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January
13
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"Surprise! Surprise! Expansion Teams Jacksonville And Carolina Are A Step From The Super Bowl"
Contents - NFL Playoffs - Man Of Steel (Mark Brunell of the Jaguars was super in engineering a stunning upset of the Broncos); The Return Ticket (Desmond Howard led the Packers over the 49ers and back into the NFC Championship game); Justice (Both teams got what they deserved when the Panthers methodically bounced the Cowboys); A Souper Sunday (The Steelers were in a deep fog against the Patriots, who beat them at their own game) Pro Basketball - Hot Shots (The Miami Heat turned it up a notch to win 14 straight on the road and fuel a 24-8 start) Hockey - Soaring! (After a slow takeoff, the big and talented Flyers have zoomed to the top of the NHL standings) College Bowls - Grateful Gators (A strategy shift by Florida coach Steve Spurrier finally brought his alma mater a national title); Prickley Heat (Arizonan Joe Germaine crushed hopes at home by leading Ohio State to a win over Arizona State) Pro Football - Frozen In Time (The Packers' hallowed home remains as it was when Vince Lombardi stalked the sidelines) Departments - Letters; Faces In The Crowd; Television; Scorecard; Inside College Basketball; Inside The NBA; Point After
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January
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"Green Bay All The Way - Antonio Freeman and the Packers Look Unstoppable"
NFL Playoffs - Super Again (Evoking memories of their forebears, the Packers advanced to their first Super Bowl in 29 years); Follow The Leader (As coach Bill Parcells showed the way, the Patriots defeated the upstart Jaguars for the AFC championship); Break Fast (The Patriots, the latest AFC underdog, must cook up a quick start against the Pack( Golf - Off Like A Shot (Tiger Woods began the new season by striking a blow at those who still harbor doubts) College Basketball - Behold Those Tigers (Surprising Clemson has gone from perennial ACC doormat to the No. 3 team in the nation) Hockey - Patrick Who? (Penguins rookie goalie Patrick Lalime has made quite a name for himself after only 13 games) Pro Basketball - Quest For Fans (Columbus, Ohio, hasn't discovered that America's finest women's team plays in its own backyard); Feel The Warmth (Kevin Garnett and Stephon Marbury have built what Minnesota hopes is a lasting bond) Departments - Faces In The Crowd; Letters; Television; Scorecard; Inside College Basketball; Inside The NBA; Point After
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February
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"Special Team - Super Bowl MVP Desmond Howard"
Pro Football - Return To Glory (Spurred by what they felt was disrespect, the Packers beat the cocky Patriots for their first Super Bowl victory in 29 years) Pro Basketball - Two For The Ages (After 49 years of coaching in the NBA, the Nuggets' Dick Motta and the Clippers Bill Fitch have seen it all) Australian Open - Star Turns (Martina Hingis was oh, so hot and Pete Sampras very cool in Melborne); (Mark Woodforte and Todd Woodbridge were again singular in the doubles) College Basketball - Fresh Faces (With a lot of traditional powers in decline, a passel of strangers has become familiar with the rankings) Adventure - You Looking For Me? (When the author went to the Amazon jungle to confirm a new primate species, it was serious monkey business) u>Departments - Faces In The Crowd; Letters; Television; Scorecard; Inside Thr NFL; Inside College Basketball; Inside The NBA; Point After
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February
10
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"The Best Point Guard In The NBA"
Contents - Pro Basketball - High Pockets (Our ratings reveal the NBA's great depth of quality at point guard); Floor Leader (Cavalier Terrell Brandon is a well-kept secret, though he's tough on offense and defense) Hockey - Dressed To Thrill (The Sabres, the NHL's most entertaining team, are good, too) College Basketball - Nine Lives (Down to nine players, Kentucky won't give up on another title) High School Basketball - Onward Christian Soldiers (Tracy McGrady is the latest pre-college star aiming for the NBA) Pro Football - Back In Hand (Larry Centers returned to the Pro Bowl, site of a big scare last year) Motor Sports - How Much Can One Man Bear? (Despite many tragic losses, Bobby Allison somehow carries on) Departments - Television; Letters; Faces In The Crowd; Scorecard; Inside College Basketball; Inside The NBA; Point After
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February
21
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"Nothing But Bikinis - Tyra Banks"
Contents - Bikini Waxing (From ground zero to grass, here's the skinny on the two-piece); Money Co. (Sports are a defining element in the bikini mecca of Monaco); Niki (On exotic Los Roques, Niki Taylor presents a striking figure); Strip! (That's what Niki Taylor did perfectly while stalking bonefish); Naomi (In Venezuela, Naomi Campbell falls for the waterfalls); Vendela (Amid surreal Mexican scenery, Vendela is a knockout on the rocks); Stacey (Take a cue from Stacey Williams: Old Mexico can be a ball); Eva (On gray days in the Bahamas, Eva Herzigova brings sunshine); Valeria (At a Baja resort, Valeria Mazza lends a bright splash of color); Tyra (Bare and bikinied, Tyra Banks heats up Bahamian beaches); Banks Shot (Lifelong Lakers fan Tyra Banks takes in a game at courtside); Steffi (Steffi Graf is as dazzling off the tennis court as she is on it); The Future (Five designers dream up visions of the bikini at 100); I, Cabana Boy (In Malibu, three beauties ignore their proud towel-fetcher); Beauty And The Beach (What role should sex appeal play in women's volleyball?); Bikini Mania (This suit has launched a thousand flicks - not to mention controversies, TV shows, fashion lines and lengthy careers); Point After (A sporting look at the bikini in many and varied guises)
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March
3
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"Still A Warrior - Sugar Ray Leonard"
Contents - Pro Basketball - High Anxiety (Facing a long stretch without Shaquille O'Neal, the Lakers try to keep their chins up) Horse Racing - Bully Pulpit (An unseassoned colt won the Fountain of Youth to emerge as the favorite for the Kentucky Derby) College Basketball - Gopher Ball (A year after a snub from the NCAA's selection committee, Minnesota is in line for a No. 1 seed); Winner Takes All? (UCLA knocked off Duke in a matchup that has never failed to foretell the national champion) Hocky - Under Control (These days, the Coyote's star power foreward, Keith Tkachuk, does his hell-raising on the ice) Boxing - One More Shot (Unable to enjoy life outside the ring, Sugar Ray Leonard is preparing to have a fifth fling with his first love) College Sports - Inside The Moat (The people who enforce the NCAA's rigid rules also question its powers and ultimate mission) Departments - Faces In The Crowd; Letters; Television; Scorecard; Inside The NBA; Inside College Basketball; Point After
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March
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Contents - College Basketball - Big Shots (Underdogs showed plenty of fight, but the top seeds prevailed in the first two rounds) Baseball - Catch Of The Day (Backstops may not hit much, but their ability to handle a staff keeps them in demand); Boatload Of K's (Coolheaded Mariano Rivera is ready to bring the heat as the new closer for the Yankees) Pro Football - Looking Forward (Running back Garrison Hearst thinks he has finally found a home in the 49ers backfield) Boxing - Fresh Prince (The boxer formerly known as Naseem Hamed has slugged his way to a pair of featherweight belts) Pro Basketball - Rider On A Storm (Isaiah Rider, the Blazer's tempestuous guard, is kicking up dust in Portland) Hockey - Worst Job In Sports (Many NHL enforcers find brawling dangerous and demeaning, an ugly way to earn a handsome living) Departments - Faces In The Crowd; Letters; Television; Scorecard; Inside Thr NFL; Inside The NBA; Point After
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March
31
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"Hard Ball - Pitcher Randy Johnson"
Contents - College Basketball - On To Indy (No one - but Kansas - was shocked by the teams that seized spots in the Final Four_ Golf - Need A Fourth? (The public course has become O.J. Simpson's refuge, but mant players there wish he'd get lost) Figure Skating - They're The Tops (Spinning Elvis Stojko and Tara Lipinski shone at a world championship beset by sadness) Baseball '97 - Alone On The Hill (Learn the secrets of the pitchers who thrive in an era of muscular hitters and minute strike zones); NL Scouting (The division winners should be the Braves in the East, the Cardinals in the Central and the Dodgers in the West); Leagues Apart (Joe Torre, manager of the Yankees, and Cards skipper Tony La Russa disagree on the merits of interleague play); AL Scouting (The top teams figure to be the Yankees in the East, the Indians in the Central and the Mariners in the West); Presence (Roger Clemens still intimidates hitters, and he gives the Blue Jays instant credibility) Departments - Faces In The Crowd; Letters; Television; Scorecard; Inside The NBA; Point After
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May
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"After the Sonics survived the surprising Suns in Seattle, and one Hardaway outlasted the other in Miami, Karl Malone and the Jazz flexed their muscles against the Lakers"
Contents - NBA Playoffs - Boom Or Bust (Seattle rallied to beat Phoenix and now tries to soar against Houston); Feel The Burn (The Heat wavered before making the Magic disappear); Call To Arms (The fired-up Jazz came at the Lakers with uncharasteristic ardor) Horse Racing - Lucky Charm (In a photo finish, the Kentucky Derby was won by Silver Charm) NHL Playoffs - On His Way (Avalanche power forward Adam Deadmarsh is ready to be a big-time NHL star) Basebal - A Giant Question (Is pitching-powered San Francisco for real or headed for a big slide?); Hitting His Prime (Ken Griffey Jr's game has matured, and Maris's mark may be in range) Golf - Peer Group (Annika Sorenstam and Karrie Webb are alone together atop the LPGA) Pro Football - Blue Plate Special (New York Jets receiver Wayne Chrebet has a simple recipe for success) College Basketball - Knight Errant (Even Indiana basketball fans are asking, Has Bob Knight lost it?) Departments - Faces In The Crowd; Letters; Television; Scorecard; Inside Baseball; Inside The NBA; Point After
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June
2
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Contents - Motor Sports - Whither Indy (Under siege by NASCAR, the 500 has lost its place as America's premier race) NBA Playoffs - The Big Chill (The Bulls proved that, even when their shooting wasn't hot, they could ice the Heat), Twilight Of The Gods (In the West, aging stars of the Rockets and the Jazz gave it their best shot); Baseball - Strike Back (Improved pitching in both leagues have cooled off the hot hitting of 1996, so far), Cat Quick (He may have a fast bat, but Andres Galarrage is even faster to flash a smile) Lacrosse - Outta Sight (With an early flurry against Maryland, Princeton again won the national crown) NHL Playoffs - Down and Dirty (No pro rivalry is as hostile as the one between the Red Wings and the Avalanche), Complete Package (Eric Lindros has size, speed, a nasty streak and a chance to win the Stanley Cup) Pro Basketball - Impossible Dream (Forty-seven early entrants applied for the NBA draft, many of them quixotically) Departments - Faces In The Crowd; Letters; Television; Scorecard; Inside Baseball; Point After
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June
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Michael Jordan
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Contents - NBA Finals - Close Call (In beating the Jazz in Game 1, the Bulls showed they don't have to be at their best to be great.) NHL Playoffs - The Red Shark (Vladimir Konstantinov puts bite in the Red Wings as they battle the Flyers for the Stanley Cup.) Track and Field - Pulling a Fast One (The match race between Michael Johnson and Donovan Bailey turned into a travesty.) Baseball - Teeing Off (Workaholic Yankees first baseman Tino Martinez is crushing the ball as he never has before.) Tennis - Deja Vu (Pete Sampras left the French Open in familiar fashion - as an upset victim thinking of a friend.) Soccer - Artist at Work (The MetroStars masterly Roberto Donadoni is trying to raise the MLS game to his level.) Golf - Four! (Tiger Wood's chances of winning the Grand Slam look better than anyone else's ever.), Yikes! (Just because the U.S. Open finishes on a par-3 doesn't mean that it will come to a bad end.) Circus - Delicate Balance (High above the big top floor, the Amazing Guerreros walk a thin cable that binds family and fate.) Departments - Faces In The Crowd; Letters; Television; Scorecard; Inside Baseball; Inside The NFL; Point After
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June
16
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"Jazzed Up! Karl Malone and Utah Try To End A Dynasty"
