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GOLF PLUS

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Brilliant Save

Even a week of rain, an uprising by the fans and a Monday finish couldn't disguise one simple fact—the USGA did a masterly job at Bethpage

By Michael Bamberger

One Good Call

On second thought, the USGA did the right thing

By John Garrity

Never-Ending Story

For Johnny & Co., the show went on, and on, and on

By John Garrity

Teeing Off

Snob Appeal

Bethpage smethpage—I'll take a tee time at an elite private club every time

By Evan Rothman

Double Up

By Dottie Pepper

LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

Woe Is Us, but ...

With a top-heavy, injury-depleted lineup, the Mets have been struggling—yet October is still within reach

By Ted Keith

Giant Need

By Joe Sheehan

SETH DAVIS'S Three-Pointer

By Seth Davis

Battle Tested

After a breakout sophomore season, guard Talor (Bubby) Battle aims to prove that Penn State is a hoops school too

By Luke Winn

Real Deals

The Islanders should draft bedrock prospect John Tavares, but other teams can improve by trading top talent

By Pierre McGuire

Heads, You Lose

By Sarah Kwak

U.S. OPEN

Cool Hand Lucas

Unruffled by rain delays, a soggy course, weird tee times and a half-dozen late challenges from big names and fellow no-names, soft-spoken Lucas Glover calmly won the U.S. Open

By Damon Hack

BASEBALL

Joe Mauer Will Serenely, Politely Crush You

The Odds Are Stacked against Him, but Here's Why the Twins Catcher's Pursuit of .400 Could Be Different: a Singular Swing that Brings Bat and Ball Together in Perfect Harmony

By Tom Verducci

It Takes More Than Just Skill

There's no doubt Joe Mauer has the talent to make a run at Ted Williams's mark, but will he be blessed with the necessary luck?

By Joe Sheehan

SOCCER

To Hell And Back

Against first-round competition even stiffer than they'll see at next year's World Cup, the U.S. men showed their worst side, then their best, in South Africa

By Grant Wahl

NASCAR

The Old Man And the Wheeee!

Read his face: Fussy Mark Martin is winning races, chasing the elusive Cup title, and—best of all—he's enjoying the ride

By Selena Roberts

THE WAY IT SHOULD BE

THE STORY OF AN ATHLETE'S SINGULAR GESTURE CONTINUES TO INSPIRE. CAREFUL, THOUGH, IT WILL MAKE YOU CRY

By Thomas Lake

Point After

Somewhere, It's Lima Time

By Phil Taylor

Departments

Letters

Water, Water, Everywhere

Had it with soaked greens and eternal games? Blame it on the rain

By Richard Hoffer

Who's Hot Who's Not

Good Answer

An Iowa high schooler follows his best friend's perfect game with a no-no

By Joe Lemire

For the Record

Too Hard on Himself

Rafael Nadal's physically taxing style of play is starting to catch up with him

By L. Jon Wertheim

Crazed and Enthused

Richard Linklater profiles Texas' energetic baseball coach

By Mark Bechtel

Gameplan

What smart fans should do this week

Shia LaBeouf

He stars in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, opening on June 24

As told to Sarah Kwak

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick

Faces in the Crowd

Steel City Stalwart

By Sachin Shenolikar

The Vault

Things I Think I Think

SI's fearless NFL expert opines on all the latest news, buzz and inside information. This is just a taste of what you'll get in King's Monday Morning Quarterback.

By Peter King