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August 22, 2005 | Volume 103, Issue 7

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Phil Mickelson Cover - Sports Illustrated August 22, 2005

August 22, 2005 | Gene Menez
JANUARY 18, 1965

August 22, 2005
Adieu

August 22, 2005
The greatest cyclist ever? Even Lance might agree that title belongs to Eddy Merckx. The Belgian star, who retired in 1978, had five Tour de France and five Giro d'Italia victories and won three...

August 22, 2005
LETTERS

August 22, 2005 | Steve Rushin
I have a shameful secret to confess: I don't love the NFL. In a country in which "Are you ready for some football?" is presumed to be a rhetorical question, I'm coming out of the closet--I'm...

August 22, 2005 | Austin Murphy
A ride with the President on his Texas ranch revealed a man who takes his mountain biking seriously--and who doesn't like to get passed

August 22, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
Won

August 22, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
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August 22, 2005 | Michael Bamberger
Few players--in any league--were as well-rounded as Double Duty Radcliffe

August 22, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
Last week cornerback Ray Mickens (below), the second-longest-serving member of the Jets, with nine years of service, urged the team to offer a deal to free agent Ty Law. They took his advice,...

August 22, 2005 | Richard Deitsch
The recently retired wide receiver, 39, will be an analyst on Fox Sports Net's Pro Football Preview

August 22, 2005 | Peter King
In the end, Terrell Owens will likely accept his contract and return to the Eagles

August 22, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
Trying to be mild-mannered Queens high school teacher Matt Kaye by day and pro wrestler Matt Striker by night proved difficult; the pile drivin' prof lost his job for using sick days to pursue his...

August 22, 2005 | Adam Duerson
Former Major Leaguer Todd Zeile didn't think his peers would take him seriously as a film producer, but when Dirty Deeds, a teen comedy featuring Mean Girls star Lacey Chabert (below) opens...

August 22, 2005 | Adam Duerson
Catcher for the Class A West Michigan Whitecaps, after Laura the Elephant (right) threw the first pitch to him at a game last week: "She had pretty good life on her fastball. It tailed a little bit."

August 22, 2005 | Adam Duerson
The USOC said it would sue the organizers of the Ferret Olympics unless they dropped the word Olympics from their event.

August 22, 2005 | Gene Menez
What to watch and watch for

August 22, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
Alana Clooten

August 22, 2005 | Peter King
Steelers Quarterback

August 22, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
Who's Hot

August 22, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
Who has the best changeup in the major leagues?

August 22, 2005 | Ben Reiter
Johan Santana says his slowball put him on the fast track to success

August 22, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
 

August 22, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
Phillies Pitcher

August 22, 2005 | Sarah Thurmond
NFL SCIENCE

August 22, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
THE RAMIREZ FILES

August 22, 2005
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August 22, 2005 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
With a magical pitch, Phil Mickelson birdied the PGA's final hole to win his second major championship and reward his frenzied fans

August 22, 2005 | Sal Johnson
Tiger Woods's closing charge left him two strokes short at Baltusrol, but it reaffirmed his splendor in the Tour's premier events. Here, calculated by each competitor's average finish, were the...

August 22, 2005 | TOM VERDUCCI
As brute sluggers fade away, a crop of talented young players, led by the already proficient Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols, promises an age of superior all-around skill

August 22, 2005 | TOM VERDUCCI
SI last picked its All-25-and-Under team in 1994. Which players would go on to justify the hype? Which future stars, including a three-time Cy Young Award winner and two-time home run king, were...

August 22, 2005 | MICHAEL FARBER
As the NHL came back to life in a swirl of free-agent action, Philadelphia Flyers' G.M. Bob Clarke made the splashiest score, landing the incomparable Peter Forsberg and revamping his defense

August 22, 2005 | MICHAEL FARBER
Where some of the NHL's top players landed

August 22, 2005 | TIM LAYDEN
In faraway Finland, with no TV attention back in the States, a youthful U.S. team surprised everyone and utterly dominated the world championships

August 22, 2005 | KARL TARO GREENFELD
Chastened by his failure in the NFL, STEVE SPURRIER is trying to turn South Carolina into an SEC power as a kinder, gentler ball coach--for now, at least

August 22, 2005
The Week In Sports

August 22, 2005 | Peter King
Realistic, if nothing else, the Browns guarantee only to work hard in hopes that their third coach is a winner

August 22, 2005 | Peter King
What horrendous luck Bears third-year quarterback Rex Grossman has had. After missing the final 13 games of last season with a torn right knee ligament, he broke his left ankle in Chicago's...

August 22, 2005 | Peter King
BROWNS SCOUT IN IRAQ

August 22, 2005 | Peter King
FORMER USC BACKUP

August 22, 2005 | Albert Chen
Mariners righty Felix Hernandez is only 19, but he's living up to his billing as the game's top pitching prospect

August 22, 2005 | Albert Chen
Three Up

August 22, 2005 | Albert Chen
INDIANS' BOB WICKMAN

August 22, 2005 | Tom Verducci
ROYAL WOES IN K.C.

August 22, 2005 | Albert Chen
RED SOX' GRAFFANINO

August 22, 2005 | Rick Reilly
Are you an avid collector of sports memorabilia? If so, what you're going to hear next is going to make you take up a new hobby, perhaps sword swallowing. I now have my own football trading card.

August 22, 2005
SI'S ALL-25-AND-UNDER TEAM

August 22, 2005 | GARY VAN SICKLE
Baltusrol saved the best for last with a couple of quirky par-5 closing holes--the monstrous 17th and the eagle-friendly 18th--which combined to bewilder and reward the players and guarantee a...

August 22, 2005 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
More clubs professionals than usual--four--made the cut at Baltusrol, but soon fewer of them will get the chance to tee it up with the big boys in the championship that bears their association's name

August 22, 2005 | JOHN GARRITY
The PGA was last call for the Presidents Cup, which has emerged as a model of principle and sportsmanship after a controversial tie

August 22, 2005 | RICK LIPSEY
My wife taught me something--maybe too much--about the game at the PGA

August 22, 2005 | Chris Eliopoulus
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August 22, 2005 | RICK LIPSEY
The U.S. win should have elevated the Walker Cup's profile, but it was totally eclipsed by the PGA.

August 22, 2005
2005 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

August 22, 2005 | JIM GORANT
The heat was on at the PGA, and so were Lefty, DL3 and Elk

August 22, 2005 | JIM GORANT
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August 22, 2005 | Geoff Shackelford
Baltusrol is the 21st course to have hosted both a PGA Championship and a U.S. Open. Seeing the PGA at a traditional Open venue is a reminder of how different the two host organizations are....

August 22, 2005 | T.J. TOMASI
WHO: Phil Mickelson

August 22, 2005 | T.J. TOMASI
"No matter what Tiger Woods says, his swing is shakier, and he's nowhere near the player he was in 2000. Statistics and win totals don't lie."

August 22, 2005 | T.J. TOMASI
Which Tiger Woods is better?

August 22, 2005 | Brian Cazeneuve
For the past six weeks, U.S. gymnast Todd Thornton has slept in an altitude tent simulating 9,000 feet above sea level to boost his endurance during training sessions. Last Friday night Thornton's...

August 22, 2005 | Brian Cazeneuve
The daughter of world champs from Russia, Nastia Liukin, 15, emerged at nationals as America's new star