40 WORK FORCE
He plays in a lunch-bucket town, so he's perfect for the part. Ben Wallace may not have the hoops pedigree, but when he goes to work, he can hold his own with the best players in the NBA. by John Gustafson
44 HER CALL
Six seasons ago, Violet Palmer was an NBA groundbreaker. Now she's just a damn good referee who's getting better. One big reason? That look. by Ric Bucher
52 BLIND TRUST
Julius Peppers kept to himself, trusting no one. Then someone gave him a pill that promisted a boost for his tired legs. It cost him four games-and his good name. by Tom Friend
Mighty Ducks Vitaly Vishnevski and Ruslan Salei are part of a new wave of imports from the old U.S.S.R. who love Amercia-but still trust only one another.
68 FAR FROM HEAVEN
He's living in paradise. But Hawaii hoops star Carl English still dreams of coming home to the memories he left behind on the distant shores of Newfoundland.
74 ON THE ROPES
Inside the boxing ring, Johnny Tapia has been a champion five times. Outside of it, he's lived a vida loca laced with drugs, alcohol-and one tragedy after another. by Tim Keown
In a soaring sport full of wild riders and even wilder spirits, 17-year-old Supercross superstar Bubba Stewart flies up, up and away above them all. by Chris Palmer
66 TOTAL ACCESS: SAFE HOUSE
What's under the hood at NASCAR's high-tech, high-security R&D operation in North Carolina? Here's a sneak peek. by Dave McCall
13 THE SPORTS GUY
14 STUART SCOTT'S TWO WAY
16 THE POST
18 DO THE MATH by Steve Hirdt
29 THE JUMP
98 OUTTAKES by Dan Patrick/Vince Carter
58 IN THE CROSSHAIRS: JAROMIR JAGR
Last year, he was an outsider tabbed as a savior. This year, the Caps are his team. How far can he take them?
A five-time All-Star, Sharks captain Owen Nolan may be looking at a court martial ... Lights! Camera! Action! Ron Duguay stakes-again! ... Sami Kapanen would rather be in Philadelphia.
Why is this man smiling? Because he's back home, a lot richer and not expected to win. (Good thing.) Check out what Sweet Lou and nine other new managers are thinking.
Can San Jose SabreCats QB Mark Grieb follow in the footsteps of ex-Arena Football starts Kurt Warner and Tommy Maddox? ... Rashaan Salaam believes life does have a second act.
91 COLLEGE FOOTBALL
The Big East's dumping Temple after 2004, but coach Bobby Wallace has a plan to make it pay in 2003 ... Arizona State may have found the ultimate sleeper.
While most teams are busting a gut trying to get into the playoffs, four-and they know who they are-are shooting for an even bigger prize: LeBron James ... KG comes of age.
94 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Maryland's Drew Nicholas and Oklahoma State's Tony Allen have been promoted from second fiddle to first chair ... What are Jaspers?
96 THE BIZ
You think Vin Baker is just an overpaid Celtic with a spare tire? He's also part of the ex-owner's scheme to make every buck he could before he got out of town.