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August 28, 2006 | Volume 105, Issue 8

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Justin Verlander Cover - Sports Illustrated August 28, 2006

August 28, 2006
L'Etoile du Nord

August 28, 2006
Anyone who has ever been to a high school football game knows the feeling. It's more than a sport you're there to watch. You're there to be part of something. It's tribal. Much more than the...

August 28, 2006 | Steve Rushin
In America, there are halls of fame for cowboys, cockroaches and kite fliers, not to mention exotic dancers, whose Strippers Hall of Fame turned Helendale, Calif., into a kind of Cooperstown or...

August 28, 2006 | Douglas Brinkley
A year after Katrina, New Orleans is drawing hope and inspiration from a rookie running back who wants to help the ravaged city

August 28, 2006 | Mark Bechtel
For many in sports, one goodbye isn't enough

August 28, 2006 | Mark Bechtel
Endured

August 28, 2006 | Mark Bechtel
4 Leadoff home runs in the first two innings of last Thursday's Royals--White Sox game.

August 28, 2006 | Austin Murphy
As his team folds, Floyd Landis loses his father-in-law

August 28, 2006 | Richard Deitsch
The 43-year-old Oscar nominee (As Good As It Gets) plays former NFL coach Dick Vermeil in Invincible, opening on Friday

August 28, 2006 | Adam Duerson
Vince Papale, the former walk-on NFL wideout whose story is told in the Disney movie Invincible, wasn't always thrilled about being portrayed by the Man Formerly Known as Marky Mark. Before Mark...

August 28, 2006 | Adam Duerson
JOHNNY BENCH, Hall of Fame catcher, when asked what were his most memorable career statistics:

August 28, 2006 | Adam Duerson
A Missouri man says he saw an image of the Virgin Mary in the grease drippings from his George Foreman Grill.

August 28, 2006 | Adam Duerson
Has G.M. Theo Epstein gone round the bend in his search for pitching help for the injury-ravaged Red Sox? Maybe, but that's another story. This is about Ayla, a capuchin monkey who works...

August 28, 2006 | Chris Mannix
What to watch and watch for

August 28, 2006 | Edited by Mark Bechtel
Jimmie Pacifico

August 28, 2006 | As told to Elizabeth Newman
Identical Twin Doubles Champs

August 28, 2006 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
Who's Hot Rising Yanks

August 28, 2006 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
SHANNON STEWART

August 28, 2006 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
Rangers Outfielder

August 28, 2006 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

August 28, 2006 | Bill Syken
The most intense--and effective--core workouts require a stomach for punishment and a taste for the unorthodox. Four NFL standouts reveal essential drills

August 28, 2006 | BY ALAN SHIPNUCK
He has less hair but more muscle. He lost his father but found a bride. He's trading in his town house on the Isleworth driving range for a mansion on the Atlantic. On the golf course he drives it...

August 28, 2006 | BY ALAN SHIPNUCK
See who's up and who's down in the world of golf with Alan Shipnuck's Hot List every Tuesday at SI.com/golf.

August 28, 2006 | L. JON WERTHEIM
Tossed aside in Indianapolis, outspoken Mike Vanderjagt, the most accurate kicker in league history, has found a new home in Dallas, where he plans to keep his foot on the ball--and not in his mouth

August 28, 2006 | L. JON WERTHEIM
For an inside look at players and teams around the league, read Michael Silver's Open Mike every Thursday at SI.com/nfl.

August 28, 2006 | TOM VERDUCCI
The Tigers' Justin Verlander and Jeremy Bonderman bring the scary heat that wins in October, but whether they--and several other young phenoms--survive the strain of a stretch drive remains to be...

August 28, 2006 | TOM VERDUCCI
More fallout from the latest Boston Massacre from Tom Verducci at SI.com/baseball.

August 28, 2006 | Tom Verducci
The Red Sox have had to rely on their prized young arms earlier than hoped--and it killed them against the Yankees

August 28, 2006 | LARS ANDERSON
Hoover High, which has won five Alabama state titles in six years, is the hottest high school football program in America, and this season its strong-armed QB and pass-happy offense are looking...

