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July 14, 2008 | Volume 109, Issue 2

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Rafael Nadal Cover - Sports Illustrated July 14, 2008

July 14, 2008 | ELIZABETH MCGARR
IT'S NOT that Dwight Stephenson, 50, has overcommitted himself, but the former hard-charging offensive lineman is certainly on the go. When he's not managing D. Stephenson Construction in Fort...

July 14, 2008 | Rick Lipsey
IN 1978 Nancy Lopez had the greatest rookie season in golf history—nine victories, including a record five in a row—and she was the first (and still the only) woman to be named the LPGA player of...

July 14, 2008 | LEE JENKINS
He pitched the U.S. to Olympic gold two decades ago, then spent 10 seasons in the majors. Even now, he's an inspiration to athletes trying to overcome their disabilities

July 14, 2008 | LEE JENKINS
Read Tom Verducci's story on Jim Abbott's 1993 no-hitter at SI.com/WATN.

July 14, 2008 | AUSTIN MURPHY
Crash and Annie didn't last, did they? Would Mötley Crüe really destroy Nuke's dreams? And how did that ritually slaughtered rooster go over in Milwaukee?

July 14, 2008 | Adam Duerson
Ron Shelton remains master of the sports movie

July 14, 2008 | Adam Duerson
LET'S PLAY a little word association. A.C. Green: All-Star? Well, yes, the 6'9" power forward did make one All-Star team in his 16-year NBA career. Iron man? That fits too. Green holds the league...

July 14, 2008 | Adam Duerson
YES, MIKE GREENWELL is bitter about 1988, but when he talks about it, he doesn't start with the fact that he was the runner-up in the American League MVP voting to Jose Canseco, who has since...

July 14, 2008 | L. Jon Wertheim
BEN JOHNSON may have set two speed records at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. A sculpted Jamaican-born Canadian, Johnson beat his rival Carl Lewis in the 100 meters, turning in a record time of 9.79...

July 14, 2008 | Brian Cazeneuve
IN 1992, four years after the Jamaican four-man bobsled team's exploits at the Calgary Olympics and just days after the Albertville Games, sledder Devon Harris found his runnings far less than...

July 14, 2008 | Adam Duerson
FOR DOUG WILLIAMS, the hours that followed Super Bowl XXII in San Diego were signs of things to come: little of the bright lights usual for an NFL champion quarterback, but the comfort of family...

July 14, 2008 | L. JON WERTHEIM

July 14, 2008 | L. JON WERTHEIM
Look back on how Anna Kournikova became a star, at SI.com/WATN.

July 14, 2008 | BEN REITER
The hard-knocks lives of Robert Edwards and John Avery, two friends and fellow first-rounders, who fell on hard times and finally found redemption in an unlikely place

July 14, 2008 | BEN REITER
Catch up with more 1998 NFL draft picks at SI.com/WATN.

July 14, 2008 | Caitlin Moscatello
WHEN ROSS REBAGLIATI, a Canadian, won the inaugural snowboarding event—the men's giant slalom—at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, the question afterward was not about steroids but another drug: Did he...

July 14, 2008 | Sarah Kwak
IT HAD been months since Cammi Granato had laced up a pair of skates, years since she'd played in a game, so when she suited up for the International Ice Hockey Federation's alumni game last May,...

July 14, 2008 | Caitlin Moscatello
JEFF SHEPPARD always beat the odds. He wasn't good enough as a junior guard at Atlanta's McIntosh High to make the state all-star team, but a year later he landed a scholarship to play at his...

July 14, 2008 | Caitlin Moscatello
ON SEPT. 27, 1998, Philip Ozersky, a research scientist at the Washington University medical school in St. Louis, decided to take a break from his usual fall Sunday routine. A Rams season-ticket...

July 14, 2008 | Text by Joe Lemire

July 14, 2008 | Phil Taylor
COOL, THE onetime giant of sports culture that had long been in declining health, died in seclusion last month. In a measure of how forgotten Cool had become, the moment of its passing went...

July 14, 2008
Founder: Henry R. Luce 1898--1967

July 14, 2008
Earl's Pearls

July 14, 2008 | Stefan Fatsis
An NFL-embedded writer finds being a player isn't the kick of a lifetime

July 14, 2008
WHO'S Hot

July 14, 2008
Should Roger Clemens ever be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame?

