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June 30, 2008
June 30, 2008

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June 30, 2008

SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
SI.com
SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
NBA FINALS
  • Twenty-two years after their last NBA title the Celtics earned their 17th, as G.M. Danny Ainge reconnected the franchise (and this author) to a storied past of retired numbers, Hall of Famers and one-namers

BASEBALL
PRO FOOTBALL
TRACK AND FIELD
SOCCER
  • Her World Cup outburst violated the team-first ethos of women's sports and made her an outcast. Now Hope Solo is the U.S. goalie once again, bound for Beijing—and still trying to figure it all out

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Nothing but Nyet
Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev saved a shot by forward Henrik Larsson of Sweden (17) during their final group-play match of the European Championships on June 18 in Innsbruck, Austria. Russia won 2--0 to advance to the quarterfinals, then upset the Netherlands 3--1. Spain and midfielder Cesc Fàbregas (inset), whose penalty kick clinched a quarterfinal victory over Italy on Sunday, will meet Russia in the Thursday semifinal.

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Backward Glance
Samantha Peszek of Indianapolis maintained her focus during the vault competition at the U.S. Olympic Trials last Friday in Philadelphia. The 16-year-old Peszek, who finished fourth in the apparatus, did not qualify for Beijing but is still a likely candidate (page 64). Of the team's six spots only two were awarded last weekend: to first-place finisher Shawn Johnson (inset) and to runner-up Nastia Liukin.

Over and Out
Looking back, Chris Duncan of the Cardinals was disappointed to find that Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek had held on to the ball after their collision at home plate in the 13th inning on Sunday in Boston. In the bottom of the frame, Kevin Youkilis (inset) blasted a walk-off homer to give the Red Sox a 5--3 win and avoid a three-game sweep.

PHOTOPhotograph by Luttiau/Presse Sports/US PresswirePHOTORONNY HARTMANN/AFP/GETTY IMAGESTWO PHOTOSPhotographs by Peter Read MillerTWO PHOTOSPhotographs by Damian Strohmeyer