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Getting TheirPhil

Among a mass ofMasters fans, Phil Mickelson teed off on the 3rd hole in the second round lastFriday at Augusta National. Mickelson capped his crowd-pleasing play on Sundaywith a 69 to clinch a two-stroke victory (page 34) and his second green jacket,which was presented by last year's champion, Tiger Woods (inset).

Stick Save, and ABeauty

With a desperateswipe of his stick and exquisite timing, Flames defenseman Mark Giordano (46)reached from behind the Canucks' Richard Park and stopped a shot from crossingthe goal line last Saturday in Vancouver. The puck had slipped behind goalieMiikka Kiprusoff (inset) and slid across the goalmouth.

Merryland!

While star centerCrystal Langhorne (1) was in the middle of the Terrapins' celebration aftertheir 78--75 overtime defeat of Duke in the NCAA finals on April 4 (page 24),the Blue Devils' Abby Waner was in anguish. With the final snip of the scissorsin Boston, Maryland coach Brenda Frese (inset) netted a trophy.

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