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June 29, 2009 | Volume 110, Issue 26

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Joe Mauer Cover - Sports Illustrated June 29, 2009

June 29, 2009
Although Bryce Harper's potential is exciting, I can't help but feel concern about his being robbed of his youth. Even LeBron got to finish high school. Adulthood will come soon enough for Bryce,...

June 29, 2009 | RICHARD HOFFER
Had it with soaked greens and eternal games? Blame it on the rain

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WHICH MANAGER WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO PLAY FOR?

June 29, 2009 | Joe Lemire
An Iowa high schooler follows his best friend's perfect game with a no-no

June 29, 2009 | Joe Lemire
A substitute gym teacher in New York was arrested for allegedly putting a 10-year-old in a choke hold after the two had a dispute about a dodgeball game.

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His WBO and IBF heavyweight title belts, Wladimir Klitschko , with a ninth-round TKO of Ruslan Chagaev in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, last Saturday. The bout drew 61,000 fans, the largest boxing...

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Cubs manager, on criticism that he was too mellow during a recent losing streak:

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Years since brothers had homered in the same game for the Pirates before June 17, when Adam and Andy LaRoche went deep for Pittsburgh.

June 29, 2009 | L. Jon Wertheim
Rafael Nadal's physically taxing style of play is starting to catch up with him

June 29, 2009 | MARK BECHTEL
Richard Linklater profiles Texas' energetic baseball coach

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What smart fans should do this week

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Schierholtz and Salinas are on to something. This month reality TV fixtures Heidi and Spencer Pratt accused NBC of torture during their stint on the survival show (The network denied it.) Says...

June 29, 2009 | As told to Sarah Kwak
He stars in , opening on June 24

June 29, 2009 | Dan Patrick

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Buckingham, a sophomore skipper at Georgetown, won the Everett B. Morris Trophy as the top collegiate sailor in 2009. A two-time All-America, he helped the Hoyas finish third in both the team...

June 29, 2009 | Sachin Shenolikar
Heather Miller was being driven to the hospital for surgery on Jan. 26, but her thoughts were on a voice mail her mom, Wendy, had received three days earlier. Steelers safety Troy Polamalu said he...

June 29, 2009 | TED KEITH
With a top-heavy, injury-depleted lineup, the Mets have been struggling—yet October is still within reach

June 29, 2009 | Joe Sheehan
The Giants have positioned themselves near the top of the NL wild-card standings despite having the worst offense in the league. Through Sunday they were in the bottom three in runs, OBP and...

June 29, 2009 | LUKE WINN
After a breakout sophomore season, guard Talor (Bubby) Battle aims to prove that Penn State is a hoops school too

June 29, 2009 | PIERRE MCGUIRE
The Islanders should draft bedrock prospect John Tavares, but other teams can improve by trading top talent

June 29, 2009 | Sarah Kwak
When the Competition Committee, composed of 10 NHL players and team executives, meets in Montreal this week, a key issue will be rules on hits to the head. G.M.'s have expressed "no appetite" for...

June 29, 2009 | DAMON HACK
Unruffled by rain delays, a soggy course, weird tee times and a half-dozen late challenges from big names and fellow no-names, soft-spoken calmly won the U.S. Open

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June 29, 2009 | TOM VERDUCCI
The odds are stacked against him, but here's why the Twins catcher's could be different: a singular swing that brings bat and ball together in perfect harmony

June 29, 2009 | JOE SHEEHAN
There's no doubt Joe Mauer has the talent to make a run at Ted Williams's mark, but will he be blessed with the necessary luck?

June 29, 2009 | GRANT WAHL
Against first-round competition even stiffer than they'll see at next year's World Cup, the showed their worst side, then their best, in South Africa

June 29, 2009 | SELENA ROBERTS
Read his face: Fussy is winning races, chasing the elusive Cup title, and—best of all—he's enjoying the ride

June 29, 2009 | SELENA ROBERTS
In 27 years of Cup racing, Mark Martin has won 38 races—and steered his way through plenty of highs and lows

June 29, 2009 | THOMAS LAKE
THE STORY OF AN ATHLETE'S SINGULAR GESTURE CONTINUES TO INSPIRE. CAREFUL, THOUGH, IT WILL MAKE YOU CRY

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June 29, 2009 | Peter King
SI's fearless NFL expert opines on all the latest news, buzz and inside information. This is just a taste of what you'll get in King's Monday Morning Quarterback.

June 29, 2009 | PHIL TAYLOR
breeze gently cools Blair Field in Long Beach, Calif., where Jose Lima goes to the mound surrounded by the trappings of charmingly low-rent baseball. Infielders taking their warmup ground balls...

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June 29, 2009 | EVAN ROTHMAN
Bethpage smethpage—I'll take a tee time at an elite private club every time

June 29, 2009 | EVAN ROTHMAN
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE U.S. OPEN DOUBLEHEADER AT PINEHURST NO. 2 IN 2014?

June 29, 2009 | Dottie Pepper
Holding the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open on consecutive weeks at Pinehurst No. 2 is a brilliant move. There may be no place in the U.S. that loves golf more than Pinehurst, and the course,...

June 29, 2009 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
Even a week of rain, an uprising by the fans and a Monday finish couldn't disguise one simple fact—the USGA did a masterly job at Bethpage

June 29, 2009 | John Garrity
On second thought, the USGA did the right thing

June 29, 2009 | John Garrity
For Johnny & Co., the show went on, and on, and on