36 We Love to Watch
As March Madness begins, one player stands out as the star of the show: Illinois's Dee Brown
by Grant Wahl
42 The No. 1 Question
Who will the 49ers take first in the draft? SI slots the top four players at the scouting combine
by Peter King
48 A Winning Hand?
In discarding a pair of aces, Oakland A's G.M. Billy Beane took his boldest gamble yet
by Daniel G. Habib
52 Executive Decision
Kevin McHale has taken charge of his moribund T-Wolves. Risky move.
by Jack McCallum
56 Unsafe at Home
Despite their success in the major leagues, Venezuela's beisbol stars are crime targets
by E.M. Swift
4 Leading Off
17 Air and Space
Andy Van Slyke has some advice for his old teammate Barry Bonds: Look in the mirror by Steve Rushin
• NBA trade deadline madness
• John Chaney finally crosses line
• Jose Canseco, literary lion
26 Faces in the Crowd
70 The Life of Reilly
You asked for it: an update on many of the little guys I've written about in 20 years at SI by Rick Reilly
66 College Basketball
• Louisville primed for NCAA run
68 The NBA
• Magic's Howard justifies top pick
• Sonics, Allen can't make a deal
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INSET PHOTOS: Manny Millan (Felton, Rondo); David E. Klutho (Jack); Steve Jahnke/The Southern/AP (Brooks); Brett Hansbauer/US Presswire (Basden)
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