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July 13, 2009 | Volume 111, Issue 2

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Nolan Ryan Cover - Sports Illustrated July 13, 2009

July 13, 2009 | TOM VERDUCCI
Some didn't get it, but for those who believe in the magic of baseball, this paean to the national pastime went straight to the heart

July 13, 2009 | MICHAEL FARBER
One of the pioneering Russians in the NHL, he became a Stanley Cup hero in Detroit before tragedy altered his life's path

July 13, 2009 | Joe Lemire
it's known as the Comeback Game. As the Candlestick Park crowd showered him with standing ovations on Aug. 10, 1989, Giants lefthander Dave Dravecky allowed only one hit through seven innings and...

July 13, 2009 | Michael Farber
moustache is faded from its old ginger to a bouquet of gold and gray, but it is still untamed in its glory and as dense as a James Joyce novel. Lanny McDonald has carried this tangle above his...

July 13, 2009 | Joe Lemire
after school in seventh grade, Michelle Carter came home and asked her parents if she could try the shot put. "You don't know what you're getting into," her father, Michael, replied. Growing up,...

July 13, 2009 | KELLI ANDERSON
A decade after one of the most memorable victory celebrations in sports history, she's still letting it all hang out on the pitch

July 13, 2009 | Adam Duerson
to go back 10 years for his last fond memory of pro football. That was the day Akili Smith's agent, Leigh Steinberg, posed the question, "Would you take $12 million to be the first pick in the...

July 13, 2009 | Adam Duerson
Not so much anymore. These days when the fifth pick in the 1999 NBA draft dreams, it's mostly business. Ideas are scrawled in bedside notebooks and money is ultimately spent. "I'll often wake up...

July 13, 2009 | Adam Duerson
, the former UConn point guard, has spent the past eight years toiling on such teams as Ironi Ramat Gan in Israel and Ukraine's Azovmash Mariupol, far from his hometown of Minneapolis. The...

July 13, 2009 | Text by SARAH KWAK
have already found their places in the sun. Watch over the next few years to see how far their dreams will carry them—to college stardom, professional titles or Olympic gold

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Breaking News | Real-time Scores | Daily Analysis

July 13, 2009 | JON HEYMAN
SI's prolific baseball expert presents his 2009 midseason awards. This is just a taste of what you'll get online.

July 13, 2009 | SELENA ROBERTS
man in the wheelchair had the middle-aged-rocker look down cold, with his thinning, long locks and a wardrobe of vintage T-shirts, as I walked by him during July 2005, on my way to my father's...

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This year's NBA Finals may be considered Kobe Bryant's finest hour, but something tells me we have much more to look forward to.

July 13, 2009 | ALEXANDER WOLFF
Why cycling is viewed so differently across the pond

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SHOULD HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE IN THE WORLD SERIES BE DECIDED BY WHICH LEAGUE WINS THE ALL-STAR GAME OR BY WHICH TEAM HAS THE BETTER REGULAR-SEASON RECORD?

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a sport that seems to attract psychological basket cases, Alexis Arguello was a complicated champion. The son of a poor Nicaraguan shoemaker could be a reluctant fighter, a conflicted soul who...

July 13, 2009
Officials in Dutchess County, N.Y., warned the Class A Hudson Valley Renegades that a planned ladies' night promotion "violates the New York State Human Rights Law ... and the [federal] guarantee...

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From the Cuban national team, 21-year-old Aroldis Chapman one of the top lefthanded pitching prospects in the world. On July 1 Chapman disappeared from the team's hotel in Rotterdam, the...

July 13, 2009
At bats it took the Nationals' Adam Dunn to hit his 300th career home run.

July 13, 2009
Yankees pitcher and pro wrestling fan, after watching practice and going backstage at a Florida Championship Wrestling match:

July 13, 2009 | S.L. Price
Indomitable on the field, the former Pro Bowl quarterback met a violent end

July 13, 2009 | MARK BECHTEL
Who belongs in NASCAR's Hall of Fame

July 13, 2009 | Lee Jenkins
A struggling ace gets help from an unlikely source

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What smart fans should do this week

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Smith knew would get to her: "I also read the book and cried." Sabathia shed tears watching the 2000 film about the Navy's first African-American master diver, portrayed by Cuba Gooding Jr. And...

