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St. Andrews had Scots, Big Jack, Long John and Tiger, Tiger, Tiger

By Jim Gorant

Big Play with Brad Redding

By Brad Redding


By Brad Redding


By Brad Redding

A Legend's Fond Farewell

At the birthplace of golf Jack Nicklaus the competitor finally let go of the game, and in response the fans at St. Andrews embraced him closer than ever

By John Garrity

Getting There Was Half the Fun

Local qualifier Brad Faxon and last-minute entry Sean O'Hair beat long odds simply to make the field, but once in St. Andrews they played like they belonged

By John Garrity

Nothing but Trouble

From tee to green and everywhere in between, disaster lurks at the Old Course's notorious Road Hole, the nastiest bit of real estate in championship golf

By Gary Van Sickle

Hell Holes

By Sal Johnson

My Shot

The British Open is always a tough telecast, but ABC has shown improvement

By Chris Lewis

STIK: Life and Times on the PGA Tour

By Chris Eliopoulos, Writer

Motor Sports

The Off-Road Warrior

Driving on twisty, unpaved roads at breakneck speeds, dodging boulders and cliffs--now that's what top rally racer Jamie Thomas calls fun

By Cynthia Gorney




Blindly He Goes ... Up

By Steve Rushin

SI Players: Life On and Off the Field


By Austin Murphy

SI Players

Who's Hot/Who's Not

All-Stars of Style

Baseball's best swingers (and pitchers) strutted for the cameras, then cruised the red carpet before the All-Star Game in Detroit By Lisa Altobelli

By Lisa Altobelli

TROTTING HOME ...with the Rangers' Mark Teixeira

By Lisa Altobelli

The Questions with Rich Harden A's picther

My Best Friend... in Show Business

By Sarah Thurmond



New King of the Old Course

With retiring Jack Nicklaus providing inspiration, Tiger Woods won the British Open on the hallowed 18 at St. Andrews for the second time

By Michael Bamberger

Quite the Lashes

By Sal Johnson

Meanwhile: Michelle!

At the Publinks, Michelle Wie again showed why she's the second-most-compelling figure in golf

By Alan Shipnuck


Uphill Racer

Grinding down his rivals in the Alps and Pyrenees, Lance Armstrong closed in on his seventh straight win

By Austin Murphy


A Turn for the Worse

Even interim closer Curt Schilling could not cure Boston's sickly bullpen as the Red Sox lost three of four to the Yankees, who overcame pitching woes of their own

By Tom Verducci

NFL Fantasy Football Preview 2005

Dream World

Having covered the NFL for 25 years, the author--and fantasy player--relishes the phenomenon of the imaginary game

By Peter King

Running Backs

By Peter King

Wide Receivers

By Peter King


By Peter King

Tight Ends

By Peter King


By Peter King

Movers And Shakers

Lost track of who landed where during the off-season? Forget how the draft played out? Here's a team-by-team rundown of the most significant acquisitions among offensive skill-position players and kickers.

By Peter King

Defense & Special Teams

By Peter King


By Peter King

Sleeper Search

By Gene Menez

Secrets To Success

By David Sabino



The Week In Sports

Inside Baseball

Power Play

Searching for offense, the first-place Nationals acquired Preston Wilson, and now they're looking for pitching

By Albert Chen

Tom Verducci's View

By Tom Verducci

Inside The NBA

Playing It Cool

In a summer-league return from his long suspension, the Pacers' volatile Ron Artest was solid, on court and off

Inside Boxing

Rally Capped

Jermain Taylor weathered a ferocious finish by Bernard Hopkins and took away his middleweight championship

By Phil Taylor


Along for the (Wild) Ride

By Rick Reilly


Australian Rules

A rookie from Down Under wins the most lucrative World Series of Poker pot ever

By John Walters


Way Cool, Man

A banged-up skateboarder becomes the first person to clear the Great Wall

By Yi-Wyn Yen

The Only Game on Campus

A deal with the NCAA gives Electronic Arts a monopoly on licensed football games. Is that good for gamers?

By Adam Duerson

Return of the Water Warrior

Healthy again, Natalie Coughlin is ready to lead the U.S. into the world championships

By Michael Silver

Dive-in Theater

Keep an eye on these five standouts at the worlds in Montreal.

By Brian Cazeneuve

WNBA Point Machine

Overshadowed for years, Lynx guard Katie Smith quietly became the game's first 5,000-point scorer

By Kelli Anderson

Leading Off

Ice Circus

Ending the lockout? That was easy. Now the NHL must master a massive new CBA, sign legions of free agents and learn some new playing rules--all in two months

By Michael Farber

Ring Leader

A rough week for the USOC proves that it needs a new envoy and a new attitude

By Brian Cazeneuve

For the Record

Go Figure

'Roid to Nowhere

The BALCO case ended with a slap on the wrist and no major revelations

By George Dohrmann

Dave Matthews and Carter Beauford

The singer (right) and the drummer are currently on tour with the rest of the Dave Matthews Band

By Richard Deitsch

End of the Reign

The once-dominant U.S. softball team comes up short at the World Cup

The Beat

By Adam Duerson

The Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Amanda Cherrin

Faces in the Crowd

In the tradition of SI's Sportsman of the Year, we periodically pay tribute in this space to men and women who embody the ideals of sportsmanship