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June 06, 2005 | Volume 102, Issue 23

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Danica Patrick Cover - Sports Illustrated June 06, 2005

June 06, 2005
Reclusive Raider

June 06, 2005 | Steve Rushin
Reds closer Danny Graves was recently released after making an obscene hand gesture to a heckler in Cincinnati. A year after Phillies closer Billy Wagner was sidelined by an inflamed middle...

June 06, 2005 | Josh Elliott
Their counterparts in other sports fuss and fight, but the NFL commissioner and union chief often act like teammates. Can this be good for the game?

June 06, 2005 | Michael Farber
Hockey caught a glimpse of its future-and perhaps the best junior team ever-during the Memorial Cup tournament

June 06, 2005 | Mark Bechtel
1,000 Tournaments played on the PGA and Champions tours by 64-year-old J.C. Snead, who became the seventh player to reach quadruple digits when he teed off at last week's Senior PGA Championship.

June 06, 2005 | Chris Mannix
It's a new day in a new league for 46-year-old Rickey Henderson

June 06, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel

June 06, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel
Actor Kevin Pollak has said he's interested in doing a film version of Three Nights in August, Buzz Bissinger's book about a 2003 series between the Cardinals and the Cubs as seen through the eyes...

June 06, 2005 | Bill Scheft
Good to be here. Have you seen The Longest Yard? I was stunned. I thought Bill Romanowski was supposed to stay away from secondhand scripts.

June 06, 2005 | Richard Deitsch
The 51-year-old director's Cinderella Man, about boxer James Braddock (SI, May 9), stars Russell Crowe.

June 06, 2005 | Adam Duerson
Is the pen mightier than the racket? Anna Kournikova will soon find out. In the June issue of Elle she becomes the magazine's first fitness columnist, writing about body maintenance in her...

June 06, 2005 | Adam Duerson
A Little League team in Kentucky is sponsored by Hooters.

June 06, 2005 | Adam Duerson

June 06, 2005 | Amanda Cherrin
What to watch and watch for

June 06, 2005 | Mark Bechtel
Matt Danowski

June 06, 2005 | Richard Deitsch
Seattle Storm Guard

June 06, 2005 | Edited By Kostya Kennedy and B.J. Schecter

June 06, 2005 | Edited By Kostya Kennedy and B.J. Schecter
Who is the best lefthanded pitcher in baseball?

June 06, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli
Tinted contacts are giving players a new lens on life

June 06, 2005 | Edited By Kostya Kennedy and B.J. Schecter
Detroit Pistons Edition

June 06, 2005 | Edited By Kostya Kennedy and B.J. Schecter
Your favorite Triple Crown moment?

June 06, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy and B.J. Schecter
DESCRIBING THE ninth-inning home run that beat the Yankees in the 1960 World Series in an Oct. 23, 2000, SI article, the former Pirate Bill Mazeroski (above) recalled his own boyhood fantasies:...

June 06, 2005 | TOM VERDUCCI
Bedeviled by the Big Apple last year in his first try as a Yankee, Alex Rodriguez is stress-free and gaining acceptance from teammates and fans. It helps to be leading the majors in homers, RBIs...

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June 06, 2005 | MICHAEL SILVER
As the Women's College World Series opens in Oklahoma City, softball is soaring in popularity thanks to taut games, TV and a U.S. gold medal

June 06, 2005 | MICHAEL SILVER
SI handicaps the eight teams in the double-elimination WCWS

June 06, 2005 | Ian Thomsen
With Detroit's big men looming large in the Eastern final, Shaquille O'Neal was trying to rise to the challenge for Miami, aided by a new 6'10" friend

June 06, 2005 | Jack McCallum
Tim Duncan led the Spurs to the brink of the Finals with cool efficiency and amazingly little fanfare

June 06, 2005 | E. M. Swift
Despite finishing fourth behind Dan Wheldon, 23-year-old DANICA PATRICK was a big winner at the Indy 500

June 06, 2005 | Kelli Anderson
Forget racing. Indy turned Danica into a one-name celebrity, a hot pinup and the object of marketers' affections

June 06, 2005 | LARS ANDERSON
Slowed by a record number of yellow flags but capped by a furious finish, the COCA-COLA 600 highlighted NASCAR's big questions heading into the second half of the regular season

June 06, 2005
For every race, from a quarter mile down a strip to 500 miles around an oval--and every kind of track in between--there's a car built to produce MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE. Here's a comparison of those...

