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July 29, 2007

FEATURES

SPORTS CRISES

34 Disaster in Threes
Game-fixing, dogfighting ... and Barry Bonds. How will commissioners cope?
By Jack McCallum

GOLF

40 Agony and Ecstasy
Padraig Harrington skirted disaster at Carnoustie to win the British Open
By Michael Bamberger

BASEBALL

44 It's Gonna Happen
No, it's not a prediction that the Cubs will win it all. But they believe they can
By Michael Farber

TOUR DE FRANCE

48 Uphill Climb
Despite isolated doping allegations, riders might be cleaning up their acts
By Austin Murphy

TOUGH STUFF

THE BIG HIT

Players live for it, fans love it, the media celebrate it—and all bemoan its devastating consequences. The brutal collision is football's lifeblood, and a huge concern for the NFL
by Tim Layden • p. 52

Departments

6 Leading Off

12 Letters

15 Players
• Athletes polish their stand-up acts
• First Person: Carlos Lee
• The U.S. mile mark shattered
• Pols and their sports gaffes
• The unbeatable checkers player
• How it feels to crash a race car

31 Faces in the Crowd

70 Life of Reilly
For those who like seeing golfers implode, it's Xanadon't: the 18th hole at Carnoustie
by Rick Reilly

Inside ...

66 Baseball
• Who'll break the bank for A-Rod?
• David Ortiz: not so clutch

68 NASCAR
• Tony Stewart's strong home turn
• Nextel racers ruling Busch

Cover
PHOTOGRAPH BY BILL FRAKES

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FEATURED COLUMNS

PETER KING

> From Bad To Worse
If Michael Vick does not play for any reason relating to the dogfighting case, the Falcons will try to keep some of the $6 million in salary he's owed in '07.
> Read more of this column at SI.com/king.

IAN THOMSEN

> The Enemy Within
Some NBA referees fear that Tim Donaghy, if he is charged, will unfairly try to implicate them in a larger betting scandal.
> Read more of this column at SI.com/thomsen.

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PHOTORON VESELY/MLB PHOTOS/GETTY IMAGES (PINIELLA)44 FIRE STARTER In a set-to that sparked the Cubs back to life, umpire Mark Wegner gave manager Lou Piniella an earful (and brimful) before ejecting him on June 2 in Chicago. PHOTOMICHAEL HICKEY/WIREIMAGE.COM (BIG HIT) PHOTOJAMIE SQUIRE/GETTY IMAGES (BONDS) PHOTOSIMON BRUTY (VICK) PHOTOROCKY WIDNER/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (DONAGHY) PHOTOMEL LEVINE (KING) PHOTOMEL LEVINE (THOMSEN) PHOTOMICHAEL HICKEY/WIREIMAGE.COM (ADDAI) PHOTOGOLF.COM (FEHERTY) PHOTOJONATHAN BROWNFIELD (PHOTO CONTEST)

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