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March 22, 2004 | Volume 100, Issue 12

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March 22, 2004
The NBA

March 22, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
Cool HeadTerry Porter has rallied the Bucks by preaching patience, not panic

March 22, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
On 6'10", 240-pound Dwight Howard of Southwest Atlanta Christian High, the likely No. 1 pick in the June 24 draft:

March 22, 2004 | L. Jon Wertheim
Go in Style?Serena and Venus Williams could retire today with heads held high

March 22, 2004 | L. Jon Wertheim
Since the beginning of 2002 Serena and Venus Williams have pulled out of a total of 33 tournaments they had agreed to play in, giving a variety of reasons that ranged from injury to illness to...

March 22, 2004 | L. Jon Wertheim
Have the tennis fortunes of a country ever changed as dramatically as Sweden's? The axis of Bjorn Borg, Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg accounted for 24 Grand Slam singles titles from 1974 to '92....

March 22, 2004 | Richard Hoffer
Wright On!Winky Wright unified the 154-pound crown with a win over Shane Mosley

March 22, 2004 | Richard Hoffer
Joe Mesi (above, left) did not announce himself as the savior of the heavyweight division, even though he remains undefeated after surviving former cruiserweight Vassiliy Jirov last Saturday. Mesi...

March 22, 2004 | Rick Reilly
Are you in one or those moods that make you want to knock off every hat you see? Drop stones in blind men's cups? Answer every "Good morning!" with a "Says who?"

March 22, 2004
Wolves at the DoorThe Twin Cities sports sections are saying Kevin Garnett would only pose for your cover if you included Sam Cassell and Latrell Sprewell (Three for All, March 1). In a league...

March 22, 2004
LETTERS•Please e-mail us at letters@si.timeinc.com or fax us at 212-467-4049. Letters should include the writer's full name, address and home telephone number and may be edited for clarity and space.

March 22, 2004 | Steve Rushin
Being Grant Paulsen is more than just shoulder chucks from MJ and bear hugs from LL Cool J and red carpets that lead to green rooms that he'll share with the stars of Sex and the City.

March 22, 2004 | Mark Mravic and Richard O'Brien
"The coach was worried a win would draw attention from the dire situation his players face."—LONG AND WINDINGROAD TRIP, PAGE 24

March 22, 2004
With its country in turmoil, Haiti's soccer team tries to stay in the game

March 22, 2004
20Margin of victory for Xavier over Saint Joseph's in the Atlantic 10 basketball tournament last Thursday, the largest ever for an unranked team over a No. 1 opponent.

March 22, 2004
Walter Bingham remembers SI's first managing editor

March 22, 2004
WonThe World Cup overall title, in his first full season since returning from an accident that nearly cost him a leg, Hermann Maier. In August 2001 a car hit Maier as he rode his motorcycle in his...

March 22, 2004 | Peter King
Traded

March 22, 2004
Padres pitcher and rocket scientist Jason Szuminski, 25, is trying to become the majors' first MIT grad. How is he doing? SI's Szuminskimeter tells all.

March 22, 2004 | Bill Scheft
Just came from NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience. Talk about realistic! You're only allowed to go to the men's room when they're running under yellow.

March 22, 2004 | Richard Deitsch
The world's foremost mentalist (in December he predicted Howard Dean would not be the Democratic nominee) foretells our sporting future.

March 22, 2004
We all know that Janet Jackson won't be allowed anywhere near an NFL-sanctioned stage in the near future. Now no one will. Due to the continued fallout from Janetgate, the NFL canceled its annual...

March 22, 2004
No, it's not a remake of Plan 9 from Outer Space, but these earthlings watching the giant slalom competition at the Alpine Skiing World Cup finals in Sestriere, Italy, last Saturday did have a...

March 22, 2004
The Braves will have a Lexus-only parking lot at Turner Field this year.

March 22, 2004
ED MCCAFFREYRecently retired Broncos wide receiver, on spending more time with his wife: "Coach Lisa can be a lot tougher than coach (Mike) Shanahan. She's got a bigger playbook and an earlier...

March 22, 2004 | Julia Morrill
WHAT TO WATCH AND WATCH FOR

March 22, 2004 | Richard Deitsch
•BLEEP THISLast month, in the wake of the Super Bowl halftime fiasco, NASCAR president Mike Helton warned drivers about their language. Busch Series driver Johnny Sauter didn't listen. He uttered...

March 22, 2004
Pete Carothers, CINCINNATISwimmingPete, a senior at St. Xavier High, led the Bombers to their sixth consecutive Ohio Division I championship, winning his third title in the 100-yard butterfly as...

March 22, 2004
To submit a candidate for Faces in the Crowd, go to SI.com/faces.

March 22, 2004 | George Dohrmann
Never mind the Twins, Vikings, T-Wolves and Wild—there's nothing in Minnesota to match the state hockey tournament

March 22, 2004 | George Dohrmann
For more about sports in Minnesota and the other 49 states, go to si.com/50.

March 22, 2004 | Steve Rushin
The SI columnist grew up in the Land of 10,000 Kinds of Hockey

March 22, 2004
Minnesotans weigh in on sports*

March 22, 2004
To read an SI Flashback story about Minnesota's 1991 World Series win; view every Timberwolves, Twins and Vikings cover; or brush up on Gopher State sports trivia, go to...

March 22, 2004 | Karl Taro Greenfeld
Juggling his appearances in court with those on the court, Kobe Bryant is playing some of the best basketball of his NBA career

March 22, 2004 | Karl Taro Greenfeld
The latest NBA news plus analysis from Jack McCallum at si.com/basketball.

March 22, 2004
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March 22, 2004
Catch the latest NCAA tournament news, plus bracket breakdowns and on-the-scene analysis from SI's experts, at si.com/basketball/college.

March 22, 2004 | Jeff Pearlman
Atlanta's new outfielder has spent his career fighting injuries, insults and those who say his religious devotion keeps him from stardom

March 22, 2004 | Jeff Pearlman
More baseball coverage, including news, scores, stats and Torn Verducci's weekly Inside Baseball column, at si.com/baseball.

March 22, 2004 | Albert Chen
Look for these players, injured last season, to have big years

March 22, 2004 | Michael Farber
After another horrific on-the-ice attack, the NHL has to clean the violence from its game or slide into oblivion

March 22, 2004
Down and DirtyTigers first baseman Greg Norton gets some grit in his grill while being tagged out by Expos third baseman Vince Rooi in an exhibition game in Lakeland, Fla. The Tigers spent a lot...

March 22, 2004 | Stephen Cannella
With ratings sinking, the NHL prepares to take a hit as it renegotiates its TV contract

March 22, 2004 | Phil Taylor
They may be stars or sixth men, but when everything's on the line in the NCAAs, they lift their teams with streak shooting, a key steal, a timely swat. Who'll they be this year?

March 22, 2004 | Phil Taylor
Here are a half-dozen offensive firecrackers who could go off—and shoot their teams to the top

March 22, 2004 | John O'Keefe
Here's SI's theory on which style of offense might give teams the best chance to advance

March 22, 2004 | Seth Davis
A fast look at who's hot and who's not as the Big Dance begins

March 22, 2004 | Kelli Anderson
For the first time in years there's no dominant team—which opens the door for Duke and Texas to make their move

March 22, 2004 | Kelli Anderson
Here are five intriguing matchups to watch.

March 22, 2004 | Grant Wahl
SI's Complete Bracket Breakdown

March 22, 2004 | Grant Wahl
Compare your brackets with SI's college hoops experts' at si.com/basketball/ncaa.

March 22, 2004 | S.L. Price
In an adventure too improbable for him to have even imagined, American Tim Howard has emerged as a star in goal for soccer's most fabled club

March 22, 2004 | S.L. Price
Grant Wahl's Inside U.S. Soccer and complete coverage on the sport, at si.com/soccer.

March 22, 2004 | Robert Whiting
Pitcher Kazuhiro Sasaki left the Seattle Mariners and returned home to play in Japan. Surprising? Not at all. Many of his countrymen have found life in the major leagues much tougher than they...