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Leading Off

A Kobe KO

Kobe Bryantexulted after his game-winning 17-foot shot (inset) in overtime on Sundaylifted the Staples Center fans out of their seats and left the Suns wobbling.Ten and a half hours after his last-second jumper gave the Lakers a 99--98victory and a 3--1 lead over Phoenix in their first-round playoff series (page48), Bryant's wife, Vanessa, gave birth to the couple's second daughter,Gianna. That followed by six minutes the arrival of Shaquille and ShauneeO'Neal's sixth child, a daughter, Mearah.


Wearing matchingfull-body, skin-hugging Under Armour beneath their white track uniforms, BryanBurney (left) handed off to Quentin Bowens for the anchor leg of the men's IC4A4√ó400 at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia last Saturday. The Seton Hall quartetwon in 3:09.59, while the women's Olympic Development 4√ó100 race went to theUSA Blue team anchored by Lauryn Williams, who took a handoff from LaTashaColander (inset), in 42.81 seconds.

Bridle Wear

Apprentice jockeyJulien Leparoux, the winningest rider in the U.S. this year, tried to cling toSanibel Storm after the horse veered into the rail last Friday at Keeneland inLexington, Ky. Leparoux was flung head over heels onto the infield, but neitherrider nor mount was injured. Cowgirls Don't Cry (far left) won the race.

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Photographs by John W. McDonough


Photographs by Heinz Kluetmeier


Photograph by Matt Goins