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July 25, 2005 | Volume 103, Issue 3

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Tiger Woods Cover - Sports Illustrated July 25, 2005

July 25, 2005
Worth Watching?

July 25, 2005
LETTERS

July 25, 2005 | Steve Rushin
Before he climbed to the summit of Mount Everest four years ago, Erik Weihenmayer felt compelled to prove to his disbelieving sherpas that he really was blind. So he pulled down his lower left...

July 25, 2005 | Michael Farber
Ending the lockout? That was easy. Now the NHL must master a massive new CBA, sign legions of free agents and learn some new playing rules--all in two months

July 25, 2005 | Brian Cazeneuve
A rough week for the USOC proves that it needs a new envoy and a new attitude

July 25, 2005
3 Pitches

July 25, 2005
Departed

July 25, 2005 | George Dohrmann
The BALCO case ended with a slap on the wrist and no major revelations

July 25, 2005 | Richard Deitsch
The singer (right) and the drummer are currently on tour with the rest of the Dave Matthews Band

July 25, 2005
The once-dominant U.S. softball team comes up short at the World Cup

July 25, 2005 | Adam Duerson
Basketball phenom O.J. Mayo got a taste of the big time at the Reebok ABCD Camp last week in Teaneck, N.J., where he hung out with Jay-Z, who gave Mayo a pair of specially made sneakers from his...

July 25, 2005 | Adam Duerson
NASCAR Busch Series driver, on this Saturday's race--the ITT Industries, Systems Division and Goulds Pumps Salute to the Troops 250 Presented by Dodge: "This might be the only race in the series...

July 25, 2005 | Amanda Cherrin
What to watch and watch for

July 25, 2005
In the tradition of SI's Sportsman of the Year, we periodically pay tribute in this space to men and women who embody the ideals of sportsmanship

July 25, 2005 | Austin Murphy
ON PUBLIC REACTION TO HIS CHOICE TO RETURN TO USC RATHER THAN BECOME AN INSTANT MILLIONAIRE IN THE NFL When I was making the decision, I thought people were going to think I was stupid. Some did....

July 25, 2005
WHO'S HOT

July 25, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli
Baseball's best swingers (and pitchers) strutted for the cameras, then cruised the red carpet before the All-Star Game in Detroit By Lisa Altobelli

July 25, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli
THE BEST thing about this homer (left), which Rangers first baseman Mark Teixeira hit at the All-Star home run derby? He didn't have to run the bases. "My teammates say I have a bad trot," says...

July 25, 2005
What was your welcome-to-the-big-leagues moment? My first road trip, in 2003. We went straight to the plane. I got this big comfortable leather chair. And the food was great. There were warm cookies.

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[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

July 25, 2005 | Sarah Thurmond
 

July 25, 2005 | Michael Bamberger
With retiring Jack Nicklaus providing inspiration, Tiger Woods won the British Open on the hallowed 18 at St. Andrews for the second time

July 25, 2005 | Sal Johnson
Of all tournaments measured on the PGA Tour since 1997, last week's British Open yielded the longest average driving distance by players who made the cut. Here are the top averages over that...

July 25, 2005 | Alan Shipnuck
At the Publinks, Michelle Wie again showed why she's the second-most-compelling figure in golf

July 25, 2005 | AUSTIN MURPHY
Grinding down his rivals in the Alps and Pyrenees, Lance Armstrong closed in on his seventh straight win

July 25, 2005 | TOM VERDUCCI
Even interim closer Curt Schilling could not cure Boston's sickly bullpen as the Red Sox lost three of four to the Yankees, who overcame pitching woes of their own

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July 25, 2005 | Peter King
Having covered the NFL for 25 years, the author--and fantasy player--relishes the phenomenon of the imaginary game

July 25, 2005 | Peter King
LaDainian Tomlinson heads the list of elite backs, but there are plenty of intriguing options among the top 30 in SI's rankings. Don't be afraid to snap up an up-and-comer, such as Willis McGahee,...

July 25, 2005 | Peter King
Willis McGahee

July 25, 2005 | Peter King
Randy Moss tops SI's rankings of elite receivers, a group that numbers about five. After that, the quality falls off with little difference among the next two dozen players. So if one of the...

July 25, 2005 | Peter King
Nate Burleson

July 25, 2005 | Peter King
With the clampdown on pass-defense rules last season, elite quarterbacks reemerged as the most important fantasy performers. Peyton Manning and Daunte Culpepper top the list, but there's value...

July 25, 2005 | Peter King
Kerry Collins

July 25, 2005 | Peter King
Because there are so few high-scoring tight ends, picking Antonio Gates or Tony Gonzalez in the third or fourth round gives you a big advantage over someone who selects a wide receiver with...

July 25, 2005 | Peter King
Alge Crumpler

July 25, 2005 | Peter King
One way to get an edge is by taking one of the top three kickers with a few rounds left in the draft. It's hard to go wrong with any of the three, and each is more valuable than a No. 4 wideout or...

July 25, 2005 | Peter King
David Akers

July 25, 2005 | Peter King
Lost track of who landed where during the off-season? Forget how the draft played out? Here's a team-by-team rundown of the most significant acquisitions among offensive skill-position players and...

