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As Time Goes By

By Terry McDonell



The sudden rise of rookies Bryce Harper and Mike Trout characterize a season dominated by the new

By Tom Verducci

Blues Brothers

Considered title contenders, both Detroit and Philadelphia are below .500. Which is more likely to turn around its season?

By Joe Sheehan

Dueling Rookies

By Albert Chen

What's Wrong With ...

Several in-their-prime stars have curiously struggled through the season's first half, but three have had a particularly rough go of it. SI asked three anonymous pro scouts to diagnose what has ailed these players and to offer a prognosis

By Ben Reiter

Red All Over, Again

A transcendent 4--0 victory over Italy in the Euro 2012 final stamped La Roja as the most accomplished side in history

By Grant Wahl

The Older the Better

Brian Baker's run in the first week of Wimbledon was just one example of a big trend in men's tennis: Age is actually in a player's favor

By S.L. Price

Throwing Names Around

Anthony Davis, whose defense has been compared to Bill Russell's, entered last Thursday's draft as the Franchise Player, a title that was reaffirmed when the Hornets chose the willowy 6'10" forward from Kentucky with the first pick. What tags are other prospects wearing?

By Chris Mannix

Man on the Move

Former Cup champ Matt Kenseth hasn't lost a step, so why is he walking away from his longtime team?

By Lars Anderson

Tracking Down Some Answers

With nine races to go before the start of the Chase, racing's hottest issues are coming into focus

By Lars Anderson

British Translation

Tiger Woods again showed that he's good enough to win PGA Tour events, but how will he hold up at quirky Royal Lytham?

By Alan Shipnuck

Minor Keys

By Jim Gorant


Why Don't More Athletes Take a Stand?

By Gary Smith

Where Are They Now?

13TH ANNUAL Where Are They Now?

Life's Roses (and Sausages)

He was the most punishing runner of his generation. But there was a price to pay, addiction to overcome, a child's illness to face down. Yeah, the Tyler Rose has seen a thing or two

By Lee Jenkins

Deepness in Seattle

Before the Thunder there was Reign Man and his Sonics. Shawn Kemp's NBA career was clouded—but a return to Seattle, believe it or not, brightened things up

By L. Jon Wertheim

Worshipping at the Church of Baseball

By Chris Nashawaty

The Perfect Game

In his first big league outing, John Paciorek had three hits, two walks, four runs scored and three RBIs. He never played in the majors again

By Ted Keith

Eric McCoo

The former Penn State rushing star is still playing football—sort of—eight years after his only appearance in an NFL game

By Matt Gagne

Ray LeBlanc

Team USA's star goalie in the 1992 Olympics summoned a near shutout in his one game in the NHL, then disappeared into the minors

By Matt Gagne

Tommy Kearns

Though he played in only one NBA game, the former NCAA title-winning point guard has had a rich postbasketball life

By Matt Gagne

The Strength To Carry On

From the depths of loss and horror in a Nazi death camp, Ben Helfgott made himself into an Olympian and helped lift his fellow survivors to lives of meaning and connection

By David Epstein

Flying with Ease

The four-time Olympic gold medalist is soaring even higher now that he's put some troubles behind him and taken up a new hobby: the trapeze

By Rebecca Shore

Hockey's Minus Man

Bill Mikkelson's brief NHL career left him with one of the sport's worst stat lines—but the numbers don't begin to take the full measure of the man

By Michael Farber

Johnny Newman

A shaper of Hall of Famers and a victim of circumstance—basketball's statistical "biggest loser" is anything but that today

By Stephanie Apstein

Anthony Young

For one successful team of baseball-playing Texas teens, the guy carrying the clipboard sure knows a lot about losing

By Dan Greene

Chris Dudley

The former NBA center set a record for futility from the charity stripe, but he's since made a greater mark with his charity work

By Stephanie Apstein

Still Swinging Away

Reggie Jackson is 66 now, possessed of the sort of serenity and humility he never seemed to have as a player. But in many ways Mr. October remains the straw that stirs the drink

By Phil Taylor

Future Game Changers

Call it Where Are They Now: The Prequel, in which SI travels 10 years into the future and looks back at how the stars of tomorrow got their start today. Dizzying, to be sure, but so is the potential of the eight teenagers-to-watch profiled on these pages. Read on, and someday soon you will be able to say that you knew them when.

By Alexandra Fenwick

Where Have I Been?

He's written 23 books, hosted a TV show and been mistaken for the Mick. But, as always, it's best to let the former SI writer (and current contributor) tell the story himself



Ah, Yes, I Remember It Well

By Phil Taylor



This Changes Everything

The powers that be in college football finally agreed on a framework for a playoff, and—thankfully—the game may never be the same

By Michael Rosenberg



State of Disgrace

Leaked e-mails suggest it's time to rethink Joe Paterno's role in the Sandusky scandal

By George Dohrmann

Fun and Games

A piercing mockumentary makes a five-ring circus of Olympic organizing efforts

By Ben Reiter


By Dan Patrick


Edited by Alexandra Fenwick