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May 27, 2002 | Volume 96, Issue 22

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Clint Mathis Cover - Sports Illustrated May 27, 2002

May 27, 2002 | Ian Thomsen
Rocket PowerHouston defied the odds and won the lottery jackpot—the No. I pick in the draft

May 27, 2002 | Rick Reilly
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May 27, 2002
Tex Hex?We Texans have suffered for two decades with one of the worst franchises in all of sports. Mark Cuban purchased the team, and within two years the Mavericks moved into the NBA elite. They...

May 27, 2002
LETTERS

May 27, 2002 | Brian Woodward
AUGUST 29, 1977

May 27, 2002 | Steve Rushin
The toughest man in New Jersey history isn't Bill Parcells or Kenyon Martin or Paulie Walnuts. He's 77-year-old Sheldon Ezor, who has, in the last 22 years, attended every single home game of the...

May 27, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
The Indy 500, along with all of open-wheel racing, has been skidding for years. Here's how it can get back on track

May 27, 2002
Female soccer players consider how far they'll go to sell their sport

May 27, 2002
BULLPEN TRANSPORT

May 27, 2002
426Consecutive games in which Arizona State's baseball team has scored at least one run, an NCAA record.

May 27, 2002
Strange Injuries of the Week

May 27, 2002
Bad fads never die; they just wait to be rediscovered by succeeding generations. So it is that streaking, the favored activity of '70s-era exhibitionists, is making a comeback. In the last month...

May 27, 2002
DiedOf cancer, paleontologist, biologist, author, Harvard professor and Yankees fan Stephen Jay Gould. Gould, 60, was renowned for his theories of evolution and statistical deviation, which he...

May 27, 2002 | Albert Chen
To combat an awful illness, deer hunters are wiping out herds

May 27, 2002 | Richard Deitsch
The pigskin comedian on Fox's NFL Sunday has landed his own ABC talk show, which starts in January and will follow Nightline (replacing Politically Incorrect).

May 27, 2002
Former Top 20 tennis player Lisa Bonder's child support case just got a bit trashier—literally. In January, Bonder, 36, sued her exhusband, billionaire financier Kirk Kerkorian, for $3.8 million a...

May 27, 2002
An anthropology student at UC Santa Cruz has received $20,000 in grants to follow NASCAR and research his dissertation, Southern Culture and Stock Car Racing.

May 27, 2002
On his visit to Cuba this month former President Jimmy Carter and Fidel Castro went to a ball game in Havana. Before the game Carter played catch with a Cuban player while Castro, a former...

May 27, 2002
GLEN GRUNWALDRaptors general manager, on the status of his star player: "I'm not trading Vince Carter [left]. That is, unless he suffers a career-ending injury. Then he would be available."

May 27, 2002 | Kelli Anderson
With a center's frame and a small forward's skills, Aussie Lauren Jackson is the shape of the future

May 27, 2002 | Kelli Anderson
Seattle storm coach Lin Dunn groans when she ponders what her young team is up against playing in the WNBA's Western Conference. "The West is a bear," she says. "It's no coincidence that all the...

May 27, 2002 | Kelli Anderson
Eastern Conference

May 27, 2002 | Franz Lidz
Followers of the St. Louis Browns reminisce for perhaps the last time about their inglorious history

May 27, 2002 | Brian Cazeneuve
Fourteen years after switching from gymnastics to diving, Kimiko Hirai Soldati, 28, is turning heads

May 27, 2002
MAY 24-MAY 30

May 27, 2002 | Richard Deitsch
Tennis Fans Snubbed, A Boxing Match, War Ratings

May 27, 2002
Larry Hays, LUBBOCKBaseballHays, 57, the coach at Texas Tech, guided his team to a 7-4 win over Missouri to earn his 1,300th collegiate victory. The sixth Division I coach to reach that milestone,...

