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June 23, 2003 Table Of Contents

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Spring Champions In the past weeks a host of NCAA titlists have been crowned. Here's a look at the winners

By Melissa Segura

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Not So Rough Olympia Fields may have wowed the USGA, but for three days the players had their way with the defenseless layout

By Gary Van Sickle

Mighty Disappointed The best bets heading into the Open? One of the Tour's half-dozen multiple winners, who had dominated the season to date. Here's how they made out at Olympia Fields

By Seth Davis

Mad At The World A troubling petulance is keeping one of the top players on Tour from getting his due

By John Garrity

Not Even Close Take away his two best clubs, and the No. 1-ranked player in the world looks like anything but

By Michael Bamberger

Just Say No

By Steve Rushin

Punched Out What looked to be a sizzling season has been stopped cold by a freak injury

By John Garrity

Franklin's Favorite He's the small-town boy who made good--without ever moving away from his old Kentucky hometown

By John Garrity

Muddling Through After a family tragedy, a once-sizzling player must now get used to a 'new normal'

By Michael Bamberger

Chicago Loop To Pete Bender, who has worked for some of the game's greats and seen it all during his 34 years on Tour, Open week is still special

By Kate Meyers

Open Season at Olympia Fields A declawed Tiger? A defrocked spectator? A hero caddie? Villainous blue coats? Here's our report from an unlikely national championship

By Alan Shipnuck

Big Play Relying on a loopy, unconventional but technically sound swing, Jim Furyk stiffed a pitching wedge on the 14th hole to seal his U.S Open win

By Brad Redding

Tallying the Grand Slammed

By Alan Shipnuck

Coming Up

By Sal Johnson

Open Vs. Open Olympia Fields waited 75 years for another U.S. Open, then had the bad luck to follow Bethpage. Last year's epic national championship featured unprecedented fan involvement, a superb leader board and rave reviews for the host, a Cinderellaf

By Alan Shipnuck

Reconnecting with Tom Watson

By Michael Bamberger


Father Knows Best Meticulous Jim Furyk won the U.S. Open in impressive fashion, using a loopy swing he honed under the tutelage of his dad

By Michael Silver

Nascar Midseason Report

Top Secret Many NASCAR fans may not recognize Matt Kenseth on the street, but it's no mystery why he's the Winston Cup points leader

By Lars Anderson

Who Has Been The Most Disappointing? The season's first half has been one big wreckfest of champions, especially for the most recent titlist

By Lars Anderson

Who Has Been The Most Surprising? NASCAR's most recognizable name continues to grab the headlines, but this year it's for his driving

By Lars Anderson

Has Parity Made For More Exciting Racing? NASCAR officials--and the majority of fans--would say yes, but several drivers aren't so certain

By Lars Anderson

NBA Finals

High and Mighty The exceptional play of Tim Duncan and excellent coaching of Gregg Popovich enabled the SPURS to win an otherwise inartistic championship series

By Jack McCallum

Prepare To Cast Off Though the retirement of David (the Admiral) Robinson leaves a huge void, the Spurs are well-positioned to fill it--and repeat

By Chris Ballard


Big Bend The master of the curving free kick is all the rage in England and the most popular athlete in the world. So why does Manchester United want to unload David Beckham?

By Grant Wahl


What Is Rickey Henderson Doing In Newark? The greatest leadoff hitter of all time is beating the bushes, trying to get back to the majors--and still leaving 'em laughing at every stop

By Tom Verducci David Sabino


Inside The Week in Sports

Inside Baseball

Batting out of Order The Orioles' Melvin Mora heads a list of improbable hitters on the topsy-turvy American League leader board

By Albert Chen David Sabino

Top Prospect Hits It Big Minnesota's Justin Morneau

By Albert Chen

Tom Verducci's View

By Tom Verducci

Inside The NBA

Gold Nugget? By taking Carmelo Anthony, Denver would get the scorer it badly needs

By Ian Thomsen

Weakness Is Really an Upside Nick Collison's Selling Point

By Ian Thomsen

Not Stressing Anything Rudy Tomjanovich's Recovery

By Ian Thomsen

The 10 Travails of Tiger

By Rick Reilly


Leading Off


Charms and the Man He's a talented coach, but can Rick Neuheisel's charisma overcome his flaws?

By Tim Layden Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

Scalp Treatment? The Cubs are ticking off fans by "brokering" tickets for far above face value

By Lester Munson Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

Go Figure

Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

Q+A Vitali Klitschko Dubbed Dr. Iron Fist (he has a Ph.D. in sports science), the Ukrainian heavyweight, 31, fights Lennox Lewis on Saturday.

By Vitali Klitschko; Richard Deitsch Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

For The Record

Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

Introducing Miss Daisy

By Franz Lidz Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

The Show

By Bill Scheft Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

The Dominator Running in a golden age, Bid was in a class of his own

By William Nack Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

Sports Beat

Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

The Week In Television

Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

Under Review Aces High--Liggett on a Limb

By Richard Deitsch Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel