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'89 WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Monica Seles

MONICA SELES

RETURN GAME She burst onto the scene two decades ago, came to dominate women's tennis—and then traveled a rocky road to self-discovery

By L. Jon Wertheim

FIELD OF DREAMS

YOO-HOO VOODOO Some didn't get it, but for those who believe in the magic of baseball, this paean to the national pastime went straight to the heart

By Tom Verducci

VLADIMIR KONSTANTINOV

SHADOW WARRIOR One of the pioneering Russians in the NHL, he became a Stanley Cup hero in Detroit before tragedy altered his life's path

By Michael Farber

DAVE DRAVECKY

By Joe Lemire

LANNY McDONALD

By Michael Farber

MICHAEL CARTER

By Joe Lemire

GOLF PLUS

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Rating a Revival

The golfing public's view of David Duval has changed the second time around

By Michael Bamberger

Teeing Off

Bag-Dad Diary

A golf writer's son makes his PGA Tour debut, with Pop as his looper

By Gary Van Sickle

Open Octet

By Dottie Pepper

LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

WIMBLEDON

Order in the Court

In another epic Wimbledon final, Roger Federer outlasted Andy Roddick to win a record-setting 15th Grand Slam singles title and reestablish himself as the undisputed king of men's tennis

By L. Jon Wertheim

BASEBALL

A Midsummer Night's Conversation With Bill James about ... Maybe, Just Maybe, The Most Perfect Player Who Ever Did Live

On the eve of the 2009 All-Star Game in the home city of Albert Pujols, the oracle of statistical analysis considers the St. Louis slugger's place in history

By Joe Posnanski

PRO FOOTBALL

What's Next for Michael Vick?

The disgraced quarterback has already paid a greater price for his crime than most wayward athletes. The punishment doesn't necessarily end with his federal sentence, however. The NFL commissioner and the public still sit in judgment

By L. Jon Wertheim

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

'59 WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

THE AFL

GAME CHANGERS Fifty years ago a group of would-be owners who couldn't get into the NFL launched a rival league that would transform the way pro football is played—and contribute mightily to its rise as the nation's most popular sport

By Peter King

'69 WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

MIRACLE METS

SOUL OF THE CITY In a year of turmoil, good news came out of the Big Apple, where the '69 Series champs surprised the world and became heroes forever

By Michael Bamberger

Leader of the Pack

The only man to win the Indy 500, the Daytona 500 and an F/1 title remains rooted in racing as patriarch of open wheel's first family

By Richard O'Brien

ROD LAVER

By Elizabeth McGarr

GAYLORD PERRY

By Elizabeth McGarr

KATHY WHITWORTH

By Elizabeth McGarr

HORNS VS. HOGS

By Elizabeth McGarr

'79 WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

EARL WEAVER

A MIND FOR THE GAME Before laptops, spreadsheets and VORP, the wizard of Baltimore was winning pennants by following his own internal baseball calculus

By Tom Verducci

MEL BLOUNT

STEEL RESOLVE Pittsburgh's hard-hitting Hall of Fame corner uses his ample powers of persuasion to set wayward youth on the right path

By L. Jon Wertheim

KENT TEKULVE

The bespectacled submariner of the '79 Series remains a man of the people in Pittsburgh

By Pablo S. Torre

OMAR MORENO

The swift centerfielder with the whistle-tooting wife is a figure to be reckoned with in his native Panama

By Pablo S. Torre

THE 'BAMA DEFENSE

IMMOVABLE FORCE The men of the Sugar Bowl goal line stand are immortalized in Crimson Tide lore—and in Alabama's most beloved work of art

By Lars Anderson

VITO ANTUOFERMO

By Pablo S. Torre

'99 WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

BRANDI CHASTAIN

BRAVISSIMA! A decade after one of the most memorable victory celebrations in sports history, she's still letting it all hang out on the pitch

By Kelli Anderson

AKILI SMITH

By Adam Duerson

JONATHAN BENDER

By Adam Duerson

KHALID EL-AMIN

By Adam Duerson

'09 WHERE WILL THEY BE?

WHERE WILL THEY BE?

These 14 teens have already found their places in the sun. Watch over the next few years to see how far their dreams will carry them—to college stardom, professional titles or Olympic gold

By Text by Sarah Kwak

Point After

Lance's Mixed Message

By Selena Roberts

Departments

Letters

Continental Divide

Why cycling is viewed so differently across the pond

By Alexander Wolff

Who's Hot Who's Not

Alexis Arguello 1952--2009

For the Record

Steve McNair 1973--2009

Indomitable on the field, the former Pro Bowl quarterback met a violent end

By S.L. Price

Speed Kings

Who belongs in NASCAR's Hall of Fame

By Mark Bechtel

Mechanical Engineer

A struggling ace gets help from an unlikely source

By Lee Jenkins

Gameplan

What smart fans should do this week

Faces in the Crowd

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick

SI.COM

Daily Scoop

SI's prolific baseball expert presents his 2009 midseason awards. This is just a taste of what you'll get online.

By Jon Heyman