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SI GOLF PLUS

Close Encounters

Losing a major championship is no pro's idea of fun, but the dozen or so players who fired and then fell back at Torrey Pines certainly made this U.S. Open one of the most entertaining

By John Garrity

Taking Their Best Shots

For Tommy (Roy), Johnny (Miller) and the rest of the NBC golf crew, nothing matches the thrill, and intensity, of U.S. Open week

By Michael Bamberger

Up & Down

Homeboys, marine layers and a swinging caddie, oh my!

By Jim Gorant

Big Play

By Jim Scuttie

The Pepper Mill

By Dottie Pepper

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick

A Sense Of Fun

All you need to know about the new USGA could be found at Torrey's 14th hole

By Michael Bamberger

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SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD

Shake Me Down at the Ball Game

Modern parks make watching the national pastime a rich man's pursuit

By Josh Levin

WHO'S Hot WHO'S Not

For the Record

Racy Allegations

An explosive lawsuit rocks NASCAR

Huston Street

As told to Ben Reiter

Texas Justice

Marcus Dixon gets a chance in Big D

By Andrew Lawrence

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Sarah Kwak

Faces in the Crowd

NBA FINALS

Closing Statement

Even as Tim Donaghy's allegations put the league on the defensive about the integrity of its refs, the Celtics and the Lakers rose above the controversy with riveting performances that brought the Finals to a crescendo

By Jack McCallum

NBA DRAFT PREVIEW

Making Their Points

Teams are hungry for a new kind of point guard who can be counted on to score as well as run the offense

By Ian Thomsen

GOLF

Hurts So Good

Playing in pain and not at the top of his game, Tiger Woods battled Torrey Pines for 91 holes, rallying late in regulation and again in a playoff to overcome long shot Rocco Mediate for what he ranked as the best of his 14 major championships

By Alan Shipnuck

BASEBALL

There's a New Kid in Town

From his skills to his infectious enthusiasm, almost everything about Jay Bruce recalls a young Ken Griffey Jr., who happens to be the idol—and now mentor—of the Reds' rookie outfielder

By Albert Chen

SWIMMING

The War of the Swimsuits

With the U.S. trials just a week away, the continuing battle between Speedo's ultrafast LZR Racer and its high-tech rivals has swimmers confused, coaches upset, the sport's record book under assault and the whole mess headed for court

By Kelli Anderson

THE FUGEES

Alive and Kicking

Thanks to a remarkable woman, young war refugees from three continents have found a new home on a soccer team in Georgia

By Gary Smith

Inside

Inside: The Week In Sports

Mending Sox

Losing two stars has reinforced one notion: Boston still has the firepower to be considered a late-October favorite

By Jon Heyman

Baseball Prospectus Unconventional Wisdom

By Joe Sheehan

Kid Dynamite

Jake Deitchler took down two veterans, becoming the first high schooler to make the Olympic wrestling team in 28 years

By Brian Cazeneuve

What a Gas!

Dale Earnhardt Jr. had just enough fuel left to outlast the field at Michigan and break a 76-race winless streak

By Mark Beech

Point After

No Harm In Dreaming

By S.L. Price

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