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April 08, 2002 | Volume 96, Issue 15

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Juan Dixon Cover - Sports Illustrated April 08, 2002

April 08, 2002 | Rick Reilly
You think it's hard coaching in the Final Four? You think it's tough handling 280-pound seniors, freshmen with agents, athletic directors with pockets full of pink slips?

April 08, 2002 | John O'Keefe
JULY 20, 1970

April 08, 2002
Mounting BracketsMy friend's dog, Whiz, picks brackets (NCAA TOURNAMENT PREVIEW, March 18) by choosing a piece of popcorn placed in front of each team Whiz fared considerably better than your...

April 08, 2002
Letters

April 08, 2002 | Richard Deitsch
don't miss

April 08, 2002 | Richard Deitsch
YESLooking for tingling TV drama? How about 65 characters with storylines that change by the minute. If Alfred Hitchcock were alive, his set would have been tuned to the tournament for the past...

April 08, 2002 | Richard Deitsch
Schmoozing with Barry at hockey's Melrose Place

April 08, 2002
The online auction items of the week

April 08, 2002 | Tom Verducci
Don't believe the hype—get ready for baseball interruptus

April 08, 2002 | Tom Verducci
1972After a dispute over the players' pension plan, players strike April I. They return April 13 after owners agree to up contributions to plan. Games lost: 86.

April 08, 2002
Do Masters champions get to keep their green jackets?

April 08, 2002 | Seth Davis
On the morning of March 26, less than 72 hours after Kent State's improbable run to the Elite Eight had ended, Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles called Stan Heath, the Golden Flashes'...

April 08, 2002 | Seth Davis
$4.042Amount Angels pitcher Kevin Appier, who will earn $10 million this year, has received from the Department of Agriculture since 1996 to subsidize the 270-acre soybean, corn and sorghum farm...

April 08, 2002
The Cover That Wasn't

April 08, 2002 | Pete McEntegart
When New York/New Jersey MetroStars goalie Tim Howard showed up at media day last April to kick off the 2001 MLS season, he'd already made his decision. Howard, who'd turned 22 a month earlier and...

April 08, 2002
Held Hitless•Madonna (Mich.) University, in both ends of an NAIA doubleheader against Indiana Tech on March 17. Both Indiana Tech starters, John Zamora and Shaun Geise, pitched complete games, hit...

April 08, 2002
It may seem hard to believe that Saints cornerback Dale Carter filed for bankruptcy on Feb. 15. After all, three years ago he signed a four-year, $22.8 million deal (including a $78 million...

April 08, 2002
A friend indeed: Even though Jennifer Capriati (right) didn't come away from the NASDAQ-100 Open with a championship—she lost in last Saturday's final to Serena Williams, 7-5, 7-6—at least she can...

April 08, 2002
Charles Mitchell, 34, a sporting goods store executive from Boca Raton, Fla., was charged with "aggravated battery on the elderly" after he choked a 74-year-old softball umpire into...

April 08, 2002
POPEYE JONESWizards forward, on what he learned while teammate Michael Jordan sat out for three weeks with a knee injury: "I found out I had fewer relatives on the road."

April 08, 2002
Julia Mancuso, OLYMPIC VALLEY, CALIF.SkiingJulia, 18, won gold medals in the combined, downhill and giant slalom at the Alpine junior world championships. Her subsequent fifth-place finish in the...

April 08, 2002
•RIGHT START

April 08, 2002
RIGHT START: In 1989 Gwynn started in center and kruk was the Opening day rightfielder.

April 08, 2002 | Grant Wahl
Steadied down the stretch by the unflappable Juan Dixon, Maryland overcame a multitude of errors to win its first national championship

April 08, 2002 | Kelli Anderson
Four hypercompetitive senior roommates lifted Connecticut to the NCAA women's title—and a place in history

April 08, 2002 | Kelli Anderson
This season connecticut not only went 39-0 and won its third national title in eight years, but it also dominated opponents as no other women's college basketball team has.

April 08, 2002 | Stephen Cannella
As the Red Sox faithful watched expectantly, star Pedro Martinez delivered a horrid Opening Day performance, raising new worries all over New England

April 08, 2002 | Stephen Cannella
FROM THE start of the 2000 season (after which he won his second straight Cy Young Award) through June 26, 2001, when he departed in the fifth inning of a start against the Devil Rays with a sore...

April 08, 2002
What a crowning achievement. Get the royal treatment with a double dose of our own Peter King every Monday and Thursday at cnnsi.com/football.