July 14, 2008
Confessed To losing the 1983 Wimbledon final on purpose, Andrea Jaeger (above). In an interview with Britain's Daily Mail, Jaeger, who became a nun in 2006, said that the day before the match she...

July 14, 2008
CHRIS EATON The world's No. 661 player, on how he'll fix up his car—which has a taped-on side mirror—after making $33,500 for reaching the second round at Wimbledon: "Maybe I will buy some better...

July 14, 2008
An English soccer player was fined $2,600 for hitting a nightclub doorman in the head with his girlfriend's handbag.

July 14, 2008
The Patriots' receiver buys a NASCAR team

July 14, 2008
2:43:33 Time, in hours, minutes and seconds, it took Hans Florine, 44, and Yuji Hirayama, 39, to scale the 2,900-foot Nose route on El Capitan, a granite formation in Yosemite National Park, on...

July 14, 2008 | Arash Markazi
Injury-plagued Matt Leinart steels himself for his third season

July 14, 2008 | Pablo S. Torre
HE HAS served his one-year NFL suspension, and now the Cowboys' Pacman Jones (left) is doing all he can to restore his good name. His first order of business: Change his name. Jones has dropped...

July 14, 2008 | As told to Lisa Altobelli
REDSKINS TACKLE

July 14, 2008 | Sarah Kwak
What to watch and watch for

July 14, 2008
Conor McCullough CANOGA PARK, CALIF. > Track and Field Conor, a senior at Chaminade Prep, set the national high school record in the 12-pound hammer throw (260 feet) at the U.S. Youth Track and...

July 14, 2008 | Dan Patrick
The Interview

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BREAKING NEWS, REAL-TIME SCORES AND DAILY ANALYSIS.

July 14, 2008 | L. JON WERTHEIM

July 14, 2008 | L. JON WERTHEIM
BREAKING NEWS, REAL-TIME SCORES AND DAILY ANALYSIS.

July 14, 2008 | TIM LAYDEN
Led by double winner Bernard Lagat, foreign-born runners swept the 1,500 at a tribulation-filled trials that saw one sprint star go down, another emerge and a strong team take shape

July 14, 2008 | TIM LAYDEN
BREAKING NEWS, REAL-TIME SCORES AND DAILY ANALYSIS.

July 14, 2008 | KELLI ANDERSON
Youth, as expected, was served at the swim trials, but the epic splash was made by 41-year-old Dara Torres, who became the oldest American swimmer ever to qualify for the Games

July 14, 2008 | KELLI ANDERSON
BREAKING NEWS, SCORES AND DAILY ANALYSIS.

July 14, 2008
Years that end in 8 have been marked by exceptional athletes and exceptionally memorable moments. From the Say Hey Kid to Anna K, SI checks in with the stars of '58, '68, '78, '88 and '98

July 14, 2008 | PHIL TAYLOR
It's been half a century since the Say Hey Kid led the national pastime on its move to the West Coast. He's still a baseball man at heart, as monumental—and enigmatic—a legend as American sport...

July 14, 2008 | PHIL TAYLOR
Read about 14-year-old O.J. Simpson's day with Willie Mays at SI.com/WATN.

July 14, 2008
THE SI VAULT

July 14, 2008 | MARK BECHTEL
From his first race 50 years ago to his last in the blue number 43 and on through his long tenure as an owner, NASCAR's winningest driver has been sovereign of the speedways

July 14, 2008 | MARK BECHTEL
Ed Hinton on Richard Petty's racing career, at SI.com/WATN.

July 14, 2008 | MARK BECHTEL
Petty Enterprises makes its move for modernity

July 14, 2008 | Sarah Kwak
WHEN WILLIE O'REE made his debut for the Boston Bruins against the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 18, 1958, the media largely ignored the fact that the NHL's color line had been broken. In a...

July 14, 2008 | Mark Beech
So much about the 2008 Triple Crown chase of Big Brown had a familiar ring to Ismael Valenzuela. He's ridden a superhorse. He's won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, only to fall short in the...

