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May 25, 2009 | Volume 110, Issue 21

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Lebron James Cover - Sports Illustrated May 25, 2009

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May 25, 2009 | TONY DUNGY
Helping Michael Vick and other young people realize their potential

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practice of the 1984 U.S. Olympic basketball team, coach Bob Knight stopped the proceedings and, feigning amazement, handed forward Wayman Tisdale a pen and a piece of paper. Knight had him...

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Delaware State is forfeiting its 2009 football game against conference rival North Carolina A&T so it can play a lucrative game at Michigan instead.

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By Roger Federer in the final of the Madrid Open, Rafael Nadal. The loss ended Nadal's 33-match clay court winning streak and his five-match winning streak over Federer, a run that includes...

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Amount the firm owned by former Oklahoma quarterback and ex--U.S. Representative J.C. Watts has been paid over the last five years to lobby for the BCS.

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Red Sox DH, to reporters after going 0 for 7 and stranding 12 runners in a 12-inning loss to the Angels last Thursday:

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When umps got their fill early

May 25, 2009 | Richard Deitsch
Expect more X's and O's as a former coach joins

May 25, 2009 | KOSTYA KENNEDY
A new look at the dawn of MLB's expansion era

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What smart fans should do this week

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Votto thinks Cuban's most recent spat—the Mavs' owner harassed the mother of Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin after a playoff game—makes him a clear choice for a timeout. Sprewell's attack on then...

May 25, 2009 | Dan Patrick
The Interview

May 25, 2009 | Dan Patrick
While a LeBron-versus-Kobe matchup would be the most anticipated head-to-head meeting in an NBA Finals since Jordan-Magic in 1991, I certainly don't think it's the end of the world if it doesn't...

May 25, 2009 | Dan Patrick
Pete Rose knows what it's like to be shunned by the Hall of Fame, and it's not something he'd wish on anyone. "I'm willing to give a guy a second chance," Rose said. "Would I vote for A-Rod [for...

May 25, 2009 | Dan Patrick
Bob Costas is having a difficult time believing Manny Ramirez's assertion that he was taking hCG for what he called a "personal health issue." Costas told me:

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Michelle, a sophomore at Montgomery High, won the women's platform event and teamed with Kaylea Arnett to win the synchronized platform at the Speedo USA Diving Spring National Championships....

May 25, 2009 | Melissa Segura
An NAIA sidearmer fires a string of blanks

May 25, 2009 | GABRIELE MARCOTTI
Next week's Champions League final is an epic showdown between the world's two best players

May 25, 2009 | Jonah Freedman
U.S. goalkeeper long ago made his peace with leaving Manchester United, and since joining Everton in 2006, he's reestablished himself as one of the top keepers in England. "I could have stayed at...

May 25, 2009 | SARAH KWAK
Young Blackhawks sprite Patrick Kane is defying logic and defenses—and he's dying to stick it to the Red Wings

May 25, 2009 | Michael Farber
Entering Monday's Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against Carolina, Penguins captain had 53 points in 38 career playoff games for an average of 1.39 points—highest among active players...

May 25, 2009 | JON HEYMAN
Talks involving Jake Peavy have quieted, but two division rivals are worth watching when the bidding starts anew

May 25, 2009 | TOM VERDUCCI
He has more wins in his 40s than he did in his 20s, and he enjoyed his most fearsome run in his late 30s; as he closes in on 300 wins, it's safe to say there's never been another pitching giant like

May 25, 2009 | TOM VERDUCCI
The Little Unit, here at age 12, grew up in the Bay Area. Under USC coach Rod Dedeaux (center) and alongside Trojan teammate Mark McGwire, Johnson tried out for (but did not make) the '84 U.S....

May 25, 2009 | TOM VERDUCCI
Joe Posnanski weighs in on the Big Unit's place in history at

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May 25, 2009 | TIM LAYDEN
proved her jockey right by wiring the boys at the Preakness, but not without a scare from Mine That Bird, who validated his Derby victory

May 25, 2009 | TIM LAYDEN
For Tim Layden's analysis of the June 6 Belmont Stakes, go to

May 25, 2009 | LARS ANDERSON
After a distressing trial on tax-evasion charges, is free and clear and on the pole at Indy. So is racing's most irrepressible character a changed man?

May 25, 2009 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE
Putting behind him his out-of-the-pool controversies, his three-month suspension and his thoughts of leaving the sport for good, a motivated returned to competition eager to test himself and...

May 25, 2009 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE
Check out a photo gallery of Michael Phelps back in action, at

May 25, 2009 | JOE POSNANSKI
It's been a rough few decades for Clevelanders—no mistake (by the lake) about it. But with and the Cavaliers playing otherworldly basketball, long-suffering fans dare to imagine their first...

May 25, 2009 | JOE POSNANSKI
Playoff coverage, notes and predictions from Chris Mannix at

May 25, 2009 | CHRIS MANNIX
The Magic's outside touch gives them a shot at spoiling Cleveland's party

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For a gallery of baseball's 300-game winners and to find every cover and article that has appeared in SI, go to

May 25, 2009 | PETER KING
SI's fearless NFL expert opines on all the latest news, buzz and inside information surrounding players and teams from around the league. This is just a taste.

May 25, 2009 | CHRIS BALLARD
Skinny kid from Georgetown, drafted No. 1 by the Sixers in 1996? With speed, swagger and a staccato crossover, he'd dart around the NBA's oak trees and drop 50, even on a bum ankle. He turned...

May 25, 2009 | JOHN GARRITY
Although it has been around since 1922, a revitalized Texas Open, won by , was rarin' to justify its new spot leading off the Lone Star State swing

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May 25, 2009 | SCOTT GUMMER
The 40-year-old mystery of the woman in is solved

May 25, 2009 | SCOTT GUMMER

May 25, 2009 | Dottie Pepper
, the talented 20-year-old from Northern Ireland, has been a breath of fresh air with the press this year simply by being himself—honest, mature and fun to listen to. His comments last week about...