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July 11, 2005 | Volume 103, Issue 2

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July 11, 2005
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July 11, 2005 | Peter King
The ultimate sports summer? How much time, gas and courage have you got? SI's writers make their personal recommendations here for things they feel you absolutely must do, watch, read or eat...

July 11, 2005
In an age when Ty Cobb's dentures have gone up for auction and even checkers has its own hall of fame, you might think every sports collectible had already been collected. But the whereabouts of...

July 11, 2005
Each of the 80 or so baseballs major league umpires put in play during the average game is worth about $15 in pristine condition. But as soon as those balls get belted over fences in critical...

July 11, 2005
Note to athletes and coaches who believe that it don't mean a thing if you ain't got that ring: Cherish your championship, because the jewelry that goes with it can suddenly disappear.

July 11, 2005
When you reign for a decade as the world's greatest basketball player--not to mention retire three times and unretire twice--you tend to generate a ton of memorabilia. Here are some of the more...

July 11, 2005 | BEN REITER
They may not hold postgame press conferences, date Tara Reid or sign multimillion dollar contracts. But that doesn't mean they aren't consummate professionals. They've mingled with world leaders,...

July 11, 2005 | BEN REITER
All thoroughbred horses descend from one of three Arabian stallions brought from the Middle East to England between 1689 and 1730. Famous for their stamina, the Arabians begat a breed able to...

July 11, 2005
25 Years Later

July 11, 2005 | RICHARD HOFFER
[ ROBERTO DURAN ] A quarter century after he famously quit against Sugar Ray Leonard, the former champ still doesn't understand why he was held in such disdain

July 11, 2005 | Jaime Lowe
[ LARRY HOLMES ] From owning the heavyweight division to owning his hometown

July 11, 2005 | MICHAEL SILVER
[JIM PLUNKETT] The Raiders' two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback is having a fine retirement, but his knees, shoulder, back and neck are living in the past

July 11, 2005 | JACK McCALLUM
[MAGIC JOHNSON] A quarter century ago in the NBA Finals an effervescent rookie took his team--and the league--on his shoulders and lifted it to greatness

July 11, 2005 | L. Jon Wertheim
An original Showtimer, he hasn't mellowed or slowed down

July 11, 2005 | S.L. Price
The NBA's first early entry wants his rightful place in history

July 11, 2005 | JOHN WALTERS
[ DENNY CRUM ] Four years after retiring from Louisville, where he won NCAA hoops titles in 1980 and '86, the Hall of Fame coach is trying his hand on the poker circuit

July 11, 2005 | Julia Morrill
The former Louisville bruiser is now in the business of comfort

July 11, 2005 | Julia Morrill
PLAYER  -- POS. -- PPG -- CAREER UPDATE

July 11, 2005 | L. JON WERTHEIM
[EVONNE GOOLAGONG-CAWLEY] The winner of seven Grand Slam singles titles is back home in Australia, helping young Aborigines get a leg up both in tennis and in life

July 11, 2005 | L. JON WERTHEIM
The Swedish tennis legend lives as he once played: quietly

July 11, 2005
Their indomitable will made all the difference in the World Series, when they beat the Royals in six games--and it has served them well in the years since

July 11, 2005 | Julia Morrill
The compelling personalities of 1980 include Cha-Cha and the Kaiser, Seve and Skeets, a rebellious QB and the peskiest golfer--make that gopher--in all of film

July 11, 2005 | Rick Reilly
THE HAIR. Johnny Damon almost cut his hair. Happened just the other day. The Boston Red Sox' All-Star beefcake centerfielder was getting his long, luxurious L'Oreál locks trimmed when the stylist...

July 11, 2005
Magnificent 7

July 11, 2005
LETTERS

July 11, 2005
In your report on baseball players who had relatives in the recent major league draft (PLAYERS, June 20), you might also have included Andy Van Slyke. The former outfielder, who played mostly for...

July 11, 2005
Reporters are always detectives to some degree, but for the feature about Lost Treasures (page 114)--the historic balls, uniforms and trophies that have dropped out of sight--a few staff members...

July 11, 2005 | Steve Rushin
When Andrew Bogut called the NBA draft a great day in "the life of Andrew Bogut, the family of Andrew Bogut," the top pick of the Milwaukee Bucks became yet another prominent person fond of the...

July 11, 2005 | Stephen Cannella
NBA teams now have incentive to dump overpaid players--and those guys can make even more elsewhere. Got it? Your guide to the league's new rules

July 11, 2005 | George Dohrmann
Facing NCAA sanctions in two major sports earlier this year, Ohio State suddenly has reasons to rejoice

July 11, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel
Won

July 11, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel
95 -- Career runs scored by the Astros' Craig Biggio after being hit by a pitch; he set a major league record on June 29 by getting plunked for the 268th time.

