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Golf Plus

The Week August 15-21

Near-great Scott journeyman Scott Dunlap went toe-to-toe with Tiger Woods for three rounds. Then his putter betrayed him

By John Garrity

Taking Their Lumps Only the windmills were missing from the split-level greens at Jack Nicklaus's Valhalla, which got the Bronx cheer from players at the PGA Championship

By Gary Van Sickle

In Your Face Dennis Paulson has got game, and he's only too happy to tell you about it

By Yi-Wyn Yen

Wooden Soldier In Louisville, Elmore Just waits for the day when clubs made of persimmon make a comeback

By Michael Bamberger

Notebook

By Jaime Diaz

My Shot I came to the PGA feeling like a fish out of water but left primed for the Tour's Q school

By Mark Brown

Tiger And The Bear, Oh My! In a dream pairing at the PGA, Jack Nicklaus bowed to the new king of golf

By John Garrity

Catching Up With...

Roger Craig, 49ers Running Back JANUARY 28, 1985

By Chris Ballard

Si View

Answer Authority When Carnac does sports, you can't get the right question until you ask the right answer

By Steve Rushin

SI View The Week in TV Sports

By John Walters

X Marks the Spot

By John Walters

Golf

Hat Trick With his third major victory in nine weeks, Tiger Woods laid to rest golf's greatest ghosts at Valhalla and staked a claim to the greatest season in history

By Alan Shipnuck

Major Heart Stoppers

By Jaime Diaz

Baseball

Three Dimensional Carlos Delgado, the happy-go-lucky leader of the Blue Jays, is taking a mighty swing at the Triple Crown

By Tom Verducci

Value Judgment

By David Sabino

Inside

Inside THE WEEK IN SPORTS

Inside Baseball

Inside Baseball

By Stephen Cannella

Born under a Bad Sign If it wasn't for rotten luck, the Pirates' Jose Silva would have no luck at all

By Jeff Pearlman

Inside Olympic Sports

Inside Olympic Sports

By E.M. Swift; Brian Cazeneuve

Inside The NHL

Inside The NHL

By Eric Duhatschek

In The Crease

By Pierre McGuire

NFL Preview 2000

Wanted! The most coveted player in the NFL today is the quick, strong outside pass rusher who wreaks havoc on an opponent's aerial attack

By Jeffri Chadiha

Dr. Z's Alltime Greatest Pass Rushers Powerfully strong Reggie White and cat-quick Deacon Jones have been the biggest thorns in quarterbacks' sides, in the eyes of our resident expert

By Paul Zimmerman

Freak of Nature Titans defensive end Jevon Kearse is running circles around offensive linemen--and terrorizing quarterbacks--with a frightening combination of speed and agility

By Michael Silver

Trial By Fire The Super Bowl hopes of the veteran-rich Redskins may rest upon Chris Samuels, a 23-year-old rookie left tackle who is being asked to protect his quarterback's blind side

By Peter King

Scouting Reports

By David Sabino

1 Washington Redskins An off-season spending spree produced a wealth of talent as well as a hefty price tag: Super Bowl-sized expectations

By Peter King

2 Philadelphia Eagles Like their quarterback, this up-and-coming team may soon be ready to put smiles on the faces of their impatient fans

By Peter King

3 New York Giants Following another disappointing season, the clock is winding down for an embattled coach and a beleaguered quarterback

By Peter King

4 Dallas Cowboys With another big gun having hung 'em up, Jerry Jones's old gang is reloading for what might be its last shot at glory

By Peter King

5 Arizona Cardinals They have plenty of enthusiasm, but it'll take more than that to reverse last season's disappointing decline

By Peter King

1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers The defense is championship-caliber, no question; but their Super Bowl chances are riding on an overhauled offense

By David Fleming

2 Detroit Lions In a pass-happy division, the play of a suspect secondary will determine whether a postseason berth is in the offing

By Josh Elliott

3 Green Bay Packers The bounce is back in Antonio Freeman's step, but does he have enough to rouse this team from the nightmare of '99?

