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GOLF PLUS

He's Back!

His six-month suspension over, a seemingly focused John Daly returns to the PGA Tour next week

By Damon Hack

Teeing Off

Beating It

A fellow pro tells Phil and Amy what to expect in their breast-cancer battle

By Dave Stockton

Good Seein' Ian

By Dottie Pepper

LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

Exit the King

Four-time champion Rafael Nadal tumbled out of the French Open, clearing a path for his archrival, Roger Federer

By S.L. Price

The Boring 500

The Car of Tomorrow has sapped the speed and daring from racing. Here's how to bring back the excitement

By Lars Anderson

Here's Jimmie

By Mark Beech

Lapping the Field

Two corner infielders are the franchise cornerstones of choice in SI's annual executive and scout poll

By Jon Heyman

NBA FINALS PREVIEW

MAGIC SHOW

They've reached the Finals by making the defending NBA champs and the team with the league's best record (and MVP) disappear. Now, for the shocking big finish, can Dwight Howard and improbable Orlando vanquish Kobe's Lakers?

By Ian Thomsen

The Lakers' Edge

In one expert's view, Los Angeles's deep and rangy frontcourt will prove to be the difference

WNBA PREVIEW

Happy in Her World

Confident and relaxed heading into her second comeback as a pro, Chamique Holdsclaw opens up on her battle with depression and says, at 31, she feels like a rookie again

By Kelli Anderson

SI Forecast

A dispersal draft and fewer roster spots boosted competition. Here's how the teams will finish

By Andrew Lawrence

STANLEY CUP FINALS

Containing Crosby

The Red Wings assigned him a personal escort on the ice and draped him with top defenders. Stopping Sid the Kid was the strategy for bringing the silver chalice back to Detroit

By Michael Farber

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

I Want My Body Back

What happens to the biggest men on campus when their playing days end? Former Oregon linemen Jeff Kendall and Cole Linehan couldn't stomach being heavy off the field, so they gave up junk food and got serious about getting healthy

By George Dohrmann

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

Baseball's LeBron

His name is Bryce Harper. You don't know him, but every big league scouting director does. He hits the ball a desert mile, clocks 96 on the gun, and he's only 16, more advanced than A-Rod and Junior were at the same age. And his ambition is as great as his talent.

By Tom Verducci

Point After

A Walk In the Dark

By Phil Taylor

Departments

Letters

Masthead

A Tune-up For Earnhardt

Dale Jr. got a new crew chief, but was that his problem?

By Stephen Cannella

Who's Hot Who's Not

Gay Old Time

After a disastrous showing in Beijing, a former sprint champ returns to form

By Brian Cazeneuve

For the Record

Happy Returns

Revisiting a Wimbledon instant classic

By Kostya Kennedy

Longhorn's Long Night

A Texas senior holds BC hitless for 12 1/3 innings—in relief

Star-Mangled Banner

When pregame anthems go bad

Gameplan

What smart fans should do this week

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick

Faces in the Crowd

The Vault

Things I Think I Think

By Peter King