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June 11, 2012 | Volume 116, Issue 24

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Josh Hamilton Cover - Sports Illustrated June 11, 2012

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It's refreshing to see how Tim Duncan has kept things in perspective throughout his career. He quietly spends his free time with his wife and kids rather than living his life in the public eye,...

June 11, 2012 | MELISSA SEGURA
Exonerated after five years in prison, former USC recruit Brian Banks looks to the NFL

June 11, 2012 | MELISSA SEGURA
Nets forward DeShawn Stevenson revealed in an Instagram photo last week that he had an ATM machine (transaction fee: $4.50) installed in his kitchen.

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Who is the most overrated pitcher in the game?

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June 11, 2012 | Chris Mannix
Shane Mosley's retirement announcement wraps up one of boxing's sweetest careers

June 11, 2012 | David Epstein
Forty years ago a new event helped transform women's athletics—and one girl's life

June 11, 2012 | David Epstein
"I believe I am more intelligent than the average person. There are few people with such talent, so there are few able to judge what I am doing."

June 11, 2012 | Ben Reiter
How one Tour de France winner left his tire mark on WWII

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June 11, 2012 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK

June 11, 2012 | DAN PATRICK

June 11, 2012 | STEPHANIE WEI
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED surveyed more than 50 Tour pros on everything from which major is the most fair to who beat Hogan in 1955

June 11, 2012 | LEE JENKINS
By battling back to beat the streaking Spurs, the young Thunder showed how much it has grown since last year's conference finals

June 11, 2012 | CHRIS MANNIX
Four key questions heading into the June 28 selections, which are riddled with uncertainty—after the No. 1 pick

June 11, 2012 | L. JON WERTHEIM
Week 1 of the French Open, with so many dominant European players, proved that the center of the sport has moved to the Continent

June 11, 2012 | L. JON WERTHEIM

June 11, 2012 | JOE SHEEHAN
His no-hitter was special—but more impressive is that Johan Santana is just as effective after shoulder surgery as he was before

June 11, 2012 | JOE SHEEHAN
On May 30, his 40th birthday, Manny Ramirez finished his 50-game suspension for violating baseball's PED policy. As of Monday the A's, who in February signed him to a minor league deal, hadn't...

Nicklas Lidstrom's career featured an unmatched combination of ability and durability

June 11, 2012 | S.L. PRICE
Josh Hamilton has outsized talents and grand plans for the free-agent windfall coming his way. But the Rangers' centerfielder also feels pressure to be larger than life. Through his faith, his...

June 11, 2012 | MICHAEL FARBER
In a coast-to-coast series brimming with U.S.-born stars, no Yankee—no player, period—has shone as brightly as the Kings' soft-spoken goaltender, Jonathan Quick

June 11, 2012 | GRANT WAHL
As World Cup qualifying begins for the U.S., coach Jurgen Klinsmann—joyous, intense, analytical, slightly off-kilter—is aiming for nothing less than a complete transformation of the game at all...

June 11, 2012 | CHRIS MANNIX
He drank. He gambled. He cheated on his wife. Now, with the help of religion, Manny Pacquiao says he's a changed man. But will he be the same ruthless boxer?

June 11, 2012 | TIM LAYDEN
World's greatest athlete? Take your pick: In London, Americans Ashton Eaton, Bryan Clay and Trey Hardee could sweep the decathlon and return the spotlight to one of the Games' defining events

June 11, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR
It's a good thing the Dolphins finally agreed last week to be featured on Hard Knocks, the HBO documentary series that follows an NFL team through training camp. The Falcons, Broncos and Jets all...

June 11, 2012 | JOE PASSOV
This much is not open for debate—San Francisco, host to next week's Open, is the most beautiful, diverse, eccentric and engaging city in the U.S. But here's the question:...

June 11, 2012 | JOE PASSOV
GOLF MAGAZINE's Course Ranking Panel was asked a series of questions about golf in San Francisco and the surrounding environs. Here are the panel's responses, along with some off-the-record comments.

June 11, 2012 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
Jason Dufner is not who he appears to be. The hottest player in the game looks like the coolest, but what he actually possesses is a highly developed sense of equanimity. He lives in SEC country...

June 11, 2012 | Michael Bamberger
What do you think of Olympic? Who's the real No. 1, Luke or Rory? How can we cure slow play? What's the story of the year? And who will win the 112th U.S. Open?

June 11, 2012 | Michael Bamberger

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EDITOR James P. Herre

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SPORTS ILLUSTRATED has photographed the U.S. Open ever since the magazine debuted in 1954. The editors asked SI photographers past and present to pick their favorite shot from the Open and...

Charming. Engaging. Outgoing. Captivating. Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy, the last two U.S. Open champions, won over the hearts of Americans as only Irishmen can

June 11, 2012 | JOHN GARRITY
In the early '60s San Francisco's Abraham Lincoln High was undefeated over a four-year span, and although a young man named Johnny Miller never lost a match, he wasn't even the Mustangs' best player

June 11, 2012 | JAMES P. HERRE
A funny thing happened on the way to this year's Masters. A few weeks before the tournament I called my friend Peter Kessler (a.k.a. the Voice of Golf, below) to invite him to check out our SPORTS...

June 11, 2012 | AUSTIN MURPHY
With equipment, instruction and plenty of encouragement, golf manufacturers are helping Wounded Warriors get their lives in order

June 11, 2012 | DAMON HACK
Louis Oosthuizen is a natural, with a swing like Snead's. He has already won one major and just missed another at this year's Masters. So why do golf people say something is missing?

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Nothing about Bubba Watson screams future U.S. Open champion, but no one imagined that he'd win the Masters, either. Bubba's all about defying the odds

June 11, 2012 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
The kids of Salinas are just miles from opulence, yet they live a world away, in a place where gangs and violence hold sway and tough choices come early. The First Tee of Monterey County is often...

June 11, 2012 | SANDY TATUM
Not the type to dwell in the past, the 91-year-old author, a former president of the USGA, offers his vision of what the U.S. Open might look like in the future

June 11, 2012 | GARY VAN SICKLE
Unparalleled ball striking. Check. Holing must-make putts. Check. A shot for the ages. Check. That old swagger. Check. Tiger Woods won for the fifth time at the Memorial. Bet against him in the...

June 11, 2012 | GARY VAN SICKLE
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June 11, 2012 | GARY VAN SICKLE