July 11, 2005 | Paul Zimmerman
For years the Chiefs thrived on coach Hank Stram's innovative game plans

July 11, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel
Former pitcher Rick Ankiel, 25, is trying to make the Cardinals as an outfielder. How's he doing? SI's Ankielometer tells all.

July 11, 2005 | Richard Deitsch
The 27-year-old from Emberton, England, won the Indy 500 and leads the IndyCar Series by 76 points

July 11, 2005 | L. Jon Wertheim
Team Tennis is ignored by just about everyone--except the stars who play it

July 11, 2005 | L. Jon Wertheim
HIT

July 11, 2005 | Adam Duerson
"A team of nonprofessionals ain't gonna win the Super Bowl," says former NFL tight end Shannon Sharpe. "But even an amateur with good cards has a chance of winning the World Series of Poker." (He...

July 11, 2005 | Adam Duerson
A New York City high school teacher lost his job for using sick days to wrestle professionally as "Matt Striker."

July 11, 2005 | Adam Duerson
Fifteen-year-old skateboarding pro and X Games champ, when asked if he's recognized at the grocery store: "Why would I go to the grocery store?"

July 11, 2005 | Amanda Cherrin
What to watch and watch for

July 11, 2005 | Tom Verducci
Breaking news, scores, schedules and fresh, original Web-only stories and columns 24/7

July 11, 2005 | Tom Verducci
Which first-half bust is most likely to rebound and redeem himself after the All-Star break?

July 11, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel
Zuzana Zemenova KOSICE, SLOVAKIA > Tennis Zemenova, a sophomore at Baylor, became the first unseeded player to win the NCAA singles title and earned the Honda Award for women's tennis, given to...

July 11, 2005 | Edited by KOSTYA KENNEDY
MATT ON MEETING MISTY

July 11, 2005 | Edited by KOSTYA KENNEDY
Who's Hot

July 11, 2005 | Edited by KOSTYA KENNEDY
Who is the greatest player you ever saw?

July 11, 2005 | Kostya Kennedy
Devil Rays Pitcher

July 11, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
How plugged in are baseball All-Stars?

July 11, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
Diamondbacks leftfielder Luis Gonzalez taps the plate three times before every at bat to honor his triplets. That's not the half of it

July 11, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
Carolina players have created a place where kids can learn--and raise a ruckus

July 11, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
KYNAN FORNEY, Falcons Guard  Graduated from Hawaii. Bachelor's in Sociology

July 11, 2005 | S.L. PRICE
While Roger Federer won his third straight title at Wimbledon, it was the unexpected triumph of a joyful Venus Williams that enchanted the crowds

July 11, 2005 | Tom Verducci
Meet the new faces of baseball. Conspicuous by their absence on my 2005 All-Star teams are the eight active home run leaders and their combined 52 All-Star appearances: Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa,...

July 11, 2005 | MICHAEL FARBER
In the nick of time for a nicked-up team, Andruw Jones is having the breakout power season the Braves have long hoped for

July 11, 2005 | Albert Chen
At this year's All-Star break, the Home Run Derby goes international

July 11, 2005
Halfway through the season some unexpected names sit atop the leader boards. But will they stay there?

July 11, 2005 | IAN THOMSEN
In a surprising (and surprisingly well-orchestrated) move, Los Angeles drafted 17--year-old Andrew Bynum, betting he'll measure up to his predecessors in the pivot

July 11, 2005 | Ian Thomsen
Drafting two local heroes in the lottery won't hurt the Bobcats at the gate. But more important, it will help them on the court

July 11, 2005
In this deep but unpredictable draft, these second-rounders could be more successful than many players taken in round 1. --I.T.

July 11, 2005 | Lars Anderson
No driver has been hotter than Tony Stewart and no star colder than Dale Earnhardt Jr., but with his third-place finish at the Pepsi 400, Junior rejoined the race for the Chase

July 11, 2005 | Text by Richard Deitsch
The guests (limit 25, no more) made the 2005 A-list because they've each got a certain velvet-rope mix of sports ability, celebrity, personality. Summer heat. Look at it this way: These people...

July 11, 2005 | Karl Taro Greenfeld
FOR THE ELITE FEW whom this magazine tends to cover, the American athletic experience is one of teams (Tigers or Phillies) or individual competition (Tiger and Phil). Yet for most of us beyond...

July 11, 2005
SUMMER DOUBLE ISSUE

July 11, 2005 | Jaime Lowe
The Negro leagues served as the muse for a traveling exhibit

July 11, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel
Thomas Hearns announced last week that he's planning a return to the ring. Never mind that he's 46 and hasn't fought in five years--the Hit Man has a plan: He's going to try extra, extra hard....