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July 03, 2006 | Volume 105, Issue 1

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Lawrence Taylor Cover - Sports Illustrated July 03, 2006

July 03, 2006 | Franz Lidz
MAKING THE COVER OF SI ISN'T ALWAYS CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION. JUST ASK THE "OTHER GUYS," WHOSE LESS THAN PERFECT PERFORMANCES HELPED THE STARS SHINE

July 03, 2006 | Phil Taylor
THE ONLY MAN TO THROW A PERFECT GAME IN THE WORLD SERIES STILL REMEMBERS EVERY DETAIL OF THAT AFTERNOON HALF A CENTURY AGO, WHEN HE WAS UNTOUCHABLE

July 03, 2006 | Gene Menez
Although many athletes hate to be thought of as one-time wonders, Len Barker is quite happy to be remembered for his masterpiece

July 03, 2006
IDENTIFYING THESE PEOPLE SHOULD BE EASY FOR YOU, O SAVVY SPORTS FAN. BUT FOR I.D. CONFIRMATION AND UPDATES ON WHERE THEY ARE NOW, GO TO SI.COM/GRID.

July 03, 2006 | L. Jon Wertheim
The 18-time Grand Slam singles champ and poster girl for femininity in sports is raising a testosterone-laden trio of skateboarding, paintballing boys 

July 03, 2006 | L. Jon Wertheim
The onetime teen sensation with the quaint tennis dresses is now a mother and TV commentator who still puts in time on the courts

July 03, 2006 | Tim Layden
THE TRACK AND FIELD STAR WAS GREAT THEATER AS A NINE-TIME OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST; AFTER DRIFTING FOR YEARS, HE HAS FINALLY FOUND A SATISFYING SECOND ACT

July 03, 2006 | Ben Reiter
NOT EVERY RETIRED JOCK IS PLAYING GOLF. THESE FORMER STARS ARE HARD AT WORK IN NEW CAREERS OR CHASING THEIR DREAMS. ONE EVEN WENT HOLLYWOOD

July 03, 2006 | Compiled by Mark Beech and Ted Keith
THEY ARE SEVEN EXCEPTIONAL TEENAGE ATHLETES WHO, WITH HARD WORK AND GOOD FORTUNE, CAN MAKE IT TO THE TOP. WHEN WILL WE SEE THEM CELEBRATED IN THESE PAGES AGAIN?

July 03, 2006
The NBA Repeat after Shaq: Pat will be back, so will the Heat • Whose rep got a lift--and took a hit--in the playoffs • Larry's farewell gift to Isiah

July 03, 2006 | Jack McCallum
Miami Twice? After its wipeout of Dallas, is the Heat poised for a repeat? Will Pat be back? And how will small ball affect the Big Fella?

July 03, 2006 | Jack McCallum
Dwyane Wade soared into rare air this postseason, as did his good friend LeBron James. But who else remade his image during the playoffs--for better or worse?

July 03, 2006 | Ian Thomsen
UPBEAT IN SEATTLE Teams up for sale usually slash payroll to make their books look attractive to potential buyers. Not so the Sonics, who after a 35-win season will likely add to their $51 million...

July 03, 2006 | Franz Lidz
The Awakening Oregon State completes its dream run from Pac-10 doormat to conference champ to College World Series winner

July 03, 2006 | Brian Cazeneuve
Super Marion With her first U.S. sprint title in four years, Marion Jones took strides toward rehabilitating her stained reputation

July 03, 2006 | Brian Cazeneuve
Last Saturday, Willie Gault (right) set a world record for 100 meters in the master's division (runners aged 45 to 49). His time, 10.72 seconds, shattered the mark of 10.96 set by Neville Hodge in...

July 03, 2006 | Rick Reilly
I have a very personal question to ask. Do you mind drinking beverages dispensed from your fly?

July 03, 2006 | Rick Reilly
Exclusively on Verizon Wireless V CAST and SI.com.

July 03, 2006
Miami Nice After we've heard about the saintlike character of Dwyane Wade for the hundredth time, don't you think your readers may have tired of this angle (Leap Year, June 12)? I sure hope not!...

July 03, 2006 | Terry McDonell
New and surprising content is landing on SI.com this summer

July 03, 2006 | Steve Rushin
The best ritual in all of sports is the postgame handshake line in the NHL, which has the humblest players in the four major professional leagues--suggesting that a firm grip on reality begins...

July 03, 2006 | Michael Bamberger
By embarrassing a rookie for failing to honor baseball's retaliation code, Ozzie Guillen exposed a weakness of his own

July 03, 2006
WHO'S Hot

July 03, 2006
Won By Bernard Lagat, the 1,500 and the 5,000 meters at the U.S. track and field championships in Indianapolis (page 148), making him the first to sweep the events at the nationals. This was the...

July 03, 2006
5 Rainouts at Fenway Park this year, the most the Red Sox have had at home in a season since 1989.

July 03, 2006 | George Dohrmann
The prospects are picked, but when should NHL teams sign them?

