VOLUME 105, NO. 6
Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is putting up filthy numbers, proving thathe's more than just another pretty face in a dirty uniform
by Michael Farber
Led by 17-year-old Katie Hoff, a new wave of U.S. women made a splash at thenationals and are ready to regain their No. 1 ranking in the world
by Kelli Anderson
54 Bleu, Blanc,Rouge!
Led by longtime pals Boris Diaw and Tony Parker, a young and colorful Frenchteam could deliver a surprise at next week's world championships
by Alan Shipnuck
Jobs will be won or lost, careers made or broken. It's the nature of theNFL
by Peter King PAGE 58
6 Leading Off
15 Air andSpace
Want to be an NFLplayer? This is even better: watching one practice in the broiling sun by SteveRushin
• More hypocrisy in the NCAA
• Remembering Susan Butcher
• A tribute: Tiger reaches 50 wins
28 Faces in theCrowd
82 Life of Reilly
After an intentional walk in a PONY league title game, the Utah town ofBountiful is Rancorful by Rick Reilly
• Jimmie Johnson conquers Indy
• The roiling Stewart-Edwards feud
• Mike Piazzagets his second wind
• The Red Sox' backstop quandary
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INSET PHOTOS:Damien Strohmeyer (Gramatica); John Biever (Pool); Todd Bigelow/Aurora (Bell);Darren Carroll (Babin); John Iacono (Carter); Al Tielemans (Utley)
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If Tiger Woods(right) wins the PGA Championship on Aug. 20, SI.com's Gary Van Sickle won't besurprised if Woods, who won the British Open last month, goes on to hold allfour major titles again. For a PGA preview, including the odds on every player,go to SI.com/golf.
In what could bethe most wide-open national title race in years, SI.com's Stewart Mandel likesNotre Dame and its senior wide receiver Jeff Samardzija (left) a lot anddefending champion Texas not so much. Go to SI.com/collegefootball for Mandel'sseason preview, including capsules on the obvious (and not-so-obvious)contenders.
Running backshold down seven of the top eight spots in SI.com's Fantasy Football PlayerRankings--and Saints rookie Reggie Bush isn't on that list. To see the rankingsand read James Quintong's new Fantasy blog, go to SI.com/fantasy.
If you've watchedAntonio Gates, Tony Gonzalez and Jeremy Shockey (right) recently, you know thevalue of a top tight end. For an essay on how the position has changed and aphoto gallery of the best tight ends ever, go to SI.com/nfl.
JOHN W. MCDONOUGH (JAMES)
¬†54SAYONARA LeBron James saluted the fans in Las Vegas after a 114--69 win lastThursday over Puerto Rico, a tune-up for the world championships inJapan.
PETER READ MILLER (NFL)
ROBERT BECK (PARRISH)
36 CORE VALUES Like many NFL players, 49ers defensive back Tony Parrish performs an exercise regimen designed to strengthen his midsection muscles.
LOU CAPOZZOLA (WOODS)
JOHN BIEVER (SAMARDZIJA)
DAMIAN STROHMEYER (SHOCKEY)