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June 11, 2006

JUNE 12, 2006
VOLUME 104, NO. 24

FEATURES

NBA FINALS
40 ...... Leap Year
Miami's Dwyane Wade has made the big jump from breakout player of the 2005postseason to headliner of the '06 Finals
by Chris Ballard
•Scouting the Heat and Mavs, man by man
•Miami's big headache: Dirk Nowitzki

BASEBALL
46 ...... One-Pitch Wonder
Diamondbacks righty Brandon Webb started 8-0 and became a Cy Young candidatethanks to a devastating sinker
by Phil Taylor
•Clemens returns to Astros

STANLEY CUPFINALS
52 ...... Captain Carolina
Workaholic center Rod Brind'Amour may be willing the Hurricanes to thetitle
by Yi-Wyn Yen

WORLD CUP
54 ...... Match Madness
A month of soccer will unite the planet in a passion that transcends allbarriers
by Grant Wahl

PRO FOOTBALL
58 ...... Playing with Fire
Carolina's All-Pro wideout, Steve Smith, is trying hard to harness hisintensity
by Nunyo Demasio

THE 2006 U.S. OPENAT WINGED FOOT GOLF CLUB
GRUDGE MATCH
TIGER VERSUS PHIL
A PAIR OF HEAVYWEIGHTS WHO JUST DON'T LIKE EACH OTHER SQUARE OFF FOR GOLF'S TOPPRIZE
by Alan Shipnuck
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Departments

10 Leading Off

16 Letters

19 Air andSpace
You don't know the seal dribble or the Cruyff turn? Get into the World Cup andbe dazzled
by Steve Rushin

20 Scorecard
• Did we go a bit nuts over Barbaro?
• Farewell, Steve Mizerak

30 Faces in theCrowd

33 Players

78 Life ofReilly
It's a scandal: Trophy hunters have made Mount Everest a garbage-strewngraveyard
by Rick Reilly

Inside ...

73 Tennis
• Injuries plague French Open

74 Baseball
• Improved Wells powers Jays

76 MotorSports
• McMurray rises in Cup standings

Cover
PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN BIEVER
INSET PHOTOS: Robert Beck (2)

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>>STANLEYCUP
"The most fascinating subplot of the matchup between Carolina andEdmonton," writes SI.com's Allan Muir, is the battle between Eric Staal(left) and Chris Pronger. "The Carolina star has shown a combination ofgrit and skill that belies his young age, but he has yet to face a shutdownblueliner of Pronger's magnitude." Get Stanley Cup coverage atSI.com/nhl.

>>WORLDCUP
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>>NBAFINALS
In a series that many predict will go seven games, the deciding factor could bewhether Antoine Walker (right), a former All-Star who has accepted his new roleas the Heat's third scoring option, continues his fine play. For playoff newsgo to SI.com/nba.

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PHOTOEDDY RISCH/KEYSTONE/AP54 CHEERLEADERS It may be just a coincidence, but the team favored to win a recordsixth World Cup also has the world's best fans. PHOTOINSET: SIMON BRUTY (WOODS) PHOTOINSET: DAVID WALBERG (MICKELSON) PHOTOJIM ROGASH/WIREIMAGE.COM74 BIGRELIEF - Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon led the major leagues with a perfect20 saves in 20 opportunities through Sunday. PHOTOBILL WIPPERT PHOTOAL TIELEMANS PHOTOBOB ROSATO

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