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July 05, 2004 | Volume 101, Issue 1

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Manny Ramirez Cover - Sports Illustrated July 05, 2004

July 05, 2004 | Rick Reilly
You are looking at a person splattered in beer, blood, spit, sweat and champagne. I feel like Robert Blake's bathrobe.

July 05, 2004
Junior AchievementWhat a great cover of Ken Griffey Jr. (Junior's Feeling Good, June 14). My wife, who doesn't know Ken Griffey Jr. from Karl Malone, excitedly brought me the issue and said,...

July 05, 2004
LETTERS•Please e-mail us at letters@si.timeinc.com or fax us at 212-467-4049. Letters should include the writer's full name, address and home telephone number and may be edited for clarity and space.

July 05, 2004 | Josh Elliott
JANUARY 25, 1982

July 05, 2004 | Steve Rushin
On the nation's 228th birthday, the only King George that rings a bell anymore is George ("Winning is second to breathing") Steinbrenner, who was born on the Fourth of July and among...

July 05, 2004 | L. Jon Wertheim
More than just a pretty face, Anna Kournikova has inspired a talented generation of female tennis players to work hard and market themselves to the max

July 05, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
Fans who can't get into Fenway have started to get theatrical

July 05, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
43Babies born in Britain last year who were named Wayne.

July 05, 2004
ChargedWith assault by officials in British Columbia for an on-ice punch that left Avalanche center Steve Moore with a broken neck, Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi (right). On March 8 in Vancouver,...

July 05, 2004 | George Dohrmann
Received

July 05, 2004 | Bill Scheft
Good to be here. This just in: David Stern has announced that only 3% of NBA players have records by the Police.

July 05, 2004 | Richard Deitsch
The three-time heavyweight champion (41-2-1 with 32 KOs) is starring in a new commercial campaign for Red Stripe beer.

July 05, 2004
Earlier this year someone asked Pamela Anderson to buy a raffle ticket to raise funds for a gymnast named Mohini Bhardwaj, a 25-year-old Los Angeles woman who was trying to make the U.S. Olympic...

July 05, 2004
At least three sets of parents have named their children ESPN, or Espen, after the network.

July 05, 2004
KEVIN TOWERSPadres general manager (far left), after Matt Bush was arrested for allegedly biting a bouncer 13 days after San Diego made him the top pick overall in the amateur draft: "This is not...

July 05, 2004
Don't go overboard, pal, it's just a hat. Ian Baker, a grinder on BMW Oracle, tried to save his lid as it fell into the Atlantic during the UBS Trophy regatta off Newport on June 22. Baker, who...

July 05, 2004 | Julia Morrill
WHAT TO WATCH AND WATCH FOR

July 05, 2004
•In addition to winning seven Grand Slam singles titles, John McEnroe has been a broadcaster, an author, a musician and an art gallery owner. But at age 45 he says his new gig on CNBC, as host of...

July 05, 2004
Mark Rogers, ORRS ISLAND, MAINEBaseballRogers, a righthander who recently graduated from Mount Ararat High, went 9-1 this season and was the Gatorade national baseball high school player of the...

July 05, 2004
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July 05, 2004
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July 05, 2004
Complete Wimbledon coverage—including live scores and analysis from Si's pair of ace tennis writers, S.L. Price and L. Jon Wertheim—at si.com/tennis.

July 05, 2004
Dr. Z's Mailbag

July 05, 2004
What team do you think Shaquille O'Neal will play for next year?

July 05, 2004 | Michael Silver
By nearly any measure—from star athletes produced to recreational opportunities offered—California is No. 1 in sports

July 05, 2004 | Michael Silver
For more about sports in California and the other 49 states, go to si.com/50.

July 05, 2004
Californians weigh in on sports*

July 05, 2004
To read an SI Flashback story about John Wooden's final NCAA championship, view a gallery of every Angels, A's, Dodgers and Giants cover, or submit your own Golden State sports memory, go to...

July 05, 2004
Seek and HideNew Astros centerfielder Carlos Beltran gets great liftoff in pursuit of a ball hit by Rangers shortstop Michael Young on Sunday in Arlington, Texas, then takes a seat before...

July 05, 2004 | Tom Verducci
There's hope in San Diego, Cincinnati and, heck, even Tampa Bay—and that's just one explanation for why fans are flocking to the game again

July 05, 2004 | Tom Verducci
81 Consecutive saves, dating to Aug. 26, 200214.1 Strikeouts per nine innings during the streak17 Next longest current saves streak (by the Pirates' Jose Mesa)941 Total blown saves in the majors...

July 05, 2004 | Charles P. Pierce
Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez has gone from unwanted to unstoppable—and the secret to baseball's most enigmatic star is all there in his swing

July 05, 2004 | Daniel G. Habib
Scrappy Cal State-Fullerton beat the odds, and its coach beat his friend and mentor, in a stunning finals sweep of Texas

July 05, 2004 | Grant Wahl
On two continents, a pair of leagues awash in red ink strive to answer the same question: How do you win over an alien culture?

July 05, 2004 | Grant Wahl
Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer has Manchester United fans fretting about a potential takeover

July 05, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
After adding to his already crowded roster at the draft, can Mavs owner Mark Cuban land the NBA's biggest—and most costly—prize?

July 05, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
...Cuban wins his waiting game with L.A. and gets Shaq?

July 05, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
Ian Thomsen gives his assessment of last Thursday's draft

July 05, 2004 | Thomas McGuane
THERE IS SOMETHING TOUCHING ABOUT SNOOK, THEIR FUNNY-FACED STRIVING, THEIR SNEAKINESS, THEIR LAZY TRAVEL TURNING INTO SERIOUS SPEED, THEIR SLEAZINESS

July 05, 2004
Tennis

July 05, 2004 | S.L. Price
Design FlawThe Williams sisters' sidelines are eroding their passion for the game

July 05, 2004 | S.L. Price
With his win over Mark Philippoussis on Monday, 29-year-old Tim Henman sent the English rite of masochism known as Hen-mania into overdrive. He also threatened to end one of tennis's most curious...

July 05, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
The ever-improving Kevin Garnett emerges as SI's Player of the Year

July 05, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
Kevin Garnett is the favorite to repeat as SI's NBA Player of the Year. Here are his top challengers.

July 05, 2004 | Stephen Cannella
Cap in HandTop pick Alexander Ovechkin could break into Washington's lineup

July 05, 2004 | Pierre McGuire
By taking 6'7", 212-pound defenseman Boris Valabik with the No. 10 pick and acquiring blueliner Niclas Havelid in a draft-day trade with the Mighty Ducks, the Thrashers helped solidify their...