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June 07, 2010 | Volume 112, Issue 24

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Clint Dempsey Cover - Sports Illustrated June 07, 2010

June 07, 2010 | Gabriele Marcotti

June 07, 2010 | Adam Duerson

June 07, 2010 | Richard Deitsch

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SI senior writer Grant Wahl predicts the order of finish for each group and the winners in the knockout rounds. Final forecast: La Furia Roja will hoist its first World Cup

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Every SI Story ... Every SI Photo ... Ever SI.COM/VAULT

June 07, 2010 | 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 online.

June 07, 2010 | PHIL TAYLOR
Pat, pat, stride, release. The young catcher rises from his crouch and goes through this new routine each time he tosses the ball back to the pitcher, practicing the choreography he hopes will...

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It's nice to see Shaq grow up and still be himself at the same time. I've never liked him as a player because he didn't play for my team (the Pistons), but I couldn't help but be impressed with...

June 07, 2010 | MARK HYMAN
Pioneering sports surgeon James Andrews is again on the cutting edge—against overuse injuries in young athletes

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Who's Hot

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On Friday Night Lights, Brad Leland makes Buddy Garrity a real character

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A poll in Germany by Reader's Digest found that 95% of those surveyed said they would prefer their national team's winning the World Cup to a night of sex.

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Donald David

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To find the World Cup team that best suits you, just go with our flow

June 07, 2010 | Dan Patrick
The Interview

June 07, 2010 | Edited by ELIZABETH MCGARR
Garrett Wittels

June 07, 2010 | L. Jon Wertheim
In Paris, Ana Ivanovic took a mighty fall

June 07, 2010 | JOE SHEEHAN
But a wave of pitching talent is dominating hitters in both leagues. Another perfect game? It's no fluke

June 07, 2010 | LARS ANDERSON
As Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin charge, JJ stalls and Junior spins his wheels—what's coming up in Cup?

June 07, 2010 | S.L. PRICE
Venus Williams is No. 2 in the world again, and her game is drawing as much attention as her on-court fashions

June 07, 2010 | LEE JENKINS
Is he the Greatest Laker Ever? Not until he beats Boston in the Finals. Now—armed with an improved shot and fueled by a thirst for revenge—Kobe Bryant has one more chance to take down the hated...

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Wheels Up

June 07, 2010 | Ian Thomsen
The matchups have changed since 2008, but the result won't: Boston will beat L.A. for the title

June 07, 2010 | ANDREW LAWRENCE
After steep falls from grace, both Nolan Richardson and Marion Jones are making fresh starts in Tulsa— with a team that's also starting over

June 07, 2010 | LARS ANDERSON
With a dominant performance, Dario Franchitti won his second Indy 500, to give car owner Chip Ganassi a historic double and stamp himself as the sport's top driver

June 07, 2010 | SARAH KWAK
There's more to the Blackhawks' Patrick Kane than a bad haircut. The baby-faced scorer is one of the main reasons his team is on the verge of its first title since 1961

June 07, 2010 | TOM VERDUCCI
Once, baseball's draft was a secretive exercise, conducted by phone and followed by few. Now it's a star-powered event (hello, Bryce Harper) with millions of dollars at stake—and the smartest way...

June 07, 2010 | TOM VERDUCCI

June 07, 2010 | TOM VERDUCCI
The stars of tomorrow, identified today: Senior writer Jon Heyman projects the top 10 picks in the major league draft, which begins with the first round this Monday and ends with round 50 two days...

June 07, 2010 | Joe Lemire
A certain catching phenom isn't the only heavily hyped teenager available in the draft

June 07, 2010 | Ben Reiter
Teams have learned not to rate prospects merely on their physical attributes. A player's character can make or break him as a draft pick

June 07, 2010 | JOE POSNANSKI
A year after he was the No. 1 pick, Stephen Strasburg is ready to join the Show. Memo to those who think he can't possibly live up to the hype: Wait till you see him pitch

June 07, 2010 | JOE POSNANSKI
2000 Marlins

June 07, 2010 | JOE POSNANSKI
American soccer's most accomplished and enigmatic star, Landon Donovan embarks on the defining tournament of his career with a knowledge that has long eluded him: what it takes to play like a champion

June 07, 2010 | GRANT WAHL
As soccer gets serious in the States, scrutiny has intensified and expectations have soared. Meet the men of Team USA, who'll take on the world in South Africa

June 07, 2010 | GRANT WAHL
Once insular, stagnant and fearful of change, England now has its football fate—some would say its national birthright—in the hands of a suave Italian art collector who has the Three Lions looking...

June 07, 2010 | Mark Bechtel
During the 2006 World Cup, comedian Ricky Gervais appeared in a skit for British TV that lampooned England's strike partnership of Peter Crouch and Wayne Rooney. The 6'7" Crouch was played by...

June 07, 2010 | GRANT WAHL
You can lose your first game and still advance from your four-team group. In fact, you can lose your first two games and still survive, as the U.S. learned last year at the Confederations Cup....

June 07, 2010 | Mark Bechtel
The Desert Foxes have proved maddeningly mercurial. To reach the World Cup, Rabah Saadane's team beat Egypt 1--0 in a do-or-die qualifying playoff. The next meeting with Egypt? The Desert Foxes...

June 07, 2010 | Mark Bechtel
Matjaz Kek's squad isn't necessarily boring—it just lacks the propensity for scandal of group mates England and Algeria and the curiosity factor of the U.S. The Slovenes got to South Africa by...

June 07, 2010 | Sebastián Pérez-Ferreiro
South Africa

June 07, 2010 | Gabriele Marcotti

June 07, 2010 | George Dohrmann

June 07, 2010 | Bryan Armen Graham

June 07, 2010 | DAMON HACK
With its big-time feel and code of conduct, the American Junior Golf Association is developing young golfers for the college game—and beyond

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June 07, 2010 | JEFF SILVERMAN
This year the country's toughest tournament is an Open book

June 07, 2010 | Gary Van Sickle
Tom Watson's new DVD, Lessons of a Lifetime, begins with our man on Pebble Beach's 17th tee in the 1982 U.S. Open in need of two pars to force a playoff with Jack Nicklaus. After Watson's tee shot...

June 07, 2010 | JONATHAN BYRD
Playing on Tour is a great tribute to my dad; giving back in his name is better

June 07, 2010 | DOTTIE PEPPER
U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin said last week that Tiger Woods is not a lock to make his team. Whoa! Woods would need one of Pavin's four picks to make the squad if the points race ended...

June 07, 2010 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
At the Senior PGA, Tom Lehman and a certain superstar showed why a tour needing a kick start has suddenly found new energy

June 07, 2010 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
Steady if not spectacular, Tom Lehman rode four subpar rounds to his first solo win as a senior