The sudden rise of rookies Bryce Harper and Mike Trout characterize a season dominated by the new
Blues Brothers
Considered title contenders, both Detroit and Philadelphia are below .500. Which is more likely to turn around its season?
What's Wrong With ...
Several in-their-prime stars have curiously struggled through the season's first half, but three have had a particularly rough go of it. SI asked three anonymous pro scouts to diagnose what has ailed these players and to offer a prognosis
Red All Over, Again
A transcendent 4--0 victory over Italy in the Euro 2012 final stamped La Roja as the most accomplished side in history
The Older the Better
Brian Baker's run in the first week of Wimbledon was just one example of a big trend in men's tennis: Age is actually in a player's favor
Throwing Names Around
Anthony Davis, whose defense has been compared to Bill Russell's, entered last Thursday's draft as the Franchise Player, a title that was reaffirmed when the Hornets chose the willowy 6'10" forward from Kentucky with the first pick. What tags are other prospects wearing?
Where Are They Now?
Life's Roses (and Sausages)
He was the most punishing runner of his generation. But there was a price to pay, addiction to overcome, a child's illness to face down. Yeah, the Tyler Rose has seen a thing or two
Deepness in Seattle
Before the Thunder there was Reign Man and his Sonics. Shawn Kemp's NBA career was clouded—but a return to Seattle, believe it or not, brightened things up
The Perfect Game
In his first big league outing, John Paciorek had three hits, two walks, four runs scored and three RBIs. He never played in the majors again
Eric McCoo
The former Penn State rushing star is still playing football—sort of—eight years after his only appearance in an NFL game
Ray LeBlanc
Team USA's star goalie in the 1992 Olympics summoned a near shutout in his one game in the NHL, then disappeared into the minors
Tommy Kearns
Though he played in only one NBA game, the former NCAA title-winning point guard has had a rich postbasketball life
The Strength To Carry On
From the depths of loss and horror in a Nazi death camp, Ben Helfgott made himself into an Olympian and helped lift his fellow survivors to lives of meaning and connection
Flying with Ease
The four-time Olympic gold medalist is soaring even higher now that he's put some troubles behind him and taken up a new hobby: the trapeze
Hockey's Minus Man
Bill Mikkelson's brief NHL career left him with one of the sport's worst stat lines—but the numbers don't begin to take the full measure of the man
Johnny Newman
A shaper of Hall of Famers and a victim of circumstance—basketball's statistical "biggest loser" is anything but that today
Anthony Young
For one successful team of baseball-playing Texas teens, the guy carrying the clipboard sure knows a lot about losing
Chris Dudley
The former NBA center set a record for futility from the charity stripe, but he's since made a greater mark with his charity work
Still Swinging Away
Reggie Jackson is 66 now, possessed of the sort of serenity and humility he never seemed to have as a player. But in many ways Mr. October remains the straw that stirs the drink
Future Game Changers
Call it Where Are They Now: The Prequel, in which SI travels 10 years into the future and looks back at how the stars of tomorrow got their start today. Dizzying, to be sure, but so is the potential of the eight teenagers-to-watch profiled on these pages. Read on, and someday soon you will be able to say that you knew them when.
Where Have I Been?
He's written 23 books, hosted a TV show and been mistaken for the Mick. But, as always, it's best to let the former SI writer (and current contributor) tell the story himself