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February 25, 2002 | Volume 96, Issue 8

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Chris Witty Cover - Sports Illustrated February 25, 2002

February 25, 2002
We Kidd You NotWho's kiddin' whom? That was exactly what I thought after reading about Jason Kidd (A Clean Start, Jan. 28). Those idyllic family images were too contrived and too much. My husband...

February 25, 2002
Letters

February 25, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
SEPTEMBER 6, 1971

February 25, 2002 | Steve Rushin
Mastering the lingo of the Winter Games is an event unto itself

February 25, 2002 | Pete McEntegart
the guide

February 25, 2002
Elden Campbell, center, Charlotte Hornets

February 25, 2002
The online auction items of the week

February 25, 2002 | Richard Deitsch
He seemingly has been around the Olympics since the days of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, but this year is only Bud Greenspan's 50th as a Games documentarian. His upcoming movie on the Salt Lake City...

February 25, 2002 | Janet Maslin
A non—sports fan turns a critic's eye on Salt Lake and finds that NBC is doing all right

February 25, 2002 | Peter King
In the end the Raiders had little choice but to cut loose one of the best young coaches in the NFL. That's because as last weekend dragged on it became clear that Oakland faced two choices: Make a...

February 25, 2002
Sports-themed products were plentiful at Toy Fair, the industry's annual showcase of upcoming playthings, held in New York City last week. Some highlights:

February 25, 2002 | Peter King
1Grandfather among the 211 U.S. Olympic athletes, 42-year-old John Gordon, a U.S. curler.

February 25, 2002 | Jack McCallum
Jayson Williams's 30,000-square-foot estate in Alexandria Township, N.J., has the look and feel of a Best Western convention center. The former Nets star entertains an endless stream of guests on...

February 25, 2002
Confiscated•By security personnel at Snowbasin Ski Area, where the Olympic Alpine skiing events are being held, two cans of Pepsi from the lunch pail of a groomer on his way to the top of the...

February 25, 2002
What's hot and what's not in Salt Lake City.

February 25, 2002
Are you ready for Marge: The Motion Picture? Screenwriter Gabriel Schechter and Emmy-winning producer Gene Corman are teaming up to make a movie on the life of former Reds owner Marge Schott...

February 25, 2002
In a new computer game called Hooligans—Storm Over Europe, players take control of squads of violent soccer fans and set out to maim and kill opposing fans in an attempt to "become the most...

February 25, 2002
JOHN FLAHERTYDevil Rays catcher, on a new rule by manager Hal McRae (right) requiring players to wear high stirrup socks: "Instead of one or two guys looking like idiots, now we'll all look like...

February 25, 2002
•CHANGE OF ADDRESSThis year most likely marks the final season in the Grapefruit League for the Rangers, who have made Port Charlotte, Fla., their spring home since 1987, and the Royals, who have...

February 25, 2002
Gene Bess, POPLAR BLUFF, MO.BasketballBess, 66, the men's coach at Three Rivers Community College, won his 900th game with a 76-65 victory over Southwest Tennessee. In 32 seasons with the Raiders...

February 25, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
NASCAR's annual technical tinkering led to yet another Daytona 500 that will be best remembered for its wipeouts

February 25, 2002 | Grant Wahl
His team has never been ranked higher, his NBA future has never looked brighter and his fiancée is an NBA dancer who's looking pretty bright herself. For Gonzaga's Dan Dickau...

February 25, 2002 | S.L. Price
U.S. speed skaters Casey FitzRandolph and Chris Witty proved that the old guard still has the golden touch, while short-track and its star, Apolo Ohno, provided the buzz

February 25, 2002
Hit the beach with the online edition of SI's annual swimsuit issue. Check out more man 100 Web-exclusive photos and video clips at swimsuit.cnnsi.com.

February 25, 2002 | Steve Rushin
Armed with an all-access pass, the author (top) discovered the real-life wonderland of the Winter Game

February 25, 2002 | E.M. Swift
Canadian pair David Pelletier and Jamie Salé got belated gold even as a judging scandal so shook the sport that it brought talk of long-overdue reform

February 25, 2002
Lotsa LaffsThe Yankees opened spring training for pitchers and catchers last Thursday, which gave catching instructor Yogi Berra (near right) and bench coach Don Zimmer something to talk about.

