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AUGUST 14,2006
VOLUME 105, NO. 6

This is an article from the Aug. 14, 2006 issue

FEATURES

BASEBALL

42 GrimePays
Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is putting up filthy numbers, proving thathe's more than just another pretty face in a dirty uniform
by Michael Farber

OLYMPICSPORTS

50 TalentPool
Led by 17-year-old Katie Hoff, a new wave of U.S. women made a splash at thenationals and are ready to regain their No. 1 ranking in the world
by Kelli Anderson

BASKETBALL

54 Bleu, Blanc,Rouge!
Led by longtime pals Boris Diaw and Tony Parker, a young and colorful Frenchteam could deliver a surprise at next week's world championships
by Alan Shipnuck

Training CampReport
Jobs will be won or lost, careers made or broken. It's the nature of theNFL
by Peter King PAGE 58

Departments

6 Leading Off

12 Letters

15 Air andSpace

Want to be an NFLplayer? This is even better: watching one practice in the broiling sun by SteveRushin

16Scorecard
• More hypocrisy in the NCAA
• Remembering Susan Butcher
• A tribute: Tiger reaches 50 wins

28 Faces in theCrowd

31 Players

82 Life of Reilly
After an intentional walk in a PONY league title game, the Utah town ofBountiful is Rancorful by Rick Reilly

Inside ...

74 MotorSports
• Jimmie Johnson conquers Indy
• The roiling Stewart-Edwards feud

77 Baseball

• Mike Piazzagets his second wind
• The Red Sox' backstop quandary

Cover

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INSET PHOTOS:Damien Strohmeyer (Gramatica); John Biever (Pool); Todd Bigelow/Aurora (Bell);Darren Carroll (Babin); John Iacono (Carter); Al Tielemans (Utley)

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