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February 18, 2002 | Volume 96, Issue 7

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Lebron James Cover - Sports Illustrated February 18, 2002

February 18, 2002
Feats of Daron-DoU.S. skier Daron Rahlves airs it out during the men's downhill competition at the Winter Olympics. He finished 16th (page 46).

February 18, 2002 | Tim Alan Smith
AUGUST 28, 1978

February 18, 2002 | Steve Rushin
Another opening, another great show: Why the Winter Games are sport's headiest brew

February 18, 2002 | Pete McEntegart
the guide

February 18, 2002
Matt Bonner, junior forward and 3.97 student, Florida

February 18, 2002
The online auction items of the week

February 18, 2002 | Richard Deitsch
With figure skating heating up at the Olympics this week, we checked in with NBC analyst Scott Hamilton, the 1984 men's gold medalist.

February 18, 2002
A Cat's LifeConsidering the now well-documented SI Jinx, how could you have put an innocent cat on the cover of the issue? Is the poor feline still alive? Were the cat and its agent aware of the...

February 18, 2002
Letters

February 18, 2002 | Kostya Kennedy
The trouble with All-Star games—and how to make them better

February 18, 2002 | Don Yaeger
Two years ago Tracy Lee, a deputy in the Gwinnett (Ga.) County sheriff's office, stood at the front door of a house in Duluth and asked the woman inside, "You're not the Olga Korbut, are you?" Lee...

February 18, 2002
Former Virginia basketball coach Terry Holland used to crow about naming his dog Dean, after Tarheels coach Dean Smith, because, Holland said, "it whines so much." In honor of the Westminster...

February 18, 2002 | Don Yaeger
14-20Years that Wyoming senior Clinton Haskins could spend in prison after pleading guilty to eight counts of aggravated vehicular homicide in a September car crash; the truck he was driving while...

February 18, 2002 | Daniel G. Habib
Forward Jeff Odgers is the Thrashers' designated brawler, and he has a ready explanation for how a tough guy can be a teddy bear around children. "A lot of the scrapping has to do with caring...

February 18, 2002 | Brett Martin
Take some of the grooviest icons of the 1970s—Dr. J, Scooby-Doo, Parliament-Funkadelic, Fat Albert—mix them together, throw them into a Saturday morning cartoon, and you might come up with...

February 18, 2002
Nude•And loving it, the members of Scotland's Robert Gordon University crew team, who, according to captain Andrew Shannon, are training in the buff to "find out what natural assets we have for...

February 18, 2002
A musical version of Rocky and a stage show based on the life of Jesse Ventura are just two of the sports-themed productions in the works for Broadway. Here are some jock-centered shows that have...

February 18, 2002
No one had a more camera-friendly NBA All-Star weekend than rapper Lil' Bow Wow, who was in Philly filming scenes for his upcoming movie Like Mike. Bow (below) stars as a 14-year-old orphan who...

February 18, 2002
A Cameroon soccer coach was banned from the sport for a year after allegedly dropping a charm believed to contain black magic onto the field during a semifinal match at the African Cup of Nations.

February 18, 2002
TONY SIRAGUSARecently retired Ravens tackle, placing his dinner order at Emeril Lagasse's restaurant in New Orleans: "Keep it coming until I puke. Then hit me again."

February 18, 2002
Zach Parisé, FAIRBAULT, MINN.HockeyZach, a senior at Shattuck-St. Mary's School, was named MVP of the Mac's AAA Midget Hockey Tournament for the second consecutive year, the first time a player...

February 18, 2002
•STAR TREATMENTLast February, Denver's Pepsi Center hosted the 2001 NHL All-Star Game, and in June the Avalanche won the Stanley Cup. That made Denver the first city since New York in 1994 to be...

February 18, 2002 | L. Jon Wertheim
With a new coach and a better body, Pete Sampras took a rare Davis Cup turn

February 18, 2002 | Mark Beech
Check out these cool items to help you see and be seen in the great outdoors

February 18, 2002 | Stephen Cannella
Miguel Batista is a budding star on the mound and a budding writer off it

February 18, 2002 | Charles Hirshberg
The Wizard of Odds: How Jack Molinas Almost Destroyed the Game of BasketballBy Charley Rosen428 pages, $27.95

February 18, 2002 | Richard Hoffer
Despite tight security and stark reminders of Sept. 11, the Games of Salt Lake City took flight with a burst of high-flying competition and international goodwill

February 18, 2002 | Austin Murphy
By taking four of the six medals in halfpipe—including both golds and a historic sweep on the men's side—the U.S. proved its air superiority

February 18, 2002 | Tim Layden
A quiet member of the deep Austrian team, Fritz Strobl roared down the ferocious downhill track to gold

February 18, 2002 | L. Jon Wertheim
As the NBA hit midseason and turned for home, we asked executives and coaches from all 29 teams to answer our burning questions

February 18, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
After an off-season of cruisin', peerless—but oft-injured—Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez is eager to prove that he's shipshape

February 18, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
Season-ending injuries in 2000 and '01 interrupted the most productive offensive stretch of Ivan Rodriguez's 11-year career. In 346 games since the start of the 1999 season, he has batted .328...

