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January
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Quentin Griffin
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College Football - No Doubt about It (Oklahoma beats Florida State in the Orange Bowl), Sugar 'Canes (Miami beats Florida), Passion Play (Washington beats Purdue in the Rose Bowl), Fiesta Feast (Oregon State has fun against Notre Dame), SI'a All-Bowl Team Pro Basketball - Good Stock (Predrag Stojakovic is doing more than stocking shelves for the Kings) Hockey - Owner Operator (Mario Lemieux in his multi-purpose role with Pittsburgh), Pro Football - Best of the Best (Ray Lewis is making news on the field now)
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January
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Amani Toomer
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NFL Playoffs - Air Raid (Kerry Collins leads the Giants over the Vikings to the Super Bowl), Yes, That Dilfer (Trent Dilfer leads the Ravens over Oakland), Gut Check (Dr. Z predicts that Baltimore will squeak past the Giants) Pro Basketball - House Beautiful (Jerry Stackhouse has found a house, and a home, in Detroit) Hockey - NHL Midseason Report (St. Louis Blues seem on their way to the Stanley Cup) College Basketball - Split Personality (Seton Hall freshman Eddie Griffin seems to be a blend of contradictory forces)
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January
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Siragusa - Strahan
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Super Bowl XXXV Preview - Meal Ticket (Scouts tell what the offenses should bring to the hungry defenses), Top Dog (Michael Strahan is one of the keys), Belly Laughs (Tony Siragusa of the Ravens could be the Toast of Tampa) High School Basketball - Player of The Century (Dajuan Wagner may be the next big thing) Hockey - Bank Shot (If Rob Blake is traded, his new team could become the favorite) Pro Basketball - Semi-Tough (Vince Carter needs to fire himself up)
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February
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Baltimore Bullies
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Super Bowl XXXV - Talk of the Town (The Ravens crowed about how good they'd be, then backed it up by crushing the Giants with brutal defense.) Tennis - Jenny Come Lately (In Melbourne a mature, resilient Jennifer Capriati won her first major, and Andre Agassi his third Australian Open title.) College Basketball - Double Feature (Led by its two player-of-the-year candidates, Duke rallied against Maryland to keep a high-flying season aloft.) Wrestling - 107-0 and Counting (Two-time NCAA champ Cael Sanderson of Iowa State has created a record of unprecedented perfection.) Film - Reel Sports (Hollywood trends come and go, but sports movies are never out of fashion, Just don't call them sports movies.)
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February
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XFL Football
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College Basketball - Duked Devils (With a defeat of Duke, fiery new coach Matt Doherty guided North Carolina to the No.1 ranking) College Football - Butch League (Coach Butch Davis left Miami scrambling when he betrayed his players and bolted for the big money.) Pro Football - Jury's Out (Can Mark Chmura, acquitted of sexual assault, refurbish his reputation?), The X-Factor (The XFL started big, but can it roll on with its mix of bombast and so-so football?) Pro Basketball - Sultan of Swat (Theo Ratliff of the 76ers has gone from awkward child to the NBA's most intimidating shot blocker.) Baseball - Birdbrained (Under the misguided direction of Peter Angelos, the once-proud Orioles have devolved into a laughingstock.)
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February
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XFL Football
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College Basketball - Duked Devils (With a defeat of Duke, fiery new coach Matt Doherty guided North Carolina to the No.1 ranking) College Football - Butch League (Coach Butch Davis left Miami scrambling when he betrayed his players and bolted for the big money.) Pro Football - Jury's Out (Can Mark Chmura, acquitted of sexual assault, refurbish his reputation?), The X-Factor (The XFL started big, but can it roll on with its mix of bombast and so-so football?) Pro Basketball - Sultan of Swat (Theo Ratliff of the 76ers has gone from awkward child to the NBA's most intimidating shot blocker.) Baseball - Birdbrained (Under the misguided direction of Peter Angelos, the once-proud Orioles have devolved into a laughingstock.)
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February
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Sacramento Kings
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NBA Midseason Report - Halfway Home (What has gone on so far), Kings Row (The Sacramento Kings and their fast break) College Basketball - Manual Labor (Illinois beats Michigan State and moves to the top of the Big Ten) NHL - Teen Angel (Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro) Baseball - Wet 'n Wild (Cardinals pitcher Rick Ankiel) Golf - Grating Expectations (Tiger Woods without a win after seven tournaments)
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March
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Nomar Garciaparra
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The Lineup - Baseball - .400 Reasons (Here's why Red Sox Nomar Garciaparra tortures his body every off-season with a cruel and unusual regimin.) Pro Basketball - Pivotal Decision (The 76ers got a dominator in Dikembe Mutombo, but will the deal help an already flourishing team?) Pro Football - Dillon For Dollars (Premier rusher Corey Dillon will strike it rich as a free agent, but he may have to spend his loot in Cincinnati.) , Higher Education (In the unlikeliest of places - the Amish country of Ohio - the unlikeliest of high school basketball coaches changed a comminity's ideas about race, and about life.) Departments - Letters, SI View, Scorecard, Faces in the Crowd, The Life of Reilly Inside... - The NFL, The NBA, The NHL, College Basketball)
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March
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Mario Lemieux
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Pro Basketball - Internal Combustion (The Trail Blazers and Rasheed Wallace) College Basketball - My Three Sons (The three sons of Bill Walton playing college ball across the country) Hockey - League of His Own (Mario Lemieux), Blood on the Ice (The Bryan Berard-Marian Hossa hi-stick incident) Baseball - Boys II Aces (Florida Marlins pitching staff)
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March
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March Mayhem
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NCAA Preview - Tough Stuff (The teams with true grit have the best chance of surviving), The Spirit of '76 (The last team to go unbeaten was Indiana), Anybody's Ball Game (Injuries to players from Connecticut and Tennessee have left the door open) Pro Football - Hard Charger (A lucrative new deal for Marcellus Wiley) Hockey - Game 1,023 (An important game between the Blues and Red Wings) Pro Basketball - Clutch Overhaul (Jamal Mashburn doesn't seem to be fading in the clutch this year) Baseball - Sweet & Lou (Lou Piniella has mellowed for a number of reasons)
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March
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Derek Jeter
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Baseball 2001 Preview - The Sweet Science of Baseball (Things an infielder must do and know to turn), The Catalyst (What the first man up must do), Motion Theory (The many things that a baserunner must factor in), Launchpad (What an outfielder's arm must do and know), Throwing Good Money after Bad (Teams are bidding the market up for pitching), Worth the Wait? (The Dodgers may have gotten a steal when they signed Darren Dreifort), Scouting Reports Pro Football - Cold Shoulder (Quarterback Trent Dilfer, despite winning the Super Bowl, is not in demand)
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April
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Final Four
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The Lineup - Final Four Preview - Four Most (Meet the players to watch as Arizona, Duke, Maryland and Michigan State convene in Minneapolis to do battle for the national crown.) Golf - Master Plan (Tiger Woods has been gearing up for Augusta, and his win at the Players Championship demonstrated that he's right on schedule for the year's first major.) Pro Basketball - Spur Sport (With newcomer Derek Anderson piecing defenses and putting up some All-Star numbers, San Antonio ended the week with the NBA's best record.) Baseball - Bleach Boys (With three peroxided powder kegs in the heart of their lineup, the formerly anemic Brewers are expecting to explode in new Miller Park.) Darts - Beers & Shots (Even at its highest levels the sport of darts is all about hoisting a pint (or five) with your mates at the pub.) Departments - Letters, Catching Up With..., SI View, Scorecard, Faces in the Crowd, The Life of Reilly Inside... - Olympic Sports, The NHL, The NBA, Baseball