July 25, 2005 | Peter King
The category of defense and special teams usually shouldn't be addressed until the final two rounds. There might be justification for taking a unit earlier, but only if, in your league, points are...

July 25, 2005 | Peter King
While three running backs were taken among the top five picks in April's draft, and all three--Ronnie Brown (Dolphins), Cedric Benson (Bears) and Cadillac Williams (Bucs)--should get heavy...

July 25, 2005 | Peter King
J.J. Arrington

July 25, 2005 | Gene Menez
They are the players who can put a fantasy team over the top, the guys who go from a backup role to the Pro Bowl. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady came out of nowhere in 2001 to lead the Patriots to...

July 25, 2005 | David Sabino
There are plenty of good reasons to play fantasy football but, in the end, the whole idea is to win. You've just been flooded with stats and information on more than 200 players along with every...

July 25, 2005
The Week In Sports

July 25, 2005 | Albert Chen
Searching for offense, the first-place Nationals acquired Preston Wilson, and now they're looking for pitching

July 25, 2005 | Albert Chen
With trade talks starting to heat up, here are five big-name players who could be dealt by the July 31 deadline (statistics through Sunday).

July 25, 2005 | Tom Verducci
LIKE CLOCKWORK

July 25, 2005
In a summer-league return from his long suspension, the Pacers' volatile Ron Artest was solid, on court and off

July 25, 2005
Here are five players who have turned heads thus far in summer league play.

July 25, 2005 | Phil Taylor
Jermain Taylor weathered a ferocious finish by Bernard Hopkins and took away his middleweight championship

July 25, 2005 | Phil Taylor
In his first bout since successive losses to Ricardo Mayorga in 2003 and three surgeries on his left shoulder and elbow, former two-time welterweight champ Vernon Forrest (right) scored a...

July 25, 2005 | Rick Reilly
The first time I met Lance Armstrong was at a Tour de France press conference in 2001. He was waiting for his answers to be translated into French. I sneaked him a note asking for a one-on-one...

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LANCE

July 25, 2005 | JOHN GARRITY
At the birthplace of golf Jack Nicklaus the competitor finally let go of the game, and in response the fans at St. Andrews embraced him closer than ever

July 25, 2005 | JOHN GARRITY
Local qualifier Brad Faxon and last-minute entry Sean O'Hair beat long odds simply to make the field, but once in St. Andrews they played like they belonged

July 25, 2005 | GARY VAN SICKLE
From tee to green and everywhere in between, disaster lurks at the Old Course's notorious Road Hole, the nastiest bit of real estate in championship golf

July 25, 2005 | Sal Johnson
The British Open has been played at St. Andrews five times since 1984, and on every occasion the 17th hole at the Old Course has been the most difficult hole in that year's majors. Here are the 10...

July 25, 2005 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
A dozen years after learning to play the game like a Scot and writing about it, the author revisited his teacher and reflected on the nature of change

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SI.com/golf | July 25, 2005

July 25, 2005 | Chris Eliopoulos, Writer
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July 25, 2005 | CHRIS LEWIS
The British Open is always a tough telecast, but ABC has shown improvement

July 25, 2005 | CHRIS LEWIS
Because of the tight confines at Baltusrol, Tiger won't turn the triple play at the PGA.

July 25, 2005 | Jim Gorant
St. Andrews had Scots, Big Jack, Long John and Tiger, Tiger, Tiger

July 25, 2005 | Jim Gorant
341.5 Average length in yards of Tiger Woods's drives at St. Andrews, the highest in the field.

July 25, 2005 | BRAD REDDING
WHO: Tiger Woods

As Brenden Martin (right) enjoys his run on the NBC reality show I Want to Be a Hilton--he's made it through four rounds--the 31-year-old Denverite and regular looper at Castle Pines Golf Club is...

July 25, 2005 | BRAD REDDING
"Ernie Els, who was 34th at St. Andrews and hasn't had a top 10 in a major this year, will continue to be a disappointment until he plays full time on one tour."

With 51 players finishing under par, is the Old Course obsolete?

TOMMY ARMOUR III on ... THE BRITISH OPEN

July 25, 2005 | John Walters
A rookie from Down Under wins the most lucrative World Series of Poker pot ever

July 25, 2005
BUY Geoff Jenkins, Brewers. The rightfielder (below) was abysmal in June, collecting hits in only nine of 23 games while striking out 25 times. But a second-half surge looks likely: He's hitting...

July 25, 2005 | Yi-Wyn Yen
A banged-up skateboarder becomes the first person to clear the Great Wall

July 25, 2005 | Adam Duerson
A deal with the NCAA gives Electronic Arts a monopoly on licensed football games. Is that good for gamers?

July 25, 2005 | Adam Duerson
The games that will compete with Madden NFL 06.

July 25, 2005 | Michael Silver
Healthy again, Natalie Coughlin is ready to lead the U.S. into the world championships

July 25, 2005 | Brian Cazeneuve
Keep an eye on these five standouts at the worlds in Montreal.

July 25, 2005 | Kelli Anderson
Overshadowed for years, Lynx guard Katie Smith quietly became the game's first 5,000-point scorer

July 25, 2005 | CYNTHIA GORNEY
Driving on twisty, unpaved roads at breakneck speeds, dodging boulders and cliffs--now that's what top rally racer Jamie Thomas calls fun