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SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD

The Weight of the World

Big Brown's human connections complicate his Triple Crown fairy tale

By Tim Layden

WHO'S Hot WHO'S Not

For the Record

Ahead in the Count?

A coach's verdict could be good news for Bonds

By David Epstein

Deanna Nolan

The WNBA's assist leader believes the dog days of summer will end with the Shock back in the finals

As told to Andrew Lawrence

Amazin' Stories

Reliving the best Mets games at unlovable Shea

The Beat

By Arash Markazi

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Sarah Kwak

Faces in the Crowd

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick

NBA FINALS

The Rivalry

It's hard to believe that 21 years have passed since the Celtics and the Lakers last met in the NBA Finals—but easy to remember all their great games and bad blood

By Jack McCallum

The Defense Never Rests

The keys to Boston's league-best D: a new assistant, an older roster, a desire to change and lots of hustle

By Ian Thomsen

BASEBALL

The Alaska Pipeline

A rugged, no-frills league in the Last Frontier State has funneled almost 400 college players to the majors and kept fans in Fairbanks up late each June with its quirky Midnight Sun Game

By Luke Winn

Endless Summer

If you prefer small ball—meaning affordable tickets and young players with a hunger for the game—SI has plotted a 71-day, 15,997-mile journey through the minor leagues. It'll be worth the price of gas (promise)

By Pablo S. Torre

STANLEY CUP FINALS

Spreading Their Wings

By closing in on its fourth NHL title in 11 years Detroit proved it could win on a budget, while team captain Nicklas Lidstrom helped change perceptions on the limits of European players

By Michael Farber

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

The Unlikely Candidate

Like his famous brother-in-law, new Oregon State coach Craig Robinson is promising change, and his most winning quality may be how he differs from the men who preceded him

By George Dohrmann

TRACK AND FIELD

Lightning Bolt

In a race that jolted his sport, 21-year-old Usain Bolt of Jamaica smashed the world record for 100 meters and established himself as a threat to win multiple gold medals at the Beijing Olympics

By Tim Layden

Lorena Ochoa

Simply the Best

Off the golf course she may go unrecognized, but that's just fine with LORENA OCHOA. The world's most dominant female athlete never wanted to be anything more than No. 1 in her sport

By Alan Shipnuck

Inside

Inside: The Week In Sports

Love That Dirt

After last year's French Open flameout, the U.S. men showed they might know a bit about playing on red clay after all

By L. Jon Wertheim

The Heist

Carlos Quentin was obtained for a Class A player and nearly started the season in the minors; now he's raking

By Jon Heyman

Baseball Prospectus Unconventional Wisdom

By Nate Silver

Point After

Hoops Springs Eternal

By Chris Ballard

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