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January
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50 Years Of NASCAR 1948-1998
Contents - Fast Fifty (In the last half century, it's been one wild ride for NASCAR), The 10 Greatest Races (We analyzed 50 years of competition, and these were the finest moments), The Legend (Lloyd Seay was the young sport's brightest star until he was gunned down), Wheels Of Progress (Witness the evolution of the stock car, from the Ford coupe to the Ford Taurus), Built For Speed (Upon its unveiling, Daytona International Speedway was a modern wonder), The Force (Bill France Sr. had vision, and it spawned a powerful racing organization), By The Numbers (NASCAR has compiled some impressive figures since 1948. Here are 50 of them), The King (The sport came of age under the rule of its beloved monarch, Richard Petty), The 12 Greatest Drivers (The ranking of the dozen best men ever to get behind the wheel of a stock car), Dawsonville, U.S.A. (Thanks to a small band of moonshiners from this tiny Georgia town, a sport was born)
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February
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John Elway
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Contents - 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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Leading Off - 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.) Departments - Letters; Catching Up With...; The Life Of Reilly Scorecard - The Sprewell arbitration * Tyson jabs King * Feds vs. Internet * Nitschke remembered * Faces in the Crowd * SI View Inside... - The NBA; Baseball; The NHL
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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 (Bruising Kentucky, North Carolina, Stanford and Utah muscled 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 (HUge debts and a rotten record have put the Lightning, probably the worst-run franchise in sports, on the brink of ruin) Tennis - Anna-tude (At 16, that's what Russian phenom Anna Kournikova has - in addition to talent, sex appeal and a "good friend" with a Stanley Cuup ring) Baseball - April Is The Cruelest Month (A lot of players get off to such lousy starts that not even a seance can awaken their dead wood) Parody - The GAGME Test (So you think you could run a professional team? Well, Brainiac, here's a pop quiz) Pro Basketball - The Man in the Iron Mask (Behind his grim, game face, the Heat's Alonzo Mourning is a vulnerable man who remains pained by memories of his lonely, awkward youth) Departments - Letters, Catching Up With...; The Life Of Reilly Scorecard - The Jordan Standard * NCAA Wrestling grapples on * Bowl compromise * Fresno fiasco * Faces In The Crowd * SI View Inside... - Motor Sports; The NBA; The NHL; Baseball
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April
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Kentucky Basketball
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NCAA Basketball - Witherin' 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.) Departments - Catching Up With...; Letters; The Life Of Reilly Scorecard - The case for baseball * Scandal at Northwestern * Courting women basketballers * Giant flick * DeBartolo vs. Policy * Faces in the Crowd * SI View Inside... - The NHL; The NFL; The NBA; Baseball
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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?) Departments - Letters; To Our Readers; The Life Of Reilly Scorecard - Another boxing loss * College coaches take a hike * Cubs new Caray * Rookie for rhe ages * Ballpark goodies * Faces in the Crowd * SI View Inside... - The NBA; Baseball; The NHL; Soccer
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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 immediate 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 hot-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.) Departments - Catching Up With...; Letters; The Life Of Reilly Scorecard - Superstars reunion * Allen retires * Report card on women refs * Texas Travails * High school hoops Godfather * Faces in the Crowd * SI View Inside... - College Football; The NHL; Baseball; The NBA
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April
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Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant
Leading Off - Pro Basketball - Showtime (Is Kobe Bryant the second coming of Magic or Michael? The NBA playoffs are the place to find out if he's a prodigy or merely a creature of hype); Sixth Sense (In the end, Michael Jordan should add to his five championship rings, but for starters the NBA postseason promises an entrancing mix of hot streaks, mind games and other unpredictable forces) Hockey - Face-Off! (Overlooked or dismissed as inconsequential by the casual observer, face-offs can be the difference between a win and a loss - especially in the tight NHL playoffs); Saving Face (Attention Stanley Cup contenders: Want to avoid getting knocked out early? Here's a seven-point plan that assures postseason success) Track And Field - Off And Running (Ato Boldon's sizzling 9.86 seconds in the 100 meters served notice that he has taken dead aim at the world record and the man who holds it, Donovan Bailey) Baseball - Help! (Even for a catcher who's a defensive whiz, like Charles Johnson of the Florida Marlins, working with a Triple A pitching staff is a health hazard) Departments - Letters; Catching Up With...; The Life Of Reilly Scorecard - (Punditry overload * Reggie retires * Harkes gets the heave-ho * The buzz in Salt Lake * Faces In The Crowd * SI View) Inside... - Baseball; The NBA; The NHL; Motor Sports; The NFL
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May
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"Special Report - Khalid Minor, son of Celtics guard Greg Minor - Where's Daddy?"
