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July 09, 2012 | Volume 117, Issue 2

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July 09, 2012 | REBECCA SHORE
The four-time Olympic gold medalist is soaring even higher now that he's put some troubles behind him and taken up a new hobby: the trapeze

July 09, 2012 | MICHAEL FARBER
Bill Mikkelson's brief NHL career left him with one of the sport's worst stat lines—but the numbers don't begin to take the full measure of the man

A shaper of Hall of Famers and a victim of circumstance—basketball's statistical "biggest loser" is anything but that today

July 09, 2012 | DAN GREENE
For one successful team of baseball-playing Texas teens, the guy carrying the clipboard sure knows a lot about losing

The former NBA center set a record for futility from the charity stripe, but he's since made a greater mark with his charity work

July 09, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR
Reggie Jackson is 66 now, possessed of the sort of serenity and humility he never seemed to have as a player. But in many ways Mr. October remains the straw that stirs the drink

July 09, 2012 | Alexandra Fenwick
Call it Where Are They Now: The Prequel, in which SI travels 10 years into the future and looks back at how the stars of tomorrow got their start today. Dizzying, to be sure, but so is the...

July 09, 2012 | ROY BLOUNT JR.
He's written 23 books, hosted a TV show and been mistaken for the Mick. But, as always, it's best to let the former SI writer (and current contributor) tell the story himself

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After the farce in Las Vegas, where Manny Pacquiao lost to Tim Bradley, I think it's obvious that boxing has hit an alltime low. It's time for Pacquiao to just bow out gracefully and retire. He's...

July 09, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR
The year is 2042, and I am reveling in the annual Where Are They Now? issue of SI, which is projected in hologram form in front of me. It's a look at sports in 2012—those were the days! My teenage...

July 09, 2012 | TERRY MCDONELL
Memory sport, or the mind sport of memory, is a goofball competition in which you attempt to memorize information as fast as you can, then present it back—as in reciting the order of a shuffled...

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Founder: Henry R. Luce 1898--1967

The powers that be in college football finally agreed on a framework for a playoff, and—thankfully—the game may never be the same

In order to help limit grunting among its younger players—while leaving established pros such as Maria Sharapova (right) alone—the Women's Tennis Association announced last week that it would...

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Who is the most overrated position player in the game?

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July 09, 2012 | George Dohrmann
Leaked e-mails suggest it's time to rethink Joe Paterno's role in the Sandusky scandal

July 09, 2012 | Ben Reiter
A piercing mockumentary makes a five-ring circus of Olympic organizing efforts

July 09, 2012 | Ben Reiter
"I said to the ball that we had to make history and that it shouldn't let me down."

July 09, 2012 | Ben Reiter
Call it the Lull—that summertime stretch in which the big four sports are limited to just baseball. In 2012 it started after Miami's NBA Finals win on June 21, and it will stretch until the...

July 09, 2012 | DAN PATRICK

July 09, 2012 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK

July 09, 2012 | TOM VERDUCCI
The sudden rise of rookies Bryce Harper and Mike Trout characterize a season dominated by the new

July 09, 2012 | Joe Sheehan
Considered title contenders, both Detroit and Philadelphia are below .500. Which is more likely to turn around its season?

July 09, 2012 | Albert Chen
Who's the better rookie, Angels centerfielder Mike Trout or Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper? That's not a clown question, bro. Each made his 2012 debut on April 28, but the similarity between...

July 09, 2012 | BEN REITER
Several in-their-prime stars have curiously struggled through the season's first half, but three have had a particularly rough go of it. SI asked three anonymous pro scouts to diagnose what has...

July 09, 2012 | BEN REITER
These three top prospects are the next in line to receive the call and make their major league debuts

July 09, 2012 | GRANT WAHL
A transcendent 4--0 victory over Italy in the Euro 2012 final stamped La Roja as the most accomplished side in history

July 09, 2012 | GRANT WAHL
David Beckham won't suit up as an old-timer for Great Britain, but there will be loads of young star power in the men's Olympic tournament, with squads made up mostly of U-23 players. Keep an eye...

July 09, 2012 | S.L. PRICE
Brian Baker's run in the first week of Wimbledon was just one example of a big trend in men's tennis: Age is actually in a player's favor

July 09, 2012 | S.L. PRICE
Something rare and curious occurred at Wimbledon last Saturday: For the first time since the Open era began, in 1968, a player at a Grand Slam event played a set flawlessly. Kazakhstan's Yaroslava...

July 09, 2012 | S.L. PRICE
The graying of men's tennis since 1990 was evident during Week 1 of Wimbledon, where the average age and the number of players over 30 were record highs and the number of teenagers tied the...

July 09, 2012 | CHRIS MANNIX
Anthony Davis, whose defense has been compared to Bill Russell's, entered last Thursday's draft as the Franchise Player, a title that was reaffirmed when the Hornets chose the willowy 6'10"...

July 09, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
Former Cup champ Matt Kenseth hasn't lost a step, so why is he walking away from his longtime team?

July 09, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
With Matt Kenseth's impending departure from Roush Fenway Racing, NASCAR's Silly Season is just revving up. Here's a look at three other high-profile drivers likely to be sporting new uniforms in...

July 09, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
With nine races to go before the start of the Chase, racing's hottest issues are coming into focus

July 09, 2012 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
Tiger Woods again showed that he's good enough to win PGA Tour events, but how will he hold up at quirky Royal Lytham?

July 09, 2012 | Jim Gorant
For the fourth time since 1992, the PGA Tour's developmental circuit has a new sponsor: Effective immediately, the Nationwide tour is the tour. Next year the will supersede Q...

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July 09, 2012 | GARY SMITH
PARDON ME, I'd like to interrupt your regularly scheduled programming and introduce you to America's rarest athlete: Wonman Joseph Williams. His first name's a Korean word that means full harmony,...

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Now you see 'em—the Tyler Rose, Mr. October, the Reign Man. Now you don't.... And then, decades later, as Act II comes together (reinvention, redemption, renewal), you see them again, in a whole...

July 09, 2012 | LEE JENKINS
He was the most punishing runner of his generation. But there was a price to pay, addiction to overcome, a child's illness to face down. Yeah, the Tyler Rose has seen a thing or two

July 09, 2012 | L. JON WERTHEIM
Before the Thunder there was Reign Man and his Sonics. Shawn Kemp's NBA career was clouded—but a return to Seattle, believe it or not, brightened things up

July 09, 2012 | CHRIS NASHAWATY
The cast and crew of Bull Durham try to wrap their minds around how, 24 years ago, a minor league baseball movie became such a major league Hollywood hit

July 09, 2012 | CHRIS NASHAWATY
What ever became of the Durham Bulls and their off-camera cohorts?

July 09, 2012 | TED KEITH
In his first big league outing, John Paciorek had three hits, two walks, four runs scored and three RBIs. He never played in the majors again

July 09, 2012 | MATT GAGNE
The former Penn State rushing star is still playing football—sort of—eight years after his only appearance in an NFL game

July 09, 2012 | MATT GAGNE
Team USA's star goalie in the 1992 Olympics summoned a near shutout in his one game in the NHL, then disappeared into the minors

July 09, 2012 | MATT GAGNE
Though he played in only one NBA game, the former NCAA title-winning point guard has had a rich postbasketball life

July 09, 2012 | DAVID EPSTEIN
From the depths of loss and horror in a Nazi death camp, Ben Helfgott made himself into an Olympian and helped lift his fellow survivors to lives of meaning and connection