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Leading Off

June 19, 2006
June 19, 2006

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June 19, 2006

SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
SI Players: Life On and Off the Field
Features
Features
  • Two games into the Finals there was a hole in the middle of the Heat offense where Shaq usually reigns supreme. The Mavericks used all their 7-footers to gang up on the Diesel and shut him down

Life of Reilly
  • English fans sing to their star, "There'sonly one Michael Owen." After a fellow Brit was rumored to be schizophrenic, opposing fans chanted, "There's only two Andy Gorams."

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Jan Koller (belowleft, in white) beat two U.S. defenders to a high pass and headed the ball by adiving Kasey Keller to put the Americans in a hole only five minutes into theirWorld Cup opener on Monday in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Tomas Rosicky (inset)added two more goals, giving the Czech Republic a 3-0 victory in a Group Ematch (page 48).

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Diop-portunity

While (from left)Shaquille O'Neal, Josh Howard and Udonis Haslem held their collective breath,DeSagana Diop of the Mavericks tapped in a rebound-but was called forgoaltending-in Game 1 of the NBA Finals last Thursday in Dallas. It was theclosest Diop came to scoring a basket in the first two games of the series, butit didn't matter because the Mavs manhandled Shaq and the Heat to win twice(page 60).

French Toast

Under a scorchingsun Rafael Nadal wound up for a forehand during his 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 win overRoger Federer in the final of the French Open on Sunday in Paris (page 56). Itwas Nadal's second straight title at Roland Garros, a feat matched by JustineHenin-Hardenne (inset), who beat Svetlana Kuznetsova in the women's final.

 

PHOTOBOB MARTINPHOTOPhotograph by Simon BrutyPHOTOPhotograph by John W. McDonoughTWO PHOTOSPhotographs by Bob Martin