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SOCCER
A 23-year-old's leadership carries U.S. to fifth straight World Cup • Yank ranks at top of Premier League

BASEBALL
How Junior got his groove back • Contenders, beware: These four hot hitters might spoil your stretch drive

NFL
A rookie back gets the call in Miami • St. Louis's Kevin Curtis is primed for breakout year • Dr. Z's first-week forecast

VOLLEYBALL
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh take season title with win in Chicago • Karch Kiraly and Mike Lambert to split

TENNIS
James Blake, back and better than ever, reaches his first U.S. Open quarterfinals • Feisty Czech phenom Nicole Vaidisova

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Photograph by David Bergman

ON TO GERMANY

Goalkeeper Kasey Keller (18) and the U.S. team celebrated in Columbus, Ohio, last Saturday night after they clinched a berth in the 2006 World Cup with a 2--0 thumping of archrival Mexico.