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Inside THE WEEK IN SPORTS

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THE NBA
Lakers' Harris and the "talent curse"--Can the Nets make the
playoffs without Williams?--Ellis digs the Nuggets

BASEBALL
Boggs and McGriff go home again--Cleveland's retooled staff
makes its pitch--Colorado's invisible Bomber

THE NHL
Messier blasted by former teammate--Trying out some rules
changes--Lightning goalie isn't on Skid Row

SOCCER
MLS embraces the future--America's World Cup roster remains in
flux--Nigeria's nomadic coach

COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY ADREES A. LATIF/REUTERS YOU CAN'T GO HOME AGAIN The Giants' Brian Johnson, trying to score on an infield grounder, is tagged out by Astros catcher Brad Ausmus.