Pro Basketball Playoffs - Points Of View (As the NBA playoffs get under way, four key figures - a Sonic, a Hornet, a Knick and a Net - at various stages of their careers offered unique perspectives on the challenges of postseason play); The First Timer (Vin Baker finally made his playoff debut); The Coach (Dave Cowens has the Hornets stinging); The War Horse (Charles Oakley has seen it all in a 13-year career); The Rookie (Keith Van Horn learned valuable lessons in defeat( Hockey - Peter The Great (As rumors of dissension swirled around the Avalanche, Peter Forsberg took over the series against Edmonton) Baseball - Enough About Me...(...what do you think about my stats? Egomania is what makes the game - or at least some of its players - great); Pro Football - Scared Straight (Fresh off 90 days in a Texas jail, free-agent halfback Bam Morris is trying to put his life and career back together); Special Report - Paternity Ward (Fathering out-of-wedlock kids has become commonplace among athletes, many of whom seem oblivious to the legal, financial and emotional consequences) Departments - Letters; The Life Of Reilly Scorecard - Reggie's resurrection * Roadblocks for Kenyan runners * A wide-open Derby * He shot, he scored $1 mil * Big-school QBs dissed in draft * Spike Lee's got next * Faces In The Crowd * SI View Inside... - Soccer; College Football; The NHL; The NBA; Baseball
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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); Fox 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.) Departments - Letters; Catching Up With...; The Life Of Reilly Scorecard - The ultimate loser * The sporting Sinatra * Soccer Spice * Point guard takes a fall * Tiger Woods syndrome * SI View * Faces in the Crowd Inside... - Baseball; The NHL; The NBA; Motor Sports; Soccer
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June
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"Wipeout - John Stockton"
NBA Playoffs - Good Old Boys (Led by geezers Karl Malone and John Stockton, the Jazz swept the young, overhyped Lakers); Miller, As In Thriller (Theatrics by Reggie Miller allowed the Pacers to tie the Bulls); Cyber Scouting (Computerized reports have fast become a prerequisite of postseason planning) Baseball - Fevered Pitch (With one ill-advised fastball, Oriole Armando Benitz damaged a once-promising career) Soccer - Political Football (Americans will sense the deep-seated nationalism of World Cup play, as the U.S. meets Iran) Pro Basketball - One Last Shot (Sheila Tighe tried to break into the pros - after 14 years away from the game) NHL Playoffs - Bug Off! (The postseason allows the league's pests to get under the skin of the stars they shadow) National Pastime - In the Braves era, Milwaukee was a National League town. Now with the Brewers in the senior circuit, the city is back where it belongs) Departments - Letters; The Life Of Reilly Scorecard - Can the center hold? * Sprewell's suit * Tender remission * UNLV's latest scandal * Bodybuilder to hang * Faces in the Crowd * SI View Inside... - Baseball; Motor Sports; The NFL
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June
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"The Last Stand" - Michael Jordan
Pro Basketball - Winded City (Spent after fending off the Pacers, Michael Jordan and the Bulls must dig even deeper in the NBA Finals to beat the rested and ready Jazz) Football - The Long Road Back (Their batteries recharged by coach Chan Gailey and his innovative schemes, Troy Aikman and the Cowboys seem driven to rediscover their winning ways) Hockey - Bearing Down (Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood has allowed some soft goals in the playoffs, but he's determined to dispel Motown's doubts about whether he's Cup-worthy); Invisible Man (Quick, who has scored more goals in the last four years than any other player in the league? It's the Capitals' Peter Bondra, hockey's best-kept secret) Baseball - Chicage Hope (In a decade marked by mediocrity, the Cubs are giving their fans reason to believe they can look forward to a summer that finally matters) Media - Oh, Brother (Peter Veesey, NBC's widely reviled NBA pundit, couldn't be more different from his big brother, George, the widely respected New York Times columnist. And they hardley speak to each other) Departments - Catching Up With...; Letters; The Life Of Reilly Scorecard - Who's afraid of heavyweights? * Shoeless Shaq * A new pro football league (maybe) * NCAA schooled on special ed * Frenchwomen pass the Cup * SI View * Faces in the Crowd Inside... - Baseball; College Basketball; Soccer; Tennis; Track And Field