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April
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Shane Battier & Mike Dunleavy
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The Lineup - Final Fours - Three's a Charm (A barrage of treys helped lift Duke over Arizona and gave the Blue Devils their third NCAA championship.), Moment of Ruth (Notre Dame rode the shoulders of All-America center Ruth Riley to its first NCAA championship.) Pro Basketball - Say It Ain't So 'Zo? (Despite a kidney disease, the Heat's Alonzo Mourning returned to action - inplenty of time to be sharp for the playoffs.) Baseball - Stumbling Start (Already paying dividends off the field, Alex Rodriguez tripped all over himself during his debut with the Rangers.) Hockey - Mystery Man (Capitals captain Adam Oates is on the verge of breaking numerous records, but does anybody really know him.) Tennis - One For The Aged (By winning the Ericsson, a very focused Andre Agassi showed that even at age 30 his best may be yet to come.) Music To Their Ears (After selling team owners on his plan to turn their league around in 1999, Isiah Thomas led the CBA into bankruptcy.) Departments - Catching Up With..., Letters, SI View, Scorecard, Faces in the Crowd, The Life of Reilly Inside... - Baseball, The NHL, The NBA, The NFL
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April
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Tiger Woods
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The Masters - Four-gone (Tiger Woods won the Masters to complete an unprecedented feat - he holds all major titles at once.) Stanley Cup Preview - Now or Never (The pressure is on Colorado to win another Cup, or the team is likely to be split up.) Baseball - Card Trick (No Mac? No sweat, as rookie Albert Pujols led reshuffled St. Liuis to a sweep of Arizona.) Boxing - Glam Rocked (Prince Naseem Hamed's glitz was no match for the grit of Marco Antonio Barrera.) Skiing - Last Run (At 41, Bill Johnson thought he could regain his gold medal form from the Sarajevo Olympics and win back his wife. Then he crashed.) Soccer - A Good Man in Africa (As coach and star of Liberia's team, George Weah is a rare ray of hope in a poor and violent place.)
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April
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Allen Iverson
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Baseball - Rising Sons (The stock of Asian players is rising in the U.S. due to the play of Ichiro Suzuki and Tsuyoshi Shinjo), Stanley Cup Playoffs - Wing Leader (Sergei Fedorov takes over for the Red Wings after injuries to Yzerman and Shanahan), Pro Football - Risky Business (An article written with the assumption that the Chargers would take Michael Vick in the draft), Basketball - Mama's Boys (Story about Allen Iverson and Larry Brown trying to survive together)
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April
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Matt Lawton
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Boxing - Hard Rocked (Hasim Rahman, a 20-to-1 underdog, shocked a seemingly underprepared Lennox Lewis with a KO in the fifth round to win the heavyweight crowns of the IBF and WBC.), Pro Basketball - Desperation Shot? (No longer so fan-tastic, the NBA opened its playoffs amid debate over its daring - or is it reckless? - attempt to reinvigorate its game and to rekindle the public's enthusiasm.), Baseball - Skillfully played little ball - plus some big bats and very impressive arms - has vaulted the Twins from worst to first in the American League Central, at least for now.), NHL Playoffs - The Hits Keep Coming (By cleanly laying out two Hurricanes, Devils captain Scott Stevens paced his team to a first-round series win and cemented his reputation as one of the game's best bangers ever.), Football - Hang Time (Purdue's Drew Brees, like many top prospects, lived in a maddening limbo from New Year's Day until draft day.)
