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A Tale of Two Tour Pros

Winning was just a matter of time for a can't-miss 25-year-old like Hunter Mahan, but for journeyman Jay Williamson, contending in Hartford may have been a once-in-a-lifetime experience

By Michael Bamberger

Hokie Dokey

Tech student wins the British Am

By Jim Gorant

Big Play

By Gerald McCullagh

Father Figure

Mr. Dad has some words of wisdom for new pop Tiger

By Armin Brott



Yi Jianlian

As told to Chris Mannix


It's Time to Play the Feud!

The secret's out: Players no longer pretend their teams are big, happy families

By Richard Hoffer

For the Record

Jim Shoulders 1928--2007

Unhappy Returns

Top NBA and NHL draft picks rarely lead their teams to titles

Small Minded

A slight winger leads a U.S.-heavy NHL draft

By Brian Cazeneuve

High Def Jam

NHLers brush up their broadcasting skills

By Lisa Altobelli



Pitching from the Stretch

Angel Kelvim Escobar gets into yoga

By Elizabeth Newman

The Weeks Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Sarah Kwak

Faces in the Crowd

No Thonx

ESPN's miniseries The Bronx Is Burning fails to catch fire

By Adam Duerson

Q & A John Cusack

The actor and die-hard Chicago sports fan stars in 1408

By Richard Deitsch

Where Are They Now?

Gene Tenace

By Ben Reiter

Forward Progress

Fourteen years after he became the poster child for cystic fibrosis, Boomer's son is playing three sports and helping his dad fight for a cure

By L. Jon Wertheim

A Big, Bold Finish

One of many former jocks who've found a second career in wine, this 13-year veteran of the NFL trenches proves that size doesn't preclude sophistication

By Adam Duerson

Smashingly Subtle

Once accustomed to crushing ballcarriers, Terry Hoage now crushes grapes for his much-sought-after vintages

By Adam Duerson


Skating star Peggy Fleming's venture in the vineyard includes a surprising partnership

By David Epstein

Barbeque Nation

By Adam Duerson

Your Table Is Ready

He feasted on quarterbacks for 12 seasons. Now the Lions' alltime sack leader is inviting Motown to chow down at his three highly acclaimed restaurants

By Adam Duerson

American Dream

Infused with a passion for architecture and guided by his Islamic faith, the Hall of Fame center has scored big as Houston's most distinctive real estate magnate

By Alexander Wolff

Mo Better Buildings

Former big league slugger Mo Vaughn is transforming blighted developments into livable communities

By Ben Reiter

That '70s Show

Led by inimitable coach Al McGuire, the '77 Warriors had a style of their own--and they weren't above a little infighting on their way to the title

By Julia MorrILL

A Dashing Dynasty

Swinging from the heels, and often at each other, Charlie Finley's club became baseball's most entertaining spectacle--and its most forward-looking

By Phil Taylor

Loud and Clear

One of Oakland's less vocal stars, Joe Rudi now makes his voice heard as a ham radio buff

By Gene Menez

Toy Soldier

Sal Bando, the hard-nosed captain of the firebrand A's, is all dolled up

By Ben Reiter

Goons Forever

Thirty years after Slap Shot vaulted three minor league tough guys into hockey immortality, they're still playing their parts. And why not? They came by them naturally

By Austin Murphy

Full Speed Ahead

America's downhill rebel is pushing for children's rights with the same passion she channeled into conquering the mountain

By Kelli Anderson

Trading Punch Lines

A quarter century after their contentious bout, the champ and the challenger are still going at each other--but these jabs don't hurt

By Richard O'Brien

What's in A Name?

The shortstop synonymous with big league futility--Mendoza Line, anyone?--maintains a reputation well north of respectability in his native country

By Alexander Wolff

Arms and the Man

He was the first to undergo Tommy John surgery, and decades later his name lives on in the lingo of the game

By Gene Menez

Where Will They Be?

Their talent is undisputed, their potential enormous. Their ultimate destinations? Unknown. But rest assured you'll be watching these promising athletes make their mark somewhere--and soon



The Backstop of Notre-Dame-de-Gr√¢ce

With a cool demeanor and a hot bat, Montreal-raised Dodgers catcher Russell Martin is an All-Star favorite whose coming-of-age story could be straight from a novel

By Michael Farber

The Beautiful Losers: An Oral History of the Philadelphia Phillies

By Franz Lidz


Are They All Dirty? Does It Matter? Should We Care?

On the eve of the 2007 Tour, new revelations about doping in cycling, including a book that implicates Lance Armstrong, have removed the last vestiges of the sport's credibility

By Austin Murphy


Golden Boys

Remaining undefeated under new coach Bob Bradley, the U.S. won the Gold Cup by beating archrival Mexico (yet again) in a match that served as a young midfielder's coming-out party

By Grant Wahl

Track and Field

Speed to Burn

Sprinters Tyson Gay and Torri Edwards hit their stride at the U.S. championships, blazing to emphatic--and cathartic--victories

By Tim Layden

2007 NASCAR Midseason Report

Here Comes Mr. Gordon

He's 35 and a father now, but thanks to a storybook marriage and a new crew chief, Jeff Gordon has recaptured the bloom--and vroom--of his youth

By Lars Anderson

Midway Awards

By Mark Beech

Poll Position

Where Are They Now: Lost & Found

Ricky Pierce

One of the NBA's premier sixth men now provides hands-on instruction in the art of the perfect jumper

By Chris Mannix

Julie Moss

Willing herself across the line in the '82 Ironman, she helped push triathlon into the mainstream

By Julia Morrill

Bob Lilly

He was a Cowboy to the core, so it's fitting that this Hall of Famer's photography reflects the spirit of the West

By Bill Syken

Al Oerter

One of the alltime great Olympians, he finds common ground between athletics and aesthetics

By David Epstein

Ed Marinaro

The Heisman runner-up turned television idol aims to fill a void with movies that appeal to his generation

By Gene Menez

Milt Wilcox

The dog days of summer get a splash of excitement when this pitcher's high-flying pooches come to town

By Joe Lemire

David Klingler

For a quarterback well-schooled in many an offense, getting a handle on ancient languages has been a snap

By Bill Syken

Dave Wottle

As an admissions director, the hat-wearing hero of the 1972 Games tries to spot students with hidden potential

By Brian Cazeneuve

Dock Ellis

Notorious for baseball's trippiest mound exploit, he turned his experiences to the good by helping substance abusers

By Michael Silver

Jim Lonborg

Folks around Boston don't mind a trip to the dentist when the man behind the drill is a legend of '67

By Julia Morrill

Willie Gault

Still speedy after all these years, the college track star and NFL wide receiver is a sprint champion once more

By David Epstein

Life of Reilly

Extreme Makeover

By Rick Reilly


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