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August 28, 2006 Table Of Contents

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SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus

SI Golf

Fresh Look

Stars at the top, unknowns at the bottom: This U.S. Ryder Cup team seems positively European

By Michael Bamberger


Compiled by Gary Van Sickle

Up & Down

Tiger roars, Wildcats soar and other PGA news

By Jim Gorant

Big Play with Jim Suttie

By Jim Suttie

Warm Welcome

After 14 months off to care for my son, golf again embraced me

By Craig Dolch

SI Bonus Report: 2006 U.S. Open Preview

Hail & Farewell

All eyes will be on Andre Agassi in his final tournament appearance, but there'll be plenty of other stories to follow, from Federer to fashion to Jimbo's Grand Slam coaching debut

By L. Jon Wertheim

SI Bonus Section: SI Fantasy Plus

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Three For The Show

Shaun Alexander, Larry Johnson and LaDainian Tomlinson are almost universally acknowledged to be the top three players in fantasy football. But who's first among equals? SI's own threesome argues their merits

By Bill Syken

Need To Know

By David Sabino

Training Camp Confidential

By Gene Menez

5 Minute Fantasy

By Jeffri Chadiha

Seen & Heard

By Adam Duerson

Air and Space

Good News Bears Repeating

By Steve Rushin

SI Players: Life On and Off the Field

Bob & Mike Bryan

Identical Twin Doubles Champs

As told to Elizabeth Newman

Who's Hot / Who's Not

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

Me and My Number

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

The Pop Culture Grid

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

The Questions with Gary Matthews Jr.

Rangers Outfielder

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

SI Players: Edge

Going Hardcore

The most intense--and effective--core workouts require a stomach for punishment and a taste for the unorthodox. Four NFL standouts reveal essential drills

By Bill Syken


All Business

BY Alan Shipnuck


Kick Start

Tossed aside in Indianapolis, outspoken Mike Vanderjagt, the most accurate kicker in league history, has found a new home in Dallas, where he plans to keep his foot on the ball--and not in his mouth

By L. Jon Wertheim


Welcome to September, Kids

The Tigers' Justin Verlander and Jeremy Bonderman bring the scary heat that wins in October, but whether they--and several other young phenoms--survive the strain of a stretch drive remains to be seen

By Tom Verducci

A Pox on the Sox

The Red Sox have had to rely on their prized young arms earlier than hoped--and it killed them against the Yankees

By Tom Verducci

High School Football Preview

Aiming for Perfection

Hoover High, which has won five Alabama state titles in six years, is the hottest high school football program in America, and this season its strong-armed QB and pass-happy offense are looking to make history

By Lars Anderson

A Cut Above the Rest

SI's Top 20 High School Teams

By Jon Mahoney

Sibling Rivalry

Family outings got more interesting when quarterback Mike Paulus committed to North Carolina

By Mike Waters

5 Players To Watch

By Jon Mahoney

Front and Center

The son of a former 49er and teammate of a prodigy, Marc Tyler takes his turn in the spotlight

By Ramona Shelburne

10 Games To Watch

By Jon Mahoney

Who's No. 1 In Each State?

Rise Magazine high school football writer Jon Mahoney selects the best teams

By Jon Mahoney

Inside: The Week in Sports



Olympic Sports

By Kelli Anderson


By Ben Reiter

Tom Verducci's View

By Tom Verducci

Life of Reilly

Foul-Weather Friend

By Rick Reilly


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Leading Off


Back to (High) School

Saint Reggie's Passion

A year after Katrina, New Orleans is drawing hope and inspiration from a rookie running back who wants to help the ravaged city

By Douglas Brinkley

Look Who's Back

For many in sports, one goodbye isn't enough

By Mark Bechtel

For the Record

By Mark Bechtel

Trying Times

As his team folds, Floyd Landis loses his father-in-law

By Austin Murphy

Q & A: Greg Kinnear

The 43-year-old Oscar nominee (As Good As It Gets) plays former NFL coach Dick Vermeil in Invincible, opening 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