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June 28, 2010 | Volume 112, Issue 27

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Kobe Bryant Cover - Sports Illustrated June 28, 2010

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It's amazing how agent Scott Boras has a once-every-50-years client in the draft ... every year. If players such as Bryce Harper (Wave of the Future, June 7) are really that good, they don't need...

June 28, 2010 | LEIGH MONTVILLE
On his remarkable journey through life, Manute Bol played even bigger than his height

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Who's Hot

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[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

June 28, 2010 | Kelli Anderson
As the final pick of the '10 draft, Tim Toone is happy to be Mr. Irrelevant

June 28, 2010 | Kelli Anderson
A 22-year-old Mexican bullfighter was arrested for breach of contract and fined after twice fleeing the ring in fear last week.

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Joe Maddon

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Vuvuzelas: heirloom or plague? What? We can't hear you!

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Here's a quartet of sports works for the beach

June 28, 2010 | Dan Patrick
The Interview

June 28, 2010 | Edited by ELIZABETH MCGARR
Queen Harrison

June 28, 2010 | Andrew Lawrence
Angel McCoughtry is a WNBA shooting star

June 28, 2010 | JON HEYMAN
The White Sox' manager and G.M. aren't exactly Ozzie and Harriet. But that hasn't kept them from winning

June 28, 2010 | Joe Sheehan
Through Sunday the Phillies, the NL's top scoring team last year, were just ninth in runs with 308, and they had averaged a mere 3.3 runs in a 9--17 stretch that left them third in the NL East....

June 28, 2010 | STEWART MANDEL
Once it completes its jump to the Pac-10, Utah will be an immediate contender for the conference title

June 28, 2010 | STEWART MANDEL
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany says the conference will place competitive balance ahead of geography in determining its two divisions. Assuming rivals Michigan and Ohio State are placed in one...

June 28, 2010 | TIM LAYDEN
Wisconsin-bred Chris Solinsky is proving that U.S. distance runners can match strides with the world's best

June 28, 2010 | TIM LAYDEN
With no Olympics or Worlds this year, team berths are not at stake in this weekend's U.S. nationals in Des Moines. But some of the world's best will be in action. Here are three to watch:

June 28, 2010 | SARAH KWAK
Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin both deserve to be the top pick in the NHL draft, but the Oilers can select only one

June 28, 2010 | PIERRE MCGUIRE
The value of a big, top-flight defenseman cannot be overstated, especially when he has the smarts to go along with raw skill. Watch for 6'4", 195-pound Erik Gudbranson to be among the top five...

June 28, 2010 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
In a grueling U.S. Open that seemingly nobody wanted to win, little-known Graeme McDowell outlasted the game's biggest stars with a game perfectly suited for a fiery Pebble Beach

June 28, 2010 | TERRY MCDONELL
It started with enlightened engineers writing code for touch-screen (capacitive touch) technology. They wanted to give users an immersive "lean-back" experience rather than the mouse-driven...

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Founder: Henry R. Luce 1898--1967

June 28, 2010 | LEE JENKINS
The Lakers beat the Celtics thanks largely to the masterly coaching of Phil Jackson. L.A.'s hopes for another threepeat rest with him too—as Kobe Bryant knows

June 28, 2010 | IAN THOMSEN
The talent pool on Thursday will be one of the deepest in years. The 14 teams with lottery picks can land an immediate contributor or make trades to fill their needs

June 28, 2010 | GRANT WAHL
As the tournament nears the knockout round, new images—plucky New Zealand? red-hot Chile?—are emerging for a rapt global audience

June 28, 2010 | Mark Bechtel
In far-off Bloemfontein, an unglamorous match showed the tournament at its best

June 28, 2010 | TOM VERDUCCI
Unwanted by many in baseball—even his own Yankees—Robinson Cano has become one of the best hitters in the game

June 28, 2010 | SELENA ROBERTS
The NCAA just burned USC for violations on his watch, but Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is still full of cheer. Or is it denial?

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Papi Pop-up

June 28, 2010 | CHRIS BALLARD
In 1971 a team from a tiny high school in the Midwest with an unorthodox coach, whose job was saved by his players' parents, went all the way to the state final. Hoosiers, anyone?

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

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Kobe Bryant

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June 28, 2010 | TOM VERDUCCI
SI's senior baseball writer takes you further inside the game. This is just a sample of what you'll get online.

June 28, 2010 | SELENA ROBERTS
The swoosh-stamped ball rocketed off the face of his three-wood, its 240-yard path bending in the shape of macaroni as it banked around a cypress tree on the right side of the fairway, did a flyby...

June 28, 2010 | GARY VAN SICKLE
As it did at previous Opens, a treacherous three-hole stretch known as the Cliffs of Doom lived up to its billing, dashing the dreams of inexperienced players and major winners alike

June 28, 2010 | GARY VAN SICKLE
The USGA rolled out several brilliant innovations, but the setup of the green at the par-5 14th wasn't one of them

June 28, 2010 | JOHN GARRITY
Led by teen phenom Ryo Ishikawa, a 32-man wave of talented young players sent a message to their elders at this Open

June 28, 2010 | JIM GORANT
The guys who lost, Boomer and the new Seinfeld

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June 28, 2010 | GARY VAN SICKLE
Erin Hills gets its Open, but too late for the man who first had the dream

June 28, 2010 | DOTTIE PEPPER
The LPGA doesn't need to concoct a pseudo-major like the Players because it already owns one of its majors, the LPGA Championship. One problem: Right now the event has no long-term title sponsor...

Tom Watson, the last great voice of the golf establishment still competing, as usual put the game first and his score second during what could have been his final U.S. Open