June 06, 2005 | LARS ANDERSON
The U.S. hasn't had an F/1 driver since 1993, but the deliberate development of young SCOTT SPEED is about to change that

June 06, 2005 | LARS ANDERSON
Many of the best drivers in NASCAR and Indy racing first proved their worth in the grit of ELDORA SPEEDWAY, pushing sprint cars to the limit

June 06, 2005
The Week In Sports

June 06, 2005 | L. Jon Wertheim
Week 1 of the French Open belonged to the Spanish men, whose all-surface game was just right for the red clay

June 06, 2005 | L. Jon Wertheim
"I can kick her ass off," Sesil Karatantcheva boasted before facing Maria Sharapova at the 2004 Pacific Life Open. Karatantcheva (right) lost in three sets, but you had to admire the abundant...

June 06, 2005 | Peter King
As he makes one more run in '05, the Steelers' Jerome Bettis hopes to see the Pats' Tedy Bruschi across the line

June 06, 2005 | Peter King
Good for Jerry Rice. The NFL's career reception leader, Rice, 42, agreed last week to a one-year deal with the Broncos. Critics say that Rice, the former 49ers great who played most of last year...

June 06, 2005 | Daniel G. Habib
The probable No. 1 pick in the draft, teenage shortstop Justin Upton looks like a natural to make the big leagues

June 06, 2005 | Daniel G. Habib

June 06, 2005 | Albert Chen

June 06, 2005 | Tom Verducci

June 06, 2005 | Rick Reilly

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June 06, 2005 | GARY VAN SICKLE
Sixteen years after the meltdown that came to define his career, Mike Reid made amends by finishing like a champion and finally laying claim to a PGA

After last year's embarrassment at Shinnecock Hills, the USGA is taking pains to make sure that the same thing doesn't happen at Pinehurst

June 06, 2005 | JIM GORANT
As the Euro tour roils, the question is, What will become of Colin Montgomerie?

June 06, 2005 | Chris Eliopoulos, Writer

June 06, 2005
Under the Radar

June 06, 2005 | Art Stricklin
After hanging on to win the FedEx Classic by a shot, Leonard reflected on fear, weightlifting and diapers

June 06, 2005
What golfers are talking about

June 06, 2005 | Craig Shankland
WHO: Mike Reid

June 06, 2005 | Jim Gorant
The NCAA Championships are to be held Wednesday through Saturday at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md. Here are the 10 teams we think have the best shot at the title.

June 06, 2005 | Bill Syken
Two-time Olympian Hunter Kemper credits an improved diet for his sudden rise to the top of the world rankings

June 06, 2005 | E.M. SWIFT
The IOC is voting on whether to eliminate some events and add others--a contentious first step toward freshening up the Games

June 06, 2005 | Brian Cazeneuve
With a month to go before the 2012 host city is selected, Paris looks golden, but London is gaining

June 06, 2005 | Robert Whiting
A Japanese expansion team turned to an American G.M. to bring new blood to the game. He didn't last long

June 06, 2005 | Bill Syken
Back for another stint managing the Chiba Lotte Marines, Bobby Valentine says many elements of the Japanese game have been Americanized since he first piloted the team, in 1995. Players now bunt...

June 06, 2005 | Charles Hirshberg
In an accomplished new memoir, the first woman of Indy recounts the twists and turns of her life in racing

June 06, 2005 | Richard O'Brien

June 06, 2005 | Andrew Lawrence
After being snubbed by two NFL clubs, former Heisman winner Eric Crouch is relearning an old position