May 27, 2002 | Jon Wertheim
The best bets to reach the Finals are the teams that have a thoroughbred they can ride down the stretch in tight games

May 27, 2002 | Michael Farber
At 40, mean and nasty defenseman Chris Chelios is giving the Red Wings the toughness they need to be champions

May 27, 2002 | Daniel G. Habib
Forced to retire in 1996 because of a neck injury, Toronto's Gary Roberts, 36, is back—fitter and better than ever

May 27, 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.

May 27, 2002 | Tim Layden
War Emblem's blazing victory in the Preakness rekindled hopes for racing's first Triple Crown in 24 years

May 27, 2002 | Michael Bamberger
Having beaten cancer, Florida's fast-rising third baseman, Mike Lowell, is regularly hitting the sweet spot, at bat and in life

May 27, 2002 | Michael Bamberger
Mike Lowell and Eli Marrero have much in common: They are of Cuban descent, they were teammates in Little League and at Coral Gables (Fla.) High, and they have defeated cancer and returned to the...

May 27, 2002 | Michael Bamberger
Party animal CLINT MATHIS is just what the U.S. needs to take on the world: a gifted scorer unafraid to impose his will on the game

May 27, 2002 | Grant Wahl
32 TEAMS will clash in Japan and South Korea for soccer's ultimate prize. Here's how we see the field—and why the Italians will have reason to celebrate

May 27, 2002 | Grant Wahl
Before you scoff at an American magazine's World Cup picks, bear in mind: People snickered when SI tabbed host France to win its first World Cup four years ago. This time around the French may be...

May 27, 2002 | Franz Lidz
Employing a mix of integrity and absurdity, ARN TELLEM is the strangest of beasts: a powerful sports agent you can actually like

May 27, 2002
Oh, DominoesKings guard Bobby Jackson floated past the rim for a reverse layup, thwarting the highly coordinated defense put up by Lakers Rick Fox (17), Robert Horry and Derek Fisher (2) during...

May 27, 2002
BaseballSalmon spawns Angels uprisingBig Hurt finds new spot in Sox orderNL Central hard to figure

May 27, 2002 | Stephen Cannella
Redeemed AngelTim Salmon has broken out of his slump and led Anaheim's reversal of fortune

May 27, 2002 | Stephen Cannella
RED SOX 4, MARINERS 1May 18

May 27, 2002 | Stephen Cannella
Latest Savior?Though it's not the ideal situation to ease phenom Mark Prior (above) into their rotation, the reeling Cubs, who were 14-27 through Sunday, had no choice but to call him up. Chicago...

May 27, 2002 | Dave Phillips
Nick Price, the modern-day incarnation of Ben Hogan, earned his first victory since 1998 at the house that Hogan built

May 27, 2002 | Sal Johnson
Nick Price, who took 104 putts at the Colonial, led a PGA Tour field in putting for only the second time since 1997...

May 27, 2002 | Dave Phillips
Hammering a nail into a wall replicates the motions that are Vital to a synchronized and powerful swing. The keys are the hinging of your right wrist on the takeaway and a proper release in which...

May 27, 2002
The 25th annual Alex Alexander PGA Tour Caddie Tournament was held on May 13 in Fort Worth, Texas, attracting more than 60 loopers to Squaw Creek Golf Club as well as a decent-sized gallery that...

May 27, 2002
Dick Rugge gets technical about the new driver rules

May 27, 2002
VOTE AT golfline.com

May 27, 2002 | Kevin Cook
Tyke tales we're likely to hear in golf's brave newbie world

May 27, 2002 | Gary Van Sickle
A day in the life of Bob Estes, the Tour's resident enigma, reveals a player who is willing to improve his game

May 27, 2002 | Edited by Alan Shipnuck
With a victory in Germany, Tiger Woods rejected the company line

May 27, 2002 | Edited by Alan Shipnuck
Nick Price's victory at the Colonial was the perfect rebuttal to the need for the Majors tour. Put a wily fortysomething like Price on the right course, and he can still beat the best in the...