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2006 British Open

Brown Beauty

The critics had carped that Hoylake was too homely to hold a successful Open Championship. They learned that looks can be deceiving

By Gary Van Sickle

Heavy Heart

His mind was elsewhere, but Darren Clarke was simply doing his job by playing this season. Now he'll take time off to tend to more critical matters

By John Garrity

Up & Down

Who (and what) was good and bad at Royal Liverpool

By Jim Gorant

Big Play with Michael Breed

By Michael Breed

Cap'n Crunch

A past Ryder Cup captain explains why the skipper can't play

By Dave Stockton

A Sidecar Nap

Rushin Alphabet Soup

By Eve Sunshirt

SI Players: Life On And Off The Field

Jeff Gordon

NASCAR DRIVER

As told to Elizabeth Newman

Who's Hot Who's Not

Me and My Bobblehead

Their dolls are shakin', but some ballplayers aren't stirred

By Ben Reiter

The Pop Culture Grid

The Questions With Zach Duke

Pirates Pitcher

Catching A Knuckleball

By Reported by Matthew Waxman

GOLF

A New Man Was His Old Self

At 30 and no longer able to turn to his father for advice, Tiger Woods is a man in transition on and off the course. In winning his 11th major, at the British Open, he recaptured his magic touch and provided a glimpse into what's still to come--even as he dedicated his play to Pops

By Michael Bamberger

Baseball

Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock... Beware The Deadline Deal

As G.M.'s try to beef up their rosters before Monday's trading deadline, they can be haunted by the spectre of giving away a future star, like the Devil Rays' Scott Kazmir

By Chris Ballard

Bang for the Bucs

An unusual sequence of deadline deals in 2003 landed the Pirates infield prospect Freddy Sanchez, who is now the National League's leading hitter and least likely All-Star

By Bill Syken

Art

An Unofficial History of Baseball (Orange-Crate Style)

There's never been an examination of the national pastime like the provocative art of Ben Sakoguchi, who has put his own quirky spin on the game's most enduring moments and characters

By David Davis

Features

The Amazing Race

Written off after a meltdown in the mountains, Floyd Landis executed a bold and spectacular turnaround a day later and then cruised to victory

By Austin Murphy

It's Great To Be Average

FAMOUS? NOT SO MUCH. THEY MAY NEVER MAKE AN ALL-STAR TEAM OR WIN A MAJOR, BUT BY MAKING IT TO THE BIG TIME AND STAYING THERE, TODAY'S JOURNEYMAN JOCKS ARE DOING JUST FINE, THANKS. THESE EIGHT ATHLETES SIT RIGHT SMACK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SALARY SCALE FOR THEIR RESPECTIVE SPORTS. FOR THEM ...

By Richard Hoffer

Inside

Inside: The Week In Sports

Baseball

By Albert Chen

Tom Verducci's View

By Tom Verducci

Inside The NFL

Pass or Fail?

As NFL training camps get into full swing, pressing questions surround a half-dozen high-profile quarterbacks

By Peter King

Life of Reilly

The Parent Trap

By Rick Reilly

Departments

Extreme Makeover

A year out from World Cup 2007, the U.S. women's team is younger, more creative--and as brash as ever

By Grant Wahl

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For Pete's Sake

Bored and restless in retirement, Pete Sampras is playing World Team Tennis, but it's not a comeback

By Tim Layden

Leading Off

Numbers Crunchers

It can get wild when a bunch of economists get together to talk sports on a smart and funny blog

By Bill Syken

The Kids in the Hall

Letters

Unsolved Miseries

This just in: Money doesn't buy happiness. Why $252-million-man Alex Rodriguez keeps forgetting how good he is

By Chris Ballard

Skipping School

Has a shoe-biz insider found a way to beat the NBA's new age limit?

By George Dohrmann

For the Record

Flexing His Ads

Though he's yet to play a down, Reggie Bush is one of the NFL's top endorsers

By Nunyo Demasio

Q & A Ian McShane

The 63-year-old Golden Globe--winning actor (Deadwood) co-stars in Scoop, which opens on Friday

By Richard Deitsch

The Beat

By Adam Duerson

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Chris Mannix

Faces in the Crowd