the most scoring depth. Ten Trail Blazers, led by forward Rasheed Wallace, had been the team's high...

March 12, 2001 | Grant Wahl
What a long, strange trip it was when the author hooked up with the ol' Deadhead Redhead, Bill Walton, to see a trio of Walton kids play the family sport

March 12, 2001 | Michael Farber
Less than three months into his comeback, Mario Lemieux has gone from mere boss of the Penguins to undisputed king of the NHL

March 12, 2001 | Jeff Pearlman
The Marlins have enough strong young arms to form a hot boy group—one that specializes in chin music but doesn't want any hits

March 12, 2001
March into the madness. Catch the latest NCAA tournament news, plus break down the bracket with SI's Tim Crothers on March 11 at 8 p.m. EST, all at cnnsi.com/basketball/college.

March 12, 2001
COLLEGE BASKETBALL

March 12, 2001 | Seth Davis
Fight to the FinishShane Battier is our choice in a tight race for player of the year

March 12, 2001 | Seth Davis
We're ready to turn our findings over to the real selection committee, but several caveats go along with our recommendations. Duke retains the No. 1 seed in the East by virtue of its win on Sunday...

March 12, 2001 | Seth Davis
Shavlik Randolph, a 6'10" junior at Broughton High in Raleigh is such a promising talent that USC has sent him hundreds of recruiting letters, as many as 120 at a time. Maybe if the Trojans cut...

March 12, 2001 | Mark Bechtel
His painful stint at Duke behind him, Pete Gaudet again teaches the game

March 12, 2001
Wheels UpMichael Schumacher airs on the side of no caution during a practice run for the Australian Grand Prix, which he won on Sunday.

March 12, 2001 | Ian Thomsen
Hot New Jazz DuoIn Donyell Marshall, Karl Malone has found an unlikely partner in his quest for a title

March 12, 2001 | Ian Thomsen
Magic point guard Darrell Armstrong attributes his strong play of late to the movie Remember the Titans, which he has been watching in hotel rooms before road games since mid-January. What happens...

March 12, 2001 | Ian Thomsen
On the SuperSonics, who at week's end were 5½ games behind the Timberwolves for the West's final playoff spot:

March 12, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
Small WonderDiminutive Steve Sullivan has become a big-time scorer for Chicago

March 12, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
PETR SYKORADEVILS RWDrafted with the 18th choice in 1995, the 6-foot, 190-pounder had 28 goals this season through Sunday and 117 in his career. He played a key role in the Devils' Stanley Cup...

March 12, 2001 | Pierre McGuire
Don't be surprised if the Devils sign speedy and skilled forward Brian Gionta of Boston College after the NCAA tournament to help them in their run for a second straight Stanley Cup. The 5'7",...

March 12, 2001 | Grant Wahl
Howling WolffA cheeky reserve got the U.S. off to a fast start in World Cup qualifying

March 12, 2001 | Grant Wahl
Women are taking big pay cuts to join the WUSA

March 12, 2001 | E.M. Swift
A year ago an accidental high stick forever changed the lives of two of the NHL's brightest stars

March 12, 2001 | Rick Reilly
God has a sick sense of humor. To Shaquille O'Neal, He gives Zeus's body, Puck's pluck and Midas's gold. He gives him Nureyev's feet, Schwarzenegger's arms and Lindbergh's heart. He gives him the...