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).
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.