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February
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John Elway
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Pro Football - Seven Up (John Elway executed a brilliant game plan in the Bronco's stunning Super Bowl victory.), Presumed Guilty (Bennie Thompson's son and ex-wife were murdered. Police were sure the NFL star did it.) Tennis - Slice Girls (The Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, cut up top foes and did some cutting up in Australia.) Skiing - He's The Mann (Hermann Maier of Austria is tearing up the World Cup circuit like no one in years.) Hockey - Little Helpers (The legal drug of choice in the NHL is Sudafed, not for colds but for the on-ice boost.) Baseball - In Your Face (Phillies righty fireballer Curt Schilling, lives life the way he pitches - on his own terms.) Pro Basketball - Secret Weapon (The Grizzlies' potent Shareef Abdur-Rahim is the finest NBA player you never get to see.)
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February
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Michelle Kwan
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Pro Basketball - Happy Days (The Sonics are not only winning big, but - surprise! - they're also enjoying themselves.), College Basketball - On a Roll (Sparked by the resurgence of Michael Dickerson, Arizona ran its winning streak to 12 games.), Bulldog Determination (After owning up to substance abuse, Fresno State guard Chris Herren is battling back.) Tennis - Petr the Great (Winning his first Grand Slam singles title at age 30 gave Petr Korda reason to jump for joy.) Nagano '98 Olympic City - Planet Nagano (Welcome to the Olympic city, where monkey business is serious stuff and wa is the way.), Hockey - Brave New World (When the best players on the glove face off in Nagano, they may find themselves staring at a friend turned foe.), Instant Replay (How could underdog Sweden win the gold once more? Let us count the ways.) Luge - Born to Luge (Olympic champion Georg Hacid and World Cup champ Markus Prock continue their rivalry.), Ice Skating - Into the Light (A lifetime of dedication gives Michelle Kwan of the U.S. the strength to move toward perfection.), The Picks - SI's Fearless Forecast (Here are our peerless prognosticator's choices to take home all 204 medals.)
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February
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Michael Jordan
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Pro Basketball - Hang in There (An All-Star MVP performance removes any doubt that Michael Jordan has too much left to retire.), The Life of Brian (The Pistons' Brian Williams says that, no, he doesn't eat dirt; no, he isn't depressed; and no, he's not...well, a lot of things you might have heard.) Winter Olympics - Best Foot Forward (As the Nagano Games opened with a spectacle featuring sumo king Akebono and choirs on five continents, what dazzled visitors most was that gentlest of Japanese virtues; politeness), Blind Justice (Figure skating judges are booed and viewed as mean-spirited and incompetent. And it didn't take long for controversy to break out in Nagano.) College Basketball - No Question (Thanks to the steady hand of coach Bill Guthridge and the hot hand of forward Antawn Jamison, North Carolina showed it's No. 1, for sure.) Hockey - Lone Star Skate (Texas, like the rest of the Sun Belt, is experiencing a minor league hockey boom, but for the Odessa Jackalopes the operative word is bust.)
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February
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Heidi Klum
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Contents - Zero Latitude (The equator would be a great place to visit, if only it existed.), All You Need To Know About The Equator (With helpful and stimulating visual aids courtesy of Daniela Pestova.), At Play on the Fun Line (From Trompos to Pencak Silar, a roundup of the games people play on the equator.), Kenya (Rebecca Romihn and Laetilia Casta get a taste of the wild life on the Veldt.), The Maasai (Legendary warriors and supermodels - can you say "striking Juxtaposition"/), Indonesia (Stacey Williams shows off her Bintan Lines.), An Enviable Position (In which we answer the question, What's the secret of Stacey's success.), It's Raining Weathergirls (With everybody talking El Nino this year, who else are you gonna call?), Maldives (Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum and Beri Smither versus 1,192 islands.), Portfolio (Some of America's favorite sports stars pose with their favorite stars.), A Tough Post-Nup (Janet Jones Gretzky seems to have it all, but who can blame her for wanting more?), Going Deep (Tanga gets in way over her head.), Galapagos (Chandra North, Lorraine Pascale and Niki Taylor exemplify survival of the fittest.), A Night On The Equator (Eva Herzigova fades to black.), Ecuador (Karen Mulder, Louise Forsling and Irina Pantaeva heat up Cotapaxi.), Physics Illustrated (You don't need to be an astrophysicist to understand what moves heaven and earth.), Point After (Didn't think the equator was much fun? Try the big zero.)
