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August 25, 2008 Table Of Contents

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A Clean, Well-Lighted Place

Enjoy the Olympics! Just don't think the Beijing we're seeing is the complete picture

By Selena Roberts


For the Record

Doubles or Nothing

Eliminated in singles, Roger Federer still struck gold

By L. Jon Wertheim

Who Let the Dog Out?

After 19 years Mike and the Mad Dog split

By Kostya Kennedy

The Beat

By Arash Markazi

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Sarah Kwak

Faces in the Crowd

SI, July 7, 2008 Update

By Pablo S. Torre

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick


Such Sweet Relief

Forget the curses, the billy goats and the Bartmen—let's deal in the rational world: The Cubs are the most complete club in baseball, their mighty pen led by a nasty threesome that recalls the late-inning trio of Lou Piniella's last championship team

By Luke Winn

Whiff of Excellence

They might not be as mean as the Nasty Boys, but the Cubs' relief corps has the same ability to blow opponents away

By Nate Silver, Baseball Prospectus


A Jermaine Question

While the fast NBA company he used to keep goes for gold in Beijing, Jermaine O'Neal battles back from injuries. Can he recover enough to turn his new team, Toronto, into a contender?

By Ian Thomsen


Drawing the Line

Fed up with distractions and his players' frequent run-ins with the law, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis finally got mad—and is getting back to basics on the field

By Jim Trotter


Faster Than Fast

Usain Bolt won the 100 meters in world-record time with such ease that you have to wonder: How much lower than 9.69 can he go?

By Tim Layden

National Agony

China was stunned when an old injury flared up to keep its hero, Liu Xiang, from competing in the hurdles, on the same day the U.S. broke through with its first golds

By Tim Layden

We Are All Witnesses

Michael Phelps now belongs to history. For the rest of us the memories—and indelible images—of the Greatest Olympic Performance Ever won't be forgotten anytime soon

By Susan Casey

One for The Aged

She didn't strike gold, but 41-year-old Dara Torres made quite a splash at the Water Cube anyway, swimming the fastest times in her 24-year career while winning three silver medals for the U.S.

By Kelli Anderson

Prized Friendship

With their historic one-two finish in the all-around competition, Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson had the best showing ever by a pair of U.S. women gymnasts—and remained pals while doing it

By E.M. Swift

Play by The Rules

Frustrated in the past by the international rule book, the U.S. team, led by reserves Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, has shown the ability to adapt—and to dominate

By Alexander Wolff

Partying Like It's 1984

The U.S. outstroked three-time defending champion Romania to win its first women's eights gold since the Los Angeles Games

By Brian Cazeneuve

Men With the Golden Guns

Glenn Eller and Vincent Hancock had the Midas touch in leading U.S. marksmen to an impressive haul of six medals—and a windfall at home

By Brian Cazeneuve

London Calling

Great Britain is preparing to take the torch with a self-imposed mandate: Spend less, medal more and put together a Games that will leave a lasting mark

By Michael Farber

Point After

Eight Is Not Enough

By S.L. Price


Leading Off

A Small World after All

SI's underwater camera shows what .01 looks like

By Terry McDonell