February 18, 2002 | Grant Wahl
Ohio high school junior LeBron James is so good that he's already being mentioned as the heir to Air Jordan

February 18, 2002
College Basketball

February 18, 2002
For complete coverage of the Winter Games, including daily on-the-scene reports from SI's team in Salt Lake City, go to cnnsi.com/olympics.

February 18, 2002 | Seth Davis
Bruising BearcatsCincinnati has clawed to No. 5 with good defense and an uncanny toughness

February 18, 2002 | Seth Davis
Are there any good teams out there besides our four No. 1 seeds? Fourteen of the AP's Top 25 lost at least once last week, marking the sixth straight week in this season of parity that 14 or more...

February 18, 2002 | Seth Davis
CHRIS THOMASFRESHMAN, GUARD, NOTRE DAME

February 18, 2002 | Jeffri Chadiha
VMI's Jason Conley, a freshman, is leading the nation in scoring

February 18, 2002 | Daniel G. Habib
No Pain, Big GainA healthy Markus Naslund is back in the groove and fueling the resurgent Canucks

February 18, 2002 | Daniel G. Habib
Bryan MarchmentSHARKS DIn 14 seasons through Sunday he had 153 points while racking up 1,948 penalty minutes. He had been suspended II times (four for kneeing incidents), missing a total of 34 games.

February 18, 2002 | Pierre McGuire
During the Olympic break the NHL's referees and linesmen—other than Dennis LaRue, Bill McCreary and Stephen Walkom, who will be working at the Salt Lake City Games—will attend training sessions...

February 18, 2002 | Ivan Maisel
Urban CowboysTexas landed the top class of recruits by signing stars from the state's inner cities

February 18, 2002 | Grant Wahl
Missouri guard Kareem Rush is in the spotlight that once shone on his older brother, JaRon, whose poor decisions may have cost him an NBA career

February 18, 2002 | Rick Reilly
Olympics? Polygamist Timothy Wadlow doesn't have time for any Olympics. He's got three wives, three houses and 28 kids to juggle. You sure they don't give a medal for this kind of thing?

February 18, 2002 | Gary Van Sickle
Torrey Pines and Riviera, separated by 70 miles and seven days on the Tour schedule, find themselves vying for the same prize

February 18, 2002 | Edited by Alan Shipnuck
Two tours, same story: The short knocker ain't dead yet

February 18, 2002 | Edited by Alan Shipnuck
Phil Mickelson has no hope of dethroning Tiger Woods until he learns to bring Woods's intensity to every round. The disparity was obvious last week, when Tiger clawed from the cut line to a top...

February 18, 2002 | Mike Perpich
José María Olazábal won the Buick Invitational because he did what J.L. Lewis couldn't: stiff a wedge on the final hole

February 18, 2002 | Mike Perpich
The key to hitting wedge shots is to pivot your shoulders, rather than manipulate the club with your arms and hands. Regardless of the length of the shot, make the same size pivot on the...

February 18, 2002 | Sal Johnson
Were Tiger Woods playing this week at the Nissan Open, at which he is winless in seven appearances, he could have inched closer to another Jack Nicklaus benchmark: O-fer nine in L.A....

February 18, 2002
There was no Crosby weather at Pebble Beach this year, but it did rain—spittle, that is. When rookie Pat Perez wasn't busy excavating fairways with his three-wood, he seemed to spend an awful lot...

February 18, 2002
During a weekend getaway to Las Vegas in November, Notah Begay surprised his girlfriend, Apryl Sandoval, with a helicopter trip to the Grand Canyon. After a picnic lunch he escorted her to a...

February 18, 2002
With the PGA tour visiting Torrey Pines and Riviera in back-to-back weeks, which retooled course would make a better host for the U.S. Open?

February 18, 2002 | John Garrity
Whether on the Senior tour (Bobby) or on the TV tower (Lanny), the Wadkins brothers are coming on strong