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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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Leading Off - 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 baseball 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 world-class point guard.) Departments - Catching Up With...; Letters; The Life Of Reilly Scorecard - Jordan had it easy * Jones gets off easy * Hoolilgans * Cards deal with a racial predicament * The new commish * The NFL in the NHL * Faces In The Crowd * SI View Inside... - Soccer; Baseball; The NFL
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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. SI presents a gallery of three-month wonders); Servin' Up Taters (Three All-Star sluggers chase Roger Maris's hallowed record, SI took a hard look at the players who will crown the new home run king - the pitchers); The Book on Maddux (With Greg Maddux on his way to an unprecedented fifth Cy Young Award, SI asked the few hitters who have fared well against the Braves ace to share their secrets); Topsy Turvy (The Angels and Padres are up and the Dodgers are down in a reversal of fortunes in Southern California) Pro Football - Sweet Moves (Whether as a game-breaking receiver or a heartbreaking romantic, Tim Brown 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) Departments - Letters; Catching Up With...; The Life Of Reilly Scorecard - A CPA settles accounts in a unique sports memoir * What's up with Tiger * Notre Dame's football lawsuit * The WNBA's unlikeliest coach * How far do balls fly in Coors Field * SI View * Faces in the Crowd Inside... - Soccer; Tennis; Baseball; The NBA; The NHL
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July
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"Who's That Guy With Howard Bingham? - You don't know Muhammad Ali until you know his best friend<"
Leading Off - Tennis - Splendor In The Grass (A fifth Wimbledon championship was sweet for Pete, but the force of a fortnight was Jana Novotna) Golf - 20/20 (Se Ri Pak and Jenny Chuasiriporn, both 20, played 20 extra holes before Pak won the U.S. Women's Open) Baseball - The Pride Of Peoria (Cleveland slugger Jim Thome is an All-Star starter and maybe the best player in his baseball-rich family) Pro Football - Heavy Hitter (Fast and formidable, linebacker Levon Kirkland was one free agent the Steelers couldn't afford to let go) Soccer - Tour de France (Over seven days and 2,000 miles, our correspondent unraveled the mysteries of the World Cup) The Best Of Friends (For 35 years, photographer Howard Bingham has traveled the globe, meeting princes and presidents, all thanks to his selfless devotion to a buddy named Muhammad Ali) Departments - Catching Up; Letters, The Life Of Reilly Scorecard - The truth about the lockout * Farewell to Sid Luckman * Why Chicago chose Gilmour over Hull * Mel Brooks lineup * Florida State's unlucky quarterback * Faces in the Crowd * SI View Inside... - Motor Sports; Soccer; Baseball
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July
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Mike Ditka
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Soccer - Coup de Grace (Zinedine Zidane scored twice with his head to seize the hearts of a nation - and France's first world cup); Track and Field - Distance Thunder (In races of 3,000 meters or more, no record is safe from the otherwordly onslaught of Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie and Kenya's Daniel Komen) Baseball - The Coors Curse (Now that Darryl Kile has joined the long list of good pitchers gone bad in Colorado, will any quality free agent ever again dare challenge the park where pitcher's go to die?) Pro Basketball - Lockout Limbo (Though only in it's early stages, the NBA lockout already has stars and rookies, teams and agents, and even fans on edge) Pro Football - Da Saint (The new Mike Ditka wants everyone to stop cussing, boozing, loitering, tattooing and thinking negatively about his Saints. A little gambling is still O.K.) Departments - Letters; The Life Of Reilly Scorecard - Commissioner Selig * LPGA's Tiger Woods * Hockey goon faces charges * Should Malone have wrestled? * How athletes can save a bundle * Running of the bulls in Nevada * Faces in the Crowd * SI View Inside... - College Basketball; Baseball; The NHL
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July
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Mark O'Meara
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Leading Off - 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 effort 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.) Departments - Catching Up With...; Letters; The Life Of Reilly Scorecard - * Sounding off on sports talk radio * Jordan's cat-and-mouse game * Tour de France drug scandal * Bob Davie's bad week * Who's the best defensive shortstop? * Faces In The Crowd * SI View Inside... - Baseball; Tennis; Track And Field