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May
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Charlotte Hornets
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Stanley Cup Playoffs - Czech Point (New Jersey's Bobby Holik), Money Player (The Avalanche's Chris Drury), Baseball - Win or Else (Larry Bowa managing the Phillies), NBA Playoffs - Smash and Slash (The Lakers beat the Kings), The Old Guard (The Spurs roll into the Western Conference finals with four unsung veterns), Behind Closed Doors (A week with the Charlotte Hornets)
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May
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Ichiro Suzuki
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The Lineup - Baseball - Big Hit (Get on a first-name basis with the Mariners' dazzling new star from Japan, Ichiro.) NBA Playoffs - Changeover (Led by Kobe Bryant, the rampaging Lakers seized a 2-0 lead in the Western finals.) Horse Racing - Power Point (A Derby dud, Point Given lived up to his early hype with an explosive Preakness.) Track and Field - Ready to Rock (High Schoolers Alan Webb and Dathan Ritzenhein are the best young U.S. distance duo in years.) NHL Playoffs - St. Patrick (Blessed with the heavenly goaltending of Patrick Roy, the Avalanche moved ahead to the Stanley Cup finals.), Jersey Swamped (Led by diminutive defenseman Brian Rafalski, the Devils took a 3-1 lead on the Penguins.) Tennis - Broken Promise (He was a gutsy tennis champion with a social conscience, but after a messy divorce, can Boris Becker restore his image.) Departments - Leading Off, Letters, Catching Up With..., SI View, Scorecard, Faces in the Crowd, The Life of Reilly Inside... - The NBA, College Football, Baseball
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June
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Shaq
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NBA Playoffs - Unstoppable (The Lakers head to the Finals with an unbeaten record in the playoffs), Dear Lakers (An open-letter to remind the Lakers that one more round remains) Baseball - First-Strike Capability (The importance of throwing a first strike for pitchers), The Producers (Smash hitters are doing their job), Collision at Home (Boston catcher Martin Bergen battles mental illness a century ago) Stanley Cup Finals - Trio Grand (What the Devils need to do to beat the Avalanche) Pro Football - Rare Vintage (Giants guard Glenn Parker is also a wine connoisseur)
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June
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Ray Bourque
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The Lineup - Allen Wrench - In winning two of the first three games, the Lakers learned the key to success: Put the screws on 76er Allen Iverson.) Horse Racing - Exclamation Point (By winning the Belmont Stakes, Point Given removed any doubt that he's the best of his generation.) Stanley Cup - Hooray! (After a 22-year quest for an NHL championship, Ray Bourque of the Avalanche finally got the Cup.) Tennis - Vive L'Amour (At the love-filled French Open, a determined Jennifer Capriati and a diminant Gustavo Kuerten stole the fan's hearts.) Baseball - Forget Me Not (Moises Alou takes good and bad memories to heart but stays focused on being one of the games best hitters.), High-Wire Act (There's no safety net for major league closers, who put it all on the line each time they go to the mound, saving their team or wasting its best efforts.)
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June
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Shaq and Kobe
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The Lineup - NBA Finals - Double Dip (Just one question remains for the Lakers after their second straight title: Can their stars stay aligned long enough to get a third?) Baseball - Waiting Game (Coming to bat cold and chafing at second-string status, pinch hitters who must meke the most of one big swing.) Golf - Back From The Dead (Fifteen years after being struck by lightning, Retief Goosen survived a near-fatal putting episode to win the U.S. Open.) College Football - Sweat Shopping (Though replete with NCAA violations, on-campus football camps have become bull markets for recuiters.) College Basketball - Your Lyin' Eyes (You may think you can easily spot an NBA prospect, but a pro scout sees things you're not even looking for.) Departments - Leading Off, Letters, SI View, Catching Up With..., Scorecard, Faces in the Crowd, The Life of Reilly Inside... - The NFL, Baseball, Soccer
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July
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Bret Boone
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Tennis - A Wild Ride (In a wacky fortnight, wild card Goran Ivanisevic charged to his first Wimbledon title as Venus Williams cruised to her second.) Pro Basketball - Wiz Kid (In 19-year-old Kwame Brown, Wizards boss Michael Jordan may have drafted a player whose competitive fire rivals his own.) Baseball Midseason Report - Bottoms Up (In a first half full of surprises, none has been more shocking than the rise of the Cubs, Pirates and Twins to the top of their divisions.), Bigger and Better (Twenty pounds of new muscle and a smoother swing have transformed Seattle's Bret Boone into a potent RBI machine.), Clean Start (Considered washed up by the lowly Devil Rays, Jphn Burkett has reinvented himself as an ace in Atlanta.), Who'da Thunk It? (Ichiro who? Rocker went where? A look at some of the most amazing developments in a stunning summer.) Pro Football - Matt Millen (When there's a job to do, the new Lions CEO doesn't hesitate to het his hands dirty, but he has his work cut out for him in Detroit.)
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July
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Bob Kalsu
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Baseball - Fits and Starts (For heavy-hitting Clevaland to catch the division-leading Twins, its erratic rotation has to stop throwing away wins.), Giant Steps (San Francisco's Rich Aurilia has made such great strides at the plate that he's in the thick of a race for the National League batting crown.), Hockey - Trading Up (With only two teams trying to deal for Jaromir Jagr, the Capit5als gave up little but paid a lot - to land him.), Pro Basketball - Jackie O (The dynamo of last spring's NCAAs, Portland rookie Jackie Stiles is lighting up the WNBA with her dazzling jumper and winsome personality.), Pro Football - Play Mates (Ronnie and Tiki Barber went their seperate ways to make it in the NFL, but the bond between these identical twins is as strong as ever.), Cover Story - A Name on the Wall (Bob Kalsu had just finished a stellar NFL rookie year when he chose to serve in Vietnam - and became the only U.S. pro athlete to die there.)
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August
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Lance Armstrong
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Cycling - Magnifique! (A dominating performance in the mountains won Lance Armstrong his third straight Tour de France.) Baseball - The Story of His Life (Lance Bergman loves a good yarn, but the best one yet is about his stunning rise as an offensive force for the Astros.), Limbo Time (With the trade deadline near, the A's had to decide: Ship out potential free agents like Jason Giambi or make a wild-card run.) Pro Football - Calm Before the Storm (With Doug Flutie out of the picture, the laid-back Rob Johnson will have to produce big-time in Buffalo - or feel the heat.) Track & Field - Time Bandits (Maurice Greene, the 100-meter world record holder, is the latest owner of the grand and curious title World's Fastest Human.)
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August
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Julius Peppers /
Chris Simms
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Track and Field - Ever Greene (Maurice Greene wins his third 100-meter championship Baseball - The Height Report (The thinking has become that tall pitchers are the way to go) College Football Preview 2001 - The Gang's All Here (Pursuit of a national title is now a year-round job), Steer Crazy (Chris Simms and the Longhorns), Game of Choice (Julius Pepper likes basketball better but he is sticking with football), Frenzied State (Oregon and Oregon State both have Heisman candidates and title hopes), Scouting Reports
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August
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Magic Johnson
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Baseball - Tough Customers (Despite a pitching staff devastated by injuries, the Dodgers are still in the tight National League West race.), Cliff Notes (His body healthy at last and his mind clear - at least most of the time - Cliff Floyd is having a career year for the Marlins.) Pro Football - King Him (Champ Bailey, the Redskins' Pro Bowl cornerback and would-be receiver, is becoming the ruler of all that he surveys.) Pro Basketball - Maple Leap (By signing for five years with the Raptors, Antonio Davis helped assure Canadians another run at the NBA title.) College Football - First Strike (Weary of being beaten by blitzing defenses on first down, offenses are throwing caution to the wind.) Profile - Life after Death (Magic Johnson has pulled off a great comeback, and it's got nothing to do with basketball.)
