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Air and Space

World's Right; We're Wrong

By Steve Rushin

SI Players: Life On and Off the Field

Kasey Keller

U.S. GOALKEEPER

As told to Lisa Altobelli

Who's Hot / Who's Not

The Questions with Aaron Ward

Hurricanes Defenseman

Fast Company

By Ben Reiter

The Pop Culture Grid

First Words

Getting on base means a chance to gab, gossip and get advice

By Reported by Matthew Waxman

Features

Leap Year

Twelve months after his breakout performance in the postseason, Miami's Dwyane Wade has made an even bigger jump: to headline act of a star-studded NBA Finals

By Chris Ballard

Better Than an Outside Shot

The best pure shooter for a big man since Larry Bird, Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki may no longer be the most overlooked superstar in the NBA by the time the championship series is over

By Jack McCallum

One-Pitch Wonder

Diamondbacks righthander Brandon Webb started 8-0 and has stamped himself a Cy Young Award candidate thanks to a devastating sinker that's laying hitters low

By Phil Taylor

Father's Day Comes Early

As he tuned up for his return to the Astros, Roger Clemens's first pitches were fittingly to his son Koby, a Houston minor leaguer and one of many reasons the future Hall of Famer donned a uniform again

By Tom Verducci

Serving Up Their Bread and Butter

Most pitchers rely on deception to keep hitters guessing, but like Brandon Webb, these six thrive with a signature pitch that gives hitters fits--even though they know it's coming

By Albert Chen

Captain Carolina

With his leadership and game-winning goals, workaholic centerRod Brind'Amour may be willing the Hurricanes to the title

By Yi-Wyn Yen

INSIDE THE FINALS

By Pierre McGuire

Match Madness

Imagine that every four years a monthlong tournament united the planet in an all-consuming passion that transcended barriers. Stop imagining. It's here

By Grant Wahl

Playing With Fire

The intensity that made Carolina's Steve Smith an All-Pro wideout has also earned him a reputation as a hothead. He's trying hard to harness the heat

By Nunyo Demasio

Grudge Match

By Alan Shipnuck

HEAD-TO-HEAD

HOW DO TIGER AND PHIL STACK UP? ONE OF THEIR FELLOW TOUR PLAYERS, ON THE CONDITION OF ANONYMITY, AGREED TO ASSESS THEIR GAMES HEADING INTO THE OPEN AT WINGED FOOT

By Alan Shipnuck

Inside

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The Week In Sports

Tennis

By L. Jon Wertheim

Baseball

By Albert Chen

Tom Verducci's View

By Tom Verducci

Motor Sports

By Lars Anderson

Life of Reilly

Past Its Peak

By Rick Reilly

Departments

Leading Off

Letters

The Human Animal

An athlete's suffering can be instructive, even inspiring. But our emotions spill over at the sight of an injured horse

By Richard Hoffer

Telltale Heart

A new documentary goes deep behind the scenes of high school hoops

By L. Jon Wertheim

For the Record

Q&A Jack Black

The actor, 36, plays a cook in a Mexican orphanage who moonlights as a wrestler in Nacho Libre, which opens June 16

By Richard Deitsch

The Beat

By Adam Duerson

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Chris Mannix

Faces in the Crowd