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August 21, 2006 | Volume 105, Issue 7

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T. J. Downing Cover - Sports Illustrated August 21, 2006

August 21, 2006
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August 21, 2006 | Mark Beech
CONFERENCE: SEC

August 21, 2006 | Phil Taylor
CONFERENCE: PAC-10

August 21, 2006 | Austin Murphy
CONFERENCE: SEC

August 21, 2006 | Mark Beech
CONFERENCE: BIG TEN

August 21, 2006 | Austin Murphy
CONFERENCE: SEC

August 21, 2006 | Mark Beech
CONFERENCE: ACC

August 21, 2006 | Stewart Mandel
CONFERENCE: BIG EAST

August 21, 2006 | Gene Menez
CONFERENCE: BIG 12

August 21, 2006 | Lars Anderson
CONFERENCE: ACC

August 21, 2006 | Phil Taylor
CONFERENCE: PAC-10

August 21, 2006 | Lars Anderson
CONFERENCE: ACC

August 21, 2006 | Lars Anderson
CONFERENCE: BIG 12

August 21, 2006 | Gene Menez
CONFERENCE: BIG TEN

August 21, 2006 | Phil Taylor
CONFERENCE: PAC-10

August 21, 2006 | Lars Anderson
Players to Watch

August 21, 2006 | Luke Winn
Players to Watch

August 21, 2006 | Mark Beech
Players to Watch

August 21, 2006 | Gene Menez
Players to Watch

August 21, 2006 | Phil Taylor
Players to Watch

August 21, 2006 | Mark Beech
Players to Watch

August 21, 2006 | Luke Winn
Players to Watch

August 21, 2006 | Compiled by Mark Beech and Gene Menez
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August 21, 2006
Boxing

August 21, 2006 | Richard Hoffer
Russian Mob

August 21, 2006 | Richard Hoffer
Separated at ringside: Old foes Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis were in opposite corners again, Tyson providing commentary for the international broadcast feed for last Saturday night's Oleg...

August 21, 2006 | Albert Chen
For Starters

August 21, 2006 | Albert Chen
What made the dodgers the hottest team in the majors? Left for dead two weeks ago, they won 14 out of 15 and jumped from seven games back in the NL West to 11/2 in front by week's end. Sure, L.A....

August 21, 2006 | Grant Wahl
Running of the Bulls

August 21, 2006 | Rick Reilly
Your blank screen mocks you and the tower of unopened mail pulls at your coat, and you wonder why you didn't go into the insurance business.

August 21, 2006 | Rick Reilly
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August 21, 2006
Pop's Culture

August 21, 2006 | Jeff MacGregor
Somewhere someone presses a button and a bomb drops from a clear sky. Boom!

August 21, 2006 | L. Jon Wertheim
News of a foiled terrorist plot brought back difficult memories for the former basketball player who helped subdue the "Shoe Bomber"

August 21, 2006
When athletes share the same name, bad things can happen to good people

August 21, 2006
Retired After a 16-year career, linebacker Junior Seau (above). In 1993, before his fourth NFL season, Seau told SI, "I'm afraid of being average. I have a real fear of being just another...

August 21, 2006 | Michael Bamberger
A former Marlins pitching prospect once again falls victim to his drug addiction

August 21, 2006 | E.M. Swift
A dispute over authenticity has stalled the sale of what could be a $1 million baseball card

August 21, 2006 | Adam Duerson
The first thing that Emmitt Smith did when he landed a gig on Dancing with the Stars was call Jerry Rice, who was the runner-up on the ABC reality show last season. Says Rice, "I told him, 'Man,...

August 21, 2006 | Chris Mannix
What to watch and watch for

August 21, 2006
Calvin Smith II TAMPA > Track and Field Smith, an incoming freshman at the University of Florida, won the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes in the young boys' division at the Amateur Athletic...

