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Inside THE WEEK IN SPORTS

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BASEBALL
Dodgers' Sheffield turns from talk to play
Managers on shaky ground
Mets get back virtuoso Ventura

THE NBA
Courageous Pierce propelling Celtics
Basketball Without Borders
Nets' top-dollar disabled list

THE NHL
Senator rookie Havlat: big upside
Surprise! Kings in playoffs
Who would want to coach Islanders?

COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY DARREN CARROLL Split second Rangers shortstop--and former Mariner--Alex Rodriguez slides in safely on a steal while his Seattle successor, Carlos Guillen, awaits the ball's arrival.