40 Beckham in America
The English superstar is bent on lifting the sport's profile in the U.S. while blending in with his Galaxy mates
By Grant Wahl
48 Host with the Most
Tiger Woods showed he knows how to throw a party, drawing a strong field while celebrating America's birthday
By John Garrity
52 Party's Just Starting
Shrewd management and promising young talent make the Angels SI's pick to win it all. Plus, first-half awards
By Tom Verducci
60 Venus Almighty
Redeeming the wettest Wimbledon ever, Venus Williams won her fourth title and Roger Federer his record-tying fifth
By L. Jon Wertheim
The Cowboys' owner is spending a billion dollars on a new stadium—a lasting symbol of his reign over the NFL's marquee franchise
By Richard Hoffer
The King of Texas
8 Leading Off
• First Person: Wladimir Klitschko
• The sinking value of home run balls
• Freddy Adu stars in the U-20s
• A goodbye to NFL Europa
• Pitchers who excel after the break
• Elton Brand on the Rescue Dawn set
• Questioning Joey Chestnut
39 Faces in the Crowd
84 Life of Reilly
A Yankees fan gets a special first—and perhaps last—look at the Stadium, thanks to his best friend by Rick Reilly
• Clint Bowyer buoys Childress Racing
• Dale Jr. is no Kyle Busch
80 The NHL
• Front-loaded deals: a rich team's edge
• The Canadiens come up empty—again
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