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July 02, 2012 | Volume 117, Issue 1

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Lebron James Cover - Sports Illustrated July 02, 2012

July 02, 2012
Josh Hamilton may be the best all-around player since Willie Mays, but to me his greatest legacy will be his comeback from addiction. What could have been just another example of a player wasting...

July 02, 2012
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July 02, 2012
Do you think MMA fighters like UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos (below, right) will help make the sport more popular than boxing?

July 02, 2012
"After those penalty misses against Italy, I guess there won't be too many baby boys named Ashley in England this year."

July 02, 2012 | S.L. PRICE
With tennis reveling in its greatest era, the Olympics competition at Wimbledon figures to be a smash

July 02, 2012 | S.L. PRICE
Police in Mesa, Ariz., were able to identify the suspect in a shooting (who later confessed) by the Yankees logo tattooed on his forehead.

July 02, 2012
NOT: NORTHSIDE SLIDE

July 02, 2012 | Joe Lemire
With unparalleled access to the Marlins, Showtime's The Franchise goes deep

July 02, 2012 | Joe Lemire
"I like working on it."

July 02, 2012 | Ben Reiter
A new novel about cycling probes the toll of a medal quest

July 02, 2012
| DIED |

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July 02, 2012 | LUKE WINN
The view from a sidewalk in picturesque Bellefonte, Pa., bordered on surreal as Jerry Sandusky's verdict came down

July 02, 2012
TOP OF THE DRAFT

July 02, 2012 | DAN PATRICK
BACK ON TRACK

July 02, 2012 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
MATT NESMITH

July 02, 2012 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
On each page of Golden Boys, the latest book of baseball paintings by Andy Jurinko, the game of the artist's youth comes to life. In the book, Jurinko, who died last year at age 71, vividly...

July 02, 2012 | Paul Forrester
One man's hobby makes a complex labor agreement accessible to all

July 02, 2012 | TIM LAYDEN
Local hero Ashton Eaton lifted the Olympic track and field trials in Eugene with a world record in the decathlon

July 02, 2012 | TIM LAYDEN
Decathlete Ashton Eaton looks headed for gold. Here's how some other qualifiers from Eugene register on the medal meter

July 02, 2012 | JOE SHEEHAN
Led by the best division in baseball, the game's balance of power tilts decidedly to the right side of the map

July 02, 2012 | JOE SHEEHAN
Does the Greek God of Walks have anything left?

July 02, 2012 | MICHAEL FARBER
Jason Garrison is about to become the richest player you never heard of

July 02, 2012 | GRANT WAHL
Messi may be more beloved (and have better numbers), but the Euros confirm the claim of his rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, to the title of 2012 world player of the year

July 02, 2012 | GRANT WAHL
ALL NUMBERS ARE FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2012, THROUGH JUNE 24

July 02, 2012 | LEE JENKINS
It was harder than he ever expected, but with a bravura performance in the postseason LeBron James made good on his vow to bring a title to South Beach. Will it be the first of many?

July 02, 2012 | PABLO S. TORRE
In a draft with only one sure thing, a top prospect's mental disorder raises the question, How much risk are teams willing to accept?

July 02, 2012 | ALBERT CHEN
Long before he became Giancarlo Stanton, the young Marlins slugger left an unmistakable imprint—on scouts, not to mention countless outfield walls and scoreboards

July 02, 2012 | ALBERT CHEN
In 2011, Giancarlo Stanton was one of four players 25 or younger to hit 30 home runs; his 34 led that group. Only one player from that age group (Carlos Gonzalez) reached 30 in 2010. The number of...

July 02, 2012 | AUSTIN MURPHY
Are you so over bike racing? Had your fill of gasping, spindly-armed men in Lycra? Been turned off by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's recent, ugly allegations against Lance Armstrong? As the sport...

July 02, 2012 | JACK MCCALLUM
The toughest competition faced by the best team in basketball history was, in fact, its own: at a closed scrimmage in Monaco between sides led by Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson, the details of...

July 02, 2012 | JACK MCCALLUM
Jack McCallum discusses his book Dream Team in a podcast on all tablet editions of the July 2 issue and at <xhtml:a xmlns:xhtml="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"...

July 02, 2012 | JACK MCCALLUM
Here is the box score for the Monaco scrimmage

July 02, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR
I don't want to think about Jerry Sandusky anymore. I don't want to spend another moment considering the evil he visited upon so many young boys. I don't even want to think about how Sandusky, the...

July 02, 2012 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
As newly crowned U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson—along with 10 other major winners who teed it up at the Travelers—can attest, playing the week after winning a big one is never easy

July 02, 2012 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
Leishman's 62 was the best final round by a winner this year. (He finished two hours and 40 minutes before the last group.) Since 2000 a winner has shot 62 or lower on Sunday only nine times.

July 02, 2012 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
Europe holds an 8-4-1 edge in the last 13 Ryder Cups, but if this year's matches were held today (they are scheduled for Sept. 28--30 at Medinah), the U.S. would be a heavy favorite based on the...

July 02, 2012 | DOTTIE PEPPER
Two weeks ago Patrick Cantlay (below) was a UCLA junior, a terrific student and hands down the best amateur golfer in the world. He was low am at the 2011 U.S. Open and 2012...

July 02, 2012 | MICKEY WRIGHT
Yes, the purses I played for don't compare, but I'm proud of my place in LPGA history

July 02, 2012 | MICKEY WRIGHT
Mathias Vinson, the Euro tour caddie who tried to ditch Jose Manuel Lara's 15th club, has been banned indefinitely.

July 02, 2012
FOR THE IRISH OPEN