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July 12, 2004 | Volume 101, Issue 2

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Maria Sharapova Cover - Sports Illustrated July 12, 2004

July 12, 2004 | Gene Menez
Two SI Sportsmen of the Year have seen the ultimate prize in two sports go unclaimed by generations of athletes

July 12, 2004 | Gene Menez
HORSE RACINGSince Affirmed became the last thoroughbred Triple Crown winner in 1978, 10 horses have won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, only to lose the Belmont.

July 12, 2004 | Compiled by Jaime Lowe
Success has followed the only U.S. women's gymnastics team to win Olympic gold, at the '96 Atlanta Games

July 12, 2004 | Austin Murphy
He had a big body and a bigger mouth. And he was the biggest bust the NFL had known. How did Tony Mandarich reclaim his self-respect after being a national joke?

July 12, 2004 | Bill Syken
Dogged by failure and injuries in the NFL, he's back in business, two of them

July 12, 2004 | Lars Anderson
His second climb to the big leagues will take far longer than his first

July 12, 2004 | Chris Mannix
The top pick of the '72 draft has overcome his descent into hoops infamy

July 12, 2004 | Seth Davis
Ten years ago Hoop Dreams briefly turned two childhood pals from Chicago into American idols, but a Hollywood ending has proved elusive

July 12, 2004 | L. Jon Wertheim
Based in Milan since retiring from the ring 16 years ago, the former middleweight champion is training his sights on leading-man status in Italian cinema

July 12, 2004 | Bill Syken
A onetime NBA pariah delivers medical supplies to an impoverished nation

July 12, 2004 | Franz Lidz
The toughness of a talented former major leaguer is no longer questioned

July 12, 2004 | Chris Mannix
In 1986 SI sized up the nation's top sixth-through 12th-graders. How did they grade out? Three reached the NBA, but only one is still playing

July 12, 2004 | Adam Duerson
This year's search turned up Olympians, flashes in the pan and some of the biggest names in sports—and we mean huge

July 12, 2004 | Karl Taro Greenfeld
Thirteen years after missing a Super Bowl-winning field goal, the ex-Bill views his worst moment as a step in the right direction

July 12, 2004 | Rick Reilly
Only a few guys get to be The Man.

July 12, 2004
Can't Forget the Motor CityBen Wallace (How 'Bout Those Pistons, June 21) embodies everything good about the Pistons. He was undervalued coming out of college and went undrafted. He wandered from...

July 12, 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 12, 2004
Greg Foster learned the limits of his size and quickness during his stint as a walk-on defensive end with the Georgia Bulldogs in 1979. "When we ran wind sprints, guys who weighed 100 pounds more...

July 12, 2004
Scorecard DailyAt SI.com check out a new daily edition of SCORECARD, which goes up Monday through Friday with all original content. Among the SCORECARD favorites appearing daily: THEY SAID IT,...

July 12, 2004 | Steve Rushin
In English we have a word for disillusionment but not, oddly, for its opposite: that moment when you meet a person whom you've admired from afar, and he turns out to be kinder, more decent, more...

July 12, 2004
A nation of carb avoiders and calorie counters seems fascinated by the concept of competitive eating. Gentleman, start your stomachs

July 12, 2004 | David Wallechinsky
China looks to suppress its Olympic past

July 12, 2004 | David Wallechinsky
86.7

July 12, 2004
InjuredCritically, in an automobile accident in Colchester, Conn., former NBA shot blocker extraordinaire Manute Bol. The 7'7" Bol, 43, suffered two cracked vertebrae and head injures in a one-car...

July 12, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
Debuted

July 12, 2004 | Bill Scheft
Before we begin, did you hear about the seven-year-old skateboarder who signed an endorsement deal with Mattel? A seven-year-old pro skateboarder. What's his name, Freddy A-dude?

July 12, 2004 | Richard Deitsch
The 36-year-old actor, who has been in Ali and Any Given Sunday, hosts the ESPY Awards, which air on July 18.

July 12, 2004
With a work stoppage this fall looking ever more likely, what's a pro hockey player to do to fill the time? For Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Cale Hulse, the answer: Get married. Hulse, 30, recently...

July 12, 2004
Hey diddle, diddle. The cat and the fiddle. The cow jumped over the...dock? Lawrence Harrison and Bob Dix piloted their Skateboarding Cow on Sunday in the Bognor Birdman, a competition for...

July 12, 2004
Shaquille O'Neal's wife, Shaunie, said their family has outgrown its 18-bedroom home.

July 12, 2004
IVO KARLOVICCroatian player, ranked 64th in the world, after losing in straight sets to eventual champ Roger Federer at Wimbledon: "I am happy with my result here. I just wish I played someone...

July 12, 2004 | Stephen Cannella
The Daily Blog

July 12, 2004 | Stephen Cannella
Which is the greatest starting All-Star outfield of all time?

July 12, 2004 | Julia Morrill
WHAT TO WATCH AND WATCH FOR

July 12, 2004 | Nancy Ramsey
Since 1920 the Curse of the Bambino has plagued the Red Sox, but perhaps never more so than in 2003. Luckily, three sports documentary makers chose that year to follow a diverse group of eight...

July 12, 2004
Katherine Hock, MINEOLA, N.Y.LacrosseHock, a senior attack at Adelphi, scored six second-half goals, including the game-winner, to give the Panthers the NCAA Division II championship, their first...

July 12, 2004
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July 12, 2004
SI wraps up its yearlong celebration of sports in the 50 states with our national poll results and a look at the greats from the District of Columbia

July 12, 2004
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July 12, 2004 | S.L. Price
In two memorable Wimbledon finals that pumped new life into tennis, teenage wonder Maria Sharapova and racket wizard Roger Federer conquered America's best

July 12, 2004
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July 12, 2004
For more Where Are They Now?—including a then-and-now photo gallery, cover images and flashback stories from the SI archives—go to si.com.

July 12, 2004 | Tom Verducci
A no-nonsense star who does it all, Scott Rolen embodies the Cardinal virtues in St. Louis. (And first place is nice too.)

July 12, 2004 | Tom Verducci
Tom Verducci's Inside Baseball on Tuesdays and Baseball Mailbag on Wednesdays, plus scores and news, at si.com/baseball.

July 12, 2004 | Tom Verducci
Here are the players who deserve to start the July 13 All-Star Game in Houston, according to SI senior writer Tom Verducci. Three of Verducci's eight selections in the American League and five of...

July 12, 2004 | Albert Chen
Slugger Jim Thome is helping fans forget about Scott Rolen

July 12, 2004 | Jack McCallum
Kobe Bryant couldn't persuade Mike Krzyzewski to join the Lakers, who showed they'll jump through hoops to keep their star happy

July 12, 2004 | Jack McCallum
More NBA news on the Lakers and free agency, plus analysis from Marty Burns and Jack McCallum, at si.com/basketball.

July 12, 2004 | Grant Wahl
In winning Euro 2004, underdog Greece turned the soccer world upside down and struck an Olympian blow for national pride

July 12, 2004 | Grant Wahl
More soccer coverage, including Grant Wahl's Insider, at si.com/soccer.

July 12, 2004
We never know what we'll find each year when we start asking, Hey, whatever happened to...? Who would have thought, for example, that brutish boxer Marvin Hagler would be acting in Italian movies...

July 12, 2004 | Rick Telander
So what if the former Chicago Bears linebacker is 61, lives in Malibu and hasn't suited up in more than three decades? The biggest Monster of the Midway is as ornery as ever

July 12, 2004
Green PartyMeg Mallon celebrates on the 18th green after winning the 2004 U.S. Women's Open on Sunday in South Hadley, Mass. Mallon won her first Open in 1991 (inset).

July 12, 2004 | Compiled by Bill Syken
These seven esteemed jocks have all shown serious game in the halls of Congress

July 12, 2004 | Alan Shipnuck
In a 12-year major league career. Nails was best known for his hard living and down-and-dirty style. So how did he polish up his act? By opening an upscale chain of car washes

July 12, 2004 | Leigh Montville
Robert Parish left the game vowing never to return. But like his old teammates from Boston, he's no longer content to be on the sideline

July 12, 2004 | Leigh Montville
KEVIN McHALESeven-time All-Star retired in '93; as Minnesota's VP of basketball operations has overseen Timberwolves' rise from Western Conference doormat to powerhouse.