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Air and Space

A Singular Visionary

By Steve Rushin

SI Players: Life On And Off The Field

Prince Fielder

BREWERS ROOKIE FIRST BASEMAN

By Reported by George Dohrmann

Who's Hot Who's Not

The Questions With Nicky Hayden

Grand Prix Motorcycling Champ

Saving Faces

Carving--and jinxing?--teammates in Styrofoam

By Ben Reiter

The Pop Culture Grid

Good Altitude

Champion Hasim Rahman goes to great heights to prepare for a bout

By Chris Mannix

Features

Heirs to U

There may be QBs as tough as John Unitas, but in today's NFL none have the same freedom to run the offense--nor can they expect to get it

By Peter King

The Perfect Catch

Humble, hardworking and handsome, Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer is the ideal hometown hero, and he's poised to make history at a position that hasn't seen another quite like him

By Kelli Anderson

Beyond Compare?

By Nate Silver

Question Number 1

The Texans shocked the NFL world when they drafted Mario Williams first overall. Now, as training camps open, the heat is on the rookie to prove he's worth it

By Michael Silver

Progress Report

By Jeffri Chadiha

SURFING

THE JAWS PARADIGM

LAIRD HAMILTON WAS ONCE ONE OF ONLY A HANDFUL OF MEN WITH THE SKILL AND THE GUTS TO RIDE THE MASSIVE AND MURDEROUS WAVE KNOWN AS JAWS. BUT THEN CAME THE BOUNTY HUNTERS AND THRILL-SEEKERS, AND THE WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS SPORT SUDDENLY GOT A WHOLE LOT SCARIER

By Susan Casey

Pro Basketball

Ready to Take On The Worlds

After being humbled at the last two international tournaments, Team USA is bringing hungrier players, a deeper roster and a savvier game plan to Japan

By Ian Thomsen

Inside

Inside

The Week In Sports

Baseball

By Albert Chen

Tom Verducci's View

By Tom Verducci

Life of Reilly

A Survivor's Tale

By Rick Reilly

Departments

Leading Off

Letters

Enough Is Enough

"I have never knowingly used any banned substance and blah, blah, blah...." It was a very sad week for sports

By Terry McDonell

For The Record

Edited by Mark Bechtel

Bad News Bears ( ... and Bengals)

Edited by Mark Bechtel

Q&A: John C. Reilly

The actor (Days of Thunder, Chicago) costars with Will Ferrell in Talladega Nights, 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

Edited by Mark Bechtel