By Josh Elliott

4 Minnesota Vikings Coach Dennis Green is putting all his eggs in the basket of young, strong-armed quarterback Daunte Culpepper

By Josh Elliott

5 Chicago Bears Their success will hinge on a high-priced defensive end and an offense that's still attempting to find its way

By Josh Elliott

1 St. Louis Rams New coach, new-look offensive line, same old bombs-away philosophy: It all adds up to another run deep into January

By Josh Elliott

2 Carolina Panthers After taking its lumps last year, the defense will cause a few this season, courtesy of an aging but still feared front four

By David Fleming

3 Atlanta Falcons Jamal Anderson is up and running, which has teammates all but doing the Dirty Bird in anticipation of another postseason

By David Fleming

4 San Francisco 49ers Another trying fall awaits this long-dominant franchise, which has plenty of eager young players but, alas, no Young

By Michael Silver

5 New Orleans Saints Boring is out, a new wideout corps vowing to bust the roof off the Superdome is in, making this a last-place show worth catching

By David Fleming

1 Indianapolis Colts Last year they made the most dramatic single-season turnaround in NFL history. Now they're eyeing the next step: the Super Bowl

By Paul Zimmerman

2 Buffalo Bills Their tried-and-true strategy--choosing inexpensive youth over costly experience--will be put to the supreme test

By Paul Zimmerman

4 New England Patriots A new coach, a new offensive coordinator and a new attitude will not be enough to make up for a lack of firepower

By Paul Zimmerman

5 Miami Dolphins In Year One of the post-Marino era, the passing game is as much of a question mark as the defense is a strong suit

By Paul Zimmerman

3 New York Jets Can they get off the ground again after a tumultuous off-season that cost them brain- and star-power?

By Paul Zimmerman

1 Tennessee Titans With a new wideout sporting a new attitude, they may have all they need to get back to the Super Bowl--and this time win it

By Jeffri Chadiha

2 Jacksonville Jaguars 'Hold that line (together)' is the battle cry of a team trying to get to--and win--a Super Bowl before old age sets in

By Jeffri Chadiha

3 Baltimore Ravens With more consistency from a talented offense, they could be a playoff team for the first time since the move from Cleveland

By Jeffri Chadiha

4 Pittsburgh Steelers In what's become a broken record, this is the year that Kordell Stewart must prove he's cut out to play quarterback

By Jeffri Chadiha

5 Cleveland Browns The youth movement continues in Year 2--and so do the struggles that are part of being an expansion franchise

By Jeffri Chadiha

6 Cincinnati Bengals The league's losingest team of the '90s has a new outlook and a new stadium, but all signs point to more of the same

By Jeffri Chadiha

1 Oakland Raiders Sebastian Janikowski has given the special teams a giant kick start--and some of the franchise's old swagger, to boot

By Michael Silver

2 Denver Broncos The 1998 Super Bowl champs will need more than a healthy Terrell Davis to hit pay dirt again. But he's a nice start

By Michael Silver

3 San Diego Chargers After years of catching more heat than passes, the receivers are ready to break out. But who will throw them the ball?

By Austin Murphy

4 Kansas City Chiefs Only two NFL franchises had more wins in the 1990s, but a new decade has brought nothing but a deep sense of loss

By Josh Elliott

5 Seattle Seahawks The fate of last year's division champs hinges largely on an offensive line that's forever developing but never developed

By Austin Murphy

The Greatest Show on Earth

By Rick Reilly

Departments

A Gentleman and a Maniac Sydney-bound shot-putter Adam Nelson was (and sometimes still is) both

By Tim Layden

Little Chatter Boxes Downsized walkie-talkies make it a breeze to communicate on the fly

By Mark Beech

Ed Viesturs/Mountain Climber Views from the Top A five-time conqueror of Mount Everest sounds off on his sport

By Franz Lidz; Ed Viesturs

Leading Off

Books Heroes on the gridiron can also be heroes off, as these two bios show

By Charles Hirshberg

The Big Breakthrough Last year Marat Safin smashed 48 rackets, but this year he's cracked the Top 5

By L. Jon Wertheim

Letters

Scorecard The 10% Solution--Furry Films--Girls vs. Boys--E-Ticketing

By Jamal Greene Edited by Mark Mravic

Boy Trouble

By Tim Crothers; Whitney Gelin Edited by Mark Mravic

Faces in the Crowd