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July 19, 2010 | Volume 113, Issue 2

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Dwyane Wade Cover - Sports Illustrated July 19, 2010

July 19, 2010
The story of the Macon Ironmen highlights the impact that baseball has had on small-town America. Macon's improbable journey reminds us of the timelessness of this country's revered pastime and...

July 19, 2010 | ALEXANDER WOLFF
Spain has built a new empire, in sports, a triumph of planning, cash, freedom—and great hair

July 19, 2010
Who's Hot

July 19, 2010
WHO IS THE MOST OVERRATED PLAYER?

July 19, 2010 | Alexander Wolff
Wisecracking widebody Mel Turpin had soft hands and a softer heart

July 19, 2010 | Alexander Wolff
The Knicks' representative for a last-second appeal to free agent LeBron James: ruthlessly maligned former G.M. Isiah Thomas, who was fired by the club in April 2008.

July 19, 2010
Silenced

July 19, 2010
4,000

July 19, 2010
Michelle Wie

July 19, 2010
The Heat trio is the latest, but not yet the greatest

July 19, 2010
Our crystal basketball: In 2011, another dazzling NBA free-agent crop yields clandestine deals, irresistible overtures and a barrage of bold headlines

July 19, 2010 | Edited by ELIZABETH MCGARR
Joseph Bonas

July 19, 2010 | Dan Patrick
The Interview

July 19, 2010 | AUSTIN MURPHY
With a disastrous day in the mountains, Lance Armstrong lost any chance to win his eighth Tour de France

July 19, 2010 | GARY VAN SICKLE
Paula Creamer's win at the U.S. Open is more evidence that the American women are on the rebound

July 19, 2010 | JOE SHEEHAN
Texas's early deal for an ace took some drama out of the trade deadline—and the AL West race

July 19, 2010 | IAN THOMSEN
In February 2006, during All-Star weekend, LeBron James , Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade posed together for SI. Not long after, they started talking about forming an alliance that would change the NBA...

July 19, 2010 | IAN THOMSEN
2003 James is drafted first overall by the Cavs, Bosh goes fourth to the Raptors, and the Heat takes Wade fifth

July 19, 2010 | Chris Mannix
The NBA's reigning scoring champ decided his future with no fanfare

July 19, 2010 | GRANT WAHL
A triumph of style over thuggishness, the final in South Africa confirmed Spain as the dominant force in world soccer and heralded a new era of beautiful football

July 19, 2010 | Grant Wahl
The 2010 World Cup is over, but the monthlong tournament will leave more than a few lasting memories. Senior writer Grant Wahl offers five of his favorites from South Africa

July 19, 2010 | TOM VERDUCCI
He always could hit, but the truth is that Miguel Cabrera wasn't fully focused on the game. After a sobering run-in with the law, he's showing us how good he can be

July 19, 2010
Head Shot

July 19, 2010 | S.L. PRICE
For the Iroquois, the only Native Americans who compete internationally as a sovereign people, lacrosse is more than a sport. It's a centerpiece of their centuries-old culture and a way to honor...

July 19, 2010
Every SI Story ... Every SI Photo ... Ever SI.COM/VAULT

July 19, 2010 | TOM VERDUCCI
SI's senior baseball writer takes you further inside the game. This is just a taste of what you'll get online.

July 19, 2010 | PHIL TAYLOR
You can't get past the velvet rope into the VIP section of Club Stardom unless you show your championship ring. No exceptions. There is no talking your way in with scoring titles, no flashing your...