July 13, 2009
Rupp, a senior at Oregon, won the 10,000 meters at the USA Track and Field Championships (27:52.53) after winning the NCAA Division I titles in the 5,000 and 10,000 earlier this spring. The...

July 13, 2009 | Dan Patrick

July 13, 2009 | L. JON WERTHEIM
In another epic Wimbledon final, outlasted Andy Roddick to win a record-setting 15th Grand Slam singles title and reestablish himself as the undisputed king of men's tennis

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July 13, 2009 | JOE POSNANSKI
On the eve of the 2009 All-Star Game in the home city of the oracle of statistical analysis considers the St. Louis slugger's place in history

July 13, 2009 | L. JON WERTHEIM
The disgraced quarterback has already paid a greater price for his crime than most wayward athletes. The punishment doesn't necessarily end with his federal sentence, however. The NFL commissioner...

July 13, 2009 | L. JON WERTHEIM
A cross section of recommendations on what the NFL commissioner should do with Michael Vick

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SUMMER DOUBLE ISSUE

July 13, 2009 | PETER KING
Fifty years ago a group of would-be owners who couldn't get into the NFL launched a rival league that would transform the way pro football is played—and contribute mightily to its rise as the...

July 13, 2009 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
In a year of turmoil, good news came out of the Big Apple, where the '69 Series champs surprised the world and became heroes forever

July 13, 2009 | RICHARD O'BRIEN
The only man to win the Indy 500, the Daytona 500 and an F/1 title remains rooted in racing as patriarch of open wheel's first family

July 13, 2009 | Elizabeth McGarr
couldn't feel his right leg. Then he couldn't feel his right arm. Rod Laver thought perhaps the bright lights that had been set up for the television interview that July afternoon in 1998 were...

July 13, 2009 | Elizabeth McGarr
innocuous comment, thrown out at Candlestick Park one day in 1962 while lanky 6'4" Giants rookie pitcher Gaylord Perry took batting practice. "Hey, Alvin," sportswriter Harry Jupiter called out...

July 13, 2009 | Elizabeth McGarr
more tournaments than any other professional golfer, male or female, but when Kathy Whitworth learned in 2005 that her home course, Trophy Club Country Club in Roanoke, Texas, was building a case...

July 13, 2009 | Elizabeth McGarr
from his 43-yard-line, his team down 14--8 with 4:47 remaining and the Arkansas fans as loud as they'd been all day, Texas quarterback James Street, who had led the Longhorns' wishbone running...

July 13, 2009 | TOM VERDUCCI
Before laptops, spreadsheets and VORP, the wizard of Baltimore was winning pennants by following his own internal baseball calculus

July 13, 2009 | L. JON WERTHEIM
Pittsburgh's hard-hitting Hall of Fame corner uses his ample powers of persuasion to set wayward youth on the right path

July 13, 2009 | PABLO S. TORRE
The bespectacled submariner of the '79 Series remains a man of the people in Pittsburgh

July 13, 2009 | PABLO S. TORRE
The swift centerfielder with the whistle-tooting wife is a figure to be reckoned with in his native Panama

July 13, 2009 | LARS ANDERSON
The men of the Sugar Bowl goal line stand are immortalized in Crimson Tide lore—and in Alabama's most beloved work of art

July 13, 2009 | Pablo S. Torre
for his roles as a prizefighter in , hit man Anthony (the Ant) Squigliaro in and tough guy Bobby Zanone in , Vito Antuofermo didn't require much formal training. "The mob, fighting, being a wise...

July 13, 2009 | L. JON WERTHEIM
She burst onto the scene two decades ago, came to dominate women's tennis—and then traveled a rocky road to self-discovery

July 13, 2009 | GARY VAN SICKLE
A golf writer's son makes his PGA Tour debut, with Pop as his looper

July 13, 2009 | GARY VAN SICKLE

July 13, 2009 | Dottie Pepper
The U.S. Women's Open takes place this week at Saucon Valley in Bethlehem, Pa., and it always causes me to do some soul-searching. Here's what's on my mind this week.

July 13, 2009 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
The golfing public's view of has changed the second time around

July 13, 2009 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
TECHNIQUE

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A year after breaking in, Seles (left) beat Graf in the 1990 French Open final for her first major singles title.