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August
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Overrated and Underrated
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Baseball Crunch Time (In winning two of three games in New York, the still red-hot Mariners showed that they have no intention of allowing the Yankees or history to stand in their way ) Golf - The Tortoise Wins Again (Phil Mickelson hoped for a big win at the PGA, but steady David Toms enjoyed the storybrook ending.) Special Report - The Rating Game (Belly up to the bar as SI's writers take their best shots at the most overrated people, places and things in sports - and celebrate the most underrated ones. )
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September
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Marshall Faulk
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The Lineup - Baseball - Power of Juan (Juan Gonzalez has gone gaga over Cleveland, where he has hit it big for the American League Central-leading Indians.), One For The Ages (Birth records in his native land suggest that Danny Almonte, star of the Little League World Series, may have been a ringer.) Horse Racing - It Takes a Hungry Man (Age and a starvation diet haven't slowed history's most successful jockey, Lafitt Pincay Jr.) NFL Preview 2001 - See How They Run (As more and more offenses have become conservative, resilient running backs have become more and more important.), How They Stack Up (Dr. Z ranks the league's top 40 rushers, based on their ability to make tacklers miss, break tackles and speed downfield.), Denver's Way (No team in the NFL has mastered the running game as well as the Broncos have - and nobody else has matched their success.), Star of Stars (Marshall Faulk is the best player in the game, but the Rams' running back didn't truly shine until he had his great awakening.), Scouting Reports (SI's in-depth analysis of all 31 teams concludes that the Rams and the Titans will meet in the Super Bowl, with St. Louis coming out on top.) Departments - Leading Off, Letters, Catching Up With..., SI View, Scorecard, Faces in the Crowd, The Life of Reilly Inside... - Motor Sports, College Football, Baseball
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September
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Roger Clemens
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Pro Football - Answering Service (What's the first really big game in this year's NFL schedule? And four other questions eminently worth asking on the eve of the 2001 season.) Pro Basketball - Woman Possessed (Spurred by her stepfather's cancer, Lisa Leslie rebuilt herself and her game, then led the Sparks to the WNBA title.) Baseball - Rocket Science (Ignited by passions for family and fitness, the Yankee's Roger Clemens has lifted off toward a sixth Cy Young award.) College Football - Learning the Ropes (If he turns out to ba a proficient in playing defensive back as he is at jumping rope, Nebraska's Willie Amos will be a pro.) Special Report - Passion Plays (An increasing number of coaches are finding romance with athletes they train. Witness tennis star Meghann Shaughnessy and her mentor-fiance Rafael Font de Mora, giving new meaning to love at the U.S. Open.)
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September
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David Carr
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Tennis - American Revolution (The Williams sisters dominate the U.S. Open) College Football - Off and Running (Fresno State and their quarterback David Carr are winning), Mean Streak (Washington tackle Larry Tripplett) Pro Football - Ram Shackled (The St. Louis defense beats up on McNabb and the Eagles), Baltimore Bullet (Elvis Grbac leads the Ravens over the Bears) Baseball - Catch-up Ball (The Braves are still winning but not because they are a better team), Uncertain Prospects (The road to the Majors starts in little towns as the author is ready to show you)
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September
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The Week That Sports Stood Still
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Perspective - A Break in the Action (There was no cheering in a heartbroken nation) New York - War Games (A metropolis sought solice in children's sports), Patriot's Tale (New England guard Joe Andruzzi has three brothers who are city firemen), A Loftier View (Twin Towers used to show that anything is possible) Washington - Playing with Pain (The Pentagon attack hit close to home for athletes) Decision Time - On The Spot (How the NFL decided not to play), Delay of Games (The U.S. was penalized as schedules were scrapped), Holding Service (Tennis paused briefly), Roller Coaster (Florida footballers were set for action, then opposed to it) Victims - Unplayable Lies (A golfing family copes with another staggering loss), Picture This Perfect (Tyler Ugolyn went from a face on a flyer to a friend), A Great Friend (Wayne Gretzky celebates pal and mentor Ace Bailey), On Her Way to Fulfill a Dream (Coach Mari-Rae Sopper never got to join her team) Moving On - The Boys on the Bus (To gauge sports' grip a father took his son to a game)
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October
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Jay Fiedler
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Pro Football - Flying Start (With their typically stingy defense and a new look passing game, the Dolphins pulled out a last-gasp victory over the Raiders.), No Forward Progress (With his Seahawks unable to score and unsure how to handle his rebukes, Mike Holmgren may see his dream job become a nightmare.) Baseball - Wild Card (While powering St. Louis toward a berth in the playoffs, MVP candidate Albert Pujols may be having the greatest rookie year of all time.), Learning Curve (It has been a season of dizzying highs and lows for Ben Sheets, the Brewers' All-Star rookie pitcher, and SI charted his progress all the way.) College Football - Brute Strangth (Relying on an uncharacteristically deep and determined defense, UCLA stymied Ohio State to remain undefeated after three games.) Pro Basketball - Air Worthy (Though he'd have to contend with losing, old age and his own legacy, a successful return to the NBA would seem likely for Michael Jordan.)