August 28, 2006 | LARS ANDERSON
With the help of Rise Magazine, SI.com will feature daily high school coverage, including:

August 28, 2006 | Jon Mahoney
SI's Top 20 High School Teams

August 28, 2006 | Mike Waters
Family outings got more interesting when quarterback Mike Paulus committed to North Carolina

August 28, 2006
Stars Power

August 28, 2006 | Jon Mahoney
Jimmy Clausen Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.) QUARTERBACK, 6'3", 208, Sr.

August 28, 2006 | Ramona Shelburne
The son of a former 49er and teammate of a prodigy, Marc Tyler takes his turn in the spotlight

August 28, 2006 | Jon Mahoney
SEPT. 8 St. Joseph's (Philadelphia) at Don Bosco (Ramsey, N.J.)

August 28, 2006 | Jon Mahoney
Rise Magazine high school football writer Jon Mahoney selects the best teams

August 28, 2006
Olympic Sports

August 28, 2006 | Kelli Anderson
Water Power

August 28, 2006 | Ben Reiter
Down Time

August 28, 2006 | Ben Reiter
IS THERE A PLAYER MORE INTEGRAL TO HIS TEAM'S OFFENSE THAN OAKLAND DH FRANK THOMAS? While the 38-year-old Big Hurt was hitting only .265 at week's end and was bothered earlier this season by a...

August 28, 2006 | Tom Verducci
MEN IN MASKS VYING TO BECOME HIT KINGS

August 28, 2006 | Rick Reilly
I like warm beer and hairy-legged women. I drive a car so small, you could park it in the glove compartment of a Hummer. I enjoy funny brown cigarettes in the loo.

August 28, 2006 | GENE MENEZ
TDs for Tony

August 28, 2006 | GENE MENEZ
Find out how the latest news affects your fantasy team and weigh in on James Quintong's blog at SI.com/fantasy.

August 28, 2006 | JEFFRI CHADIHA
MATCHUP OF THE WEEK

August 28, 2006 | JEFFRI CHADIHA
Read Peter King's 10 Fantasy Things I Think I Think and analysis from David Sabino at SI.com/fantasy.

August 28, 2006 | ADAM DUERSON
Lunatic Fringe

August 28, 2006 | ADAM DUERSON
Get regular updates on who's hot and who's not every day at SI.com/fantasy.

August 28, 2006 | ADAM DUERSON
Old news: Hackers are everywhere. Even in fantasy football, as employees at a Kansas City technology info company will tell you. In 1991 they became suspicious when an owner made a waiver claim...

August 28, 2006 | Bill Syken
Shaun Alexander, Larry Johnson and LaDainian Tomlinson are almost universally acknowledged to be the top three players in fantasy football. But who's first among equals? SI's own threesome argues...

August 28, 2006 | Bill Syken
Get the latest NFL news, plus ratings for all fantasy football positions and daily injury updates at SI.com/fantasy.

August 28, 2006 | DAVID SABINO
Early Returns

August 28, 2006 | DAVID SABINO
Get an updated copy of SI's Fantasy Football Draft Guide, with tips to make you the king or queen of your draft, at SI.com/fantasy.

August 28, 2006 | Jim Gorant
Tiger roars, Wildcats soar and other PGA news

August 28, 2006 | Jim Suttie
WHO: Tiger Woods

August 28, 2006 | CRAIG DOLCH
After 14 months off to care for my son, golf again embraced me

August 28, 2006 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
Stars at the top, unknowns at the bottom: This U.S. Ryder Cup team seems positively European

August 28, 2006 | Compiled by GARY VAN SICKLE
>>>ALTERNATE UNIVERSE<<<

August 28, 2006
There's a fresh take on golf every day at SI.com/golf.

August 28, 2006 | L. JON WERTHEIM
All eyes will be on Andre Agassi in his final tournament appearance, but there'll be plenty of other stories to follow, from Federer to fashion to Jimbo's Grand Slam coaching debut