July 14, 2008 | Chris Mannix
THESE DAYS the toughest decision for most NBA players contemplating life after basketball is which Caribbean island to pick for that vacation villa. Such wasn't the case in the 1950s and '60s,...

July 14, 2008
Zoom Service

July 14, 2008 | RICHARD HOFFER
One of the fiercest players of his generation, he crossed over in Paper Lion 40 years ago, kicking off a second career in Hollywood. Now he's finally stopping to smell the roses

July 14, 2008 | RICHARD HOFFER
George Plimpton on Alex Karras and the upstart Lions, at SI.com/WATN.

July 14, 2008 | Joe Lemire
He was on the receiving end in the Jets' magical season

July 14, 2008 | AUSTIN MURPHY

July 14, 2008 | AUSTIN MURPHY
Olympian Kenny Moore profiles Carlos and Smith, at SI.com/WATN.

July 14, 2008 | Melissa Segura
AS A big league pitcher, Luis Tiant baffled hitters with a contortionist's delivery in which he turned his back to the plate in the midst of his windup. Now, in retirement, the hurler has faced...

July 14, 2008 | Farrell Evans
NOTWITHSTANDING HIS more than 230 victories, including the 1967 British Open, Roberto De Vicenzo's fame comes from one very costly mistake. On the final day of the 1968 Masters, the Argentinean...

July 14, 2008 | Joe Lemire
IT WAS a high school joke that became a sports phenomenon. In the fall of 1968 Joel Silver, a junior at Columbia High in Maplewood, N.J., raised his hand at a student council meeting: "I move that...

July 14, 2008 | Connie Aitcheson
AT THE tumultuous 1968 Mexico City Games, Wyomia Tyus did something no other Olympian, man or woman, had done before. She won the gold medal in the 100-meter sprint for a second consecutive time,...

July 14, 2008 | BEN REITER
One home run changed a season, outraged a Nation and defined a career—then and now. Hey, Red Sox fans, doesn't the wall at Bucky Dent's Baseball School look familiar?

July 14, 2008 | BEN REITER
Ron Fimrite on the Yankees' ride to the 1978 title, at SI.com/WATN.

July 14, 2008 | ELIZABETH MCGARR
The first man to win the Boston and the New York 26-milers in the same year has fought through cancer and is on track to go the distance one more time

July 14, 2008 | ELIZABETH MCGARR
Relive Bill Rodgers's fourth straight New York win, at SI.com/WATN.

July 14, 2008 | Adam Duerson
IT'S BEEN three decades since Gary Busey, Jan-Michael Vincent and William Katt starred in Big Wednesday, the seminal but relatively little-known surf movie about three L.A. beach buddies living in...

July 14, 2008 | ELIZABETH MCGARR
GENE GARBER starts his days at around 4:30 every morning. Whether he's in the chicken house, out in the fields or tending to his flock of several thousand emus, the 60-year-old former reliever...

July 14, 2008 | JIM GORANT
The pros limp toward Birkdale

July 14, 2008 | JIM GORANT
Phil Mickelson's Rancho Santa Fe mansion hits the open market

July 14, 2008 | MICHAEL BREED
WHO Anthony Kim

July 14, 2008 | MICHAEL BREED
"It wouldn't surprise me if Tiger Woods runs for U.S. president someday. He's exceptionally bright, universally loved and a good speaker."

July 14, 2008 | MICHAEL BREED
Should Tiger Woods attend the Ryder Cup to support the U.S. team?

July 14, 2008 | DOTTIE PEPPER
STACY LEWIS (below) was undercut by Michelle Wie. Lewis qualified for the U.S. Women's Open, then tied for third and earned $162,487, but none of that money goes toward securing her playing...

July 14, 2008 | STEVE EUBANKS
Golf's proudest moment took place in Muirfield's men's room

July 14, 2008 | STEVE EUBANKS
Tim Finchem first to undergo the Tour's drug-testing program

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July 14, 2008
I think it will be a European. I know that's not exactly going out on a limb, especially since last year's Open featured two Euros in a playoff—Padraig Harrington over Sergio. But I don't think...

July 14, 2008 | John Garrity
Just about everyone agrees that AT&T National winner Anthony Kim has the game to be a great one. Time will tell