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June 26, 2006 | Volume 104, Issue 26

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Phil Mickelson Cover - Sports Illustrated June 26, 2006

June 26, 2006
Phil Before the Fall In his quest for his first U.S. Open trophy (inset) on Sunday, Phil Mickelson overcame an errant tee shot on the 17th hole at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, N.Y., with a brilliant...

June 26, 2006
The American Way My job wants me, advertisers want me, my ex-girlfriend still wants me, Uncle Sam wants me and now U.S. Soccer (June 5)? I applaud how far the program has come in just under 10...

June 26, 2006 | Steve Rushin
If you bring only 4,000 baseball books to the beach this summer, make one of them Veeck As in Wreck, the best baseball book ever written, if you ask Karl Cicitto, who has roughly 4,000 baseball...

June 26, 2006 | Ian Thomsen
He's coming back to the NBA after striking a sweet deal with Charlotte, but has Michael Jordan, at 43, finally found his destiny?

June 26, 2006 | Farrell Evans
A new book questions how well integration has served the modern black athlete

June 26, 2006
Admitted That he was named in an affidavit released in connection with a June 6 federal raid on the home of Diamondbacks reliever Jason Grimsley, former first baseman David Segui (above). The...

June 26, 2006
Even when he's asleep, former Syracuse tailback Walter Reyes doesn't get caught napping. On June 11, Reyes, 25, who's trying to win a job with the Dolphins this summer, was staying with a friend,...

June 26, 2006 | Richard Deitsch
The three-time WNBA MVP and Houston Comets forward was named this month to the league's All-Decade Team.

June 26, 2006 | Adam Duerson
ESPN baseball analyst and Hall of Fame scribe Peter Gammons, long known as a maestro of the keyboard, is now a wizard of the fretboard too: His debut album, Never Slow Down, Never Grow Old, will...

June 26, 2006 | Chris Mannix
What to watch and watch for

June 26, 2006
Lee Cruz DADE CITY, FLA. > Baseball Cruz, a senior outfielder at Tampa, led the Spartans to the NCAA Division II national title and was named the College World Series MVP and NCAA player of the...

June 26, 2006 | As told to Elizabeth Newman

June 26, 2006 | Edited by KOSTYA KENNEDY AND GENE MENEZ

June 26, 2006 | Lisa Altobelli

June 26, 2006 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
Rangers Shortstop

June 26, 2006 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

June 26, 2006 | GRANT WAHL
Heavy-handed officiating aside, the U.S.'s fortunes took a turn for the better against Italy, setting up a match that may affect the team for years

June 26, 2006 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
On the verge of surpassing Tiger Woods as the game's dominant player, Phil Mickelson instead blew the U.S. Open with a 72nd-hole collapse--failing to measure up to his archrival

June 26, 2006 | CHRIS BALLARD
Meet Nick Swisher, the irrepressible young slugger for the streaking Oakland A's, who knows how good he is and is happy to talk to anyone about it

June 26, 2006 | MICHAEL FARBER
With a rollicking crowd behind it, high-energy Carolina controlled Game 7, blunting Edmonton's comeback bid and delivering a hockey championship to Tobacco Road

June 26, 2006 | MICHAEL FARBER
Who will contend for next year's Stanley Cup? For an early look at 2006-07 go to

June 26, 2006 | JACK MCCALLUM
The mad-as-hell Mavs, the superstar heat of Dwyane Wade and a fascinating coaching duel between masters old and new drove the best postseason in a decade toward climax

June 26, 2006 | IAN THOMSEN
Seven-foot Andrea Bargnani, a.k.a. the Next Dirk, is the best player ever to come out of Italy-and the best player in this year's NBA draft

June 26, 2006 | S.L. Price
DUKE LACROSSE, the 46 white players, a black dancer and the reputation of the university are forever changed. But is the case solid? Was the coach made a scapegoat? Exclusive sources describe...

June 26, 2006 | Sarah Kwak
The case has produced a steady drip of leaks, damage control and conflicting evidence

June 26, 2006
Baseball Trade talks heat up, but pickings are slim The Angels demote their best starting pitcher An embarrassing turn of events for the Diamondbacks

June 26, 2006 | Albert Chen
Trade Deficit

June 26, 2006 | Albert Chen
The Angels can't do much right these days, and demoting their best starter to the minors continued the trend. To make room for ace righthander Bartolo Colon, who came off the DL last week, L.A....

June 26, 2006 | Albert Chen
IS DODGERS ROOKIE MATT KEMP THE NEXT JEFF FRANCOEUR? Kemp, who hit seven home runs in his first 45 major league at bats, is doing his best impression of the Braves' Francoeur (seven homers in his...

June 26, 2006 | Tom Verducci
ARIZONA'S EMBARRASSING RUN From June 5 through Sunday the Diamondbacks lost 12 of 13 games while being outscored 101-38; released relief pitcher Jason Grimsley after federal agents knocked down...

June 26, 2006 | Richard Hoffer
Nothing Doing

June 26, 2006 | Richard Hoffer
Recently retired Bernard Hopkins continues to add to his titles. He was named Philadelphia's "community engagement ambassador for peace."... Jermain Taylor's Olympic teammate Jeff Lacy, coming off...

June 26, 2006 | Lars Anderson
Let It Rain

June 26, 2006 | Lars Anderson
The most relieved men at Michigan were Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon. NASCAR's two most popular drivers have struggled recently at intermediate-length tracks, but both were smiling when the...

June 26, 2006 | Rick Reilly
Me, I like pulling the legs off spiders. I eat my sack lunch at the Discount Surgery Center, just to hear the wails. I'm the guy yelling up to the man on the ledge, "Just do it!"

June 26, 2006 | Rick Reilly
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A European hasn't won the Open since 1970, but that almost changed at Winged Foot, where Colin Montgomerie, among others, made the case that it will happen--and soon

June 26, 2006 | GARY VAN SICKLE
Thanks to its Father's Day finish, the U.S. Open is always a time of celebration for the men who have formed a special bond through golf

June 26, 2006 | AUSTIN MURPHY
He didn't make it to the weekend, but simply by playing his way from Zambia to Winged Foot, Madalitso Muthiya was a big winner at the U.S. Open

June 26, 2006 | Jim Gorant
The Open's over, but Phil may not be alone in feeling like an idiot

June 26, 2006 | PATTI MCGOWAN
WHO: Phil Mickelson

Tiger Woods faces a future that's suddenly filled with uncertainty

June 26, 2006 | JOHN GARRITY
The greens were lumpy, the fairways mere ribbons, and the scores ... oh, my! Yet everyone came away thinking that Winged Foot was fair

June 26, 2006 | Bill Syken
George Mason's Final Four run boosted its hoops program but might give the university itself a bigger lift

June 26, 2006 | Charles Hirshberg
Jimmy Winkfield was America's top jockey, but bigots drove him abroad, where his ride got really wild

June 26, 2006 | Charles Hirshberg
IN PRAISE OF ATHLETIC BEAUTY by Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht Belknap Press, 263 pages, $22.95