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July 04, 2005 | Volume 103, Issue 1

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Michael Vick Cover - Sports Illustrated July 04, 2005

July 04, 2005 | Brian Cazeneuve
JANUARY 8, 1996

July 04, 2005
New Ball

July 04, 2005
The photo of the surfer and the runaway Jet Ski that appeared in the LEADING OFF section of the May 9 issue was miscredited. The correct photographer is Brian Bielmann.

July 04, 2005
LETTERS

July 04, 2005 | Steve Rushin
Now this is a long-drive contest: Every summer, in a single day, four buddies play three holes of golf in each of the six New England states, all the while busting each other's chops and sharing...

July 04, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
Waking up echoes of a bygone era, China and Russia have made a pact to ensure that the U.S. doesn't win the most medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics

July 04, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
At the U.S. Women's Open they were easy to find--if you just followed the crowds

July 04, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
Swept

July 04, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
4.29

July 04, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
Against her will, an Olympic soccer hero loses her spot on Team USA

July 04, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone can't. While discussing Danica Patrick (below) with reporters before the U.S. Grand Prix, the 74-year-old Englishman said, "Women should be all dressed in white...

July 04, 2005 | Richard Deitsch
The 40-year-old actor-comedian stars as a basketball coach in Rebound, which opens on July 1

July 04, 2005 | Phil Zabriskie
Liberia's premiere athlete sets his sights on the presidency of his chaotic nation

July 04, 2005 | Phil Zabriskie
HIT

July 04, 2005 | Adam Duerson
Sixers guard Allen Iverson's 30th birthday bash wasn't a surprise party, but the guest of honor still got a bit of a shock. Iverson was denied entrance to the Garden of Eden Club in Hollywood by a...

July 04, 2005 | Adam Duerson
Brazilian soccer star Roberto Carlos was mugged while doing a live radio interview.

July 04, 2005 | Adam Duerson
SESIL KARATANCHEVA

July 04, 2005 | Amanda Cherrin
What to watch and watch for

July 04, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
Katelin McCahill

July 04, 2005 | Michael Farber
Cubs Closer

July 04, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
Who's Hot

July 04, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
If you could pick one player to build a team around, whom would it be?

July 04, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
Baseball's freshman class is still adjusting to life in the big leagues

July 04, 2005 | Jack McCallum
With the NBA title corked, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich talked with SI's Jack McCallum about his other passion--wine.

July 04, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
... with Ichiro Suzuki and Bret Boone

July 04, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
[This article contains a table.  Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

July 04, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
NASCAR Driver

July 04, 2005
[This article consists of photographs -- See Below.]

July 04, 2005 | MICHAEL SILVER
Kids love him and his jersey's hot, but even having taken the Falcons to new heights, Michael Vick is still bugged by critics who say he's not a real NFL quarterback

July 04, 2005 | DANIEL G. HABIB
The Nationals and the Orioles are locked in a spirited contest for the hearts and minds of fans in the game's new hotbed

July 04, 2005 | Tom Verducci
The Nationals and the Orioles surged into playoff contention in the first half thanks to key contributions from players such as Washington closer Chad Cordero and Baltimore second baseman Brian...

July 04, 2005 | TOM VERDUCCI
Undaunted by a bewildering first half of the season, we offer predictions for the second half

July 04, 2005 | Tom Verducci
Who's been the best of the best so far? Tom Verducci has the answers

July 04, 2005 | Jack McCallum
The bond between town and team has helped the Spurs win two titles in the last three years. Now all the talk in San Antonio is about dynasty

July 04, 2005 | Ian Thomsen
Ian Thomsen takes a fearless stab at what will come to pass in the 2005-06 season

July 04, 2005 | ALBERT CHEN
With a homegrown roster studded with stellar pitchers, the Longhorns made amends for last year's collapse by winning the College World Series for a sixth time

July 04, 2005 | ALBERT CHEN
Here are five college stars who are on the fast track to the big leagues.

July 04, 2005 | JONAH FREEDMAN
SI's second annual ranking of the highest-paid U.S. athletes

July 04, 2005
The Week In Sports

July 04, 2005 | Franz Lidz
Floyd Mayweather Jr. talked the talk (and then some), but he walked the walk by pulverizing Arturo Gatti

July 04, 2005 | Franz Lidz
With his first pay-per-view outing now under his belt, Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he's only interested in PPV bouts. His short list for his next fight includes Zab Judah, Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto...

