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February 24, 2003 | Volume 98, Issue 8

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Mike Scioscia Cover - Sports Illustrated February 24, 2003

February 24, 2003
At last week's Titan Games, a three-day, three-ring circus built primarily around amateur combat sports such as judo, boxing and fencing—all going on simultaneously—senior writer Kelli Anderson...

February 24, 2003 | Brian Cazeneuve
SEPTEMBER 1, 1975

February 24, 2003
Bucs BowlThanks for the insightful Super Bowl article by Michael Silver (What a Steal!, Feb. 3). Your photographers—as professional as the teams they cover—captured the emotions of the day, from...

February 24, 2003
LETTERS

February 24, 2003 | Steve Rushin
In the '70s my family had a Ping-Pong table that was hemmed into our basement like a photograph in a frame, so that the walls on all sides—as in indoor soccer—were legally in play, in what my...

February 24, 2003 | Franz Lidz
Freddie Roach thought he was turning Iron Mike around. But as the fight fell apart, he learned what many other spit-bucket guys know: Training Tyson is the most thankless job in sports

February 24, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
Why the NHL must contract

February 24, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
113Career best-in-show awards for Mick, a 6½-year-old Kerry blue terrier, who won his latest at last week's Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

February 24, 2003
Died

February 24, 2003 | Kelley King
Debuted

February 24, 2003 | George Dohrmann
The death of booster Ed Martin weakens the case against Chris Webber

February 24, 2003 | Kelvin C. Bias
Bob Love won't stop talking. When the former Bulls All-Star isn't making one of his six or seven weekly speeches as the team's director of community affairs, he's working the streets as a rookie...

February 24, 2003 | Melissa Segura
Think you're good at multitasking? Check out Chris Essick, 31, who lowered the 200-meter indoor joggling record at a meet in Storm Lake, Iowa, last Saturday. Essick, a former decathlete at...

February 24, 2003 | Bill Scheft
Sorry if I seem a little down. My editor put me on probation. He found out I had my picture taken with the ref who worked the game with the ref who had his picture taken with LeBron.

February 24, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
The actor (below, left) and the Yankees' manager are promoting "Finding Our Families, Finding Ourselves," an exhibit at L.A.'s Museum of Tolerance. It documents the lives and ancestries of some...

February 24, 2003
Hey, how many dream jobs does one guy get? NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. recently landed a gig as a guest photographer for playboy.com. "How could you not say yes to an offer like this?" says...

February 24, 2003
On his first Valentine's Day as a married man, Shaquille O'Neal surprised his wife of two months, Shaunie Nelson, by cooking her a six-course meal at the Beverly Hills restaurant Avenue. After the...

February 24, 2003
HBO is rebroadcasting the entire seven seasons of Arli$$.

February 24, 2003
HAL McRAEFormer Devil Rays manager, on the upside of being dismissed after last season: "I'm not drinking nearly as much. I don't have any reason to drink."

February 24, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
Wide World of McKay, Assessing Annika

February 24, 2003
FEBRUARY 21-27

February 24, 2003
Eileen Coparropa, PANAMA CITY, PANAMASwimmingCoparropa, a junior at Auburn University, won two gold medals, in the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle, at the Central American-Caribbean Games in El...

February 24, 2003
Farewell, Admiral

February 24, 2003
SPUR OF THE MOMENT: c. Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal had 61 points, also against the Clippers, on March 6, 2000.

February 24, 2003 | Tom Verducci
Spring training always inspires optimism and a sense of boundless possibility, but the opening of baseball's field of dreams has never been more welcome than it is this year

February 24, 2003 | Tom Verducci
The Grapefruit and Cactus leagues by the numbers

February 24, 2003 | Tom Verducci
With a solid spring, these five prospects could be in lineups on Opening Day

February 24, 2003 | Josh Elliott
Returning from knee surgery, Tiger Woods proved he was sound by dominating the Buick Invitational

February 24, 2003
Hit the beach with the online edition of SI's annual swimsuit issue. Check out more than 100 Web-exclusive photos and video clips at si.com/swimsuit.

February 24, 2003
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February 24, 2003 | Michael Farber
His smile reminds you of old-time players, but Dany Heatley has a sparkling all-around game that is built for the modern era

February 24, 2003 | Kelli Anderson
In his debut match on the international stage, the seemingly invincible CAEL SANDERSON was finally outwrestled but remained undaunted

February 24, 2003 | Mark Bechtel
Michael Waltrip won his second Daytona 500 in three years with a little help from the skies and an Earnhardt (or two)

February 24, 2003 | Tim Layden
The feud between Arkansas and former coach Nolan Richardson is personal—and racial

February 24, 2003
Pole AxedBode Miller navigates the men's slalom gates with only one pole during the FIS World Ski championships in St. Moritz on Sunday. Miller finished sixth in this race but won two gold medals...

February 24, 2003 | Michael Bamberger
The world's best female golfer has labored in the obscurity of the LPGA, but that's all changed now that she's preparing to tee it up with the big boys

February 24, 2003 | Michael Bamberger
Annika Sorenstam's success at Colonial could depend on how she plays a wicked three-hole stretch

February 24, 2003
College Basketball

February 24, 2003 | Seth Davis
Wizard of Wake ForestThe inspired play of Josh Howard has the Demon Deacons bedeviling the ACC

February 24, 2003 | Seth Davis
1. The Big Ten is having a terrible year.

February 24, 2003 | Seth Davis
With selection Sunday less than a month away, SI's own selection committee is back to examine which teams will get the top seeds. If the NCAA tournament were starting this week, here's how our...

February 24, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
Snappy ComebackMiscast in Philly, Matt Harpring is flourishing in his new role in Utah

February 24, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
The Celtics have gone out of their way to be patient with underachieving big man Vin Baker, who's averaging just 5.9 points and 3.9 rebounds. His former employers suggest Boston try a tougher...

February 24, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
On the Lakers' Kobe Bryant, who last week became the first player since Michael Jordan in 1986-87 to score 35 points or more in nine straight games: "People ask if Kobe is the next Jordan, but I...

February 24, 2003 | Rick Reilly
Dear Annika,