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July 17, 2006 | Volume 105, Issue 2

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Carlos Beltran Cover - Sports Illustrated July 17, 2006

July 17, 2006
Blue Heaven After Italy's fifth penalty kick clinched the nation's fourth World Cup title (page 48) in Berlin on Sunday, the celebration was on for (from left) Luca Toni, Andrea Pirlo, Fabio...

July 17, 2006
Papi Power It is refreshing that David Ortiz (June 19), one of the best clutch hitters in history, has the humility of a rookie who is just happy to be in the majors. Big Papi chats with common...

July 17, 2006 | Steve Rushin
Dubliners are desperate for golf tips and, when those fail, for the twin consolations of Guinness and psychiatric treatment. Or so says Google, the all-knowing Internet search engine, which...

July 17, 2006 | Austin Murphy
A drug scandal and numerous crashes have ravaged the Tour de France. But a feisty American could still take the prize

July 17, 2006 | Grant Wahl
The World Cup was grand, but changes are needed in 2010

July 17, 2006 | Edited by Stephen Cannella
Won By Cory Spinks (above) the IBF junior middleweight title, with a decision over Russia's Roman Karmazin in St. Louis last Saturday. It was a career-saving win for the son of former heavyweight...

July 17, 2006 | Edited by Stephen Cannella
It's summer, but indoor sports haven't stopped. A guide to the busy NBA and NHL off-season moves

July 17, 2006 | Richard Deitsch
The 53-year-old closer, who retired in 1988 with 300 saves, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 30

July 17, 2006 | Adam Duerson
What was Lance Armstrong doing last week while the Tour de France went on without him for the first time since 1997? For one afternoon, anyway, the seven-time Tour winner took actors Matthew...

July 17, 2006 | Chris Mannix
What to watch and watch for

July 17, 2006 | Edited by Stephen Cannella
Danielle Liska

July 17, 2006 | As told to Ben Reiter
PIRATES ALL-STAR OUTFIELDER

July 17, 2006
Who's Hot

July 17, 2006
Red Sox Closer

July 17, 2006 | Ben Reiter
For a Rockie, little videos mean big hits

July 17, 2006

July 17, 2006 | Lisa Altobelli
How Nextel Cup contender Jeff Burton keeps his body on track

July 17, 2006 | TOM VERDUCCI
Fueled by putdowns and cutups, the slaphappy Mets-a franchise whose revival is way ahead of schedule-are dominating the National League

July 17, 2006 | GRANT WAHL
In a mad, mad final match, Italy rode its stalwart defense to a fourth championship, while the greatest player of his generation left the field in infamy after a shocking moment of mindless rage

July 17, 2006 | Richard Hoffer
Joe Jurevicius is thrilled that he'll be playing in front of family and friends for his beloved Browns in 2006, but that joy is tempered by a loss he'll feel forever

July 17, 2006 | S.L. Price
Could Roger Federer finally beat a certain Spaniard? Could Amélie Mauresmo master her nerves on the biggest stage? Both players delivered their answers-forcefully-at Wimbledon

July 17, 2006 | GARY SMITH
It took startling transformations--from callow prodigy to thoughtful champion, from punk to philanthropist, from conflicted son to devoted father--for Andre Agassi to finally see the big picture,...

July 17, 2006
The Week In Sports

July 17, 2006 | Albert Chen
Twins Peak After committing--finally--to a youth movement that includes a 22-year-old ace, Minnesota is the majors' hottest team

July 17, 2006 | Tom Verducci
THE DEEP ROOTS OF THE CUBS' WOES

July 17, 2006 | Lars Anderson
Jr. Achievement With a reconfigured car and improved teamwork, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has quietly crept into contention for the Cup chase

July 17, 2006 | Rick Reilly
He kept you from buying that fur-toaster business.

July 17, 2006 | Charles Hirshberg
Meet Donald Hall, the nation's first poet laureate to take batting practice with the Pirates

July 17, 2006 | Michael Silver
On a forced sabbatical from the Dolphins, Ricky Williams is loving the freer atmosphere in Canada

July 17, 2006 | Michael Farber
St. Louis's new owners are gambling that the NHL's leading TV analyst can turn their team around

July 17, 2006 | Michael Farber
John Davidson's move from media to management is not unprecedented in sports. Here are some others who made the switch.

July 17, 2006 | Michael Farber
St. Louis's new owners are gambling that the NHL's leading TV analyst can turn their team around

July 17, 2006 | Michael Farber
John Davidson's move from media to management is not unprecedented in sports. Here are some others who made the switch.

July 17, 2006 | L. Jon Wertheim
Cavaliers guard Damon Jones is all the rage in China, as an unlikely pitchman for a shoe company

July 17, 2006 | L. Jon Wertheim
Damon Jones's two-year deal with sporting goods company Li Ning pays him an annual salary of between $200,000 and $300,000, plus bonuses--small change compared with the contract LeBron James...