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COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY CRAIG MELVIN/NHL IMAGES Valk on the Vild Side Maple Leafs wing Garry Valk shoots, but Flyers goalie Brian Boucher makes the stick save in a game Toronto won 6-4.

COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY SIMON BRUTY Making a Good Impressionist B.J. Bedford looks as if she's swimming in one of Monet's water lily ponds while winning the finals of the women's 100-meter backstroke in 1:02.46 at the U.S. Open championships.

COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY AL TIELEMANS Bald Eagle Rams quarterback Kurt Warner appears to be oblivious to the plight of Philadelphia defensive tackle Kelly Gregg, who, in his rush to get a sack, lost his hat, although Gregg--and his teammates--did win the game 38-31.