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Golf Plus

The Week March 16-22

Gopher Broke The Bay Hill Invitational went to the last Minnesotan standing, Tim Herron

By Gary Van Sickle

Notebook

By Austin Murphy; Gene Menez Edited by Cameron Morfit

My Shot The Nike tour has big league talent, but too many events are run like the minors

By Gene Sauers Edited by Cameron Morfit

Major Mistakes The LPGA's new boss should step in to give credit where credit is due

By Walter Bingham

Catching Up With...

Jerry Koosman, Mets Ace Lefthander April 13, 1970

By Lars Anderson

Si View

SI View The Week in TV Sports

By John Walters

Boom With A View Sports on TV 24/7--it doesn't get any better than that, right? That's what they said about the market in '29

By Jeff MacGregor

Faces In The Crowd

Faces In The Crowd

Ncaa Tournament

Can Anyone Beat Duke? Each of the other Final Four entrants is uniquely capable of upsetting the Blue Devils. Whether one of them will is another matter

By Jack McCallum

Pro Basketball

Dice On A Roll The Nuggets' supertalented power forward, Antonio McDyess, may be the NBA's hardest worker and its softest soul, who cries over losses and switching teams

By L. Jon Wertheim

Hockey

Check, Please Like it or not, hitting is the soul of hockey, and there's nothing like a resounding bodycheck to change the flow of a game or even the course of history

By Michael Farber

1999 Baseball Preview

Aces High Baseball's most precious commodity is the true No. 1 starter, the rare pitcher who can elevate a team single-handedly

By Tom Verducci

Nasty Stuff That's what made Kevin Brown worth $105 million to the Dodgers. His nasty disposition is thrown in for free

By Tom Verducci

Picky, Picky, Picky! As the oh-so-choosy Yankees proved last season, working the count can drive pitchers batty, produce runs and win games--no matter how long it takes

By L. Jon Wertheim

Scouting Reports

1 New York Yankees These Yanks can't possibly be better than last year, can they? Yeah, they can

By Tom Verducci

2 Toronto Blue Jays Roger who? In tumultuous Toronto, championship hopes are alive and Wells

By Jeff Pearlman

3 Baltimore Orioles As the payroll swells and the roster ages, the O's can only hope it all adds up

By Michael Bamberger

4 Boston Red Sox Has Boston restored power after the loss of Mo Vaughn? No way, Jose!

By Gerry Callahan

5 Tampa Bay Devil Rays In the land of the aged, this team has become another home for senior citizens

By Jeff Pearlman

1 Cleveland Indians They have the big bats again, but more important, they now have a deeper pen

By Jeff Pearlman

2 Detroit Tigers The Tigers' chances are linked to three young pitchers and an itinerant catcher

By Mark Bechtel

3 Chicago White Sox The Big Hurt will have to carry a big load in a lineup that has some big holes to fill

By Ian Thomsen

4 Kansas City Royals Fate has not smiled upon these Royals, who nonetheless smile at their sad fate

By Jeff Pearlman

5 Minnesota Twins Are the stripped-down Twins still a major league team? Depends on whom you ask

By Gerry Callahan

1 Anaheim Angels To ward off another late-season collapse, the Angels have Mo power to 'em

By David Fleming

2 Texas Rangers The meat of the order has been beefed up, but it's hard to be bullish on Texas pitching

By Gerry Callahan

3 Seattle Mariners Same old story: Hitters to spare, but hurting on the mound with no relief in sight

By David Fleming

4 Oakland A's Talented but callow, the so-called Generation A's will struggle to generate W's

By David Fleming

1 Atlanta Braves The laid-back Braves hope a harder-hitting approach will lead to Series success

By Mark Bechtel

2 New York Mets An infusion of big-name vets has the overdue Mets thinking Subway Series

By Michael Bamberger

3 Montreal Expos They may soon be moving south, but in the standings the Expos are headed north

By Michael Farber

4 Philadelphia Phillies Philly's cast features a few rising stars but a few too many star-crossed pitchers

By Mark Bechtel

5 Florida Marlins The bottom-feeding Fish still lack cash, but they're filthy rich in young talent

By Michael Bamberger

1 Houston Astros Even without Moises Alou, the 1998 division champs hit too much to miss

By Mark Bechtel

2 St. Louis Cardinals The Redbirds have a home run king but still lack that elusive trump Card: an ace

By Michael Farber

3 Cincinnati Reds Cincy is retooled and reenergized, if still a few parts short of a Big Red Machine

By Jeff Pearlman

4 Chicago Cubs The loss of Kerry Wood cast a pall over an otherwise positive preseason

By Tom Verducci

5 Pittsburgh Pirates The young Bucs can play, but they're not ready to record their greatest hits

By Mark Bechtel

6 Milwaukee Brewers Hard work and "quality people" won't be enough for this talent-thin club

By David Fleming

1 Los Angeles Dodgers Built in the Fox image, these Dodgers are meant to be seen--in October

By Michael Bamberger

2 San Francisco Giants A return to 1997 form by lefty Shawn Estes could mean a return to the playoffs

By Tom Verducci

3 Colorado Rockies For the power-packed Rockies, success--or failure--is still up in the air

By Ian Thomsen

4 Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona wants to win now, but a stockpile of pricey pitching won't be enough

By Ian Thomsen

5 San Diego Padres After heavy losses the league champs face a fate sadder than a Garth Brooks ballad

By David Fleming

PVR Player Value Rankings BY POSITION

By David Sabino

Inside

Inside THE WEEK IN SPORTS

Inside The NBA

Inside The NBA

By Jackie MacMullan

I'm Shooting As Fast As I Can

By David Sabino

Inside The NFL

Inside The NFL

By Peter King

Inside Motor Sports

Inside Motor Sports

By Ed Hinton

Inside The NHL

Inside The NHL

By Kostya Kennedy

In The Crease

By Pierre McGuire

A Warm Ending To A Cold Story The only thing Goosen wanted when the Iditarod was over: the red lantern that goes to the last-place finisher.

By Rick Reilly

Departments

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Scorecard

By Alexander Wolff Edited by Kevin Cook and Mark Mravic