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June 19, 2006 Table Of Contents

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SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus

Se Ri Pak's Fresh Start

Before a Playoff Win at the LPGA Championship the Iconic Korean Took Time Off to Get a Life

By E.M. Swift

To Honor The Father

Coal miner Terry Helms always wanted a better life for his son, Nick. But it took Terry's death in the Sago mine cave-in to allow Nick to act on his dream of becoming a pro golfer

By Franz Lidz

Drought Over

Vijay Singh ends his winless streak

By Jim Gorant

Big Play with Mark Wood

By Mark Wood

High Hopes

I won't give up my fight against a rule limiting tee heights

By Steve Spinrad

Leading Off

Leading Off

Air and Space

Hockey's Miss Havishams

By Steve Rushin

SI Players: Life On and Off the Field

Alan Faneca


As told to Ed Bouchette

Who's Hot / Who's Not

Home Plate Collisions

When an irresistible force meets an immovable catcher, memories ensue

The Questions with DiSagana Diop

Mavericks Center


Who's Your Papi?

What drives David Ortiz, the supersized Red Sox slugger, is his resentment of the ball club that did him wrong ... and the fighting spirit of his late mother, Angela Rosa

By Tom Verducci

The Ortiz Shift

With the location of every batted ball meticulously charted, defensive positioning is becoming increasingly customized

By Albert Chen

oh, No!

All the confidence the U.S. team built coming off a strong showing four years ago blew up in a devastating 3-0 opening defeat to the Czech Republic. Now it's on to a must-win match with hellbent Italy

By Grant Wahl

The Azzurri, No Worry

Italy stayed focused against Ghana despite an investigation into betting and match-fixing that has caught up team members

By Mark Bechtel

The Invisible Finals

In an inspired performance, the Hurricanes and rookie goaltender Cam Ward were closing in on the first NHL championship of the postlockout era. Too bad no one was watching

By Michael Farber

A King Ruled by A Prince

Second-ranked Rafael Nadal defended his French Open title by continuing his domination of No. 1 Roger Federer and spoiling his rival's Grand Slam bid

By L. Jon Wertheim

My Toy, My Team, MY TIME

No owner is more wired into his players and fans than Mark Cuban, the ref-berating, serial blogging face of the Mavs who stands on the brink of (gulp!) ruling the NBA

By Jack McCallum


Mark Cuban's good pal riffs on everything from a glorious spring to the inglorious Knicks


The Big Doughnut

Two games into the Finals there was a hole in the middle of the Heat offense where Shaq usually reigns supreme. The Mavericks used all their 7-footers to gang up on the Diesel and shut him down

By Jack McCallum


Inside: The Week In Sports

Arena Football

By Bill Syken


By Albert Chen

Tom Verducci's View

By Tom Verducci

Life of Reilly

The Sweet Songs of Soccer

English fans sing to their star, "There'sonly one Michael Owen." After a fellow Brit was rumored to be schizophrenic, opposing fans chanted, "There's only two Andy Gorams."

By Rick Reilly


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Agent of Change

League officials and politicians talk a good game, but an IRS investigator is doing the most to keep sports clean

By Mark Fainaru-Wada

Growth Industry

The Steroid Era may be over, but the equally insidious HGH isn't going away

By George Dohrmann

For the Record

Third-time Charmer

A teenage jockey and a spunky Jazil added much-needed dazzle to the Belmont Stakes

By Gene Menez

Q & A Giorgio Chinaglia

By Richard Deitsch

The Beat

By Adam Duerson

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Chris Mannix

Faces in the Crowd

Remorse Code

Paul Slansky rates baseball apologists

By Paul Slansky

Strange Days

Rounder balls? Hit birdsmen? It was a week of odd sports moments