The NBA
Maturation of Kobe
Raptors look for leadership
Odyssey of Rockets rookie
Coaching Italian style

Olympic Sports
U.S. women's hockey team keeps rolling
Figure skating trials: Goebel second with a bullet
Boarding's bad boy

The NHL
Lindros's Philly flop
Avalanche's Forsberg: Rocky Mountain low
Players want flexible glass

College Basketball
USC vaults to Pac-10 lead
Shorthanded Georgia finds way to win
Oklahoma cashes in on Price

COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY NATHAN BILOWOver easy Halfpiper Tricia Byrnes got big air--and a spot on the U.S. Olympic team--at the Snowboard Grand Prix in Breckenridge, Colo.