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June 08, 2009
June 08, 2009

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June 8, 2009

GOLF PLUS
LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
NBA FINALS PREVIEW
  • They've reached the Finals by making the defending NBA champs and the team with the league's best record (and MVP) disappear. Now, for the shocking big finish, can Dwight Howard and improbable Orlando vanquish Kobe's Lakers?

  • In one expert's view, Los Angeles's deep and rangy frontcourt will prove to be the difference

WNBA PREVIEW
STANLEY CUP FINALS
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
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42 | NBA FINALS PREVIEW

This is an article from the June 8, 2009 issue

Magic vs. Lakers
Orlando knocked off the defending champs and the team with the best record. Can the Magic cap it all off by beating Kobe & Co.?
By Ian Thomsen

48 | WNBA PREVIEW

Chamique Holdsclaw
The six-time All-Star begins her second comeback as a pro, with the Atlanta Dream, confident that she won't walk away again
By Kelli Anderson

52 | STANLEY CUP FINALS

Red Wings' Strategy
Detroit jumped ahead in the championship series by following a simple plan: smother Pittsburgh playmaker Sidney Crosby
By Michael Farber

56 | COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Shedding Pounds
When linemen finish their playing careers, they have to lose weight or risk potentially fatal health problems down the road
By George Dohrmann

62 | HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

Wonder Boy
Big league scouts are drooling over Bryce Harper, a 16-year-old Nevadan who's more advanced than A-Rod and Junior were at his age
By Tom Verducci

Departments

6 Letters

8 Leading Off

18 Scorecard
• Dale Jr. needs a win
• Gay's blazing 200
• Canseco clobbered
• Memphis hoops probe

28 Just My Type
Tressel on the Big Ten
by Dan Patrick

30 Faces in the Crowd

32 Inside ...

• Tennis
Nadal falls in Paris

• NASCAR
Fixing Cup racing

• Baseball
Execs' pick: Pujols

68 The Vault
Lemieux put Pens on path to glory

72 Point After
Alzheimer's robs a '56 gold medalist
by Phil Taylor

SI REGIONAL COVER

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ON THE COVER Photograph by Robert Beck Inset: Bob Rosato

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