Lineup

August 17, 2008

2008 OLYMPICS

38 Gold Mind
In a week rich with possibilities and drama, the secret behind Michael Phelps's success went far deeper than his physical gifts
By Susan Casey

46 Different Strokes
Katie Hoff and Natalie Coughlin have taken on new events to boost the U.S.'s chances
By Kelli Anderson

50 On the Rebound
After the mistakes of Athens, the U.S. men's hoops team proved it can win with class
By Alexander Wolff

54 Sabre Sisters
Fencer Mariel Zagunis led a U.S. medal sweep
By Brian Cazeneuve

56 Hitting the Wall
In cycling, intense heat, then rain, took a toll
By Tim Layden

60 Mother Load
More athletes are able to raise kids and compete
By Michael Farber

64 Cultural Evolution
A wave of patriotism is sweeping over China
By S.L. Price

FEATURES

GOLF

72 Knockout Punch
Padraig Harrington decked late-fading Sergio García (again) to win the PGA title
By Alan Shipnuck

PRO FOOTBALL

76 Brett Propelled
The real work begins for Brett Favre and the Jets. Don't expect too much
By Paul Zimmerman

Departments

6 Leading Off

16 From the Editor

18 Letters

20 Players
• Sports and Nelson Mandela
• Another scandal at Toledo

32 Faces in the Crowd

34 Just My Type by Dan Patrick
• Catching the Ryan Express

90 Point After
The U.S. faces a new Big Red Machine by Selena Roberts

Inside ...

84 Baseball
• Better days ahead for also-rans

86 NASCAR
• The Chase should go on the road

88 Fantasy Football
• Rating the rookie running backs

PHOTOJOHN W. MCDONOUGH50 SHOWTIME! LeBron James sent rosin dust flying over press row before the U.S. tipped off against China on Sunday in its men's basketball opener. James scored 18 points in the Redeem Team's 101--70 victory.

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)