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
  • 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."


Leading Off

Czeching In

This is an article from the June 19, 2006 issue

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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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