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March
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Pat Summitt
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Winter Olympics - Joy Ride (The Games exalted the crazy spirit of people determined to fly - and often succeeding.), Was It Worth It? (Despite teh loutish behavior of the U.S. hockey team and the favorites' early ouster, the answer is, Yes, this was a dream of a tournament.), Golden Girls (A talented U.S. Women's hockey team showed its mettle by defeating favored Canada.), A Holy Tara (While Michelle Kwan was all business, Tara Lipinski blew into Nagano determined to make friends and have fun, and she left with a really cool keepsake.) College Basketball - Tubbs Thumpers (Coach Billy Tubbs of soaring TCU turns a deaf ear to critics who rip his run-up-the-score style.), Eyes of the Storm (Ehen Tennessee coach Pat Summitt hits you with her steely gaze, you get a dose of the intensity that has pushed the Lady Vols to five NCAA titles.) Pro Football - Home Free (Even after signing a deal making him the highest paid defensive player in NFL history, Vikings tackle John Randle won't forget his humble past.) Pro Basketball - Hell, No, They Won't Go (With traded players like Kenny Anderson balking at reporting to their new clubs, NBA general managers are left to ponder their options.)
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March
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Robert Taylor
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Pro Basketball - The Five Best Moves in the NBA (Here's a countdown of the funkiest feints, shiftiest spins and most dynamite dribbles in the game.) Hockey - Fighting for a Living (Blues enforcer Tony Twist, whose pugilistic talents appear to run in the family, doesn't pull any punches when he's on the job.) Baseball - Unbroken Spirit (Orioles rightfielder Eric Davis's battle with colon cancer made fans see that he's more than just a hugely talented player plagued by injuries.) Pro Football - 'Life Ain't Fair, But Life Goes On' (Even with a rich new contract that benefits both men, running back Lamar Smith can't erase the crippling blow he dealt ex-teamate Mike Friser.) The Ultimate Guide to the NCAA's - Danger Zone (Any team that can;t handle the pressure of a tough zone defense may find itself run off the road before it ever gets to the Final Four.), Rounding Up the Dark Horses (With the help of a coach-in-training in Arizona, we check out the long shots and speculate on which of them might gallop to the Alamodome.), Scouting Reports (SI scopes out the strengths and the weaknesses of all 64 tournament teams, right down to which players should be fouled in those tight late-game situations.)
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March
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Mark McGwire
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College Basketball - Racket in the Brackets (The assorted upsets and buzzer-beaters of the opening two rounds augured perhaps the most exciting NCAA tournament of them all.), Hockey - Captain Class (Whether on the ice or at home, Ron Francis, the Pittsburgh Penguins' underappreciated center, does things the right way.), Pro Basketball - Still the One (Down 2-0 in the best-of-five ABL title series, the Quest rallied behind Valerie Still, its 36-year-old center, to win its second straight championship.), Tennis - The Most Hated Man in Tennis (Marcelo Rios, who shot to No. 3 with his victory at indian Wells, has long been No. 1 in boorishness.) 1998 Baseball Preview - A Farewell to Skinny Arms (The Boys of Summer are now beefy, pumped-up maulers. Welcome to Extreme Baseball.), Caution: Falling Records Ahead (The way batters are muscling up, this season could set a record for breaking records.), Man on a Mission (Erasing Roger Maris's home run mark would be a thrill for the Cardinals' Mark McGwire, but what he really wants to wipe out is child abuse.), Scouting Reports (In a special 62-page section, SI evaluates all 30 teams by how seriously they're pursuing the pennant - and finds that the Braves and the Indians are trying the hardest.)