Contents - NHL Playoffs - Crushed (The Red Wings swept to their first Stanley Cup in 42 years by outplaying the overmatched Flyers) Horse Racing - Silver Lining (Silver Charm lost his bid for the Triple Crown, but his quest won fans for a sport sorely in need of them) Pro Basketball - Pass Master (John Stockton's court savvy helped the never-say-die Jazz fight its way back into the NBA finals) Tennis - French Farce (Upstarts Gustavo Kuerten and Iva Majoli made like world-beaters at Roland Garros) Baseball - What A Steal (A high-spirited young lineup has given penny-pinching Pittsburgh a lot of bang for their bucs), Livin' Large (Kevin Mitchell loves toys and clubhouse high jinks, but the former MVP is also a guardian angel) College Baseball - Tiger Mania (LSU had the dirt on Alabama and won its fourth College World Series in the '90s) Pro Football - Runaround (Barry Sanders skipped another Lions minicamp as his contract talks went nowhere fast) Departments - Television; Letters; Faces In The Crowd; Scorecard; Inside Baseball; Point After
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June
18
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"Sports Illustrated presents Stanley Champ CHAMPIONS Detroit Red Wings 1996-97"
Contents - High Times (In the early years, the Red Wings were saved by a savvy coach and a maverick owner); Overdrive (The brilliant, brawling Wings of the late '40s and early '50s ruled the ice); The Long Wait (After winning the 1955 title, Detroit would go 42 years before drinking from the Cup); Breaking Through (Wings captain Steve Yzerman finally ended his 14-year quest for a championship); A Shared Goal (Chris Osgood and his mentor, Mike Vernon, gave Detroit two forces between the pipes); Rough Ride (From a chaotic '96-'97 regular season, a hardened Red Wings club emerged in the spring); Storybook Career (Brendan Shanahan is not your average hockey player); Playoff Payoff (In Rounds 1 and 2, Detroit took care of St. Louis and Anaheim); Revenge (The conference finals gave the Wings a chance to pay back the Avalanche); A Matter Of Heart (Sergei Federov adapted his game and silenced doubters); Vlad The Impaler (Vladimir Konstantinov is both predator and protector); Sweep! (In a four-game flurry, the Red Wings fleeced the Flyers to win the Stanley Cup); Great Scotty (An eight-game icon, coach Scotty Bowman remains difficult to decipher)
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June
23
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"Is the Jordan Dynasty the NBA's best ever?"
Contents - NBA Finals - To The Top (By winning a fifth title, the Bulls attained the imperial stature of previous dynasties); Why Bother? (Even if your team gets Tim Duncan in the draft, it probably won't make a difference) Hockey - Crushing Blow (A car crash left Red Wings star Vladimir Konstantinov in a come) Golf - Easy Does It (Sweet-swinging Ernie Els beat three challenges to win the U.S. Open) Track And Field - Youth Movement (Eye-popping performances brought new life to the nationals) Baseball - Nice To Meet You (Even purists had to concede that interleague play was a big hit); Spring Classic (The Orioles outdueled the Braves in a possible sneak preview of the World Series) High School Sports - The Boys Next Door (From an early age the jocks at suburban Glen Ridge pushed the limits); A Bird's Eye View (Tom Lehman prepares to droop his ball after hitting into the water at the 17th hole during the final round of the U.S. Open. There's a down-to-earth look at this critical turn of events) Departments - Faces In The Crowd; Letters; Television; Scorecard; Inside Baseball; Point After
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July
7
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"Madman! A Crazed Mike Tyson Disgraces Himself And His Sport"
Contents - Boxing - Feeding Frenzy (Mike Tyson dragged his sport into the depths when he sank his teeth into Evander Holyfield); Fear & Clothing (The finery and thuggery of a championship fight week in Las Vegas are almost beyond belief) Soccer - Missed Shot (With a lackluster tie in El Salvador, the U.S. failed to strengthen its World Cup status) Baseball - An Armful (Despite a bad back, Randy Johnson of the Mariners has outdone Grove and Koufax) Pro Basketball - Horn Of Plenty (After displaying a cornucopia of talents, Keith Van Horn became a hot No. 2 draft pick) College Basketball - In The Name Of... (Richmond Flowers and his namesakes carry a considerable legacy of accomplishment) Special Report - Troubling (High school athletes are cheating to meet the NCAA's entrance test-score standards) Departments - Faces In The Crowd; Letters; Television; Scorecard; Inside Baseball; Point After
