Leading Off

July 17, 2006
July 17, 2006

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July 17, 2006

SI Players: Life On and Off the Field
2006 World Cup
  • In a mad, mad final match, Italy rode its stalwart defense to a fourth championship, while the greatest player of his generation left the field in infamy after a shocking moment of mindless rage

Pro Football

Leading Off

Blue Heaven
After Italy's fifth penalty kick clinched the nation's fourth World Cup title(page 48) in Berlin on Sunday, the celebration was on for (from left) LucaToni, Andrea Pirlo, Fabio Cannavaro and Gianluca Zambrotta. Their mad dashfollowed a moment of madness from French star Zinédine Zidane (inset), who wasejected for head-butting an Italian defender with the score tied 1-1 inovertime.

Rinse Cycles
Greeted by a French flag-waver who braved last Thursday's downpour, the Tour deFrance field pedaled between Beauvais and Caen in completing the race's fifthstage. At the end of the Tour's turbulent first week (page 20), Floyd Landis ofthe U.S. (inset) stood second overall, one minute behind Ukraine's SerhiyHonchar.

Out to Lunge
In charging to her first Wimbledon title, Amélie Mauresmo of France wentall-out to defeat Maria Sharapova in the semifinals at the All England Clublast Thursday. Mauresmo then beat Justine Henin-Hardenne 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 for hersecond major championship of the year, while Roger Federer (inset) needed foursets to defeat Rafael Nadal for his fourth Wimbledon crown (page 56).

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This is an article from the July 17, 2006 issue

PHOTOPhotograph by Simon BrutyPHOTOLARS BARON/BONGARTS/GETTY IMAGESTWO PHOTOSPhotographs by Alessandro Trovati/APTWO PHOTOSPhotographs by Bob Martin