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June 26, 2006 Table Of Contents

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Rough Justice

The greens were lumpy, the fairways mere ribbons, and the scores ... oh, my! Yet everyone came away thinking that Winged Foot was fair

By John Garrity

So Close Again

A European hasn't won the Open since 1970, but that almost changed at Winged Foot, where Colin Montgomerie, among others, made the case that it will happen--and soon

By Michael Bamberger

Dear Ol' Dads

Thanks to its Father's Day finish, the U.S. Open is always a time of celebration for the men who have formed a special bond through golf

By Gary Van Sickle

A Long Way

He didn't make it to the weekend, but simply by playing his way from Zambia to Winged Foot, Madalitso Muthiya was a big winner at the U.S. Open

By Austin Murphy

Up & Down

The Open's over, but Phil may not be alone in feeling like an idiot

By Jim Gorant

Big Play with Patti McGowan

By Patti McGowan

What's Next?

Tiger Woods faces a future that's suddenly filled with uncertainty

By Michael Bamberger

Air and Space

Baseball's Biggest Bookie

By Steve Rushin

SI Players: Life On and Off the Field



As told to Elizabeth Newman

Who's Hot / Who's Not

Edited by Kostya Kennedy AND Gene Menez

Scent of a Pitcher


By Lisa Altobelli

The Pop Culture Grid

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

The Questions with Michael Young

Rangers Shortstop

Edited by Kostya Kennedy


To Be or Not to Be

Heavy-handed officiating aside, the U.S.'s fortunes took a turn for the better against Italy, setting up a match that may affect the team for years

By Grant Wahl

Back in the Shadow

On the verge of surpassing Tiger Woods as the game's dominant player, Phil Mickelson instead blew the U.S. Open with a 72nd-hole collapse--failing to measure up to his archrival

By Alan Shipnuck

How Do I Look So Far?

Meet Nick Swisher, the irrepressible young slugger for the streaking Oakland A's, who knows how good he is and is happy to talk to anyone about it

By Chris Ballard

Stanley Cup Finals

Hurricane Force

With a rollicking crowd behind it, high-energy Carolina controlled Game 7, blunting Edmonton's comeback bid and delivering a hockey championship to Tobacco Road

By Michael Farber


Down to The Wire

The mad-as-hell Mavs, the superstar heat of Dwyane Wade and a fascinating coaching duel between masters old and new drove the best postseason in a decade toward climax

By Jack McCallum


He's The 1

Seven-foot Andrea Bargnani, a.k.a. the Next Dirk, is the best player ever to come out of Italy-and the best player in this year's NBA draft

By Ian Thomsen

Special Report

The Damage Done

DUKE LACROSSE,the 46 white players, a black dancer and the reputation of the university are forever changed. But is the case solid? Was the coach made a scapegoat? Exclusive sources describe three months of fear, disbelief and confusion over what the future holds--in and out of court

By S.L. Price


The case has produceda steady drip of leaks, damage control and conflicting evidence

By Sarah Kwak


Inside: The Week in Sports


By Albert Chen

Tom Verducci's View

By Tom Verducci


By Richard Hoffer

Motor Sports

By Lars Anderson

Life of Reilly

Oh, How I Love A Good Gag

By Rick Reilly


Patriot Gains

George Mason's Final Four run boosted its hoops program but might give the university itself a bigger lift

By Bill Syken

Pilloried at the Post

Jimmy Winkfield was America's top jockey, but bigots drove him abroad, where his ride got really wild

By Charles Hirshberg

The Nutty Professor

By Charles Hirshberg

Leading Off


Return of The Native

He's coming back to the NBA after striking a sweet deal with Charlotte, but has Michael Jordan, at 43, finally found his destiny?

By Ian Thomsen

Equal, but Unequal

A new book questions how well integration has served the modern black athlete

By Farrell Evans

For the Record

Sports Superguys

Q&A Sheryl Swoopes

The three-time WNBA MVP and Houston Comets forward was named this month to the league's All-Decade Team.

By Richard Deitsch

The Beat

By Adam Duerson

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Chris Mannix

Faces in the Crowd