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June 25, 2012 | Volume 116, Issue 26

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Lebron James Cover - Sports Illustrated June 25, 2012

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Thanks for giving us a glance at how former players who chose to stay clean, but never made it to the big leagues, were affected during the Steroid Era. For a while I had stopped characterizing...

June 25, 2012 | GRANT WAHL
Roger Goodell knows it; the 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine shows it: There's something about fútbol that football lacks

June 25, 2012 | GRANT WAHL
James Hearns, a senior linebacker from Tallahassee's Lincoln High who has committed to Florida, was ejected from a football camp at Florida State for performing the Gator Chomp.

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NOT: KICK-STOPPED

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| RETIRED |

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Who is the most underrated position player in baseball?

June 25, 2012 | David Epstein
The latest doping allegations against Lance Armstrong may be hard to shake

June 25, 2012 | Jim Gorant
With a radical revamping, Larry Ellison hopes to restore the luster of the America's Cup

June 25, 2012 | Jim Gorant
"I didn't know if it was part of the deal. I never won a major."

June 25, 2012 | Jim Gorant
LIFE LESSONS

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What pearls of wisdom Pacman Jones may have to offer

June 25, 2012 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
CAMI CHAPUS

June 25, 2012 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
All the world's a stage, including—fittingly enough in the land of Shakespeare—the opening ceremony for next month's London Olympics. Director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) has concocted a...

June 25, 2012 | Joe Lemire
If pitching history is being made, chances are Ted Barrett is in the background

June 25, 2012 | DAN PATRICK
HIGH-AVERAGE JOE

June 25, 2012 | JOE SHEEHAN
Throwing a no-hitter isn't easy—but it's more likely when hitters are striking out at a record pace (which isn't necessarily a bad thing)

June 25, 2012 | JOE SHEEHAN
Not everyone is looking to grip and rip at the plate—but there are trade-offs for hitters who buck the current strikeout trend. The players who are the best in the majors at making contact...

June 25, 2012 | CHRIS MANNIX
After the consensus No. 1 choice, the field is wide open and deep. Here's how the picks will play out on June 28

June 25, 2012 | SARAH KWAK
The best player won't necessarily be the first taken in this week's draft, where even the top prospects are receiving icy receptions

June 25, 2012 | PIERRE MCGUIRE
SURE THINGS

June 25, 2012 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
The little grin said it all.

June 25, 2012 | LEE JENKINS
As the Heat seized an early lead over the Thunder, one thing became clear: The title will go to the team whose star can best close out a game

June 25, 2012 | IAN THOMSEN
The fourth quarter may belong to the closers, but the early moments of these Finals have been shaped by Miami's ever-evolving veteran, Shane Battier

June 25, 2012 | SARAH KWAK
Four years after a misstep cost her Olympic gold, hurdler Lolo Jones is hoping that high-tech training will help her fend off a slew of tough rivals at the U.S. trials

June 25, 2012 | Brian Cazeneuve
There's no shortage of story lines as three sports—swimming, track and field, and gymnastics—start their Olympic trials

June 25, 2012 | MICHAEL FARBER
In a showdown for purists only, Drew Doughty led L.A. to the title and emerged as the game's best defenseman. But next season he may not get to play

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NOW ON SI.COM

June 25, 2012 | L. JON WERTHEIM
THE SOUL OF AMERICA'S FASTEST-RISING SPORT CAN BE FOUND IN A DESERT OCTAGON WHERE MYSTICISM MINGLES WITH DISCIPLINED MAYHEM

June 25, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR
Somewhere at this moment, a college basketball coach is hunched over his smartphone, furiously thumbing out adoring text messages to hoops stars half his age as if his job depended on it, which it...

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FOR THE AT&T NATIONAL

June 25, 2012 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
Michael Allen, the oldest player in the Open field, has either witnessed or experienced firsthand a lifetime of career-changing victories and soul-crushing defeats at Olympic, his home course....

June 25, 2012 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
Tiger Woods shot 148 in the last two rounds, his second-highest U.S. Open total as a pro. He shot 149 in 2004 at Shinnecock Hills. Last week Woods saved par from the sand only twice in 11 tries.

June 25, 2012 | BRANDEL CHAMBLEE
In April 1986, golf's World Ranking debuted, with Bernard Langer as the No. 1 player. Since then 15 men have held the top spot, but does that mean they were the best? From the start the ranking...

June 25, 2012 | GARY VAN SICKLE
A team of teen phenoms—led by a baby-faced assassin—hijacked the U.S. Open

June 25, 2012 | GARY VAN SICKLE
If you were Beau Hossler's coach, would you advise him to turn pro after high school?

June 25, 2012 | DAVIS LOVE III
My father and his friend and mentor, Harvey Penick, shared a common bond: Both delighted in helping players understand their swings