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March
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Final Four Preview
College Basketball - Let's Get Physical (Kentucky, North Carolina, Stanford and Utah muscle their way into the Final Four) Baseball - What Price Freedom (The latest Cuban players to defect risked death at sea and abandoned their families to anguish) Hockey - Team Turmoil (The Lightning, probably the worst-run franchise in sports, are on the brink of ruin) Tennis - Anna-tude (16-year old Anna Kournikova) Baseball - April Is The Cruelest Month (The bad start that some players have each season) Parody - The GAGME Test (A pop quiz to determine if you can run a professional team) Pro Basketball - The Man in the Iron Mask (Alonzo Mourning faces painful memories of his lonely, awkward youth)
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April
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Kentucky Basketball
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NCAA Basketball - AWitherin' Wildcats (Kentucky rallied from a double-digit deficit - again - to beat Utah and win its second national championship in the last three years.), Rember the Alamo! (The Final Four came to San Antonio with the usual ticket scalpers, hoops freaks and sweat-suit-clad coaches, but this time a Riverwalk ran through it.), Good, Better, Best (An unprecedented third straight women's crown answers the question, Are the 39-0 Lady Vols, led by Chamique Holdsclaw, the greatest ever?) Golf - Sunday Driver (With another of his patented late charges, the unflappable Justin Leonard blew by the field to prevail in the Tournament Players Championship.) Tennis - Changing of the Guard (At the Lipton, Marcelo Rios claimed the men's No. 1 ranking, while two hard-charging teenagers defeated the world's top women.) Pro Basketball - Slitting Their Own Throats? (As their showboating and swagger undermine their talent, Chris Webber and the Wizards are again struggling to clinch a playoff spot.) Hockey - When Hell Froze Over (Twenty-five years after the World Hockey Association first dropped the puck, players who jumped leagues for big bucks look back and laugh - or cry.)
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April
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Tiger Woods
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Pro Football - The Chairmen (Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf are the class of the NFL draft, but experts say one of them stands head and shoulder pads above the other.) Hockey - Bittersweet (Marty Turco was thrilled when he and the Wolverines won the NCAA title, save for one thing: it was his last game for Michigan.) Pro Basketball - He's Got Game (Michael Finley, who began playing against Michael Jordan while still a schoolkid, can do it all - except lift the Mavs out of the doldrums.), Everything You Always Wanted... (... to know about free throws, but were afraid to ask Shaq. Who's the best shooter? Who's the worst? And who's the weirdest of them all?) Baseball - A Spring Classic (Why wait five months for a meaningful series when the Blue Jays and the Rangers were offering up the next-best thing on opening weekend.) College Football - Copycats (Around the time of spring practice, normally paranoid coaches open their playbooks and their film rooms so rivals can study their strategic secrets.) Golf - Masters Plan (Since 1991, Tiger Woods has always won the biggest event of the golf year. Think he's set for Augusta?)
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April
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Pedro Martinez
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Golf - Out of the Woods (Young lions, Tiger and a Golden Bear: Mark O'Meara beat a menagerie of rivals to win the Masters.), Baseball - Rocket Redux (With overpowering performances in his first three starts, Pedro Martinez has ignited the kind of ardor that Red Sox fans once reserved for Roger Clemens.), Pro Football - Judgement Day (In today's now-or-never NFL, the heat is on personnel chiefs to draft college players who not only will make good pros but also will have imediate impact.), The Sky's The Limit (After walking on at Florida State, Andre Wadsworth has become the defensive player most coveted by the NFL.), Hockey - Business as Usual (His contract controversy behind him, Sergei Federov is back in the good graces of his teammates and leading the red-hot Red Wings into the playoffs.), Performance Enhancers - The Magic Potion (Or is it? Though little is known about its long-term effects, the muscle-building supplement creatine is the rage among athletes from superstars to ot-to-bulk-up teens.), Pro Basketball - Last Call (The creaking Rockets are attempting to summon the pride and roficiency to ignite one final playoff run.), Called for Traveling (April 15 is a day of torment for four NBA referees who pleaded guilty to tax fraud and lost their jobs because they cashed in airline tickets - and didn't report the imcome.)
