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February 10, 2003 Table Of Contents

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Golf Plus

These Babies Are Hot! That's the verdict from SI's handpicked golf gear expert, who checked this year's new drivers, irons, woods, wedges and putters

By Bob Dodds

The Week

By Alan Shipnuck

Big Play Tim Herron blew his opportunity to win the Hope by losing his cool and making the wrong decision while trying to pitch out of a rock pile

By Rick Grayson

Sign Boy After a one-year hiatus, the bungling FootJoy pitchman played by Matt Griesser is back on the air

By Matt Griesser

Hootie's Secret Plan

By Kevin Cook

Catching Up With...

George Izo, Quarterback NOVEMBER 2, 1959

By Bill Syken

We're Changing Our Name Online

By Terry McDonell/Managing Editor

NBA Midseason Report

Sky Rocket With his forceful play and a smile that transcends language, Houston's 7'5" YAO MING has given the league a needed boost on two continents

By Jack McCallum

Lining Up for LeBron For the down-and-out, the upside of failure is a slightly better chance of snagging the No. 1 pick

By Chris Ballard

The Fans Speak Out Results of a poll commissioned by SI show the interest of NBA fans is waning and that they're disenchanted with the players' behavior

Small Wonder The crunch-time heroics of 5'5" dynamo EARL BOYKINS are a big reason why the Warriors are competitive again

By Phil Taylor

No Kidding Never mind his paltry 6.5 points per game. Detroit strongman BEN WALLACE earns the MVP honor for his mastery on defense

By L. Jon Wertheim

More Awards... ...and Predictions

By Ian Thomsen


Back to the Bench Once a mastermind in Edmonton, Glen Sather has had no success in New York as G.M. of the Rangers. So now he'll try to coach them

By Michael Farber

No Garden Party Cablevision's stewardship has kept the Knicks in the doldrums too

By Chris Ballard

College Basketball

Look Who's No. 1... Again In a battle of unbeatens, No. 2 UConn and its frisky freshmen shut down Duke to regain the top spot

Island hopper Raised in that noted hoops hotbed of Newfoundland, sharpshooting guard Carl English traveled 5,800 miles to become a star at Hawaii

By Michael Farber

Nascar Season Preview 2003

How They'll Finish JEFF GORDON won the Cup in 2001, TONY STEWART stomped and kicked his way to the title in '02, but SI predicts that both men will be passed this year by a fellow Hoosier

What You'll See In 2003 A first-time champion at the Daytona 500, for starters, and a new racing powerhouse

Speed Demon Jeff Gordon is deified by millions as the paragon of all that's right about America, and vilified by millions more as the blue-eyed devil who will be the wrack and ruin of NASCAR. Could they both be right?

By Jeff MacGregor


Inside The Week in Sports

Inside College Basketball

Inside College Basketball

By Seth Davis

Inside Baseball

Inside Baseball

By Tom Verducci

King For A Day

By Rick Reilly


Leading Off


She'll Stop at Nothing Kelly Sutton is favored to be the first woman--and the first driver with MS--to win the pole in a race at Daytona.

By Steve Rushin


By Frank Deford; Tom Verducci; Pete McEntegart Edited by Kostya Kennedy

Q+A LL Cool J

By LL Cool J; Pete McEntegart Edited by Kostya Kennedy

The Show

By Bill Scheft Edited by Kostya Kennedy

Sports Beat

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

Faces In The Crowd

Edited by Kostya Kennedy