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July 15, 2007

FEATURES

SOCCER
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

GOLF
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

BASEBALL
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

TENNIS
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

JERRY JONES

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
P. 64
The King of Texas

Departments

8 Leading Off

16 Letters

18 Players
• 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

Inside ...

79 NASCAR
• 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

Cover
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FEATURED COLUMNS

JON HEYMAN

> Damaged Goods?
Jose Contreras's trade value is compromised by low radar gun readings. Some competing execs are wondering how healthy the White Sox righty is.
> Read more of this column at SI.com/heyman.

CORY MCCARTNEY

> Devine Intervention
This is the story of West Virginia running back Noel Devine, a spectacular talent who is no stranger to heartbreak and tragedy.
> Read more of this column at SI.com/mccartney.

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PHOTOLUIS LOPEZ/CAL SPORTS MEDIA (WILLITS)52 SMALL CHANGE Pesky hitters like rookie Reggie Willits have turned the Angels into a team to be reckoned with, despite their lack of power. PHOTODARREN CARROLL (JONES) PHOTOJAE C. HONG/AP (ODEN) PHOTOMEL LEVINE (HEYMAN) PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (CONTRERAS) PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (SHEFFIELD) PHOTOKINFAY MOROTI/THE NEWS-PRESS (DEVINE) PHOTOROBERT BECK (FISHER) PHOTOJERSEY NUMBER: JOHN BIEVER PHOTOMONTAGEJERSEY NUMBER: VERNON BIEVER/WIREIMAGE.COM; AP PHOTO

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