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October
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Barry Bonds
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Baseball - Pushing 70 (With the greatest slugging in recent memory, Barry Bonds was primed to break Big Mac's record.) Hockey - Face-Off (A bullying alumnus built North Dakota a $100 million rink but tore its campus asunder,( Pro Football - Re-Charged (With a jolt from Doug Flutie, San Diego is off to a 3-0 start and is the talk of the AFC.) Boxing - Worth the Wait (Bernard Hopkins capped his 13-year career with a stunning upset of Felix Trinidad.) NHL 2001-02 Preview - Brain Trust (The biggest stars usually have elevated hockey intelligence, a trait that more and more teams are looking for in their players.), Out of the Ice Age (In contrast to the stereotype, most NHL players aren't dumb, toothless, beer-drinking brawlers.), Scouting Reports (An analysis of all the league's 30 clubs finds that the aging Red Wings, who have added nonpareil goalie Dominik Hasek, are the team to beat.)
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October
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Oklahoma-Texas
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Baseball - It's a Wrap (Barry Bonds takes the home run record), Old Glories (Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn get farewell salutes) College Football - Boomer Sooner (Oklahoma beats Texas) Hockey - Heads Up (Eric Lindros comes back) Pro Football - Going Nowhere (The Ravens beat the Titans to leave them winless), Lost Arts (Rich Gannon is doing well for the Raiders) High School Football - Remember the Titans (The school the movie was about has reversed it's progress)
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November
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Randy Johnson
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College Football - Back in a Flash (Nebraska ends Oklahoma's 20 game winning streak) Baseball - Raising Arizona (Led by Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson the Diamondbacks have a 2-0 World Series lead) Pro Football - Double Truble (The future of the Bucs seem to rest on Warren Sapp) Hockey - Temptation Island (The Islanders are finally NHL contenders) Boxing - The Chosen One (Zab Judah has been a very strange saga)
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November
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Arizona Diamondbacks
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Baseball - Desert Classic (Arizona comes back and beats the Yankees) Pro Football - A New Manning (Eli is doing well at Old Miss), Miracle Workers (The Bears win their sixth in a row) Pro Basketball - Liftoff (Michael Jordan playing with the Wizards), Love and Hoops (George Karl of the Bucks) Hockey - Two Good (Ilya Kovalchuk and Dany Heatley of the Thrashers)
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November
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Jason Williams
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Pro Football - Free-for-All (This season it seems that nearly everyone still has a shot), Go-to-Guy (Tom Brady has surprisingly played well as a replacement for Drew Bledsoe) College Football - Soph Touch (Rex Grossman is playing so well he may be the first second year player to win the Heisman) College Basketball Preview - Back-to-School Issue - Novel Approach (Bob Knight has shown a warmer appearance in his first year with Texas Tech), Cardinal Ruller (Rick Pitino leaves the Celtics and returns to Kentucky), The Road Not Taken (Jason Williams returns to school even though he may have been the first player chosen), Scouting Reports, Back On The Ball (After taking a year off North Carlolina's Nikki Teasley promises to be the same), Break Up The Huskies (How to spread the wealth in women's basketball), Welcome to the Big Time (Is moving up to Division I the right move for schools)
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November
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Eric Crouch
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Boxing - Payback (Lennox Lewis beats Hasim Rahman and retakes the Heavyweight Crown), Hockey - Capital Punishment (Jaromir Jagr doesn't look to be doing well in Washington), Pro Basketball - Stepping Forward (The question of which of the Celtics is better, Pierce or Walker), Pro Football - Face Lift (Linebacker Takeo Spikes of the Bengals), Big, Bad and Mad (The 49ers Terrell Owens), College Football - Front-Runner (Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch is the Heisman front-runner), Running - Crossroad (Highway crash with Wyoming cross-country runners)