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May
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Chicago Bulls
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Basketball - Last Call? (The greatest sports dynasty of the 1991s may 9or may not) be about to hang it up, but behind the scenes the Bulls' season certainly has had the feel of a farewell tour.) NBA Playoffs - Mourning After (In a stormy series that saw the Heat's Alonzo Mourning punch himself out, the Knicks' Jeff Van Gundy quietly outcoached former friend and mentor Pat Riley.) Horse Racing - Coming Up Roses (Jockey Kent Desormeaux capped a comeback as Real Quiet made a lot of noise with a Kentucky Derby win.) NHL Playoffs - Dyed and Gone to Heaven (Damian Rhodes, a.k.a. the Peroxide Kid, put some color into the Senators, who left the Devils feeling blue.), Stars Trek (In a postseason diary, stellar center center Mike Modano tells how Dallas overcame the Sharks in round 1.) Baseball - Big Mac Attack (The greatest show above earth occurs during batting practice at Wrigley Field, where the visiting Cardinals' Mark McGwire bombs Waveland Avenue.), Vinnie, Vidi, Vici (In only four seasons, slugging Vinny Castilla of the Rockies has gone from a utilityman to the Man.)
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May
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Mike Piazza
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Baseball - Playin' the Dodger Blues (In the course of a few traumatic days, catcher Mike Piazza's world turned upside down.), Fos is in the Hunt (With a trade brokered by a TV exec, the Dodger's new owners showed it won't be business as usual in L.A.), Perfection (Firing a wicked fastball and snapping curve, Yankee's David Wells threw the majors' 13th perfect game.) Pro Football - Taking His Medicine (Bronco Bill Romanowski pops a plethora of pills to keep his minerals, if not his temper in balance.) NBA - Mr. Manners (Dennis Rodman has been on his best behavior not only with guests at his birthday bash, including feline fatale Carmen Electra, but also on the court. It has really off for him and the Bulls.) NBA Playoffs - Well Stocked (With guard John Stockton strong on both offense and defense, the Jazz jumped to a 2-0 lead in the West.) Horse Racing - Two Legs Up (After Real Quiet's unlikely Preakness win, only the Belmont can keep him from the Triple Crown.) NHL Playoffs - Red Menace (Thanks to artful role players like Slava Kozlov, the Red Wings remained the team to beat for the Cup.)
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June
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Michael Jordan
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Baseball - Feasting on Rib-eyes (Juan Gonzalez and Mark McGwire are trying to stick a fork in Hack Wilson's record of 190 RBIs.) Hockey - Is Anyone Watching? (Though its hard-core fans keep turning out, the NHL has been hit by poor TV ratings and negative perceptions.) NBA Playoffs - The Tangled Web (By ensnaring the Jazz in a masterfully spun defense, the Bulls stunningly altered the course of the Finals.) Horse Racing - Real Close (Real Quiet lost his bid for the Triple Crown by a nose to Victory Gallop in the most riveting Belmont Stakes in 20 years.) Tennis - Grand Dame (Spain reigned in Paris, but the story of the French Open was Monica Seles's run to the final.) World Cup Preview - Vive la France! (Our best, soccer-ball-gazing guess as to who will win the Cup.), Shooting Stars (Some likely candidates to boot the golden goal during the tournament in France.), Joy to the World (No one else plays with the skill or glee of Brazil's Ronaldo.), Combustion (Following a goal, there's no such thing as excessive celebration.)