July 03, 2006 | Richard Deitsch
The 42-year-old former Falcons defensive end and ex-host of A Current Affair is a lawyer and recently published his 13th book, Kingdom Come.

July 03, 2006 | Adam Duerson
In the film The Game Plan, scheduled for release next year, former WWE star Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson plays a pro quarterback who can't give up bachelorhood. The story might sound familiar to Tom...

July 03, 2006 | Adam Duerson
Iran's national soccer team didn't make it out of World Cup pool play, but with a little practice perhaps this club can qualify for the women's rugby World Cup, which begins on Aug. 31 in...

July 03, 2006 | Adam Duerson
Major League Baseball has licensed a funeral products company to produce a line of caskets and urns with the logos of all 30 big league teams.

July 03, 2006 | Adam Duerson
TORII HUNTER, Twins outfielder, on his current batting slump:

July 03, 2006 | Chris Mannix
What to watch and watch for

July 03, 2006
Colleen Kilduff

July 03, 2006 | Tim Layden
Second-year coach Nick Saban's Dolphins overhaul is ahead of schedule

July 03, 2006 | Tim Layden
More from Tim Layden, plus all the news leading up to the start of training camps, at SI.com/nfl.

July 03, 2006 | MARK BECHTEL AND GRANT WAHL
The U.S. is gone, but the tournament rolls on-and it just gets better from here. Pull up a chair as Beckham, Ballack and the balletic Argentines get ready to rock the goal

July 03, 2006 | TOM VERDUCCI
With veteran help in short supply, talented first-year players are stepping into key roles for contenders, adding an X-factor to the wide-open playoff races

July 03, 2006 | TOM VERDUCCI
Read more from Tom Verducci every Tuesday and Wednesday at SI.com/baseball.

July 03, 2006 | Albert Chen
The standouts--and screwups--of the first three months

July 03, 2006 | BASEBALL PROSPECTUS
Evaluating the commodities in baseball's ever-changing market

July 03, 2006 | Albert Chen
Who's playoff bound? Who's out of a job? Get the answers here

July 03, 2006 | TOM VERDUCCI
THREE YOUNGSTERS NAMED Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr. and Randy Johnson made their first All-Star team in 1990. They would combine for 32 more All-Star selections, including at least one for 15...

July 03, 2006 | AUSTIN MURPHY
As brash as ever following three big early-season wins, former mountain biker Floyd Landis rides into the Tour de France finally free of his former boss and nemesis, Lance Armstrong

July 03, 2006 | LARS ANDERSON
There's a lot of racing left, but it'll be hard to get past Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson, a trio that defines excellence at the Cup level

July 03, 2006 | Lars Anderson
With more than half of NASCAR's regular season in the books, here's a nod to some of the magic moments plus a glimpse into the crystal ball. With racers flying to the finish in a bid to qualify...

July 03, 2006
For more Leading Off pictures, go to SI.com/photos.

July 03, 2006
YOU NEVER KNOW WHERE YOUR HEROES ARE GOING TO END UP. ONCE THEIR PLAYING DAYS ARE OVER, THEY CAN TURN INTO ANYTHING FROM HABERDASHERS TO HAIRDRESSERS. SI'S ANNUAL SUMMER SEARCH BEGINS HERE.

July 03, 2006 | Michael Bamberger
THE GIANTS GREAT WHO TERRORIZED QUARTERBACKS AND BATTLED A COCAINE HABIT IS SPENDING HIS DAYS PLAYING GOLF ... LOTS AND LOTS OF GOLF

July 03, 2006 | E.M. Swift
For Cowboys tackle Rayfield Wright and Giants linebacker Harry Carson, election to the Hall of Fame was long overdue

July 03, 2006 | Austin Murphy
THIRTEEN YEARS AFTER WINNING HIS LAST MAJOR--AND 10 YEARS AFTER HIS HISTORIC FOLD AT THE MASTERS--THE SHARK HAS BUILT A $300 MILLION BUSINESS EMPIRE

July 03, 2006
A golf career was just the start for these men, who according to Golf Digest had the highest off-course income among former PGA Tour pros in 2005.

July 03, 2006 | Leigh Montville
AN APRIL 1986 GAME WASN'T ANYTHING SPECIAL UNTIL THE 23-YEAR-OLD ROCKET BEGAN BLOWING THE BALL PAST SEATTLE HITTERS--AND STRUCK OUT A RECORD 20

July 03, 2006 | Kelli Anderson
FIFTY YEARS AGO BILL RUSSELL AND HIS USF TEAMMATES DOMINATED COLLEGE BASKETBALL WITH DEFENSE AND FOREVER CHANGED THE WAY THE GAME IS PLAYED

July 03, 2006 | MARK WOOD
WHO: Ben Curtis

July 03, 2006 | JEFF SILVERMAN
My life--in golf and out--has been defined by Newport's 9th

July 03, 2006 | GARY VAN SICKLE
Why the nation's capital will probably lose its PGA Tour event

July 03, 2006 | Jim Gorant
Can a young American win the Open?