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August 3, 2009 Table Of Contents

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Stacked Deck

Matt Holliday won't make Albert Pujols a better hitter, but he does make the Cards the NL Central favorite

By Joe Sheehan

World Class

At the competitive USA Basketball tryouts, Kevin Durant showed the stuff that Dream Teams are made of

By Chris Mannix

The Old Guard

She was happy to be a part-timer in Indiana, but now Tully Bevilaqua, 37, is leading the league's top team

By Andrew Lawrence

Keeping Cool

After a penalty, Juan Pablo Montoya lost the race at Indy but not the poise that has made him a contender

By Lars Anderson


Miracle On The South Side

On an afternoon when everything could've—maybe should've—gone wrong, everything went perfectly right. Here's why Mark Buehrle's masterpiece goes down as this season's coolest moment

By Lee Jenkins

So Close, Yet ...

Done in by only the tiniest of imperfections, these men fell just short of the ultimate

By Joe Lemire


The Old Man And the Mountain

Alberto Contador won his second Tour, but on a thrilling final Saturday, Lance Armstrong held his own on Mont Ventoux and confirmed that, at 37, he's back in gear

By Austin Murphy


You've Got (Too Much) Mail

In the age of Facebook, Twitter and texting, top prospect Roberto Nelson was still courted through thousands of postal deliveries from college coaches. Is the annual flood of letters effective—or a waste of paper?

By George Dohrmann


The Transformative Power of Tony Gonzalez

Is he the best tight end ever? That's up for debate. What isn't in question is his determination to help turn the upstart Falcons into Super Bowl contenders

By Austin Murphy


One World, One Dream One Year Later

By many measures the 2008 Olympics were a smashing success, but for the people of Beijing, the Games have left a mixed legacy

By Michael Meyer

Point After

The Legacy of Korey Stringer

By Selena Roberts



The Show Goes On

Run out of Dallas, T.O. may finally have found the perfect stage for his act: Buffalo

By Damon Hack

Who's Hot Who's Not

Thinking Small

The UFL isn't going overboard in a bid to make a lasting place for itself

By Jordan Conn

For the Record

Dancing in the Dark

A midnight carnival highlights a busy week of Yankees charity efforts

By Joe Lemire

Opening Jitters


What smart fans should do this week

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick

Faces in the Crowd

Coasting To Victory

A big win for the first family of Soap Box

By Rebecca Shore

The Vault

Things I Think I Think

SI's fearless NFL expert opines on all the latest news, buzz and inside information. This is a taste of what you'll get online.

By Peter King