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June
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Michael Jordan
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Pro Basketball - Six Shooter (Saving his best for what may not have been his last, the Bulls' Michael Jordan cooly broke the Jazz's heart and clinched another NBA championship for Chicago.) One of a Kind (Michael Jordan is the world's No. 1 celebrity not only for his athletic talent but also because of a unique confluence of artistry, dignity and history.) Stanley Cup Finals - Closing In (Led by the stellar play of captain Steve Yzerman, the Red Wings flashed their championship form while taking a 3-0 lead on the overmatched Capitals.) Pro Football - Passing Time (With nothing left to prove in Canada, little Doug Flutie again is trying to make it big in the NFL.) World Cup - Flying Start (Among the many surprises during a lively first round were the champions' struggles, a fallen hero's redemption and a chilly reception in France.) Baseball - Better Late Than Never (After years of frustrating underachievement, righthander Andy Ashby of the Padres has joined the pitching elite of the National League.)
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June
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Sammy Sosa
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Golf - Payne Killer (Lee Janzen once again snatched the U.S. Open title from a hurting Payne Stewart.), World Cup '98 - Go-o-o Home (With a toothless attack, the U.S. got kicked out of the competition early by Iran.), Baseball - An Education (Having learned that his goals and the Cubs' can be reached with a single stroke, Sammy Sosa produced the greatest home run streak the game has ever seen.), The Ballad of... (Joe Moock and the 111 other Mets hot cornermen who weren't so hot.), Morman's Mission (No one has chased his bseball dreams with more purity of purpose than Russ Morman of the Durham Bulls.) Hockey - That's Scotty! (Now that the Red Wings Scotty Bowman has taken hold of his eight Stanley Cup, let us embrace him for what he is: the best coach ever in a major pro sport.), Track & Field - The Fast Lane (Marion Jones is the best female sprinter on the planet, a rising star in the long jump and a workd-class point guard.)
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July
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Baseball Takes Off
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Baseball - All-Stars...So Far (What the first half of the season has lacked in pennant-race excitement it has made up for in individual brilliance), Servin' Up Taters (Three All-Star sluggers chase the record of Roger Maris), The Book on Maddux (The few hitters who have hit Greg Maddux well share what secrets they have), Topsy Turvy (A reversal of fortunes in Southern California) Pro Football - Sweet Moves (Whatever position Tim Brown is put in he is a great catch) College Football - The Gift (It took Oklahoma State's Bob Simmons 20 years to land his dream job and a devoted wife to keep him alive)
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July
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Mike Ditka
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Soccer - Coup de Grace (France wins the World Cup on two goals from Zinedine Zidane), Track and Field - Distance Thunder (No 3,000 meter or longer record is safe from Haile Gebrselassie and Daniel Komen) Baseball - The Coors Curse (With the disaster that befell Darryl Kile in Colorado will any other quality free agent try here) Pro Basketball - Lockout Limbo (The NBA lockout, in it's early stages, has everyone on edge) Pro Football - Da Saint The new Mike Ditka requires saintly adherence to rules except for gambling)
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July
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Mark O'Meara
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Golf - Double Major (In a wildly entertaining British Open, Mark O'Meara won his second major title in three months.), Baseball - Destructive (After channeling his anger into a homer streak, Albert Belle stood acused in a domestic battery case.), College Basketball - Coach Glide (Clyde Drexler is scouring Texas for talent in an iffort to resurrect the Houston program.), Pro Football - Heaven Sent (The Redskins have put their faith in pricey saviors Dana Stubblefield and Dan Wilkenson.), College Football - Power Play (Strength and conditioning coaches are more and more vital to a program's success.), Snakes Alive (The Rattlesnake Derby is a lot like a bass-fishing tournament, except you really, really don't want a bite.)