February 25, 2002
It's easy to look good when you're on top of the world. The challenge is looking good when you're flat on your face—or bottomed out

February 25, 2002
Baseball

February 25, 2002 | Tom Verducci
Emotional WreckThe Padres and a close former teammate try to come to grips with Mike Darr's death

February 25, 2002 | Tom Verducci
Carlos Baerga, 33, is in Red Sox camp on a minor league contract, but he might be a good bet to return to the majors for the first time since 1999. Boston has little faith in second base incumbent...

February 25, 2002 | Ian Thomsen
It's on the 'HouseIn leading resurgent Detroit, Jerry Stackhouse has learned the joys of passing

February 25, 2002 | Ian Thomsen
Introducing the latest top prospect from Europe: 6'11" Nickoloz Tskitishvili, a thin 18-year-old power forward from the Republic of Georgia. "He has more talent than Pau Gasol," says Benetton...

February 25, 2002 | Ian Thomsen
On Stephon Marbury of the struggling Suns (25-27), whose coach, Scott Skiles, resigned on Sunday:

February 25, 2002 | Chris Ballard
Tireless practice has given Bucks guard Michael Redd a shot

February 25, 2002 | Seth Davis
Exorcising DevilsMaryland proved that it's a national title contender with an impressive rout of Duke

February 25, 2002 | Seth Davis
Maryland's win over Duke was even more significant because it gave the Terrapins the inside track for the No. 1 seed in the South, which might be more desirable than the East. Maryland will play...

February 25, 2002 | Seth Davis
ROMAIN SATO, SOPHOMORE, GUARD, XAVIER

February 25, 2002 | Kelli Anderson
After 8½ years in prison juco star Lee Benson is making up for lost time

February 25, 2002 | Kostya Kennedy
A Different GoalMario Lemieux has earned the right to put the Olympics ahead of his regular duties

February 25, 2002 | Kostya Kennedy
Owen NolanRW SHARKSNO"Overtime is a better reflection of a team's character and depth. I'd rather have a game decided by a club grinding it out, not by someone making a fancy shot."

February 25, 2002 | Pierre McGuire
In addition to the hurry-up face-off rule (left), NHL brass is watching the Olympics with an eye toward making other changes in how the NHL plays. Coyotes owner Wayne Gretzky is pushing for the...

February 25, 2002 | Rick Reilly
Q: NAME THE one thing at the Olympics that sucks worse than a French figure skating judge.

February 25, 2002 | Edited by Alan Shipnuck
Len Mattiace won in L.A. by learning from past blowups

February 25, 2002 | Edited by Alan Shipnuck
Unless this week's Match Play Championship is a thriller, the 2002 West Coast swing will go down as one of the worst in recent memory. Ugly finishes, too many low-profile winners and a slumbering...

February 25, 2002 | Edited by Alan Shipnuck
After a three-month hiatus the LPGA finally begins its 2002 season next week. Have you missed women's golf?

February 25, 2002
Charles Howell III, the earnest 22-year-old from Augusta, couldn't have picked a more unlikely mentor than Jesper Parnevik, 36, the far-out Swede, but they're tighter than their J. Lindeberg...

February 25, 2002
Jim Murray (above) may be tickling a typewriter in the great press room in the sky, but his presence was felt at the Nissan Open, played in his adopted hometown. On the day before the tournament...

February 25, 2002 | Keith Lyford
Scott McCarron lost the Nissan Open when he fell victim to Riviera's curse of the kikuyu

February 25, 2002 | Keith Lyford
To master tricky greenside chips, especially from gnarly grass like kikuyu, pick a spot on the green where you want the ball to land. Smart golfers use a variety of clubs but always the same swing...

February 25, 2002 | Keith Lyford
John Daly's third-round 72 at the Nissan Open snapped his streak of 15 consecutive rounds at par or better. Chris DiMarco, Fred Funk and Kenny Perry lead the Tour with 17 straight....

February 25, 2002 | Ivan Maisel
Sale and Pelletier? Team Canada? Barenaked Ladies? Nope. Mike Weir rules in the Great White North, which was apparent during his week at the Salt Lake City Olympics

February 25, 2002 | Michael Silver
A lover of fancy clothes, fine food and beautiful women, Tommy Armour III lives his life like a man hell-bent on proving that not all tour players are tedious automatons