JULY 4, 2005
VOLUME 103, NO. 1
This is an article from the July 4, 2005 issue
4 Leading Off
10 Catching Up With ...
15 Air and Space
Golf, driving and shrimp 'n' chips: 18 holes in six New England states in 16 hours by Steve Rushin
• Russia-China Olympic combine
• Golf's girls rock U.S. Open
• Soccer star next Liberian leader?
26 Faces in the Crowd
82 The Life of Reilly
Dirty pool: The Black Widow and I pull off a cool hustle by Rick Reilly
• Mayweather Jr. batters Gatti
• Hopkins-Taylor bout set for Vegas
• Blazing 400 times at nationals
• Barber wins 100, draws scrutiny
• Where's the next U.S. female star?
• Teen Braveheart: Andrew Murray
40 Give Him Respect
The Falcons' Michael Vick is still irked by critics who say he's not a real pro QB
by Michael Silver
46 Beltway Battle
The Nationals and Orioles fight for hearts and minds in baseball's new hotbed
by Daniel G. Habib
• Second-half questions
• SI's first-half awards
56 Local Heroes
San Antonio's beloved Spurs have won two titles in the last Are they a budding dynasty?
by Jack McCallum
COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
60 Made in Texas
The homegrown Longhorns used stellar pitching and timely hitting to win it all
by Albert Chen
SI's Fortunate 50
The Highest-Paid U.S. Athletes
Best-Compensated Women Most Charitable Sportsmen Future Zillionaires Richest Foreign Jocks
PHOTOGRAPHS BY ALLEN KEE/WIREIMAGE.COM (VICK); JOHN W. MCDONOUGH (SPURS)
INSET PHOTOS: Layne Murdoch/NBAE/Getty Images (Duncan); Damian Strohmeyer (College World Series)
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