JUNE 12, 2006
VOLUME 104, NO. 24
This is an article from the June 12, 2006 issue
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
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
52 ...... Captain Carolina
Workaholic center Rod Brind'Amour may be willing the Hurricanes to thetitle
by Yi-Wyn Yen
54 ...... Match Madness
A month of soccer will unite the planet in a passion that transcends allbarriers
by Grant Wahl
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
TIGER VERSUS PHIL
A PAIR OF HEAVYWEIGHTS WHO JUST DON'T LIKE EACH OTHER SQUARE OFF FOR GOLF'S TOPPRIZE
by Alan Shipnuck
10 Leading Off
19 Air andSpace
You don't know the seal dribble or the Cruyff turn? Get into the World Cup andbe dazzled
by Steve Rushin
• Did we go a bit nuts over Barbaro?
• Farewell, Steve Mizerak
30 Faces in theCrowd
78 Life ofReilly
It's a scandal: Trophy hunters have made Mount Everest a garbage-strewngraveyard
by Rick Reilly
• Injuries plague French Open
• Improved Wells powers Jays
• McMurray rises in Cup standings
PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN BIEVER
INSET PHOTOS: Robert Beck (2)
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"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.
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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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