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July 03, 2006
July 03, 2006

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July 3, 2006

SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
Football
2006 World Cup
Baseball
FIRST-HALF AWARDS
Cycling
2006 NASCAR Midseason Report
Where Are They Now?
Inside
From the Editor
Departments

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JULY 3-JULY 10,2006
VOLUME 105, NO. 1

This is an article from the July 3, 2006 issue

FOOTBALL
38 The Time Is Right
Coach Nick Saban's overhaul of the Dolphins is ahead of schedule
by Tim Layden

WORLD CUP
44 Bye to All That
The U.S. is gone, but the tourney rolls on--and it just gets better fromhere
by Mark Bechtel and Grant Wahl

BASEBALL
48 Year of the Rookie
First-year players are the X-factor
• My All-Star team, 2006 by Tom Verducci

CYCLING
60 'Tude on Wheels
Floyd Landis rides into the Tour de France finally free of Lance
by Austin Murphy

2006 NASCARMIDSEASON REPORT

66 The Big 3
There's a lot of racing left, but it'll be hard to get past Tony Stewart, MattKenseth and Jimmie Johnson, a trio that defines excellence at the Cuplevel
by Lars Anderson

• EARLY SPARKS Anod to some of the magic moments of the season
• LATE RUNS Who will qualify for the Chase? SI breaks down the field

Departments

8 Leading Off

18 Letters

23 Air andSpace
A new bill of rites: O Canada and milk baths for all
by Steve Rushin

26 Scorecard

• A pitcher'sbeanball quandary
• Andre Agassi plans his exit

36 Faces in theCrowd

150 Life ofReilly
Ah, to fill a Beerbelly, pour a cold one and save a fortune
by Rick Reilly

Inside ...

143 The NBA
• A most anomalous champion

146 Baseball
• Oregon State wins the CWS

148 OlympicSports
• Marion Jones makes her move

Where Are TheyNow?
Once their playing days are over, your heroes can turn up anywhere PAGE 83

LawrenceTaylor
From terrorizing QBs to stalking birdies
by Michael Bamberger P. 84

Greg Norman
The Shark has built a $300 million empire
by Austin Murphy P. 90

RogerClemens
The day the Rocket whiffed a record 20
by Leigh Montville P. 94

San FranciscoDons
How Bill Russell & Co. changed the game
by Kelli Anderson P. 98

Cover Foils
Making SI's cover isn't always a happy occasion
by Franz Lidz P. 102

Don Larsen
Recalling his perfect World Series game
by Phil Taylor P. 106

Chris Evert
How she's raising three testosterone-laden boys
by L. Jon Wertheim P. 112

Carl Lewis
The track-and-field star has found his second act
by Tim Layden P. 116

Lost &Found
Former stars, at work in new careers or chasing their dreams
P. 120

Where Will TheyBe?
A close look at seven promising teens in seven sports
P. 130

To OurReaders
Please note that this is a double issue. The next SI will be dated July 17. Forbreaking news and scores, go to SI.com, where coverage of baseball, Wimbledon,the World Cup and the Tour de France continues.

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INSET PHOTO: Simon Bruty (car)

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