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June 13, 2011 | Volume 114, Issue 24

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Dirk Nowitzki Cover - Sports Illustrated June 13, 2011

June 13, 2011 | PETER KING
NFL owners and players take their talks into the red zone

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Tracking the week's news both inside and outside the confines of cool

June 13, 2011 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
An A-to-Z remembrance of Shaq's career—basketball and (mostly) otherwise

June 13, 2011 | Chris Mannix
Donnie Walsh's exit is a risky turn on the Knicks' road to respectability

June 13, 2011 | Chris Mannix
Boston Pizza, a Canadian chain, spent roughly $20,000 to rebrand 62 stores as Vancouver Pizza during the Stanley Cup finals, including hanging banners over its signs and putting stickers over its...

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Died

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Jon Stewart

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It was difficult reading the accounts of how the tornadoes ravaged Alabama and took so many lives. The effects they had on the student athletes made me even more sad, because instead of simply...

June 13, 2011 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
Kasen Williams

June 13, 2011 | Lars Anderson
An ornery owner pounds Kyle Busch

June 13, 2011 | Dan Patrick
Wayne Gretzky

June 13, 2011 | JOE SHEEHAN
It's tempting to protect good-hitting backstops by moving them to safer positions, but their greatest value is behind the plate

June 13, 2011 | JOE SHEEHAN
Wasted Effort

June 13, 2011 | ANDY STAPLES
Whoever ends up coaching the Buckeyes will be in a position to turn around the program quickly

June 13, 2011 | ANDY STAPLES
Extra Points

June 13, 2011 | CHRIS MANNIX
After two years of waiting, the T-Wolves finally got their point guard. Can he hope to live up to the hype?

June 13, 2011 | CHRIS MANNIX
Coming Soon

June 13, 2011 | Lee Jenkins
The outcome of the NBA Finals will be decided by one thing: Whether Miami's fortresslike defense can withstand repeated assaults from the Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki

June 13, 2011 | Lee Jenkins
PICK YOUR POISON

June 13, 2011 | Albert Chen
Is the cut fastball a magic pitch? It stymies hitters, revives pitchers' careers (hello, Dan Haren) and has helped shift the game's balance from plate to mound. The cutter: It's not just for...

June 13, 2011 | Albert Chen
What makes a good cutter so effective is its late movement—it looks like a fastball, then darts for the outer reaches of the strike zone or off the plate. That effectiveness can be tracked with a...

June 13, 2011 | S.L. Price
On the verge of losing his No. 1 ranking, Rafael Nadal found his game again on his favorite surface and fought off a resurgent Roger Federer to win his sixth French Open

June 13, 2011 | Grant Wahl
As it fights to join the world's elite, the U.S. has embarked on a global search for dual-passport foreign players who could make a difference for the red, white and blue

June 13, 2011 | Grant Wahl
Of the 60 players in the 2011 U.S. men's pool, at least 34, representing 20 countries, are first- or second-generation Americans or otherwise hold foreign passports. Even star midfielder Landon...

June 13, 2011 | Grant Wahl
This month's Gold Cup competition is critical to U.S. long-term plans. Can the Yanks assert their regional authority?

June 13, 2011 | Brian Cazeneuve
Chasing their first NHL championship, the resourceful Canucks absorbed the Bruins' best shots—and dished out a few of their own as they took control of a testy series

June 13, 2011 | Austin Murphy
The NFL views him as a cornerstone at quarterback, but Andrew Luck has designs on other matters first: a degree in architecture from Stanford and further rebuilding of the Cardinal's image

June 13, 2011 | JOE POSNANSKI
Teacher: "There is no way LeBron will ever be Jordan."

June 13, 2011 | GARY VAN SICKLE
Taking apart the House That Jack Built, Steve Stricker won the Memorial, jumped to No. 4 in the World Ranking and served notice that he and the guy he beat at Muirfield Village, Matt Kuchar, might...

June 13, 2011 | GARY VAN SICKLE
Jags Rule

June 13, 2011 | GARY VAN SICKLE
Tiger Woods announced on Monday that he will stick with his manager, Mark Steinberg (left), who left IMG two weeks ago after failing to come to an agreement on a new contract....

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America's national championship is the most unpredictable of the majors. Tiger Woods might win, but so could Lucas Glover. Used to be you could count out the Europeans, but Graeme McDowell ended...

June 13, 2011 | LUCAS GLOVER
You remember me? At the moment I'm better known for my new look than for coming out of nowhere to dust Phil Mickelson, among others, at the 2009 U.S. Open. Since that rainy week at Bethpage, golf...

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Will Tiger be ready for the U.S. Open? Why the big stink over the President playing golf? Can an American win? What is the dream story line? And, of course, who will win America's national...

June 13, 2011 | DAMON HACK
For two years running, Tom Lehman had top three finishes at the U.S. Open, but as he came down the stretch at Congressional it looked as if 1997 was going to be his year. Then one bad swing on a...

June 13, 2011 | Gary Van Sickle
Every U.S. Open course has at least one hole that gets your attention. The renovated Blue course at Congressional has two—the 18th hole.

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Woods's game is a mess, and now he's trying to cope with a significant injury. What does the former No. 1 need to do to get his groove back?

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June 13, 2011 | JOHN GARRITY
Mired in a slump after a sparkling amateur career, Matt Kuchar turned to a new coach for a swing, um, overhaul. Five years later the man with the flattest move on Tour is a top 10 machine

June 13, 2011 | STEVE BESLOW
Four Open revelations: You don't have to hit every fairway to win; you'll be playing a different course if you enter a Tour stop at an Open venue; the real Moving Day isn't Saturday; and the best...

June 13, 2011 | ROB DUCA
Back in the summer of '63, closet golf nut John F. Kennedy was eager to have Arnold Palmer critique his game. Now, 48 years later, the King takes a look

June 13, 2011 | ROB DUCA
In Arnold Palmer's museum of an office in Latrobe, Pa., there's a great deal of presidential golfing memorabilia, dating to 1958, when Eisenhower briefly met Palmer, didn't recognize him as the...

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The former Tour player and commissioner—and a D.C. native—talks shaft and head weight, the virtue of hybrids and why players miss putts to the left

June 13, 2011 | JACK MCCALLUM
War, recession, partisanship and a lobbyist scandal turned the sport into a four-letter word in the nation's capital, but a handful of congressional golf nuts and the looming Obama-Boehner match...

June 13, 2011 | Farrell Evans
Two college students who uncovered a 1976 wage scheme at Congressional found an unlikely advocate

June 13, 2011 | JAMES P. HERRE
For golfers, U.S. Open time serves as a milestone. The second major of the year reminds Tour pros that their season is half over, while for amateurs in many parts of the country, the Open means...

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EDITOR James P. Herre

June 13, 2011 | KEVIN COOK
Amend the Constitution? Change the immigration laws? Nah, here's a better way to put one of our own in the winner's circle