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August 31, 2009 Table Of Contents

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Great Leap Forward

Sparked by surprisingly spirited captain's pick Michelle Wie, a young and feisty U.S. team used a familiar game plan—step on their necks in singles—to swamp the Europeans and win a pulsating Solheim Cup

By Alan Shipnuck

Teeing Off

Now Is Zen

Y.E. Yang's PGA win could be a transcendent moment for the game

By Jeff Silverman


By Dottie Pepper




Sam's Club

Backed by the sport's loudest cheering section, Sam Querrey was the hottest player on the hardcourt circuit

By L. Jon Wertheim

Fast Company

With an experienced defense led by cat-quick linebacker Greg Jones, Michigan State is a Big Ten dark horse

By Mark Beech

Higher Callings

Whether it's because of doings on the field or off, these players should be climbing your draft board

By David Sabino

Smart Moves

Three years after a leap to Team Red Bull, brainy Brian Vickers is competing for a postseason slot

By Lars Anderson

Blue-Sky Finish

After changing coaches twice and barely making the playoffs, Sky Blue FC won WPS's first championship

By Kelli Anderson


Bolt Strikes Twice

As stunning as his performance was in Beijing, Usain Bolt topped it at the world championships in Berlin by crushing his records in the 100 and 200 meters and stretching the boundaries of possibility in his sport

By Tim Layden


Who's Bringing The Fear This Fall

The prodigiously fearsome tandem of Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum, for starters, plus a half-dozen others—some old, some baby-faced new—who could be the tissue-thin difference between playing in October and going home

By Tom Verducci

No Fear Factor

Feeling the heat? These six players are being counted on to bring it as the season enters its final month

By Albert Chen


New York Casting Call Lead Receiver

The Giants are auditioning all their young wideouts and hoping that one of them—Steve Smith—can replace Plaxico Burress as Eli Manning's go-to guy

By Damon Hack

Stars for Hire

Four longtime standouts are drawing little to no interest around the league

By Jim Trotter

Point After

Defying Death Valley

By Chris Ballard



Old-school Beatdown

The once-bad Raiders have become an NFL punch line

By Richard Hoffer

Who's Hot Who's Not

Escape Artist

Once again, John Calipari leaves a job just before sanctions come down

For the Record

Minnesota Wildness

Look who's in the middle of a fierce battle at quarterback

By Bill Syken

Comeback and Flashback


What smart fans should do this week

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick

Faces in the Crowd

Skating Faster

By Rebecca Sun

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 online.

By Peter King