34 Disaster in Threes
Game-fixing, dogfighting ... and Barry Bonds. How will commissioners cope?
By Jack McCallum
40 Agony and Ecstasy
Padraig Harrington skirted disaster at Carnoustie to win the British Open
By Michael Bamberger
44 It's Gonna Happen
No, it's not a prediction that the Cubs will win it all. But they believe they can
By Michael Farber
TOUR DE FRANCE
48 Uphill Climb
Despite isolated doping allegations, riders might be cleaning up their acts
By Austin Murphy
THE BIG HIT
Players live for it, fans love it, the media celebrate it—and all bemoan its devastating consequences. The brutal collision is football's lifeblood, and a huge concern for the NFL
by Tim Layden • p. 52
6 Leading Off
• Athletes polish their stand-up acts
• First Person: Carlos Lee
• The U.S. mile mark shattered
• Pols and their sports gaffes
• The unbeatable checkers player
• How it feels to crash a race car
31 Faces in the Crowd
70 Life of Reilly
For those who like seeing golfers implode, it's Xanadon't: the 18th hole at Carnoustie
by Rick Reilly
• Who'll break the bank for A-Rod?
• David Ortiz: not so clutch
• Tony Stewart's strong home turn
• Nextel racers ruling Busch
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