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Golf Plus

Check, Mate Even though Craig Parry has been a regular winner Down Under, his first victory on U.S. soil was extra sweet because of the man he beat

By Gary Van Sickle

Sultan of Sales From humble caddie roots grew the king of golf-equipment pitchmen

By Rick Lipsey

The Week

Edited by Alan Shipnuck

Bottom Lines

By Sal Johnson Edited by Alan Shipnuck

Big Play Craig Parry's razor-sharp focus produced three straight birdies and led to a resounding victory at the NEC Invitational

By Dana Rader Edited by Alan Shipnuck

Q+A Bob May

By Bob May Edited by Alan Shipnuck

'Toga Party

By Steve Rushin

Catching Up With...

Artis Gilmore, Center MARCH 30, 1970

By John O'Keefe

Youth Baseball

The Kids Are All Right Baseball is alive and well in Williamsport, Pa.--and in Mattoon, Ill., where Cal Ripken Jr. has planted the seeds of a rivalry with Little League

By Michael Bamberger

Baseball

Straighter A's A mid-May housecleaning toned down the club's personality, and by ignoring the threat of a strike, Oakland played its way to the top of the AL West

By Jeff Pearlman

Tennis

Who's That Girl? The WTA tour is desperately seeking a new star to embody its ideal of strength, attitude and sex appeal. Meet Simonya Popova

By L. Jon Wertheim

NFL Preview 2002

How Good Can Randy Moss Be?

The Vikings have set up their franchise receiver for a monster season, but they can only pray that he will control his anger and let his good side shine through

By Michael Silver

Take it from the Top, Kid THOUGH CRITICS QUESTION THE DROP IN HIS THROWING MOTION, ROOKIE DAVID CARR HAS THE TEXANS DROOLING OVER HIS ACCURACY AND QUICK RELEASE

By Josh Elliott

Is He up to the Test? ALL-WORLD LINEBACKER RAY LEWIS IS OUT TO PROVE THAT THE RAVENS' SALARY-CAP ROSTER PURGE AND SWITCH TO A 3-4 DEFENSE WON'T MAKE HIM ANY LESS OF A PLAYER

By Jeffri Chadiha

Hey Coach, More Power To You THE BROWNS' BUTCH DAVIS IS AMONG A GROWING LIST OF CONTROL-HUNGRY COACHES WHO ARE BEING HANDED THE KEYS TO THE FRONT OFFICE

By Peter King

Scouting Reports

By Paul Zimmerman

1 Philadelphia Eagles Despite losing a defensive stalwart, Philly expects nothing less than a Super Bowl visit

By Peter King

2 Dallas Cowboys With a hot rookie and a handful of veteran pickups, talk is of getting back to the playoffs

By Peter King

3 New York Giants Can a little Shockey treatment from a rookie tight end toughen up a soft offense?

By Peter King

4 Washington Redskins New coach Steve Spurrier is sure to be the most-watched rookie in the NFL this season

By Peter King

1 Green Bay Packers Newly arrived bad boy Terry Glenn is healthy and wealthy, but is he finally wise?

By Jeffri Chadiha

2 Chicago Bears The outlook will be positively bullish if quarterback Jim Miller can raise his game

By Jeffri Chadiha

3 Minnesota Vikings Coordinator Willie Shaw has put some teeth in one of the league's worst defenses

By Jeffri Chadiha

4 Detroit Lions A reinforced defense will have to hold the line while it waits for the offense to get in gear

By Jeffri Chadiha

1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers A change of scenery has Jon Gruden and Michael Pittman on the Super Bowl track

By Josh Elliott

2 Atlanta Falcons Get set for the Michael Vick era, as the supertalented quarterback assumes command

By Josh Elliott

3 New Orleans Saints Easygoing running back Deuce McAllister has to be a hard man to bring down

By Josh Elliott

4 Carolina Panthers New coach John Fox has made some welcome changes, but expect the same old results

By Josh Elliott

1 St. Louis Rams Don't expect last season's Super Bowl loss to slow the game's most potent offense

By Michael Silver

2 San Francisco 49ers With the coach and the star on the same page (sort of), things are in place for a title run

By Michael Silver

3 Seattle Seahawks A lot about the team is new, but is it improved? An early injury may serve as an omen

By Michael Silver

4 Arizona Cardinals A new-look secondary is of primary concern for a team moving to a pass-happy division

By Michael Silver

1 New England Patriots Respect is hard to come by, but that suits the defending Super Bowl champs just fine

By Paul Zimmerman

2 Miami Dolphins With Norv Turner and Ricky Williams on board, things are finally looking up on offense

By Paul Zimmerman

3 New York Jets Vinny Testaverde is fighting Father Time as he makes one more playoff push

By Paul Zimmerman

4 Buffalo Bills An offense built around Drew Bledsoe should shine, but the defense still needs buffing

By Paul Zimmerman

1 Pittsburgh Steelers Tuned up and rarin' to roll, the Bus wants to complete the trip to the Super Bowl this year

By Jeffri Chadiha

2 Cleveland Browns A dash of Green with a touch of White should have the offense dressed for success

By Jeffri Chadiha

3 Cincinnati Bengals A newly ferocious defense is about to change the franchise's bungling image

By Jeffri Chadiha

4 Baltimore Ravens A new season means a new quarterback, and Chris Redman is as raw as they come

By Jeffri Chadiha

1 Tennessee Titans Injuries ruined 2001 for Eddie George, but he's back in form and ready to dominate again

By Josh Elliott

2 Indianapolis Colts Tony Dungy's game plan: more simplicity on defense, fewer turnovers on offense

By Josh Elliott

3 Jacksonville Jaguars It's not quite a rebuilding year, but after salary-cap losses, youth will have to serve

By Josh Elliott

4 Houston Texans A veteran defense will be expected to carry the load in what figures to be a long season

By Josh Elliott

1 Oakland Raiders The clock is ticking for an aging team that still carries a chip on its shoulder

By Michael Silver

2 Denver Broncos After a trying year for Brian Griese, his quarterback and leadership skills will be on trial

By Peter King

3 Kansas City Chiefs A club beset by questions is counting on a Priest (Holmes) to deliver it from eternal limbo

By Peter King

4 San Diego Chargers Marty Schottenheimer is inspiring a team that hasn't been to the playoffs since 1995

By Michael Silver

Inside

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Inside Baseball

Inside Baseball

By Stephen Cannella

Inside College Football

Inside College Football

By Ivan Maisel; Phil Taylor

First Down and 10 Across

By Rick Reilly

Departments

Foreign Aid The Carolina Courage tapped into the international pipeline and came up champs in WUSA's Year 2

By Grant Wahl Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Richard Deitsch

Leading Off

Europe's Loss, MLS's Gain A money crunch across the pond has kept the U.S.'s World Cup stars on home turf

By Grant Wahl Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Richard Deitsch

Ain't He Grand? A lot of folks in Michigan will tell you the nation's best quarterback is Grand Valley State's Curt Anes

By Lars Anderson Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Richard Deitsch

Letters

Hot Wheels Auto racing phenom is ready for her close-up--and, soon, a shot at the Indy 500

By Jill Inkrott Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Richard Deitsch

Ready for Kickoff

Scorecard

By Albert Chen; Franz Lidz; Mark Bechtel Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Richard Deitsch

Q+A Lleyton Hewitt As he got ready for this week's tournament, the U.S. Open's top seed--and only seeded Australian--took time to volley with SI.

By Lleyton Hewitt; David Sparrow Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Richard Deitsch

The Show

By Bill Scheft Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Richard Deitsch

Sports Beat

Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Richard Deitsch

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Richard Deitsch