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May 24, 2010 | Volume 112, Issue 22

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Angolan children Cover - Sports Illustrated May 24, 2010

May 24, 2010
As a proud Yankees hater I was ready to skip the interview with Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte. But this story is larger than the Yankees and these four remarkable...

May 24, 2010 | JOE POSNANSKI
A Clevelander ain't too proud to beg LeBron James to stick around and win one for his beleaguered town

May 24, 2010
Who's Hot

May 24, 2010
WHOM WOULD YOU BUILD AROUND FOR 10 YEARS?

May 24, 2010 | Austin Murphy
On second thought: There's no way Brian Cushing is Rookie of the Year!

May 24, 2010 | Austin Murphy
A 45-year-old basketball coach at Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Enola, Pa., has been accused of trying to bribe referees to fix church youth-league games.

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Died

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Hal Gill

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May 24, 2010 | ADAM DUERSON
Catching up with sports over six seasons of the ABC hit

May 24, 2010 | Dan Patrick
The Interview

May 24, 2010 | Edited by ELIZABETH MCGARR
Palee Myrex

May 24, 2010 | TIM LAYDEN
Lookin at Lucky rallied from a rough Derby to win at Pimlico, making it 32 years without a Triple Crown winner

May 24, 2010 | IAN THOMSEN
After a ho-hum regular season, Boston has emerged as a title contender thanks to its suffocating defense

May 24, 2010 | JOE SHEEHAN
Some declining veterans are off to fast starts, but that doesn't mean their careers are back on track

May 24, 2010 | JIM TROTTER
The Jets added several brand names to their roster, but are these players worth the potential chemistry hit?

May 24, 2010 | A SPECIAL REPORT BY GRANT WAHL
Man United. More than the name of the world's most popular team, it's a description of the state of the planet beginning on June 11. For one month in South Africa, as 32 national teams compete in...

May 24, 2010 | A SPECIAL REPORT BY GRANT WAHL
Africa's greatest star, Didier Drogba, didn't single-handedly end his country's civil war, but such is the respect he commands that when he called for Ivorians to look beyond what divided them,...

May 24, 2010 | A SPECIAL REPORT BY GRANT WAHL
As South America's economic giant steps onto the global stage, its once distinctive soccer style is transforming too—from carefree and creative to sober and serious. Must beauty be sacrificed on...

May 24, 2010
Irish Eye

May 24, 2010 | Special Reporting by MELISSA SEGURA
He blends Latino creativity with European discipline—and even more important, Clint Dempsey "tries s---." Could the hard-edged, risk-taking Texan come to embody (finally) the American way to play?

May 24, 2010 | Special Reporting by MELISSA SEGURA
Detailed analysis of the U.S.'s first-round foes, plus scouting reports on the other seven groups, in the June 7 issue of SI TIM HOWARD

May 24, 2010 | LEE JENKINS
With years of ankle problems finally behind him, Grant Hill has reinvented himself as Phoenix's defensive stopper

May 24, 2010 | MICHAEL FARBER
Facing the surging Flyers in an unlikely conference final, Canadiens goaltender Jaroslav Halak has won over his hockey-mad city

May 24, 2010 | ALBERT CHEN
Pitches counted? Pitchers coddled? Not in Texas, where a Hall of Famer is molding a staff in his own old school image

May 24, 2010 | ALBERT CHEN
When Nolan Ryan says pitchers can throw more, he speaks from experience: In 1989, at age 42, he threw 166 pitches for Texas in a loss to the Royals. It's the second-highest total by a...

May 24, 2010 | S.L. PRICE
Four-time champ Justine Henin is again a favorite to win the French Open, but after a 20-month sabbatical, can she dominate without the negative fuel that once fired her?

May 24, 2010
Every SI Story ... Every SI Photo ... Ever SI.COM/VAULT

May 24, 2010 | TOM VERDUCCI
SI's lead baseball writer takes you deeper inside the game. This is just a taste of what you'll get online.

May 24, 2010 | PHIL TAYLOR
Dear Barry,

May 24, 2010
MY BAG

May 24, 2010 | DOUG BARRON
The Tour suspended me for PEDs, but I'm not going to go down without a fight

May 24, 2010 | BRANDEL CHAMBLEE
I don't know when we will see Tiger Woods (below) again, which is nothing new, but I do know that his recent injury is not easy to overcome. I suffered from the same ailment in...

May 24, 2010 | DAMON HACK
Rocked by the mysterious death of Erica Blasberg, an LPGA tour trying to find its niche was emboldenedby the heartfelt response of its new commissioner

May 24, 2010 | DAMON HACK
Se Ri Pak's first win in three years was a reminder of the impact the Korean has had in her native land