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July
21
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"A Gallery Of Unforgetable Portraits"
Contents - Baseball - Magnetic (Hideki Irabu proved to be an attraction in his long-awaited debut), Truly Foul (Once-mighty Toronto is in the fourth year of a near-record slump) Pro Football - Mass Transit (Numerous new quarterbacks and coaches are arriving at NFL camps) Golf - Open And Shut (Alison Nicholas closed the door at the Open on Nancy Lopez) Nostalgia - Lasting Images (We proudly present a gallery of the finest portraiture in our archives) Departments - Letters; Faces; Television; Scorecard; Inside Baseball; Point After
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August
4
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"Young And Restless - Quarterback Steve Young"
Contents - Golf - Hogan's Mystique (A longtime rival of Ben Hogan's reminisces about the man who influenced so many); Reindeer Caddy? (That was one mystery the author plumbed in his search for the world's northernmost 18 holes) Baseball - Valentine Boys (Prickley manager Bobby Valentine has softened, and his Mets are playing their hearts out) Pro Football - Fresh Legs (For better or for worse, the Buffalo Bills have taken on a strikingly new look); Chief Worry (Steve Young faces the challenge of finding a Mormon wife and starting a family) Swimming - From The Depths (Recovered from a heart ailment, Chad Carvin flashed his old form at the nationals) Hockey - Busted (John Spano's giddy run as a NHL owner ended quickly amid charges of fraud and deceit) College Basketball - July Madness (Top high school players had a wild month trying to catch the eye of Division 1 recruiters) Departments - Letters; Faces In The Crowd; Television; Scorecard; Inside Baseball; Point After
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August
25
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"Penn State Is No. 1. Star Wideout Joe Jurevisius"
Contents - College Football '97 - Hangin' On The Corner (In this age of the West Coast offense, the most vital player is the cornerback); Major Colleges (Penn State heads up this year's Top 20); (Texas quarterback James Brown rolled the dice against Nebraska and won); (We rank every team from 1 to 112); Lower Divisions (Each of the three has its own Top 20); (Hawaiian quarterback Brian Ah Yat leads Montana, the class of I-AA); (Doug Williams tries to make football respectable at Division II's Morehouse); (Division III's Mount Union is the winningest team of the '90s); Cut Off From The Herd (Randy Moss, the nation's most gifted player, cares little about Marshall's history) Golf - At Long Last, Love (Davis Love III ended his major disappointments with a win at the PGA) Pro Football - Reality Bites (Jacksonville learned how cruel NFL life can be as Mark Brunel went down) Pro Basketball - Comet's Tale (On and off the court, Houston's Cynthia Cooper is, indeed, most valuable) Baseball - Liars' Poker (Bluff? Block? Sneak? Anything goes in late-season waivers) Departments - Letters; Faces In The Crowd; Television; Scorecard; Inside Baseball; Inside College Football; Point After
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September
15
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Venus Williams
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Contents - Tennis - Venus Envy (Others won at the U.S. Open, but Venus Williams was a bigger story, much to her rivals' dismay.) Pro Football - Backup Power (With star quarterbacks dropping like flies, subs are being called on to give their teams a jolt.), Losing His Head (Bears linebacker Bryan Cox is a swell fellow - until the game starts and he goes stark raving mad.) Soccer - Sure Shot (Tab Ramos's goal moved the U.S. past Costa Rica and close to a berth in the World Cup.) Boxing - Mr. Fix-It (Emanuel Steward, a guru for the sport, has created a new mecca for fighters in need of repair.) College Football - No More Pushovers (Florida State squeaked by USC in the kind of game that's replacing the old-fashioned blowout.) Special Report - Tangled Web (Marcus Camby was a victim and villain in his dealings with agents.) Baseball - Matinee Idol (Movie buff, mimic and 20-game winner, the Braves' Denny Nagle makes an impression.) Motor Sports - Asleep at the... (A mystifying ailment gives new urgency to the question, What's wrong with Dale Earnhardt?)
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September
29
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"Break Up The Bucs!"