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December
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Washington Redskins
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The Lineup - Pro Football - About-face (Grousing and winless five weeks ago, the Redskins are now the hottest team in the NFC East. How in the name of Marty Schottenheimer did they do it?), Brownie Points (With a defense playing up to new coach, Butch Davis's high standards, Cleveland beat the Bengals 18-0 to remain in the race for a playoff berth.) College Football - Run to Glory (Onrushing Colorado scrambled the national championship picture by stepping all over top-ranked Nebraska for 380 rushing yards en route to a stunning 62-36 victory.) Hockey - Stuck Duck (Although he's being held back by a lack of talented teammates, Paul Kariya of Aneheim hasn't lost his ardor for the game or his club.) Pro Basketball - Killer Looks (All Wally Szczerbiak wanted was a few more shots a game. He's getting them now, and the Timberwolves are on a tear.) Boxing - Almost a Hero (Former heavyweight champ Max Schmeling was merely human in an era of great inhumanity - a German who was a loyal friend of Jews but also a willing pawn of Hitler.) Departments - Leading Off, Catching Up With..., Letters, SI View, Scorecard, Faces in the Crowd, The Life of Reilly Inside... - The NFL, College Football, Olympic Sports, College Basketball
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December
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Kordell Stewart
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College Football - Secondary School (The defensive backfield of Miami, led by Ed Reed, is second to none), Nashville Express (Tennessee beats Florida in the Swamp) Pro Football - Smashing Success (The Steelers have somehow ridden to the top record in the AFC) Pro Basketball - Avant-Guard (The Spurs rookie playmaker, Tony Parker, seems to be ahead of the curve) Special Report - Snow Job (The rich are getting richer due to the 2002 Olympics)
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December
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Schilling-Johnson
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Pro Football - Vintage Reserve (The Rams with Ricky Proehl beat the 49ers), Still Not a Saint (New Orleans coach Jim Haslett has mellowed but is still not a choirboy), Hands-on Training (Giants end Michael Strahan shares quarterback snaring secrets) College Basketball - New 'Cats, Old 'Cat (Returnee Jason Gardner with a group of freshmen are leading Arizona to a fast start) College Football - Merry Christmas (Matt Mauck goes from the Chicago Cubs to LSU) Pro Basketball - Bad Behavior (Detroit Pistons thrive with close teamwork and a rugged defense), Tao of Steve (Steve Nash is putting a little selfishness into his game and is leading the Mavs) Winter Games - The Olympic Family (The Shea family may have it's third generation of Olympic competitors) Sportsmen - Power of Two (Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling of the Arizona Diamondbacks)
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December
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Firemen All-American
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Pro Basketball - Losing Their Grip (The misdeeds of the players and the ineptitude of the front office have alienated formerly ardent Trail Blazers fans.) Baseball - Rich Get Richer (The Yankees returned to the roots of their recent successes by acquiring potent and patient Jason Giambi.) Hockey - Simply Superb (Oiler Tommy Salo isn't flashy, which may be why, despite being one of the NHL's best goalies, he's often overlooked.) Pro Football - Receiving Line (A parade of savvy wideouts is coming into its own in the NFL's latest generation of sure-handed pass catchers.), Turning Point (The Cardinals' David Boston has cut back on showboating and piled up yards en route to becoming a top wideout.) Year In Review - Back In The Game (Troubled times have put sports into perspective, but what better place to find inspiration for a comeback.), Sports Page! (Our intrepid reporter collected all the weird and outrageous stories from 2001.), True Heart (Like other firefighters who died on Sept 11, Mike Carroll was an athlete whose spirit led him to embrace his heroic mission.) Departments - Leading Off, Catching Up With..., Letters, SI View. Scorecard, Faces In The Crowd, The Life Of Reilly Inside - Baseball, Olympic Sports, The NFL
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