July 04, 2005 | S.L. Price
The U.S. always had future women Grand Slam winners in the juniors--until now. Why is the pipeline dry?

July 04, 2005 | S.L. Price
ANDREW MURRAY

July 04, 2005 | Tim Layden
At nationals, Jeremy Wariner & Co. showed how strong the U.S. is in the men's and women's quarter mile

July 04, 2005 | Tim Layden
Under normal circumstances Lisa Barber's surprise win in the 100 meters at the nationals would make a sweet story. Barber (right), 24, was seldom healthy enough to effectively run the 100 or 200...

July 04, 2005 | S.L. Price
ET TU, WIMBLEDON?

July 04, 2005 | Rick Reilly
The black widow is to pool what Ben Franklin is to kites, Wallenda is to heights and Google is to sites. Her ink-black Rapunzel hair, Asian beauty and killer stroke make her the most famous player...

July 04, 2005
I AM A Quarterback Michael Vick Just Wants A Little Respect By Michael Silver

July 04, 2005 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
A pack of brash young Americans dominated the Women's Open, but Birdie Kim, an unknown from South Korea, stole the show

July 04, 2005 | RICK LIPSEY
During a day at the Barclays Classic, I saw everything Tour pros should not be

July 04, 2005 | Chris Eliopoulos
[This article consists of an illustration -- See Below.]

July 04, 2005 | RICK LIPSEY
Poor attendance, tricked-up course, slow play--the New York City stop on Tour has problems.

July 04, 2005
Major Miracle

July 04, 2005 | Farrell Evans and ASAP Sports
The Irishman capped a dramatic comeback with an eagle at 18 to win at Westchester, then chatted about long putts and smiles

July 04, 2005 | Jim Gorant
What golfers are talking about

July 04, 2005 | Farrell Evans and ASAP Sports
68%

July 04, 2005 | T.J. TOMASI
WHO: Birdie Kim

July 04, 2005 | BILLY MAYFAIR
• WESTCHESTER A great old course. • SLOW PLAY It's unacceptable. • RORY SABBATINI He's a pioneer. He's done more to stop slow play than anyone. • ANNIKA SORENSTAM She's amazing. Right up there...

July 04, 2005 | Jim Gorant
LAST WEEK, highly touted amateur Ryan Moore, 22, made his pro debut at the Barclays Classic at Westchester Country Club. Thirty-three years ago another top-rated, 22-year-old amateur, Tom Kite,...

July 04, 2005 | T.J. TOMASI
Smash and Spin Like Birdie Kim

July 04, 2005 | T.J. TOMASI
"The most amazing feat in golf history was Tiger Woods going the entire 2000 British Open without hitting into one of the 112 bunkers at St. Andrews."

July 04, 2005 | T.J. TOMASI
Whom do you enjoy watching more?

July 04, 2005 | BRUCE SCHOENFELD
The Newhans have seen baseball from both sides: son David as a scrappy player who fought his way to the big leagues, and dad Ross as a Hall of Fame sportswriter

July 04, 2005 | Grant Wahl
Colorful new MetroStars G.M. Alexi Lalas looks to bring some personality--and success--to a vital MLS market

July 04, 2005 | Grant Wahl
The summer soccer season in the U.S. heats up from July 16 to 31, with three of the world's top clubs touring America and with the Gold Cup continental championship--offering the possibility of a...

July 04, 2005 | Chris Mannix
After 15 seasons spent boxing out in the NBA, Kendall Gill has donned boxing gloves to take a swing in the ring

July 04, 2005 | Chris Mannix
Four other athletes who took a shot in the ring

July 04, 2005 | Charles Hirshberg
"Respect," wrote Ralph Wiley. "That's so much of what's missing.... People are so confused today, they can't tell who's earned it or how." Wiley was an expert on respect, having earned plenty of...

July 04, 2005 | Austin Murphy
A new look at Lance Armstrong portrays a relentless winner who lets nothing--not even friendship--get in his way