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August
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Mark McGwire
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Baseball - Home Run Fever (The author went on a long-ball bender, chasing the men who are chasing Roger Maris's epic record.) Golf - Yes Se Ri (Se Ri Pas has won three tournaments in the last month. This week she can make history.) Basketball - Dirty Dozen (The retreads representing the U.S. in Athens may not be a Dream Team, but they do have a dream.) Pro Football - Whaat Went Wrong (Having built the 49ers' dynasty, Carmen Policy and Eddie DeBartolo saw their partnership crumble.) Pro Basketball - Who is Tim Floyd (Phil Jackson's successor can be seen as a coaching find, a smooth operator - or a pawn.) Special - Golden Boy (Michigan-bound quarterback and Yankees bonus baby Drew Henson, who also averagted 22 points in basketball and 4.0 in the classroom, is almost too good to be true.) Departments - Catching Up With..., Letters, The Life Of Reilly Scorecard - Joyner-Kersee bids adieu, Cycling's drug mess, Albert Belle's gambling, Role model for paralyzed gymnast, Man chokes mascot, X-Games or Goodwill Games?, SI View, Faces In The Crowd Outside... - The NFL, Soccer, Baseball
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September
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Mark McGwire
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Baseball - The Good Father (Like his Dad before him, Mark McGwire long suffered in silence. Not until he let his emotions show did he become the parent he really wanted to be.), Diehards (Two last place teams. The last week in August. A hot muggy night in Cincinnati. Let's play two) College Football - Kick Start (Powerful Florida State outbattled Texas A&M 23-14 to open the season with a Kickoff Classic victory.) Tennis - There's Something About Monica (She's not a sexpot and not No. 1, but Monica Seles, whose greatest gift is overcoming tregedy, is the most beloved woman in her sport.) Pro Football - Catching Up (Rookie receiver Randy Moss is haunted by past mistakes, but the Vikings seemingly didn't err by drafting him.)
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September
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Mark McGwire
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Baseball - Making His Mark (With his 61st home run, Mark McGwire passed Ruth and tied Maris and was poised to clout his record number 62*.),Sam the Ham (Ebulliently stalking the Babe and Big mac, the Cubs' Sammy Sosa is having the time of his life.), Try These on for Cys (Roger Clemens is neck and neck with Pedro Martinez in the American League Cy Young race. Too bad no one is paying attention.) Pro Football - Running Start (Using a high-octane offense to compensate for their sputtering defense, the 49ers beat the Jets.), Growing Pains (Colts rookie quarterback Peyton Manning showed flashes of brilliance during his NFL debut, but his inexperience led to a loss.) College Football - The Good Hands People (Led by its unheralded receivers, Washington lit up Arizona State in a surprising season opener.), Fighting Back (Notre Dame and besieged coach Bob Davie regained respectability by whipping Michigan.) Pro Basketball - Riding a Wave (It has taken Clippers center Michael Olowokandi only three years to become the No. 1 draft pick, but he's in deep water now.)
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October
5
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Mark McGwire
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Baseball - The Greatest Season Ever (Final-week dramatics in the home run chase and a wild-card race confirmed 1998 as a year without peer.), A State Of Grace (From the perspective of first baseman Mark Grace, an appreciation of the Cubs' best season in a long time.) Pro Basketball - HeldBall (With talks stalled, exhibition games canceled and the start of the regular season in peril, the NBA lockout has both the owners and the players facing hard times.) College Football - It Ain't Broke (Though Tom Osborne has given way to a more vocal successor, Nebraska and its offense just keep rolling.) Pro Football - Skinned Alive (Coach Norv Turner is feeling the heat in Washington, where Redskins fans are out for his scalp.)
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November
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Ricky Williams
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College Football - Picked Off (This time it was Michigan State that got between No, 1-ranked Ohio State and the national crown.), Austin Power (Texas;s Ricky Williams is closing in on the rushing record, but that's not all that ranks his 1998 performance among the best ever by a runner.) Pro Basketball - The Waiting Game (s the NBA lockout dragged on, irrepressible Jayson Williams pondered ways to win back the fans.), Pro Football = Five Feared Plays (Every opponent knows they're coming but defensive coordinators still go crazy trying to stop them.), Hockey - Odd Couple (Joe Thorton and Sergi Samsonov have little in common except that they're the future of the Bruins.), Special Report - Unintential Grounding (ll across America, youngsters' interest in playing high school football is steadily dropping.)
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