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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 - What 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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August
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"Star Power - Pitcher Randy Johnson"
Contents - Baseball - Houston, We Have Liftoff (The arrival of Randy Johnson sent expectations of the Astros and their fans skyrocketing); American Dream (A young Bosnian with NBA hopes found an unlikely refuge in New York City, where a zealous fitness guru and a fallen playground legend drove him to excel. But first they almost drove him crazy) Pro Football - Mad Dash (The 40-yard sprint has become the football coach's most trusted measurement of a player's foot speed, despite the fact that it's totally unreliable) Hockey - A Prague Summer (After dominating the Olympics and the NHL season, Sabres goalie Dominik Hasek returned to his hometown, near the Czech capital, for a hero's welcome) What's Right About Sports? (Tired of lockouts, walkouts and players who don't box out? Tired of cringing every time you open the sport's page? Relax. We found 76 reasons to celebrate) Departments - Catching Up With...; Letters; The Life Of Reilly Scorecard - Derelict drug enforcement * Hall of Famers 1999 * Swap: pitcher for catfish * World Cup ref vindicated * Obscure sports quiz * The Curt Flood law * Faces in the Crowd * SI View Inside - Motor Sports; The NFL; Baseball
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August
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"1998 College Football Preview"
Leading Off - Baseball - 50, 51, 52, 53... (With a five-day burst, Mark McGwire made the case that it was no longer if he would break Maris's mark but when) Pro Football - Odd And Running (The Dolphin's hope rookie John Avery will give them the ground game they have long sought) College Football Preview 1998 - Crib Sheet (Welcome to College Football 101, a crash course designed to give you a jump on the upcoming season); Back To The Option (Fearing the blitz, teams are adding the razzle-dazzle of this intricate offense to their repertoire); A Moving Experience (UCLA's Cade McNown hit the road when he was back in high school, altering his football fortunes and his life); The Perfect Team (Some schools field top players at the same position each year. We put them together to build the team of the 1990s); Kataclysm (Ohio State's Andy Katzenmoyer has a small season-threatening weakness: the classroom); Scouting Reports (In-depth analysis of the Top 25 teams with a rundown on the best of the rest among major and small schools) Departments - Catching Up With...; Letters; The Life Of Reilly Scorecard - McGwire's unsecret potion * Big Unit's revival * ESPN drops baseball * Is Borders really a pitcher? * MLS BBQ * Ricky Williams Ricky Williams * Woody Stephens remembered * Faces in the Crowd * SI View Inside... - The NFL; 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); Hooked On Golf (Golfers from all across America were asked by Si's pollster which they would rather do, spend a night with a beautiful woman or shoot par regularly. And their answer was...) Departments - Catching Up With...; Letters; The Life Of Reilly Scorecard - Sosa's fun run * WNBA ascendant * Are the Yankees serious? * Ominous omen for Marino * As the coaching merry-go-round turns * Hull was full of bull * Faces in the Crowd * SI View Inside... - Baseball; The NFL; College Football
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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.) Departments - Catching Up With...; Letters; The Life Of Reilly Scorecard - Homer Record As Social Force * Overlooked Baseball Excellence * Fiesta Fakery * Are The Cowboys Back? * The Jordan Watch * Remembering Cary Middlecoff * Faces In The Crowd * SI View Inside... - Baseball; The NFL; College Football; Motor Sports; Tennis
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September
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Sammy Sosa holding his fingers just a little bit apart
Leading Off - The Race Is On (With a hot bat and a minimum of fanfare, Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs suddenly jumped up and served notice that the home run reecord is once more up for grabs) Home Run Chase - Where Do I Go From Here? (Mark McGwire reflects on his quest for the most revered record in American sports); The Mother Of All Pearls (The fans who retrieved Mark McGwire's monumental home run balls behaved with mythic unselfishness) Tennis - Standing Tall (Lindsay Davenport was head and shoulders above the crowd at the U.S. Open and loved every minute of it); Pro Football - Back To Earth (The new-look Cowboys played a lot like the old ones while losing humiliatingly to the Broncos); College Football - Heavy Heart (Missouri quarterback Corby Jones leads the Tigers against No. 1 Ohio State even as he grieves for his dad); Baseball - Diamond Cutters (The Bossards, first family of groundskeeping, have been perfecting the tricks of their trade for three generations) Departments - Letters; The Life Of Reilly Scorecard - The mess in high school sports; Model Quarterback; 007 At The Masters; Will the Bosox Crumble?; NFL's best run; Hoops hurts; Everyone into the pool league; Faces in the Crowd; SI View Inside... - The NFL; Baseball; College Football; The NHL
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September
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Storybook Run - Terrell Davis's remarkable rise to NFL stardom
Leading Off - Pro Football - Tough Mudders (The Dolphins got down and dirty, and beat the Steelers with the kind of defensive playmakers that coach Jimmy Johnson always seems to be able to unearth) College Football - Starlit Night (In year 1 of the post-Peyton era, Tennessee claims to have no standouts, but the Volunteers produced a celestial effort in upending Florida for the first time since 1992) Baseball - Sammy: You're The Man (Sammy Sosa showed that he's indeed The Man - even when he and the Cubs are struggling) Pro Football - Sorry, Charlie (A lifetime of adversity helped prepare coolheaded but little-known rookie Charlie Batch for a true test of character: quarterbacking the hapless Lions); Mama's Boy (Growing up with five older brothers and an ex-con father made Terrell Owens tough, but it took a remarkable mother to give him the strength to transform himself from aimless delinquent to Super Bowl MVP) Departments - Letters; Catching Up With...; The Life Of Reilly Scorecard - Tyson's travails * Wilkens in the Hall - again * Bloomin' Boomer * Overtime overview * Coaches take the blame * Lawn bowling's bad boy * The Jordan watch * Faces in the Crowd * SI View Inside... - Motor Sports, Boxing, College Football, Horse Racing, The NFL, Baseball
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October
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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.) Departments - Letters; Catching Up With...; The Life Of Reilly Scorecard - Golf Rebellion * Uppity Umps * Holyfield vs. Lewis * Crum's Crumbling * Greeks Bearing Baseballs * Sports Night Reviewed * The Jordan Watch * Faces In The Crowd * SI View Inside... - College Football; Soccer; Tennis; Baseball; The NFL
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October
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The Great Home Run Race - Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa
Contents - Blasts From The Past (Our information with the home run goes back, back, back to the Babe); Chasing History (In '61, Roger Maris battled the spotlight and the shadow of the Bambino); The Power And The Glory (Two true sportsmen used the summer of '98 to exalt the home run) April - Larger Than Life (Everything about Mark McGwire in Bunyanesque - including his heart); Somebody's Gotta Do It (Pitchers who give up historic homers learn to deal with it) May - Goin' Yard (When Big Mac took batting practice at Wrigley, you didn't need a ticket to appreciate it); The Best Column Ever* (Written by this author in defense of the maligned asterisk) June - A Slugger Arrives (A little discipline helped Sammy Sosa go on the greatest tater tear ever); Where Stars Are Born (The Dominican Republic had its status affirmed as the game's cradle) July - Homer Odyssey (The author went on a long-ball bender to catch up with the men chasing Maris); The Albert Alternative (Imagine the joy in Mudville if the mighty Belle had hit 62); Where They Hit 'Em (The ballparks and where the balls landed) August - 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53... (McGwire broke out of a slump and again put the record in peril); The Whammy Of Sammy (The insouciant Sosa helped make a merry man out of Mark) September - Making His Mark (With one swing, McGwire took his place in the pantheon of American heroes); One Sweet Season (Even during a cold stretch the game remained good for Sammy); Mac's Whacks & Sammy's Slams (All 136 of them); The Grand Finale (By hitting number 70, McGwire lifted the record - and season - to epic heights); A Blow For The Republic (We, the people, have formed a perfect union with the homer); Big Numbers (A statistical dissection of a huge season)
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October
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"Can David Justice And The Indians Upset The Mighty Yankees?"