August 21, 2006 | As told to Ben Reiter
ANGELS INFIELDER

August 21, 2006
WHO'S HOT

August 21, 2006 | Elizabeth Newman
The inking woman's soccer star

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August 21, 2006
Rockies Outfielder

August 21, 2006
You want me to sign your what? Making it in the big leagues

August 21, 2006 | Elizabeth Newman
The rookie started core training in earnest last January. By the NFL combine he was faster, stronger and more explosive. People noticed

August 21, 2006 | CHRIS BALLARD
The once-comical AL Central is now the best division in the majors. For six days the author traveled through the new center of the baseball universe and found bullpen bar bedlam, ersatz Elvises...

August 21, 2006 | PETER KING
Inspired by his father, whose stance against the Vietnam War cost him a Senate seat, new NFL commissioner Roger Goodell understands the tough decisions

August 21, 2006 | MICHAEL SILVER
Life couldn't be better for Edgerrin James--he's got a fat contract, a starring role in a high-powered offense, a state-of-the-art stadium and an Arizona Cardinals team that's finally ready to win

August 21, 2006
Top 20 scouting reports, conference previews, Heisman favorites, Big Men on Campus, bowl projections and more at the kickoff of the most wide-open run for the national championship in years

August 21, 2006
HOUSE OF BLUES

August 21, 2006 | STEWART MANDEL
What a difference a year makes. The Buckeyes' signal-caller has gone from suspended and shamed platoon player to the toast of Columbus

August 21, 2006 | AUSTIN MURPHY
The Dawgs' sack artist always dreamed of being a hoops star, but once he got over that fixation, he became a smash hit in Athens

August 21, 2006 | PHIL TAYLOR
Heisman Candidates

August 21, 2006
They're not necessarily the largest, the fastest or the best in the country at their positions, but each of these nine collegians will play a huge role in his team's success this season. Their...

August 21, 2006
It looks like another January date in the Arizona desert for Ohio State and Notre Dame. Matched in the Fiesta Bowl last season, they will butt heads again, but this time in new Cardinals Stadium...

August 21, 2006 | Stewart Mandel
CONFERENCE: BIG TEN

August 21, 2006 | Austin Murphy
CONFERENCE: INDEPENDENT

August 21, 2006 | Gene Menez
CONFERENCE: BIG 12

August 21, 2006 | Mark Beech
CONFERENCE: SEC

August 21, 2006 | Phil Taylor
CONFERENCE: PAC-10

August 21, 2006 | Gene Menez
CONFERENCE: BIG EAST

August 21, 2006 | DAVID SABINO
What Might Have Been Look for Boldin and Burress to put up bigger numbers

August 21, 2006 | GENE MENEZ
Bell of the Ball A rookie has a stronger hold on the No. 1 job than Broncos coaches will say

August 21, 2006 | David Sabino
MATCHUP OF THE WEEK They were backfieldmates at Auburn, they were both top five picks in the 2005 draft, and they're both starters on playoff-caliber NFL teams. So which one should you pick for...

August 21, 2006 | ADAM DUERSON
Double Duty Everyone's into fantasy football these days-- even the players themselves

August 21, 2006 | ALBERT LIN
A dozen of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED's savviest stalwarts gathered in early August to divide up the fantasy football world. Who chose wisely? Who screwed up? You make the call

August 21, 2006 | GENE MENEZ
Sweet dreams! You'll sleep more soundly if you draft one or more of these perennially productive players

August 21, 2006 | Jim Gorant
A 14-year-old wins the U.S. Amateur

August 21, 2006 | Mitchell Spearman
WHO: Dean Wilson

August 21, 2006 | Evan Rothman
After the platypus, I thought, Why not 18 in the Texas panhandle?

August 21, 2006 | Evan Rothman
Caddies are hired to be fired. Michelle Wie's bagman had a good 10-month run.

August 21, 2006 | Evan Rothman
Sergio García, star of the last PGA at Medinah, has yet to fulfill his promise CHARISMA + BRAVADO + YOUTH * YIPS / SUNDAY INTERRUPTUS = MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT

August 21, 2006 | JOHN GARRITY
Dean Wilson recasts his image--and gets a Ryder Cup captain off the hook

August 21, 2006
SI asked a group of teenagers, all serious golfers, for their opinions on equipment, tour players and if they'd vote for a Democrat or a Republican for president