Tiger Woods will be at Bethpage looking to repeat as champ, but what about theguy he beat in a playoff last year? Rocco Mediate made a name for himself bytaking Tiger to 91 holes, but he hasn't done much since: In 21 Tour eventsafter that, his best finish is a tie for 18th. Can Rocco ramp up his gameagain? (Coverage on ESPN and NBC.)
This is an article from the June 22, 2009 issue
160 years of baseball angst
The Indians and the Cubs, who start a three-game series at Wrigley Field onFriday, have met only 11 times, but their fans have this in common: They're abit pent-up. Chicago (100 years) and Cleveland (60) have baseball's longestactive championship droughts. You won't find a more misery-soaked series.
College World Series
After Fresno State's upset win in '08, this year's upstarts—Southern Miss andVirginia make their CWS debuts—bear watching in Omaha. (Do so on ESPN andESPN2; it ends on Tuesday or Wednesday.) The Cavaliers beat San Diego State aceStephen Strasburg, the top MLB draft pick, in a regional.
Steve Nash at the Finals
The Suns' guard and two-time NBA MVP has yet to play for a title, but last weekhe made his first trip to a Finals series to file a behind-the-scenes reportfor David Letterman. (See the clip at lateshow.cbs.com.) Nash is funny, and helooks as comfortable on camera as he does running a three-on-one.
Father's Day in Cooperstown
In 1994 then SI staffer Steve Wulf wrote about a fan who "enshrined"his dad in the Hall of Fame by hiding a snapshot in the museum. Wulf and thatfan, Pat O'Donnell, will discuss father-son bonds at the Hall. Afterward is thefirst Hall of Fame Classic, with five enshrinees and other ex--big leaguersplaying.
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Inside the Grid
Why does Azarenka think Hilton (above) is vain? Becauseof the "excessive makeup she wears." Zobrist wants straighter teeth, sohe's constantly checking out his clear orthodontic aligners: "I have theseInvisalign things going on and I have to brush five times a day," he says,"so I'm always in there."