34 | BASEBALL

A Call to Arms

After a generation of bloated offense the men on the mound have restored balance to the game. Go ahead, hurlers. It's time to party like it's 1991

By Albert Chen

• The Rockies' Ubaldo Jimenez is as good as it gets

44 | 2010 WORLD CUP

Team USA

As the U.S. soccer team takes stock of its round-of-16 departure and regroups for the future, it rues a golden opportunity squandered in South Africa

By Grant Wahl

50 | TENNIS

Wimbledon Marathon

John Isner and Nicolas Mahut fought a historic, 11-hour match that had the world watching and lit up the first week at the All England Club

By L. Jon Wertheim

52 | PRO BASKETBALL

DeMarcus Cousins

The Kings are gambling that this Kentucky freshman, with both supreme skills and suspect maturity, can become a dominating center

By Ian Thomsen

58 | NASCAR MIDSEASON REPORT

Drivers' Roundtable

Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin and Greg Biffle discussed racing, wrecking and the state of their sport

By Lars Anderson

GULF OIL SPILL

7 DAYS IN THE LIFE OF A CATASTROPHE

The author spent a week reporting in Louisiana, looking for a sports story. He found much more

by Gary Smith

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Departments

6 Leading Off

12 Letters

14 Scorecard

The centennial of a notorious title bout

22 Just My Type

Coach Cal on the Cats and the Cavs

by Dan Patrick

24 Faces in the Crowd

28 Inside ...

Track and Field

Lolo Jones rebounds

Baseball

The surging Mets

Swimming

Flocking to Fullerton

76 The Vault

Wimbledon final, '80

80 Point After

What golf has done for an autistic boy

by Phil Taylor

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ON THE COVER Photo Composite by SI Imaging: Tom DiPace (Halladay), Matt Slocum/AP (Johnson), Greg Nelson (Jimenez); Charlie Riedel/AP (Inset)

PHOTOCHARLIE RIEDEL/AP(PELICAN) FIVE PHOTOS

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