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June 25, 2007
June 25, 2007

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June 25, 2007

SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
Pro Basketball
GOLF
BASEBALL
TENNIS
Jason Taylor

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This is an article from the June 25, 2007 issue

PRO BASKETBALL

46 Super Model
They may not be captivating, but with four titles in nine years the Spurs have a blueprint for success that's the envy of professional sports
By Jack McCallum

GOLF
54 Grand Opening
Unheralded Angel Cabrera won the U.S. Open with a rock-solid final round, but only after Tiger Woods made some puzzling miscues
By Alan Shipnuck

BASEBALL
60 Concede Nothing
While age and a dip in velocity conspire against the newest, oldest Yankee, Roger Clemens remains as hardheaded as ever
By Tom Verducci

TENNIS
64 The Atlas of Britain
As Wimbledon approaches, Scotland's rapidly improving Andy Murray, like Tim Henman before him, bears the hopes of an entire kingdom on his slight shoulders
By L. Jon Wertheim

JASON TAYLOR

Blitzing Hollywood

The outspoken Dolphins defensive end with leading-man looks continues his pursuit of perfection, working to become a star off the field as well
By Michael Silver • Page 68

Departments

8 Leading Off

18 Letters

24 Players
> First Person: Venus Williams
> The blogger as sports journalist
> Farewell to Bob Barker
> Introducing Bobby Buckner
> Accommodating A's roomies
> An actor's many athletic roles

38 Faces in the Crowd

88 Life of Reilly
Think you've cured your slice? You'd be wise not to let the golf gods hear about it
By Rick Reilly

Inside ...

84 NASCAR
> DEI revs up under a new Junior
> Lewis Hamilton roars on in F/1

86 Baseball
> Who's the best building block?
> Why G.M.'s prefer Jose Reyes

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INSET PHOTOS: Robert Seale (Taylor); Ray Stubblebine/Reuters (Clemens); Simon Bruty (Cabrera)

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FEATURED COLUMNS

PETER KING

> Remember This Titan
Vince Young, No. 7 in my 2007 Quarterback Ratings, is the most feared young player in football right now—including Reggie Bush.
> Read more of this column at SI.com/king.

AUSTIN MURPHY

> Straight Dope
When asked in an exclusive interview with SI whether he was clean when he won all seven of his Tour de Frances, Lance Armstrong said, "Absolutely."
> Read more of this column at SI.com/murphy.

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PHOTORAY STUBBLEBINE/REUTERS (CLEMENS)60 STILL FIERY AT 44 Roger Clemens has given the Yankees two quality starts by doing what he's always done: refusing to give in to hitters.PHOTOROBERT SEALE (TAYLOR)PHOTOAL TIELEMANS (CABRERA)PHOTOMEL LEVINE (KING)PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (YOUNG)PHOTOPHIL MCCRATEN/REUTERS (ARMSTRONG)PHOTOBOB ROSATO (JAMES)PHOTOLARRY GOREN/ICON SMI (KOTCHMAN)TWO PHOTOS