Did your favorite young player just have a breakout season? Become an All-Star? Sign a rich extension? Chances are he was drafted in 2005, which—thanks to a second wave of rising stars—is turning out the be the best class in decades
THE 1956 MELBOURNE OLYMPICS WERE PLUNGED INTO COLD WAR INTRIGUE AS DOZENS OF HUNGARIAN ATHLETES, UNWILLING TO RETURN HOME AFTER SOVIET TANKS CRUSHED A POPULAR UPRISING AGAINST COMMUNIST RULE, DEFECTED TO FREEDOM—WITH HELP FROM A YOUNG SPORTS MAGAZINE
SPREAD DEFENSE Kings goalie Jonathan Quick ended up on his back and without his stick on one play during Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals in Los Angeles on June 6. The Devils, down 3--0 in the series due in large part to Quick's shutdown goaltending, won the game 3--1 and then took Game 5 by a score of 2--1 in New Jersey last Saturday. For full coverage of the finals—Game 6 was scheduled for Monday night—go to si.com/nhl
PHOTOPhotograph by Brad Rempel/Icon SMI
SNAP SHOT Twins first baseman Justin Morneau broke his bat in the seventh inning of an interleague game against the Cubs in Minneapolis last Friday. Morneau's sole hit of the night, a triple in the bottom of the ninth, tied the game at 7, and leftfielder Josh Willingham won it for Minnesota with a walk-off single an inning later.
PHOTOPhotograph by Erick W. Rasco
SQUARING THE CIRCLE U.S. Olympic wrestler Tervel Dlagnev (on top) pinned Eduard Bazrov of Russia 25 seconds into their 264½-pound match last Thursday in New York City's Times Square. In the dual meet between Olympic-caliber wrestlers, the U.S. defeated Russia 4--3.