The Way Balls Bounce

Two spectacular athletes epitomize the highs and lows of March Madness

IN THE FICKLE LEDGER OF COMPETITIVE ATHLETICS, how an athlete performs in one game or during a single play can define an entire career. Sheryl Swoopes will be remembered for her 47-point performance last week as she led Texas Tech to the national basketball championship. Forgotten was Swoopes' 31-point semifinal game and career as a high school phenom. In the men's championship, Chris Webber of Michigan scored a team-leading 23 points, and in the game's dying moments had possession of the ball. Instead of sinking the winning shot, he mistakenly called an illegal time-out, allowing the opposing North Carolina Tarheels to...

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