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August 27, 2012 | Volume 117, Issue 8

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Mike Trout Cover - Sports Illustrated August 27, 2012

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It has truly been an honor watching Michael Phelps bring home Olympic gold over the last eight years. A champion is someone who stares down his opponent and is dominant in winning, while still...

August 27, 2012 | TERRY McDONELL
LAST WEEK Paul Fichtenbaum was named Editorial Director for the Time Inc. Sports Group, which SPORTS ILLUSTRATED leads. In this new job he will concentrate on the continuing integration of all...

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Founder: Henry R. Luce 1898--1967

August 27, 2012 | STEVE RUSHIN
The lights go down on the tired acts of the NFL's prima donna wide receivers

August 27, 2012 | STEVE RUSHIN
A Worcester (Mass.) Tornadoes game in the independent Can-Am baseball league was delayed for an hour when repo men sent by a court attempted to seize the team's equipment for the Tornadoes'...

August 27, 2012
HOT: QUEEN CITY KING

August 27, 2012 | Mark Beech
An anticipated new biography dutifully tells Joe Paterno's story—but that's not enough

August 27, 2012 | Mark Beech
"Is there stink on the field?"

August 27, 2012 | Stephanie Apstein
Africa's first entry wins over the crowd in Williamsport

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Who is the phoniest player in baseball?

August 27, 2012 | Alan Shipnuck
In an overdue decision, hallowed Augusta National opens its membership to women

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VERLANDER

August 27, 2012 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
AUSTIN POGANSKI

August 27, 2012 | Matt Gagne
NFL training camps are open, which means one thing: pranks

August 27, 2012 | DAN PATRICK
TOPPER

August 27, 2012 | DAN PATRICK
SAY WHAT?

August 27, 2012 | DAVID SABINO
As running back production drops, the key is homing in on the great ones and lowering expectations for the rest

August 27, 2012 | DAVID SABINO
Having top-tier wide receivers such as Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Johnson is great, but thrifty owners know that if they wait a couple of rounds they'll be able to snare plenty of...

August 27, 2012 | DAVID SABINO
Touchdowns are important but unpredictable, so to justify a top pick, a back should rush for 1,200 yards, a quarterback should throw for 4,000 and a wideout should have 1,200 receiving. Over the...

August 27, 2012 | DAVID SABINO
In the late rounds of the draft, it's often better to take a flier on a fourth or fifth option from a fantasy-friendly, high-powered offensive team than a second option playing with a bunch of...

August 27, 2012 | DAVID SABINO
Every draft is full of question marks, so this grid maps the risk-reward of some of this year's greatest unknowns. The guys in the lower right quadrant offer the best payoff with the least downside

August 27, 2012 | DAVID SABINO
Top draft choices get the pub, but that doesn't always equal production. Here are less heralded rookies who should make a fantasy splash before the season is over

August 27, 2012 | GRANT WAHL
Looking for an entry point as the European soccer season kicks off? Start with SI's USMNT All-Overseas XI

August 27, 2012 | GRANT WAHL
While the clubs with Americans slog through the quagmire of qualifying, these five powerhouses are eyeing Wembley in May

August 27, 2012 | JOE SHEEHAN
The most striking image from Felix Hernandez's Aug. 15 perfect game against the Rays wasn't an overpowering fastball or a stellar defensive play. No, it was the sight of the Mariners righthander,...

August 27, 2012 | TOM VERDUCCI
Angels teammates, dazzled fans and shell-shocked pitchers already wonder where Mike Trout, all of 21, belongs in the discussion of the game's alltime greats. Front offices in baseball pose a more...

August 27, 2012 | TOM VERDUCCI
Mike Trout isn't just having one of the best rookie seasons ever: By at least one gauge—OPS+, a measure of on-base and slugging percentages that takes into account the effects of a player's home...

August 27, 2012 | TOM VERDUCCI
More from Tom Verducci, including an examination of Melky Cabrera's PED suspension, every week at SI.com/verducci

August 27, 2012 | TOM VERDUCCI
How Mike Trout became the one that got away from so many teams

August 27, 2012 | PABLO S. TORRE
With referees locked out, inexperienced and unstudied replacements have turned the NFL preseason into a comedy of errors. But will anyone be laughing when the games start to count?

August 27, 2012 | PABLO S. TORRE
In Monday Morning Quarterback, Peter King weighs in on the latest in the referee situation at SI.com/NFL

August 27, 2012 | LEE JENKINS
EASTERN CHRISTIAN ACADEMY HAS NO FIELD, NO HOME UNIFORMS, NO LISTED PHONE NUMBER. IT ISN'T EVEN A SCHOOL, JUST A NATIONAL FOOTBALL POWERHOUSE

August 27, 2012 | LEE JENKINS
Previews of the nation's top high school teams, including the Top 25 Power Rankings, and the latest recruiting news at SI.com/high school

August 27, 2012 | ANDY STAPLES
As Penn State coach Bill O'Brien begins a monumental rebuilding effort, he gave SI a behind-the-scenes look at how far his team has come—and how far it still has to go

August 27, 2012 | ANDY STAPLES
How will a depleted Penn State fare in a stacked Big Ten? Get a report, and a profile of dark-horse BCS contender Michigan State at SI.com/cfb

August 27, 2012 | MICHAEL ROSENBERG
The stories of Rob Jones and Oksana Masters are remarkable, and if they also prove inspirational, that's fine with them. But they have another narrative they prefer, the one that has brought them...

August 27, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR
A couple of Nationals fans, Bud and Lou, are discussing the NL East--leading team and its 24-year-old ace, Stephen Strasburg.