Contents - College Football - Manhandled (Sparked by a jarring defense, Florida again pushed around Peyton Manning and Tennessee); Frost Warning (By icing Washington, Scott Frost told Nebraska fans who had booed him: Chill out) Baseball - A Fall Classic (The Dodgers and the Giants were the only teams carrying on a tradition: the pennant race); The Changeup (A midsummer trade cost Mark McGwire a clear shot at Roger Maris's home run record); Nail Biting Time (One thing's for sure heading into the postseason: Every team has a flaw to worry about) Pro Football - The Sky's The Limit (The Buccaneers have taken off thanks to youth, faith and unconventional wisdom) Motor Sports - The Great Race (Dueling drivers hit high gear as Craig Breedlove and Richard Noble battle to set speed records) Nostalgia - Endangered Species (Here's a handy guide to the spotted owls of the sports world) Departments - Letters; Faces In The Crowd' Television; Scorecard; Inside The NFL; Inside College Football; Point After
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October
6
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Tiger Woods
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Contents - Pro Football - Mr. Cool (Redskin Gus Frerotte was unflappable in beating the Jaguars.) Ryder Cup - Ole! Ole! (A European team led by Seve Ballesteros gored the U.S.) Pro Basketball - Happy Kemper (A three-way trade delighted all parties, even Shawn Kemp.) Baseball - MVP? (The Rockies' Larry Walker gets the call in the National League.), The Retro Astro (Larry Dierker's old-fashioned ideas helped the Astros win.) College Football - The Long Way Back (Two Washington State players struggle to save their friendship.) NHL 97-98 - What's Old is New Again (As they did in the 1950s and in the '60s, goalies are exciting.), Then and Now (Better protective gear has made the goaltender's job hockey's safest.), Kid Glove (The Devil's Martin Brodeur got a head start on greatness.), Scouting Reports (In June the league will crown the world's best hockey team - the Avalanche.)
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October
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Emmitt Smith
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Contents - Baseball - Octoberfest (The Division Series proved again that baseball can be intoxicatingly good), National League (The Braves and the Marlins swept into the next tound with Kenny Lofton and Gary Sheffield in key roles), American League (A pair of underrated aces led the Indians and the Orioles into the championship series) Damned Yankee (John Malangone's torment over a family secret kept him from fulfilling his promise) Pro Football - Bottomed Out? (As the Cowboys' offense sputters, the question is: Are Emmitt Smith's best days behind him?) Power Pack (Playing with an electricity they had lacked earlier this season, Green Bay jolted the unbeaten Buccaneers) Boxing - Drawn and Cornered (Lennox Lewis woke up the heavyweight division by quickly turning out the lights on Andrew Golota) College Football - His Father's Son (The need to be objective on TV doesn't stop Bob Griese from taking pride in his boy Brian), His Mother's Son (Hines Ward took three seasons to find his place at Georgia - and far longer to appreciate the woman who raised him) Hockey - Odd Man Out (Proven buy prickly winner Mike Keenan cannot get another coaching job).
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October
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Kevin Faulk
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Contents - College Football - Scarlet Letter (Inspired by a harsh note from an Ohio State fan, Curtis Enis carried Penn State back to the top), Gator Getters (The LSU Tigers pulled the defending national champion. Florida, down to earth) Pro Football - Headache Time (Panther Kerry Collins struggles with his passing and with charges that he's a racist and a drinker) Baseball - Tribal Warfare (The pennant battle didn't ruin a family weekend for the Alomars, the Indians' Sandy and the Orioles' Roberto), Hardball (The scrappy Marlins battle to beat the odds, untimely injuries and the still daunting Braves) College Basketball - Dean Emeritus (A coach for the ages, Dean Smith retired from North Carolina, as he did all else, on his terms) Hockey - Battle Cry (The Red Wings fiercely defended the Stanley Cup despite their grief over two fallen comrades) Horse Racing - Rough Riders (Deep in Cajun country is one of the last bush tracks in America, where the rules are few)
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October
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Larry Bird
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Contents - Pro Football - Wake-Up Call (It took the unbeaten Broncos to bring out the beast in the underachieving Raiders.), The Hot Corner (Whether covering a receiver or leading a good life, Aeneas Williams is tough to beat.) College Football - Top Guns (Three hot quarterbacks from the Pac-10 can take the heat from the aggressive new defenses.) Baseball - Faux Classic (Tradition bit the dust as the Indians and the wild-card Marlins met in a football stadium.), High Standards (The fickle, front-running fans of South Florida demand only that their teams win, and win big.) Hockey - Natural Disaster (The Hurricanes have stormed into North Carolina but haven't blown anyone away.) Pro Basketball - World Domination (Michael Jordan was l'idole of all Paris as the Bulls won the McDonald's Championship.), Back Home Again (Larry Bird, bored by retirement, has returned to Indiana to coach the Pacers.)
