JULY 3-JULY 10,2006
VOLUME 105, NO. 1
38 The Time Is Right
Coach Nick Saban's overhaul of the Dolphins is ahead of schedule
by Tim Layden
44 Bye to All That
The U.S. is gone, but the tourney rolls on--and it just gets better fromhere
by Mark Bechtel and Grant Wahl
48 Year of the Rookie
First-year players are the X-factor
• My All-Star team, 2006 by Tom Verducci
60 'Tude on Wheels
Floyd Landis rides into the Tour de France finally free of Lance
by Austin Murphy
2006 NASCARMIDSEASON REPORT
66 The Big 3
There's a lot of racing left, but it'll be hard to get past Tony Stewart, MattKenseth and Jimmie Johnson, a trio that defines excellence at the Cuplevel
by Lars Anderson
• EARLY SPARKS Anod to some of the magic moments of the season
• LATE RUNS Who will qualify for the Chase? SI breaks down the field
8 Leading Off
23 Air andSpace
A new bill of rites: O Canada and milk baths for all
by Steve Rushin
• A pitcher'sbeanball quandary
• Andre Agassi plans his exit
36 Faces in theCrowd
150 Life ofReilly
Ah, to fill a Beerbelly, pour a cold one and save a fortune
by Rick Reilly
143 The NBA
• A most anomalous champion
• Oregon State wins the CWS
• Marion Jones makes her move
Where Are TheyNow?
Once their playing days are over, your heroes can turn up anywhere PAGE 83
From terrorizing QBs to stalking birdies
by Michael Bamberger P. 84
The Shark has built a $300 million empire
by Austin Murphy P. 90
The day the Rocket whiffed a record 20
by Leigh Montville P. 94
How Bill Russell & Co. changed the game
by Kelli Anderson P. 98
Making SI's cover isn't always a happy occasion
by Franz Lidz P. 102
Recalling his perfect World Series game
by Phil Taylor P. 106
How she's raising three testosterone-laden boys
by L. Jon Wertheim P. 112
The track-and-field star has found his second act
by Tim Layden P. 116
Former stars, at work in new careers or chasing their dreams
Where Will TheyBe?
A close look at seven promising teens in seven sports
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