Baseball Playoffs - Masterpiece Theater (In the American League the Indians will have to be perfect to upstage the Yankees), Battle Royal (In the National League the Padres and their King will joust with the regal Braves) College Football - First-Rate Secondary - Ohio State's defensive backfield is the strongest unit on the nation's best team) Pro Football - Home At Last (After nine years with five teams, Chris Chandler has emerged as a star in Atlanta) NHL '98-'99 Preview - Stitches In Time (Split lip? Busted ribs? No Problem. Playing in pain has always been essential in hockey); Beware! (Bryan Marchment, the Sharks' fierce defenseman, is the dirtiest player in the league), Fearless (Doug Gilmour of the Blackhawks has been in the line of fire for 15 years - and has scars to prove it); Pantheon Of Pain (Here with their tales of trauma are the electees to our Hall of Lame); Scouting Reports (Ice dimensions, an expansion team, conference alignment, all are new - as is another big change, SI's pick for Stanley Cup champions, the Stars) Departments - Letters; Catching Up With...; The Life Of Reilly Scorecard - Disgusted Diamondback fan * Quisenberry remembered * Hingis's fast company * Eagles versus Redskins * U.S. (Maybe) marathon star * Swoosh swoon * Faces In The Crowd * SI View Inside... - The NFL; Motor Sports; College Football
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November
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"Peter King's NFL Halftime Report" with "Buffalo's Amazing Doug Flutie" pictured
Pro Football - Smart Money (Midway through the NFL season, it's clear teams that spent their free-agent dollars wisely are ahead of the game); Staying Ahead (Throwing another mental block at the 49ers, the gritty Packers shut down the Niners' passing game and continued their uneasy mastery of the hottest rivalry in the NFC) College Football - Miracle Worker (Thanks to tireless coach Bill Snyder, once moribund Kansas State not only is a consistent winner but now also finds the national championship within its reach); Daddy-Oh! (Travis Taylor is a proud father and a proud Gator who had a big hand in Florida's humbling of Georgia) Miscellany - 7 Days (Their was a weird, wild, wonderful world of sports that you probably missed last week; Honky-Tonk Town (Nashville's country music stars, like Lorrie Morgan, have even blackened their pearly whites to help the NHL expansion Predators get off to a flying start) Special Report - Confessions Of A Point Shaver (Former Arizona State star guard Hedake Smith reveals how hw and his accomplices fixed three Sun Devils basketball games in 1994) Departments - Letters; Faces In The Crowd; SI View; Catching Up With...; The Life Of Reilly Scorecard - Ali's ininerary * Baseball's wacko ratings * Sprewell's three-piece suits * A Wolf pack * Now that's cricket! * Father trades son * The Jordan watch Inside... - The NHL; College Football; Boxing; The NBA; College Basketball; The NFL
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November
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Ricky Williams
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Leading Off - 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 (As 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 (All across America, youngsters' interest in playing high school football is steadily dropping.) Departments - Catching Up With...; Letters; SI View; Faces In The Crowd; The Life Of Reilly Scorecard - Extreme spoilsport * Criminals in the NFL * Springtime in Antarctica * Waterboy reviewed * Rapper's Hoop Jones * The Mick's mean autographs * Dos and don'ts Inside... - Horse Racing; Motor Sports; College Football; The NFL
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November
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Basketball "Complete Scouting Reports, Who Needs The NBA"
