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Questions For Justin Leonard

After hanging on to win the FedEx Classic by a shot, Leonard reflected on fear, weightlifting and diapers

By Art Stricklin

A List

What golfers are talking about

Big Play with Craig Shankland

By Craig Shankland

JUNE MADNESS

The NCAA Championships are to be held Wednesday through Saturday at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md. Here are the 10 teams we think have the best shot at the title.

By Jim Gorant

SENIOR MOMENT

Sixteen years after the meltdown that came to define his career, Mike Reid made amends by finishing like a champion and finally laying claim to a PGA

By Gary Van Sickle

TEST DRIVE

After last year's embarrassment at Shinnecock Hills, the USGA is taking pains to make sure that the same thing doesn't happen at Pinehurst

By Michael Bamberger

My Shot

As the Euro tour roils, the question is, What will become of Colin Montgomerie?

By Jim Gorant

STIK

LIFE AND TIMES ON THE PGA TOUR

By Chris Eliopoulos, Writer

Olympics

Is This an Olympic Sport?

The IOC is voting on whether to eliminate some events and add others--a contentious first step toward freshening up the Games

By E.M. Swift

As for that Other Big Vote ...

With a month to go before the 2012 host city is selected, Paris looks golden, but London is gaining

By Brian Cazeneuve

AIR AND SPACE

Field Guide To the Bird

By Steve Rushin

SCORECARD

Faces in the Crowd

By Mark Bechtel

SI Players

SUE BIRD

Seattle Storm Guard

By Richard Deitsch

Who's Hot/Who's Not

Edited By Kostya Kennedy and B.J. Schecter

SI PLAYERS POLL

Edited By Kostya Kennedy and B.J. Schecter

Taking the Red Eye

Tinted contacts are giving players a new lens on life

By Lisa Altobelli

Tale of Our Tattoos

Detroit Pistons Edition

Edited By Kostya Kennedy and B.J. Schecter

The Questions with Pat Day/Hall of Fame Jockey

Edited By Kostya Kennedy and B.J. Schecter

HOW IT FEELS...Hitting a Walk-Off Homer

Edited by Kostya Kennedy and B.J. Schecter

Baseball

New York State Of Mind

Bedeviled by the Big Apple last year in his first try as a Yankee, Alex Rodriguez is stress-free and gaining acceptance from teammates and fans. It helps to be leading the majors in homers, RBIs and runs

By Tom Verducci

SOFTBALL

Hitting the Big Time

As the Women's College World Series opens in Oklahoma City, softball is soaring in popularity thanks to taut games, TV and a U.S. gold medal

By Michael Silver

NBA Playoffs

Giant Among Giants

With Detroit's big men looming large in the Eastern final, Shaquille O'Neal was trying to rise to the challenge for Miami, aided by a new 6'10" friend

By Ian Thomsen

In Case You Didn't Notice ...

Tim Duncan led the Spurs to the brink of the Finals with cool efficiency and amazingly little fanfare

By Jack McCallum

American Speed

Here She Comes

Despite finishing fourth behind Dan Wheldon, 23-year-old DANICA PATRICK was a big winner at the Indy 500

By E. M. Swift

Decent Exposure

Forget racing. Indy turned Danica into a one-name celebrity, a hot pinup and the object of marketers' affections

By Kelli Anderson

Long, Hard Road

Slowed by a record number of yellow flags but capped by a furious finish, the COCA-COLA 600 highlighted NASCAR's big questions heading into the second half of the regular season

By Lars Anderson

My Car's Better Than Your Car

Formula Won

The U.S. hasn't had an F/1 driver since 1993, but the deliberate development of young SCOTT SPEED is about to change that

By Lars Anderson

Dirty Work

Many of the best drivers in NASCAR and Indy racing first proved their worth in the grit of ELDORA SPEEDWAY, pushing sprint cars to the limit

By Lars Anderson

Inside

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The Week In Sports

Inside Tennis

Reign of Spain

Week 1 of the French Open belonged to the Spanish men, whose all-surface game was just right for the red clay

By L. Jon Wertheim

Spice Girl From Bulgaria

By L. Jon Wertheim

Inside the NFL

Coming Back?

As he makes one more run in '05, the Steelers' Jerome Bettis hopes to see the Pats' Tedy Bruschi across the line

By Peter King

Here's to Jerry

By Peter King

Inside Baseball

School's Out

The probable No. 1 pick in the draft, teenage shortstop Justin Upton looks like a natural to make the big leagues

By Daniel G. Habib

Time for a Step Up from K.C.

MIKE SWEENEY TRADE?

By Daniel G. Habib

Master of Coors Field

ROCKIES' JEFF FRANCIS

By Albert Chen

Tom Verducci's View

By Tom Verducci

LIFE OF REILLY

Crunch Time For Dad

By Rick Reilly

Departments

Leading Off

Lost in Translation

A Japanese expansion team turned to an American G.M. to bring new blood to the game. He didn't last long

By Robert Whiting

When Worlds Converge

By Bill Syken

Born to Drive

In an accomplished new memoir, the first woman of Indy recounts the twists and turns of her life in racing

By Charles Hirshberg

The Babe Ruth of Stock Cars

By Richard O'Brien

Secondary Education

After being snubbed by two NFL clubs, former Heisman winner Eric Crouch is relearning an old position

By Andrew Lawrence

Meal Ticket

Two-time Olympian Hunter Kemper credits an improved diet for his sudden rise to the top of the world rankings

By Bill Syken

Letters

Buddy System

Their counterparts in other sports fuss and fight, but the NFL commissioner and union chief often act like teammates. Can this be good for the game?

By Josh Elliott

Junior Achievers

Hockey caught a glimpse of its future-and perhaps the best junior team ever-during the Memorial Cup tournament

By Michael Farber

Long Distance Runner

It's a new day in a new league for 46-year-old Rickey Henderson

By Chris Mannix

Go Figure

By Mark Bechtel

For the Record

Edited by Mark Bechtel

Casting Call

Edited by Mark Bechtel

The Show

By Bill Scheft

Q+A Ron Howard

The 51-year-old director's Cinderella Man, about boxer James Braddock (SI, May 9), stars Russell Crowe.

By Richard Deitsch

The Beat

By Adam Duerson

The Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Amanda Cherrin