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August 07, 2006 | Volume 105, Issue 5

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Joe Mauer Cover - Sports Illustrated August 07, 2006

August 07, 2006
Rip Tide

August 07, 2006 | Steve Rushin
Max McLeary's life is one long country and western lyric, from his unlikely occupation--he was a one-eyed umpire--to his smoke-cured quotes, as when he says, "Everyone's got a story about a...

August 07, 2006 | Terry McDonell
"I have never knowingly used any banned substance and blah, blah, blah...." It was a very sad week for sports

August 07, 2006 | Edited by Mark Bechtel
Retired From international soccer, Brian McBride, the only U.S. player to score in more than one World Cup. The striker-whose 30 goals for the U.S. is second alltime to Eric Wynalda's 34-scored...

August 07, 2006 | Richard Deitsch
The actor (Days of Thunder, Chicago) costars with Will Ferrell in Talladega Nights, which opens on Friday

August 07, 2006 | Edited by Mark Bechtel
Training camps are open, and NFL players are back to creating mayhem on the field--which is not to say that all of them took a break in the off-season. At least 25 players on 17 of the league's 32...

August 07, 2006 | Adam Duerson
Last week former Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk, 22, entered into two long-term arrangements. On Saturday he said, "I do," to the Packers (who took him fifth overall in the draft), accepting a...

August 07, 2006 | Adam Duerson
United Airlines is sending 1,200 mechanics and other ground crew employees to NASCAR's Pit Crew U to sharpen their efficiency skills.

August 07, 2006 | Adam Duerson
LEBRON JAMES,

August 07, 2006 | Chris Mannix
What to watch and watch for

August 07, 2006 | Edited by Mark Bechtel
Laura Heyboer

August 07, 2006 | Reported by George Dohrmann
BREWERS ROOKIE FIRST BASEMAN

August 07, 2006
WHO'S HOT

August 07, 2006
Grand Prix Motorcycling Champ

August 07, 2006 | Ben Reiter
Carving--and jinxing?--teammates in Styrofoam

August 07, 2006
[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

August 07, 2006 | Chris Mannix
Champion Hasim Rahman goes to great heights to prepare for a bout

August 07, 2006 | Tom Callahan
Every young NFL quarterback owes a debt to Johnny U, who in 1956 showed how a skinny rookie could take charge of a middling team and lay the foundation for a champion

August 07, 2006 | Tom Callahan
For profiles of the latest QBs to follow Johnny Unitas into the Hall of Fame, go to SI.com/nfl.

August 07, 2006 | Peter King
There may be QBs as tough as John Unitas, but in today's NFL none have the same freedom to run the offense--nor can they expect to get it

August 07, 2006 | Kelli Anderson
Humble, hardworking and handsome, Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer is the ideal hometown hero, and he's poised to make history at a position that hasn't seen another quite like him

August 07, 2006 | Kelli Anderson
Power rankings for the Twins and the other 29 major league teams at SI.com/baseball.

August 07, 2006 | Nate Silver
One of the wonderful things about baseball is that there is rarely a situation in the game that doesn't have some historical precedent. Then along comes sweet-swinging, 6'4" Joe Mauer.

August 07, 2006 | MICHAEL SILVER
The Texans shocked the NFL world when they drafted Mario Williams first overall. Now, as training camps open, the heat is on the rookie to prove he's worth it

August 07, 2006
Evel Spirits Robbie Knievel, 44, jumped his motorcycle 180 feet and landed safely last Friday at the fifth annual Evel Knievel Days in Butte, Mont. The stunt was part of Robbie's tribute to his...

August 07, 2006 | Jeffri Chadiha
Like the Texans this year, the Browns in 2000 tapped a defensive end with the first pick in the draft. But after that it was four quarterbacks in a row at the top. SI senior writer Jeffri Chadiha...

August 07, 2006 | SUSAN CASEY
LAIRD HAMILTON WAS ONCE ONE OF ONLY A HANDFUL OF MEN WITH THE SKILL AND THE GUTS TO RIDE THE MASSIVE AND MURDEROUS WAVE KNOWN AS JAWS. BUT THEN CAME THE BOUNTY HUNTERS AND THRILL-SEEKERS, AND THE...

August 07, 2006 | IAN THOMSEN
After being humbled at the last two international tournaments, Team USA is bringing hungrier players, a deeper roster and a savvier game plan to Japan

August 07, 2006
The Week In Sports

August 07, 2006 | Albert Chen
Done Deals Not all the hyped trades got made, but the Rangers and the Yankees found help in furious action before the deadline

August 07, 2006 | Tom Verducci
MINNESOTA'S SECRET WEAPON

August 07, 2006 | Rick Reilly
First guy to the dorm always gets the best room, right? So Dani Alon snagged the sweet second-floor room with the balcony. Building number 2, 31 Connollystrasse. Who was going to mess with...

August 07, 2006 | Rick Reilly
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