College Football - Kansas Statement (Quarterback Michael Bishop kept K-State's perfect season alive with a historic win over Nebraska) Pro Football - Atlanta On Fire (The Falcons are now very tough birds, as the 49ers found out in losing a battle for the NFC West lead) College Basketball '98/'99 - 50 Reasons (Got the NBA lockout blues? Relax, and let us count the ways that the college game is superior); The Stars Of Tomorrow (Watch these five cosmic performers who are set to launch careers that could put their teams in orbit); Wally World (Forward Wally Szczerbiak from Miami of Ohio just may be the best player in the nation); Scouting Reports (In what may be a season of surprises, Stanford is the pick to win the title); Alumni Weekend (Imagine a tournament that drew the best players from all the top college programs); Billy The Kid (After two banner recruiting classes in a row, hot Florida coach Billy Donovan has this to say: I'm no outlaw); Rating The Women (The Lady Vols are SI's pick to roll to a fourth title in a row); Now Hear This (Tennessee star Tamika Catchings has become a role model for the hearing impaired) Departments - Catching Up With...; Faces In The Crowd; SI View; Letters; The Life Of Reilly Scorecard - Baseball's profligate owners * Mailman mouths off * Browns' secret agent man * Athletic Engineers * A true Lassie story * Remembering Red Holzman Inside... - College Football; The NHL; The NFL; Baseball
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December
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Born Again - The remarkable transformation of Vikings quarterback Randall Cunningham
Leading Off - Pro Football - Second Coming (The Vikings rejuvenated quarterback Randall Cunningham is setting the NFL on its ear); Center Stage (Possessor of talents that are unmatched by any other NFL lineman, Dermontti Dawson, the snapper for the Steelers, clears hole wide enough to drive the Bus through) Baseball - Might Makes Right (With his powerful bat, young Cardinal J.D. Drew, once a pariah, is beginning to convert nonbelievers) Boxing - Hell's Angel (Angel Manfredy is determined to be a world champion and a symbol of good trumping evil) Hockey - L.A. Confidential (SI takes you behind closed doors with the Kings on the day - and the night - of an NHL game) College Basketball - Northern Light (Alaskans came from far and wide to witness the homecoming of Duke's stellar guard Trajan Langdon) Women's Soccer - Anson Dorrance (The legendary soccer coach says he knows what makes female athletes tick. Now some of them are suing him) Departments - Letters; Faces In The Crowd; Catching Up With...; SI View; The Life Of Reilly Scorecard - Baseball free agents * Barking up the right tree * The (too) early college basketball start * Is Sampras the best ever? * Total Hockey reviewed * Volleyball woes * Crummy coin toss Inside... - The NFL; College Basketball; College Football
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December
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"Bill Parcells"
College Football - Bowled Over (Inspired by the tale of an NFL playoff upset, Miami knocked UCLA from the national championship race); Yes, Sirr! (Behind the heroics of running back Sirr Parker and a second-string quarterback, Texas A&M brought a crushing end to Kansas State's dream of the title); Price Is Rising (Peerless Price, Tennessee's standout wideout, has a singular ability to live up to hiw one-od-a-kind name when the game is on the line) Pro Football - Big Wheels (A plethora of dynamic young duos are motoring toward NFL stardom); Tip-Top Tandem (Move over, Jerry Rice! Wideouts Terrell Owens and J.J. Stokes of the 49ers have gotten in gear to keep the San Francisco offense rolling); Hard Man, Hard Job (Bill Parcells of the N.Y. Jets is stubborn, domineering and nasty - and possibly the best coach in the NFL) College Basketball - Coming-Out Party (Introducing the No. 2 team in the nation, Maryland, which has an unheralded star in Steve Francis( Departments - Letters; Faces In The Crowd; Catching Up With...; SI View; The Life Of Reilly Scorecard - Baseball's hot December * Have a look at the Laker Girls * Asian Games antipathy * McGwire's cravat * Slick swimsuit * Northwestern scandal - again Inside... - The NFL; College Basketball; The NHL
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