The Lineup

June 12, 2005

NBA FINALS

46 Off to the Races

To beat the Spurs, Detroit has to handle the headlong assaults of Manu Ginobili

by Jack McCallum

TRIBUTE

52 The Original Big Man

George Mikan (1924--2005) arrived at the time when pro basketball needed him most

by Jack McCallum

FRENCH OPEN

54 Roger vs. Rafael

Rafael Nadal won his first major and confirmed his rivalry with Roger Federer

by L. Jon Wertheim

BASEBALL

58 Not So Bitter Now

Sammy Sosa, in Baltimore, is ready to leave the past behind--well, almost

by Tom Verducci

66 BASKETBALL

THE

OTHER

GAME

THE AND1 TROUPE AND ITS VIDEOS HAVE SPREAD HIP-HOP HOOPS FAR AND WIDE

Departments

8 Leading Off

16 Catching Up With ...

21 Letters

23 Air and Space

Tear someone's head off and rub his face in the dirt: the genteel pleasures of rugby by Steve Rushin

24 Scorecard

• Tape brings 49ers to new low

• Drew Carey, soccer photographer

• Farewell Hy Peskin, Herb Wind

37 Faces in the Crowd

39 Players

88 The Life of Reilly

Meet Zakki Strunk, 11, a baseball player whose disease-ravaged heart is still pure by Rick Reilly

Inside ...

82 Soccer

• Donovan shines for U.S. team

83 Track

• Williams proves she's sprint queen

85 Baseball

• Giants foundering without Bonds

Cover

PHOTOGRAPHS BY

MICHAEL J. LEBRECHT II/1DEUCE3 PHOTOGRAPHY

BACKGROUND: Peter Gregoire; INSET: Chuck Solomon

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COLOR PHOTODAMIAN STROHMEYER (SOSA) WHAT MAKES SAMMY RUN? Being an Oriole has revived ex-Cub Sammy Sosa (page 58). THREE COLOR PHOTOSMICHAEL J. LEBRECHT II/1DEUCE3 PHOTOGRAPHY (3)  From the top: Spyda, Helicopter, AO

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