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November
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NBA
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Contents - Pro Football - Headstrong (The 49ers proved that they're for real with a steely 17-10 victory over the Cowboys.) Hockey - Stalemate (A half-dozen top scorers are still unsigned, and the NHL, already short on offense, is poorer for it.) Golf - The Hat Trick (David Duval's third victory in a row, at the Tour Championship, was a win for Tiger Woods too.) College Football - Dust Bowl (Nebraska killed Oklahoma and buried, at least for awhile, what had been a fierce rivalry.) NBA '97-'98 - The Hidden World (Here's a comprehensive behind=-the-scenes guide to the grit and glamour of pro basketball.), Six Degrees of Bill Fitch (A guy who as coached five teams during his 25 NBA seasons makes a whole lot of connections.), Buzzer Beaters (When a game comes down to the last five seconds, there's plenty of time to shoot.), Scouting Reports (The Knicks and the Jazz will butt heads in the Finals, where New York will come out on top.)
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December
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White Athletes
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Contents - Special Report - The White Athlete (The young white male is dropping out of the athletic mainstream.) Pro Football - Catching Fire (With a sizzlilng win over the 49ers, the Chiefs bacame an AFC favorite.), Lion King (Barry Sanders of Detroit is running circles around NFL defenses.), Dumb and Dumber (With two silly acts the Skins' Michael Westbrook slowed his rise to stardom.) Hockey - Tough Save (Ken Dryden is conjuring up ideas he hopes will revive the Maple Leafs.) College Basketball - Basket Case (Our travel-weary correspondent found the top teams are local rivals.), Someone Say Meek? (Tennessee relies on three players called Meek, but the Lady Vols aren't.) Pro Basketball - Miami Likes Ike (For the Heat, center Isaac Austin has gone from sub to savior.) College Football - A Cut Above (Pat Tillman of Arizona State is the hest player you've never heard of.), The Maelstrom (An idyllic day ended in tragedy for Hawaii kicker Shannon Smith.) Tennis - Swede Spot (Davis Cup hero Jonas Bjorkman has shot up to No. 4 in the world.) Departments - Faces In The Crowd, Letters, Television, Scorecard, Inside College Football, Inside The NFL, Point After
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December
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Dean Smith
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Contents - Sportsman of the Year - Uncommon Man (We honor Dean Smith, the winningest college basketball coach.), In His Own Words (Dean Smith talks of his career, a certain Chicago Bull and how to fix college sports.) Pro Basketball - What a Steal! (Rookie Brevin Knight has given the Cavaliers an unexpected spark.), Back in the Game (The Warriors learned that there's life after Latrell Sprewell.) Soccer - An L.A. Story (A skateboarder and a yellow=toed keeper led UCLA to the NCAA title.) Hockey - Goal Oriented (Paul Kariya signed for big bucks and buoyed the Mighty Ducks.) Pro Football - Leap of Faith (Coach Jim Fassel led the Giants from worse to first in the NFC East.), Carnell Knowledge (Pittsburgh's All-Pro safety Carnell Lake plays a mean corner, too.) College Basketball - The Next Wave (Ticha Penicheiro has brought old glory back to Old Dominion.), Queen City Kings (Crostown rivalry still exists in Cincinnati, where Xavier reigns.) Winter Olympics - Lord of the Board (Are the Olympics ready for snowboard freestyle master Terje Haakonsen?) Sports and Politics - Curtains? (Minnesota said bye to its NHL team and may lose the Twins and Vikings, too.) Departments - Faces In The Crowd; Letters; Television; Scorecard; Inside The NFL; Inside College Football; Point After
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December
29
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Evander Holyfield
Contents - Pro Football - Rush To The Super Bowl (What teams need to get there: a strong running attack and a week off) Hockey - Looming Large (Ex-brawler and boozer Chris Pronger now stands tall for the Blues) Baseball - A Big Hit (A's slugger Matt Stairs's good deeds have made him a hero in Mexico) College Basketball - Vive LaFrentz (Kansas star Raef LaFrentz has small-town roots and a big-time game) Pro Basketball - A Tough Question (Toronto's Tracy McGrady skipped college. Is he happy? Yes, but...) College Bowl Preview - Flash Point (In the Rose, Washington State's air-attack will meet Michigan's fired-up D); With No Due Respect (By winning the Orange, Nebraska could end up without a loss - or the title) The Year In Sports - Moments Of Truth (SI's writers and photographers found 1997 to be a time of heroics and of stunning vilainy) Pro Football - Return Man (Here's an inside look at Dick Vermeil's first year as the Ram's coach) Departments - Faces In The Crowds; Letters; Television; Scorecard; Inside The NFL; Inside College Football; Point After
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