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June 25, 2007 | Volume 106, Issue 26

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Manu Ginobili Cover - Sports Illustrated June 25, 2007

June 25, 2007
Second to One I wouldn't put Tim Duncan (All About Winning, June 4) ahead of Michael Jordan. But if I were building a team around one other player from the last 30 years, I'd take the San Antonio...

June 25, 2007 | As told to Richard Deitsch
RANKED NO. 31 in the world—23 places behind her younger sister Serena—Venus Williams is years removed from tennis dominance. But if she's no longer on top (as she was for 11 weeks in 2002), she...

June 25, 2007
WHO'S Hot

June 25, 2007
Who is the hardest-throwing pitcher in baseball?

June 25, 2007 | Chris Ballard
A new kind of coverage puts sports honchos and the press at bloggerheads

June 25, 2007 | Chris Ballard
THE SONS OF BEN (as in Franklin), a group of MLS fans in Philadelphia, have all the accessories: a website, embroidered scarves and outings to games. But they have no team. The group formed in...

June 25, 2007 | Chris Ballard
TALK ABOUT old school. Twins owner Carl Pohlad—that's 91-year-old, extremely Caucasian Carl Pohlad—plunked down $28 million to buy B-96, a hip-hop radio station in Edina, Minn. Is rap really how...

June 25, 2007 | Bill Syken
Sudden Departure

June 25, 2007 | Bill Syken
ICHIRO SUZUKI Mariners outfielder, on Seattle's trip to face the Indians: "I'm not excited to go to Cleveland, but we have to. If I ever saw myself saying I'm excited going to Cleveland, I'd punch...

June 25, 2007 | Bill Syken
43 Consecutive games in which Columbus Clippers outfielder Brandon Watson had a hit through Sunday, breaking the International League hitting streak record set by Jack Lelivelt in 1912.

June 25, 2007 | Bill Syken
Redskins rookie LaRon Landry missed practice last week after being shot in the groin during a team paintball outing.

June 25, 2007 | Joe Lemire
New retiree Bob Barker showcases his competitive instincts

June 25, 2007 | Joe Lemire
Tired of basketball above the rim, a former NBA assistant coach kicks things up a notch

June 25, 2007 | Joe Lemire
Former major league pitcher Rick Ankiel, 27, is trying to make it back to the Cardinals as an outfielder. How's he doing? SI's Ankielometer tells all.

June 25, 2007 | Joe Carberry
All-Star offspring: Every goat has a kid

June 25, 2007
GIANTS PITCHER

June 25, 2007 | Lisa Altobelli
For these Oakland teammates it's always open house

June 25, 2007 | Sarah Kwak
What to watch and watch for

June 25, 2007
Kyle Russell TOMBALL, TEXAS > Baseball Russell, a sophomore at Texas, was named Big 12 player of the year. The rightfielder led the nation in home runs (28) and ranked seventh in slugging (.807)....

June 25, 2007 | Adam Duerson
The John from Cincinnati star is one versatile pretend athlete

June 25, 2007 | Adam Duerson
SIX YEARS after Gladiator won the Oscar for Best Picture, the film gets another honor: LeBron James has named his son Bryce Maximus—the middle name inspired by Russell Crowe's character in that...

June 25, 2007 | Adam Duerson
AUTHOR AND FORMER New York Times sports columnist Robert Lipsyte calls Dave Zirin "the best young sportswriter in America," but readers don't turn to Zirin's columns in Slam magazine and...

June 25, 2007 | JACK MCCALLUM
Their style of play may not be captivating, but with four titles in the last nine years the Spurs have come up with a blueprint for success that's the envy of professional sports

June 25, 2007 | JACK MCCALLUM
Clutch Shots

June 25, 2007 | Ian Thomsen
No Oden. No Durant. But Hawks G.M. Billy Knight still has to find a player good enough to turn around his team's fortunes

June 25, 2007 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
Unheralded Angel Cabrera won the U.S. Open with a rock-solid final round, but only after Tiger Woods made some puzzling miscues and let a second straight major slip away

June 25, 2007 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
Coming Up Aces

June 25, 2007 | TOM VERDUCCI
While age and a dip in velocity conspire against the newest, oldest Yankee, Roger Clemens remains as hardheaded as ever

June 25, 2007 | TOM VERDUCCI
On the Rise

June 25, 2007 | L. JON WERTHEIM
As Wimbledon approaches, Scotland's rapidly improving Andy Murray, like Tim Henman before him, bears the hopes of an entire tennis-mad kingdom on his slight shoulders

June 25, 2007 | L. JON WERTHEIM
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June 25, 2007 | MICHAEL SILVER
On top of his game and happily married again, could life be any better for Jason Taylor? Of course it could. The outspoken Dolphins defensive end with leading-man good looks continues his pursuit...

June 25, 2007
High Hard One Padres 6' 10" righthander Chris Young took a swing at Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee during a bench-clearing skirmish in the fourth inning of last Saturday's game at Wrigley Field. It...

June 25, 2007
Motor Sports Martin Truex Jr.: No. 1 with a bullet at DEI • The Lewis Hamilton Express roars on at the Brickyard

June 25, 2007 | Lars Anderson
Heir Apparent Though Little E is departing, DEI has revved things up and another Junior—Martin Truex—has come into his own

June 25, 2007 | Lars Anderson
On Sunday, for the second straight week, 22-year-old British driver Lewis Hamilton (SI, June 18) made history on the Formula One circuit. Though he had never before raced on the Indianapolis Motor...

June 25, 2007 | Jon Heyman
Starting Five Building a team from scratch? A panel of experts sees the future and lays the foundation with a core of young stars

June 25, 2007 | Rick Reilly
I HAVE ONLY one thing in common with Phil Mickelson. The golf gods hate us.

June 25, 2007 | GARY VAN SICKLE
Jim Furyk's late charge had his home state buzzing, but for the second consecutive year his quest for the title came up a shot short

June 25, 2007 | GARY VAN SICKLE
Charl Schwartzel, a star in the making, is drawing comparisons with another sweet-swinging South African

June 25, 2007
Everyone in Pittsburgh, from the ballpark to the ER, kept an eye on Oakmont and the Open

June 25, 2007 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
Ask Aaron Baddeley what he scored at Oakmont, and he'll tell you 100%

June 25, 2007 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
Bubba Watson and Boo Weekley, a couple of small-town guys from Florida, made a huge impression at Oakmont

June 25, 2007 | Jim Gorant
Winners, losers and dueling lefties from Oakmont

June 25, 2007 | JIM SUTTIE
WHO: Angel Cabrera

June 25, 2007 | JIM SUTTIE
"Tiger Woods looked eerily passive and calm at Oakmont. He seemed to care, but his reactions were infinitely more restrained than usual."

June 25, 2007 | JIM SUTTIE
Will Tiger Woods win a major this year?

June 25, 2007 | BRUCE BERLET
• MY SHOT

June 25, 2007 | JOHN GARRITY
Most folks thought Oakmont was too tough, but a mysterious club member claimed there was a conspiracy to make it a cream puff

June 25, 2007
The eternal Charlie Hustle reflects on his career issues

June 25, 2007 | David Epstein
A rap mogul helps a hoops event grow

June 25, 2007 | David Epstein
Comerica Park's Seagulls

June 25, 2007 | David Epstein
DO YOU HAVE what it takes to be a topflight powerlifter? You could spend thousands of hours in the gym to find out. Or you could send a saliva sample and $92.40 to an Australian lab. For that...

June 25, 2007
Throwing Willie and Waylon's advice to the wind, some mamas do let their babies grow up to be cowboys (and cowgirls). The best competed at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo., last...