April 08, 2002 | L. Jon Wertheim
They're often viewed with suspicion—and sometimes it's justified—but many NBA players couldn't cope without their posses

April 08, 2002 | Michael Farber
Colorado's Patrick Roy, at age 36, is having his finest year, bolstering the argument that he's the best goalie ever

April 08, 2002 | Gary Smith
As <b>George O'Leary</b> climbed the coaching ladder to his dream job at Notre Dame, a dirty secret was lurking in his résumé. But did he pay too high a price for a few lies?

April 08, 2002
Baseball

April 08, 2002 | Phil Taylor
Grand OpeningMaturing Indian Bartolo Colon got high marks for his low pitch count in the lid lifter

April 08, 2002 | Phil Taylor
The Athletics had a losing record in each of the last two Aprils yet won the American League West in 2000 and a wild-card berth last year. While that might inspire teams that stumble out of the...

April 08, 2002 | Ian Thomsen
Handsome DividendsBruce Bowen wasn't a pricey pickup, but the Spurs are at a loss without him

April 08, 2002 | Ian Thomsen
Nets coach Byron Scott intends to play Kenyon Martin in the last two games of the regular season, even though a flagrant foul could result in a two-game suspension that would sideline him during...

April 08, 2002
Masters Preview

April 08, 2002 | Michael Bamberger
That's what Charles Howell III, the long-driving phenom, will do to the golf world if his first Tour victory comes in his hometown, Augusta

April 08, 2002 | Gary Van Sickle
Think you know everything there is to know about Augusta National and the Masters? Try our 33-question brainteaser on for size. And please, no wagering

April 08, 2002 | Gary Van Sickle
Can you identify these first-round leaders at Augusta?

April 08, 2002 | Gary Van Sickle
Match the player with the Sunday blunder that ruined his chances of winning. (Note: Two players suffered the same wreck.)

April 08, 2002 | Gary Van Sickle
16 QUESTIONS: 1. b; 2. b; 3. b; 4. c; 5. b; 6. d; 7. a; 8. c; 9. d; 10. a; 11. d; 12. d; 13. b; 14. c; 15. b; 16. d

April 08, 2002 | John Garrity
Tom Fazio, the architect entrusted with the makeover of Augusta National, has a unique eye for design

April 08, 2002 | John Garrity
Tom Fazio's work with Augusta National dates to the early '70s, when he and his uncle George redid the 10th tee. For the last few years Fazio and his staff have charted shots at the Masters. "Our...

April 08, 2002 | Alan Shipnuck
Employing the latest in engineering technology, we solved the mystery of the swirling winds that make the 12th hole at Augusta so tough

April 08, 2002 | Alan Shipnuck
Low-speed corridorThis chamber, 160 feet long, 11 feet high and 16 feet wide, holds more than twice as much air as the high-speed corridor and generates winds with a top speed of 23 mph.

April 08, 2002 | Alan Shipnuck
The brains behind the experiment (clockwise from top left): Gerry Dafoe, tunnel technician; Alan Davenport, founder of the BLWTL; Ted Hunter, model builder-artist; and Greg Kopp, project leader.

April 08, 2002 | Gary Van Sickle
Tom Kite has always been driven to succeed—a trait he has passed along to his sons and daughter

April 08, 2002 | Austin Murphy
For the homesick international pros in Houston, happiness was Vegemite, friendly fans and a rousing game of Uno

April 08, 2002 | Ivan Maisel
Bitter enemies? Best of friends? The relationship between Augusta Country Club and its glamorous next-door neighbor falls somewhere in between

April 08, 2002 | John Garrity
As a ruby-slippered Annika Sorenstam won her second straight Nabisco Championship, the party raged a click of the heels away (Page G78)

April 08, 2002
We're definitely not in Kansas anymore

April 08, 2002 | Darrell Kestner
Vijay Singh and Annika Sorenstam don't radiate charisma, but their Hoganesque work ethic has made them big winners

April 08, 2002 | Sal Johnson
Of Vijay Singh's 10 career Tour victories, three, including Houston, have come in his first appearance following a missed cut....

April 08, 2002 | Darrell Kestner
The best way to uncover your strengths and weaknesses is to track every shot during a round I do this on my scorecard, noting details like whether I hit a green in regulation, how many putts I...

April 08, 2002
Colin Montgomerie's mostly sunny disposition during his return to Houston, his old college stomping grounds, was due to a very familiar face on hand, but it wasn't the mug of a former Houston...

April 08, 2002
Mama mia! Silvia Cavalleri on her Italian mother-caddie

April 08, 2002
Will Tiger Woods repeat as Masters champion?