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June 23, 2008
June 23, 2008

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June 23, 2008

SI GOLF PLUS
SI.com
SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
NBA FINALS
  • Even as Tim Donaghy's allegations put the league on the defensive about the integrity of its refs, the Celtics and the Lakers rose above the controversy with riveting performances that brought the Finals to a crescendo

NBA DRAFT PREVIEW
GOLF
  • Playing in pain and not at the top of his game, Tiger Woods battled Torrey Pines for 91 holes, rallying late in regulation and again in a playoff to overcome long shot Rocco Mediate for what he ranked as the best of his 14 major championships

BASEBALL
SWIMMING
THE FUGEES
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Lock Neck Monster
T.C. Dantzler of Colorado Springs withstood a choke hold from Cheney Haight of Orem, Utah, during their 163-pound Greco-Roman championship round last Saturday at the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials in Las Vegas (page 73). The 37-year-old Dantzler (inset) decisioned Haight in the first two matches to win the best-of-three final and earn a trip to Beijing.

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Little Bit o' Heavin'
At Cardinals minicamp last week 6'5", 343-pound rookie tackle Brandon Keith, a seventh-round pick out of Northern Iowa, played cannon with the weighted ball in an agility drill—and both landed with a thud. As Keith battled for a roster spot, quarterback Matt Leinart (inset) began the campaign to keep his starting job after missing most of last season with a broken left collarbone.

Hear Me Roar
Tiger Woods (red shirt, right edge of green) reared back and bellowed after his 12-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole of the U.S. Open settled into the cup at Torrey Pines on Sunday, forcing a playoff with Rocco Mediate (inset). Woods prevailed in 19 holes on Monday to win his 14th major title (page 40).

PHOTOPhotograph by Peter Read MillerPHOTOMARK J. REBILAS/US PRESSWIRETWO PHOTOSPhotographs by Mark J. Rebilas/US PRESSWIREPHOTOPhotograph by Kohjiro Kinno from the MetLife BlimpPHOTOROBERT BECK