Leading Off

June 12, 2006
June 12, 2006

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June 12, 2006

SI Players: Life On and Off the Field

Leading Off

No, Wie Can't

This is an article from the June 12, 2006 issue Original Layout

Attempting tobecome the first woman to play in the men's U.S. Open, 16-year-old Michelle Wieattracted an unusually large gallery for sectional qualifying on Monday inSummit, N.J.--not to mention enormous interest in her hole-by-hole score on theInternet. She chipped in from 60 feet on the last hole of the first round(inset) for a two-under-par 68 at Canoe Brook Country Club, but three straightbogeys on the back nine of the second round ended her bid. Wie's one-over-partotal of 143 left her six shots shy of gaining one of 18 spots in the field atWinged Foot later this month.

Ben OverBackward

Pistons center BenWallace, normally a defensive force, was leveled on a Game 2 drive by Heatguard Dwyane Wade (page 40) during the Eastern Conference finals. Miami won theseries in six games and will meet the Mavericks, with high-scoring forward DirkNowitzki (inset). Dallas won the West, defeating the Suns four games totwo.

On SecondThought

Four days aftercoming out of retirement to sign a $12.6 million deal with the Astros for thebalance of the season, seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens worked out lastSaturday at Applebee's Park, in Lexington, Ky., home of the Class A Legends(page 46). The Rocket hummed some low-90s fastballs, then iced his right arm(inset) in preparation for three planned minor league starts before his returnto Houston.

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