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Golf Plus

The Week March 14-20

Runaway His win at Bay Hill showed that Tiger Woods is at his best when he's boring

By Gary Van Sickle

Notebook

By Jaime Diaz; Walter Bingham

My Shot The pressure of a PGA Tour event is nothing compared with Mr. Palmer's Shootout at Bay Hill

By Robert Damron

Catching Up With...

Bud Harrelson, Mets Shortstop September 7, 1970

By Jamal Greene

Si View

SI View The Week in TV Sports

By John Walters

To Kingdom Come

By John Walters

March Mawkishness NCAA tournament TV coverage mixes the obvious, the disingenuous and the irrelevant

By Steve Rushin

Ncaa Tournament

The Year Cinderella Stayed Home A paucity of Cinderella upsets and an undercurrent of turmoil combined to crush the storybook feeling of the opening rounds of the NCAAs

By Alexander Wolff

Pro Football

Catching Fire Jaguars wideout Jimmy Smith, having rekindled a career that was near extinction, has developed into a receiver nonpareil

By Michael Silver

Baseball Preview 2000

The Power of Pedro

Godlike in the eyes of heartened Red Sox fans, Pedro Martinez uses an astonishing mastery of four pitches and a ferocious will to win--not to mention that smile--to fuel Boston's fever for a World Series title

By Tom Verducci

The Curse Exorcised. Now What? After waiting 82 years, New Englanders are going to find a Red Sox World Series win isn't all it was cracked up to be

By Leigh Montville

5 Questions Before the ump shouts, "Play ball!" we have...

Question 1 Who's Got the Best New Ballpark? Each of these rookie stadiums has its charms--but you just can't beat waterfront property

Question 2 Who's This Year's Hot New Model? Once they figure out where he'll play, the Phillies hope to ride into contention on the booming belts of potent phenom-in- waiting Pat (Don't Call Him the Bat) Burrell

By Michael Farber

Question 3 What's the Nastiest Pitch in the Game? Because it plummets as it reaches the plate, the split-fingered fastball is as brutal on befuddled batters as on the elbows of pitchers who dare to throw it

By Tom Verducci

Question 4 What's the Cushiest Job in Baseball? Short hours, guaranteed employment, big bucks (though the tips aren't so great)--ah, to be a backup catcher!

By Steve Rushin

Question 5 Who'll be the Biggest Bopper? Again, everyone will be chasing Big Mac--with Junior getting a boost from his new surroundings

By Tom Verducci

Scouting Reports The Yankees and the Braves have more talent, but at playoff time the Red Sox will have the right ingredients to beat them both

By Projected Rosters And Player Value Rankings Compiled By David Sabino.

1 New York Yankees They may be getting long in the tooth, but these Bombers still have their bite

By Tom Verducci

2 Boston Red Sox Next year? Wait till this year, say the Sox, who are seriously thinking Series

By Tom Verducci

3 Toronto Blue Jays If the mercurial Mondesi is set to explode, the Blue Jays hope it's only at the plate

By Jeff Pearlman

4 Baltimore Orioles Ill-spent dough and chemistry woes spell another bleak year for the aging O's

By Jeff Pearlman

5 Tampa Bay Devil Rays With off-season acquisitions, they'll at least be more fun to watch than last year

By Jeff Pearlman

1 Cleveland Indians An upbeat skipper and a Yankee-killing ace bring a whole new vibe to the Tribe

By Stephen Cannella

2 Chicago White Sox The promising young Sox are poised to start putting the hurt on their opponents

By Lars Anderson

3 Detroit Tigers New stadium, new manager, new star--it all adds up to a rejuvenated club

By Stephen Cannella

4 Kansas City Royals Hard-hitting young talent can bring this club back from the baseball boondocks

By Stephen Cannella

5 Minnesota Twins You get what you pay for. With the majors' tiniest payroll, the Twins have no shot

By Stephen Cannella

1 Seattle Mariners They're trying on a new look made for their new park--and trying to forget Junior

By Tom Verducci

2 Oakland Athletics This free-spirited bunch might just laugh its way into the postseason party

By Jeff Pearlman

3 Texas Rangers The playoff-pitiful Rangers traded power for pitching. But did they get enough?

By Jeff Pearlman

4 Anaheim Angels A new attitude and a potent lineup won't make up for an old, flammable staff

By Jeff Pearlman

1 Atlanta Braves Last year's league champs got stronger thanks to three comebacks and a trade

By Jeff Pearlman

2 New York Mets Will a new look--more power, less speed and a long-sought ace--produce more wins?

By Jeff Pearlman

3 Philadelphia Phillies They're young and they're restless, and maybe, just maybe, they're ready

By Ian Thomsen

4 Montreal Expos Reversing their old practice, the Expos spent some bucks in hope of contending

By Ian Thomsen

3 Florida Marlins As they stockpile arms for the future, the Marlins have little hope of winning now

By Ian Thomsen

1 Cincinnati Reds The arrival of Griffey gives Cincinnati the powerful look of a new Big Red Machine

By Stephen Cannella

2 Houston Astros Age and injuries are catching up to the Astros, as is the rest of the division

By Stephen Cannella

3 St. Louis Cardinals Even Big Mac knows that it's pitching that wins, so the Cards have re-armed

By Tom Verducci

4 Pittsburgh Pirates The owner has expressed high hopes for his young, improving club. Too high

By Stephen Cannella

5 Chicago Cubs With a proven hand at the helm, better things are in store (knock on Wood)

By Tom Verducci

6 Milwaukee Brewers Rebuilding began with a flurry of trades, but none yielded much instant help

By Stephen Cannella

1 Arizona Diamondbacks Can last season's bevy of career years be duplicated? The D- backs say no problem

By Lars Anderson

2 San Francisco Giants Fans, lots of them, will enjoy the new yard, but they'll be seeing the same old team

By Lars Anderson

3 Los Angeles Dodgers Having added a touch of Green, L.A. believes it has chased away the blues

By Ian Thomsen

4 Colorado Rockies Last year's cellar-dwellers have a slew of new faces and a fresh style of play

By Lars Anderson

5 San Diego Padres Trades have beefed up the batting order, but the rotation remains weak

By Lars Anderson

PVR player value rankings

Inside

Inside THE WEEK IN SPORTS

Inside The NBA

Inside The NBA

By Jackie MacMullan

Austin's Power Austin Croshere has recast himself into a frontline player for the Pacers

By Ian Thomsen

Inside The NHL

Inside The NHL

By Kostya Kennedy

In the Crease

By Pierre McGuire

Inside Boxing

Inside Boxing

By Richard Hoffer; Franz Lidz; Luis Fernando Llosa

March Madness in Vegas? You Bet! (Often.)

By Rick Reilly

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Flashy Photos

By Bill Colson, Managing Editor

Scorecard

By Michael Farber; Ken Garfield Edited by Mark Mravic

Faces in the Crowd