The Lineup

July 03, 2005

JULY 4, 2005
VOLUME 103, NO. 1

Departments

4 Leading Off

10 Catching Up With ...

13 Letters

15 Air and Space

Golf, driving and shrimp 'n' chips: 18 holes in six New England states in 16 hours by Steve Rushin

16 Scorecard

• Russia-China Olympic combine
• Golf's girls rock U.S. Open
• Soccer star next Liberian leader?

26 Faces in the Crowd

31 Players

82 The Life of Reilly
Dirty pool: The Black Widow and I pull off a cool hustle by Rick Reilly

Inside ...

74 Boxing
• Mayweather Jr. batters Gatti
• Hopkins-Taylor bout set for Vegas

75 Track
• Blazing 400 times at nationals
• Barber wins 100, draws scrutiny

77 Tennis
• Where's the next U.S. female star?
• Teen Braveheart: Andrew Murray

PRO FOOTBALL

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

MIDSEASON REPORT

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

PRO BASKETBALL

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

PLUS:

Best-Compensated Women Most Charitable Sportsmen Future Zillionaires Richest Foreign Jocks
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Cover

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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COLOR PHOTOGREG NELSON PARKER, DRIVERSpurs point guard Tony Parker dribbled past Detroit's Rip Hamilton in Game 6 of the NBA finals (page 56).

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