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July 17, 2006 Table Of Contents

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Air and Space

Popping the Lid On Our Id

By Steve Rushin

SI Players: Life On and Off the Field

Jason Bay


As told to Ben Reiter

Who's Hot Who's Not

The Questions With Jonathan Papelbon

Red Sox Closer

Preparation i

For a Rockie, little videos mean big hits

By Ben Reiter

The Pop Culture Grid

A Wheel Man

How Nextel Cup contender Jeff Burton keeps his body on track

By Lisa Altobelli


Joy Ride

Fueled by putdowns and cutups, the slaphappy Mets-a franchise whose revival is way ahead of schedule-are dominating the National League

By Tom Verducci

2006 World Cup

Surreal World

In a mad, mad final match, Italy rode its stalwart defense to a fourth championship, while the greatest player of his generation left the field in infamy after a shocking moment of mindless rage

By Grant Wahl

Pro Football

Home, Where the Heart Is

Joe Jurevicius is thrilled that he'll be playing in front of family and friends for his beloved Browns in 2006, but that joy is tempered by a loss he'll feel forever

By Richard Hoffer


Got Any More Questions?

Could Roger Federer finally beat a certain Spaniard? Could Amélie Mauresmo master her nerves on the biggest stage? Both players delivered their answers-forcefully-at Wimbledon

By S.L. Price


Coming Into Focus

It took startling transformations—from callow prodigy to thoughtful champion, from punk to philanthropist, from conflicted son to devoted father—for Andre Agassi to finally see the big picture, and he's still searching for answers

By Gary Smith



The Week In Sports


By Albert Chen

Tom Verducci's View

By Tom Verducci

Motor Sports

By Lars Anderson

Life of Reilly

With This Ring, I Bust Thy Chops

By Rick Reilly


The Air Up There

On a forced sabbatical from the Dolphins, Ricky Williams is loving the freer atmosphere in Canada

By Michael Silver

The Blues' Project

St. Louis's new owners are gambling that the NHL's leading TV analyst can turn their team around

By Michael Farber

The Blues' Project

St. Louis's new owners are gambling that the NHL's leading TV analyst can turn their team around

By Michael Farber

Keeping Up With the Yaos

Cavaliers guard Damon Jones is all the rage in China, as an unlikely pitchman for a shoe company

By L. Jon Wertheim

Leading Off

Diamond Gem

Meet Donald Hall, the nation's first poet laureate to take batting practice with the Pirates

By Charles Hirshberg


Après Lance, Le Deluge

A drug scandal and numerous crashes have ravaged the Tour de France. But a feisty American could still take the prize

By Austin Murphy

Report Card

The World Cup was grand, but changes are needed in 2010

By Grant Wahl

For the Record

Edited by Stephen Cannella

Insider Trading

It's summer, but indoor sports haven't stopped. A guide to the busy NBA and NHL off-season moves

Edited by Stephen Cannella

Q&A: Bruce Sutter

By Richard Deitsch

The Beat

By Adam Duerson

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Chris Mannix

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Stephen Cannella