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April 10, 2000 Table Of Contents

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Golf Plus

The Week March 28-April 3

Losing, Bear-ly Gary Nicklaus just missed in his bid for a first Tour win, but in his loss to Phil Mickelson at the rain-shortened BellSouth Classic he showed a lot of his father's grit

By Alan Shipnuck

Class Act When Tom Kite held off Tom Watson to win the Tradition, the long-awaited transition to a new set of Senior stars became a reality

By Gary Van Sickle


By Jaime Diaz

My Shot Not even my mom believed me when I told her I had made an ace three days in a row

By Brian Lowe

Caddie Cam Sometimes a joke is just what the doctor ordered

By Linn Strickler

Don't Bet on It A word to the wise for those who think Tiger is a lock to win the Masters

By Walter Bingham

Catching Up With...

Frank Ryan, Intellectual Quarterback January 4, 1965

By Richard Deitsch

Si View

SI View The Week in TV Sports

By John Walters

Death March Madness

By John Walters

The Joy of Hookying The numbers are in: Blowing off work or school to watch sports is the real national pastime

By Steve Rushin

The Final Fours

State of Siege

Michigan State overcame a nearly devastating injury to its leader to conquer Florida's vaunted pressure defense and win the national title

By Alexander Wolff

Swat Team Led by scrappy guard Shea Ralph, Connecticut smacked down archrival Tennessee to win its second national title

By Kelli Anderson

Pro Basketball

Sleight of Hands With Doc Rivers deftly manipulating the NBA's lowest-paid roster, the Magic is poised to pull a playoff berth out of its hat

By L. Jon Wertheim


Team Turmoil When the Philadelphia Flyers stripped Eric Lindros of his captaincy, the NHL's most bizarre team became even more dysfunctional

By Michael Farber


Red-Letter Day Their ardor undampened by a downpour, the good burghers of Cincinnati opened their hearts and wallets for the return of hometown hero Ken Griffey Jr.

By Tom Verducci

Pro Football

Late Starter A backup for most of his 13-year career, Steve Beuerlein finally has a tight grip on the first-string quarterback job in Carolina

By David Fleming



Inside Baseball

Inside Baseball

By Stephen Cannella

Inside The NHL

Inside The NHL

By Kostya Kennedy

In the Crease

By Pierre McGuire

Inside The NBA

Inside The NBA

By Jackie MacMullan; David Sabino

Warped Drive Caddy-loving Kings backup Scot Pollard plays hungry and thinks goofy

By Phil Taylor

Inside The NFL

Inside The NFL

By Peter King

Inside Motor Sports

Inside Motor Sports

By Mark Bechtel

Jump-Started Johnny Benson traded in his old ride, and the change is paying off

By Mark Bechtel

[bonus Piece

The Ghost Plane For three endless hours last October the entire nation watched, horrified but helpless, as a runaway jet carried Payne Stewart and five others to its terrible destination

By Leigh Montville

My Course, My Rules

By Rick Reilly


Leading Off


Scorecard Steamed Sampras--XFL vs. NFL--Teammate Tiffs--Gambling Refs

By Seth Davis; S.L. Price Edited by Jack McCallum

Faces in the Crowd