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July 4, 2005 Table Of Contents

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Sports Illustrated Bonus Section: Golf Plus

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Questions For Padraig Harrington

The Irishman capped a dramatic comeback with an eagle at 18 to win at Westchester, then chatted about long putts and smiles

By Farrell Evans and ASAP Sports

A List

What golfers are talking about

By Jim Gorant


By Jim Gorant


By Billy Mayfair

Big Play with T.J. Tomasi

By T.J. Tomasi

Watch the Birdie

A pack of brash young Americans dominated the Women's Open, but Birdie Kim, an unknown from South Korea, stole the show

By Alan Shipnuck

My Shot

During a day at the Barclays Classic, I saw everything Tour pros should not be

By Rick Lipsey

STIK: Life and Times on the PGA Tour

By Chris Eliopoulos

Catching Up With

Billy Payne, Olympic Chief

JANUARY 8, 1996

By Brian Cazeneuve




A 468-Mile Dogleg

By Steve Rushin

SI Players: Life On and Off the Field

Ryan Dempster

Cubs Closer

By Michael Farber

SI Players

Who's Hot/Who's Not

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

Oh, the Places You'll Go

Baseball's freshman class is still adjusting to life in the big leagues

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

Words To the Wine

With the NBA title corked, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich talked with SI's Jack McCallum about his other passion--wine.

By Jack McCallum

The Questions with Elliot Sadler


Edited by Kostya Kennedy

Talking Leather

... with Ichiro Suzuki and Bret Boone

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

The Pop Culture Grid

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

Pro Football

Give Him Some Respect

Kids love him and his jersey's hot, but even having taken the Falcons to new heights, Michael Vick is still bugged by critics who say he's not a real NFL quarterback

By Michael Silver

Baseball Midseason Report

The Battle of the Beltway

The Nationals and the Orioles are locked in a spirited contest for the hearts and minds of fans in the game's new hotbed

By Daniel G. Habib

Five to Watch

By Tom Verducci

10 Questions

Undaunted by a bewildering first half of the season, we offer predictions for the second half

By Tom Verducci

First-Half Awards

Who's been the best of the best so far? Tom Verducci has the answers

By Tom Verducci


In Love with Their Local Heroes

The bond between town and team has helped the Spurs win two titles in the last three years. Now all the talk in San Antonio is about dynasty

By Jack McCallum

Looking (Far) Ahead

Ian Thomsen takes a fearless stab at what will come to pass in the 2005-06 season

By Ian Thomsen

College Baseball

Made in Texas

With a homegrown roster studded with stellar pitchers, the Longhorns made amends for last year's collapse by winning the College World Series for a sixth time

By Albert Chen

Movin' On Up

Here are five college stars who are on the fast track to the big leagues.

By Albert Chen

SI's Fortune 50

The Fortunate 50

SI's second annual ranking of the highest-paid U.S. athletes

By Jonah Freedman



The Week In Sports

Inside Boxing


Floyd Mayweather Jr. talked the talk (and then some), but he walked the walk by pulverizing Arturo Gatti

By Franz Lidz

Inside Tennis

Star Search

The U.S. always had future women Grand Slam winners in the juniors--until now. Why is the pipeline dry?

By S.L. Price

Braveheart on Centre Court


By S.L. Price

The Last Days of the Serve-and-Volleyer


By S.L. Price

Inside Track

400 Proof

At nationals, Jeremy Wariner & Co. showed how strong the U.S. is in the men's and women's quarter mile

By Tim Layden


Doing the Hustle

By Rick Reilly


Let's Have a Ball!

Colorful new MetroStars G.M. Alexi Lalas looks to bring some personality--and success--to a vital MLS market

By Grant Wahl

Leading Off

From Roundball to Squared Circle

After 15 seasons spent boxing out in the NBA, Kendall Gill has donned boxing gloves to take a swing in the ring

By Chris Mannix

How Do You Like Me Now?

A new look at Lance Armstrong portrays a relentless winner who lets nothing--not even friendship--get in his way

By Austin Murphy

The Power of Unorthodoxy

By Charles Hirshberg

Family Business

The Newhans have seen baseball from both sides: son David as a scrappy player who fought his way to the big leagues, and dad Ross as a Hall of Fame sportswriter

By Bruce Schoenfeld

Cold Warriors

Waking up echoes of a bygone era, China and Russia have made a pact to ensure that the U.S. doesn't win the most medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

Where the Girls Are

At the U.S. Women's Open they were easy to find--if you just followed the crowds

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

For the Record

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

Go Figure

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

Can You Tell the Difference?

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

Brandi Chaser

Against her will, an Olympic soccer hero loses her spot on Team USA

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

Political Footballer

Liberia's premiere athlete sets his sights on the presidency of his chaotic nation

By Phil Zabriskie

Q+A Martin Lawrence

The 40-year-old actor-comedian stars as a basketball coach in Rebound, which opens on July 1

By Richard Deitsch

The Beat

By Adam Duerson

The Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Amanda Cherrin

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella