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July 26, 2004 | Volume 101, Issue 4

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Shaquille O'Neal Cover - Sports Illustrated July 26, 2004

July 26, 2004
The Grand TourWhat a great cover (June 28)! The three-word headline captures the essence of Lance Armstrong.DOMINIC J. CLEMENTIHillsborough, N.J.

July 26, 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 26, 2004 | Steve Rushin
The train to Troon, like the Firth of Forth, is more fun to say than to see. But that's a principal attraction of Scotland: With its firths and Forths and heaths and Perths, it makes everyone...

July 26, 2004 | Tim Layden
Elite sprinters hire him to fine-tune their strides. But with many clients facing drug suspensions, Trevor Graham has become coach of the year for all the wrong reasons

July 26, 2004 | Austin Murphy
As the going got steep in the Tour de France, the man from Texas got going

July 26, 2004 | Austin Murphy
$1.25 millionAsking price for the plaster Heisman Trophy prototype created in 1935 by sculptor Frank Eliscu, which is being sold by his family.

July 26, 2004
EndedThe search for Bobby Fischer. The 61-year-old grand master has been on the lam from U.S. authorities since 1992, when he traveled to Yugoslavia for a rematch with Boris Spassky in violation...

July 26, 2004 | Stephen Cannella
Pleaded Guilty

July 26, 2004 | Bill Scheft
Good to be here. I missed the ESPYs. Help me out. Who won the award for Best BALCO Chemist?

July 26, 2004 | Richard Deitsch
The two-time U.S. Open champ (he retired in 2002) is playing World Team Tennis this month for the Philadelphia Freedom.

July 26, 2004 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
As a member of the Green Party, German parliament member Margareta Wolf is no stranger to campaigning for au naturel causes. So after she and fellow MP Evelin Schöenhut-Keil saw Portuguese...

July 26, 2004 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
No, Tour de France drug testers aren't hiding behind those bushes. Several members of the peloton—or should it be peeloton?—pulled over for a very public pit stop during the 124-mile stage 5 ride...

July 26, 2004 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
A male Air Force cheerleader is being court-martialed for allegedly using steroids.

July 26, 2004 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
TONY GRAFFANINOKansas City second baseman, on the last-place Royals' performance this season: "I've never been on a team where everybody stinks."

July 26, 2004 | Julia Morrill
WHAT TO WATCH AND WATCH FOR

July 26, 2004 | Yi-Wyn Yen
•In the opening of Riding Giants, a documentary now in theaters that chronicles big-wave surfing, Laird Hamilton takes the measure of Jaws, a 60-foot swell off the coast of Peahi, Hawaii. Watching...

July 26, 2004
Kerron Clement, LA PORTE, TEXASTrack and FieldClement, a sophomore at Florida, won his third 400-meter hurdles title in a month, at the NCAA Division I outdoor track and field championships. The...

July 26, 2004 | David Sabino
National HeroChicago righty Greg Maddux, who has spent his entire career with the Cubs and the Braves, is closing in on his 300th career victory. The last player to reach the 300 mark was Roger...

July 26, 2004
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July 26, 2004 | David Sabino
NATIONAL HERO: a. Having pitched for only the Cardinals and the Phillies at the time, Carlton won his 300th career game in 1983. He would later change leagues and finish his career with 329 wins.

July 26, 2004
TOM VERDUCCI'S MAILBAG

July 26, 2004
Which Presidential candidate is the better athlete?

July 26, 2004 | Jack McCallum
By trading Shaquille O'Neal and keeping Kobe Bryant, the Lakers dropped the curtain on the NBA's most riveting soap opera. (Can you hear the applause all over the West?)

July 26, 2004 | Michael Bamberger
With a game ideal for Royal Troon, if not the PGA Tour, journeyman Todd Hamilton beat the world's best to win the British Open

July 26, 2004 | Michael Bamberger
For more British Open coverage, including Gary Van Sickle's analysis and Frank Beards mailbag, go to si.com/golf.

July 26, 2004 | Jeffri Chadiha
With training camps opening, it's time to get the answers to some big questions

July 26, 2004
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July 26, 2004
Check out our daily SCORECARD—including They Said It, Sign of the Apocalypse and Go Figure—plus The Daily Blog, The 10 Spot and a LEADING OFF gallery.

July 26, 2004 | Franz Lidz
With a series of bloody, crowd-pleasing brawls, Arturo Gatti has left his mark on boxing. And boxing has left its marks on him

July 26, 2004 | Daniel G. Habib
Every fifth day, the Giants' ace and Cy Young front-runner mows down batters. The rest of the time he's the league leader in practical jokes

July 26, 2004 | Daniel G. Habib
Jason Schmidt has had a Cy Young-caliber season, and he's done so while the rest of the Giants' rotation has scuffled. Here are the starters who have stood out the most in their respective...

July 26, 2004 | L. Jon Wertheim
As soon as Maria Sharapova claimed her Wimbledon title, agents, tour reps, p.r. people and TV bookers swung into action

July 26, 2004 | L. Jon Wertheim
Coverage of the WTA and ATP tours, as well as L. Jon Wertheim's weekly Tennis Mailbag, at si.com/tennis.

July 26, 2004
Flight BathBrendan Hansen was airborne but water-bound at the start of the men's 200-meter breaststroke finals at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Long Beach, Calif., on July II (page 78). Hansen won...

July 26, 2004 | Gary Smith
<b>For race walker Albert Heppner, making the 2004 U.S. Olympic team was all-important—perhaps, in the end, too important.</b>

July 26, 2004
Olympics

July 26, 2004 | Brian Cazeneuve
Pool PowerhouseThe U.S. trials produced a world-record-setting lineup to take to Athens

July 26, 2004 | Brian Cazeneuve
For more coverage, including Olympics news and analysis, go to si.com/olympics.

July 26, 2004 | Albert Chen
Last DitchAfter free agents and trades didn't help, the Astros change managers

July 26, 2004 | Tom Verducci
BIG UNIT N.Y.-BOUND?

July 26, 2004 | Tom Verducci
Should Arizona hang on to Johnson because he is the face of the franchise? Judging by the Diamondbacks' home attendance figures this year, the answer is no.

July 26, 2004 | Rick Reilly
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