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COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY DAVID E. KLUTHO Pressing Engagement Stars defenseman Darryl Sydor gets his glass waxed by Avalanche wing Dave Andreychuk during Game 3 of the NHL Western Conference finals (page 42).

COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY DAVID CALLOW Breach Party Michael Klim, world-record holder in the 100-meter butterfly, strokes his way to second in the 100 fly during Australia's Olympic trials at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre pool, in which five world marks were set last week (page 27).

COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY PAUL GERO/SABA Embraceable Ewe Lindsey Gottwig, 8, of Mesa, Ariz., finished third in the mutton-busting competition at the Chandler (Ariz.) Ostrich Festival on the strength of this ride, the longest 10.3 seconds of her life.