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COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY CHUCK SOLOMON Fresh SqueezedAstros third baseman Morgan Ensberg is safe on a squeeze bunt asPirates catcher Jason Kendall applies a late tag duringGrapefruit League action in Bradenton, Fla., last Thursday.

COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN W. MCDONOUGH Foot Soldiers In a battle of big men trying to secure their team's position inthe playoffs, Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal planted his size 23sin the paint to contest a layup by Timberwolves forward KevinGarnett in Los Angeles on March 7. The Lakers won 106--96, asGarnett was held to 15 points (page 88).

COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY BOB MARTIN High FiveMark Boswell of Canada finished fifth after clearing the bar at2.25 meters (7'4") during the high jump finals of the 2003 IAAFWorld Indoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham,England, on March 15.