FOR JUNE 29, 2015

Honor Bound

As the midpoint of the 2015 MLB season approaches—the league's 86th All-Star Game will be held at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park on July 14—SI.com takes a look at the (very) early favorites for American and National League MVP. Is there any reason why reigning AL MVP Mike Trout (27) shouldn't repeat? Bryce Harper is living up to expectations in Washington, but will it be enough for him to bring home the hardware? Go to SI.com/mlb for answers to these questions and to keep track of baseball's other potential honorees in Cliff Corcoran's weekly Awards Watch.

SI

DIGITAL BONUS

Your Lyin' Eyes

From the SI Vault June 25, 2001

You may think you can spot an NBA prospect a mile away, but a scout sees things you're not even looking for— as the author soon learned

By Alexander Wolff

To read this and other stories from the SPORTS ILLUSTRATED archive, go to SI.com/vault

RISING STARS

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED will regularly feature multimedia stories about the most intriguing emerging athletes in the nation. To see a video of this week's Rising Star—the LPGA's Lexi Thompson—and the entire Rising Stars series presented by Symetra, go to SI.com/risingstars

SI.COM'S

Top Stories

1 Golden Hours

Inside the Warriors' NBA championship celebration

2 Hack-a-Astro

For a roundup of last week's most popular stories on SI.com—including an exclusive with Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow on the recent hacking scandal— go to SI.com/topstories

3 Top Prospect?

Michigan State's Connor Cook could be the first QB taken in the 2016 draft.

4 You've Got 30 Seconds

How will the new shot clock change college hoops?

5 Texas Two-Step

Former UT football coach Mack Brown and native Texan Matthew McConaughey are best buds.

SI PRO-FILES

As successful as many athletes are on the field, some find greater success after they retire. To see videos of athletes turned business leaders, go to SI.com/pro-files, a series from the editors of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and FORTUNE.

PHOTOPETER JONELEIT/CAL SPORT MEDIA/AP (TROUT) PHOTOCLIFF WELCH/ICON SPORTSWIRE (HARPER) PHOTODIGITAL BONUS: PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY PETER GREGOIRE, BACKGROUND PHOTO BY BOB ROSATO FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED PHOTOJULIO CORTEZ/AP (LUHNOW) PHOTOGREGORY VASIL/CAL SPORT MEDIA/AP (THOMPSON)

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