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Leading Off

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Talc Is Cheap

Before his firstNBA playoff game, last Saturday night, LeBron James put some powder on hishands, clapped to make a little cloud for Cleveland fans, then went out anddusted the Wizards with a triple double. James had 32 points, 11 rebounds and11 assists in the Cavaliers' 97--86 win.

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Crowd Control

The Red Wings'Henrik Zetterberg (40) sweeps the puck from the Oilers' Radek Dvorak (20) infront of a busy Detroit crease during Game 1 of their first-round playoffseries last Friday at Joe Louis Arena (page 56). The Red Wings won 3--2 indouble overtime, but Edmonton evened the series on Sunday.

Snap Draggin'

Camera-wieldingfans record the strain on the face of Russia's Viatcheslav Ekimov during thetoughest climb in Stage 5 of the Tour de Georgia last Saturday. Floyd Landis ofthe U.S. (inset) won the race on Sunday; it was his third victory thisyear.

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Photograph by John Biever

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Photograph by John Biever

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Photographs by Simon Bruty