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July 28, 2003 Table Of Contents

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All-Star Attitude Hank Blalock, the hero of the midseason classic, is admired in Texas for his skill and work ethic

By Daniel G. Habib

Sports Illustrated Bonus Section: Golf Plus

Startling Start Turned wicked by the weather, St. George's was a royal pain during one of the wildest--and weirdest--opening rounds ever

By Gary Van Sickle

Toasted Open rookie John Rollins had much to celebrate and rue as he got a rude introduction to links golf and missed the birth of his first child

By Seth Davis

Qualified Success Philip Golding, a veteran of 16 trips to Q school on the European tour, has finally seen his persistence pay off

By John Garrity

Stamp Out Ring Rage

By Steve Rushin

Hooked Up At the opulent Westfield Junior PGA Championship, young golfers enjoyed an array of perks while others were left to fret about the amateur game's loss of innocence

By Chris Lewis

Ready For Her Close-Up On the eve of her big week in Hartford, Suzy Whaley, the first woman in 58 years to qualify for a Tour event, was ever the realist

By Franz Lidz

The R & A's Flying Circus Monty tumbled? Tiger fumbled? The glass slipper fit, but rules officials did not acquit? Here's our report from one of the wildest British Opens ever

By Alan Shipnuck

Big Play Thomas Bjorn's temper led to two inexcusable gaffes in the sand, including one on Sunday that resulted in the double bogey that cost him the title

By Carl Lohren

Monty Never Saw the Sign

By Alan Shipnuck

Coming Up

By Sal Johnson

My Shot: Wally Uihlein Antitechnology reporting, such as unsubstantiated allegations in SI, could lead to ill-conceived policy

By Wally Uihlein

Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary

Bucking Tradition The West doesn't get any wilder than the Frontier Days rodeo and festival in CHEYENNE

By E.M. Swift

Making Hay Farm life and a local track star helped shape the state's Olympic wrestling champion

By Rulon Gardner

The Poll Wyomingites weigh in on sports*

Compiled By Bill Syken

Pro Basketball

The Dark Side of a Star

Kobe Bryant's carefully cultivated image has been badly stained by his admission of adultery, and a charge of sexual assault

By Jack McCallum with reporting by George Dohrmann


A Major Major Upset Playing like a hardened vet, unknown and untested Hooters Tour escapee Ben Curtis won the British Open

By Michael Bamberger



By Tom Verducci


The Next Golden Girl Versatile NATALIE COUGHLIN, who qualified for seven events at this week's world championships, is on course to be a star at the Olympics

By Kelli Anderson

Pro Football

The Revenge of Jeremy Shockey Or, how a fatherless boy from Oklahoma poured his rage into football, stuck it to doubting coaches, made himself into the most explosive young player in the NFL and became the toast of New York

By S.L. Price


Inside The Week In Sports

Inside Baseball

Makeover The Phillies' pitching staff, mediocre last year, is this year's strength

By Albert Chen

Coming Soon... Chin-hui Tsao

By Albert Chen

The Man Who Can't Stay Whole Ken Griffey Jr.'s Fallen Star

By Tom Verducci

Tom Verducci's View

Inside Motor Sports

Family Affair Ralf Schumacher is giving famous brother Michael a run for the F/1 title

By Lars Anderson

Johnson Makes Most of Chance Who's the Boss?

By Lars Anderson

Rookie Ratings With 19 of the 36 Winston Cup races in the books, here are SI's midterm grades for the top rookies.

By Lars Anderson

Wanna Get Teed Off?

By Rick Reilly


Leading Off


Tour de Force In these heady times for cycling, Lance Armstrong has company in the spotlight as U.S. rider Tyler Hamilton rides on courageously, broken bones and all

By Kelli Anderson Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

Arresting Developments Breakthroughs in the Dennehy case

Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

Go Figure

Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

For The Record

Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

The First Cowboy TEX SCHRAMM | 1920-2003

Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

The Show

By Bill Scheft Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

Q+A Bernie Mac

By Bernie Mac; Richard Deitsch 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 Bernie Goes Easy--Writer is Bidder

By Richard Deitsch; Steve Futterman Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

Shrine Time

By David Sabino Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel