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Attempting tobecome the first woman to play in the men's U.S. Open, 16-year-old Michelle Wieattracted an unusually large gallery for sectional qualifying on Monday inSummit, N.J.--not to mention enormous interest in her hole-by-hole score on theInternet. She chipped in from 60 feet on the last hole of the first round(inset) for a two-under-par 68 at Canoe Brook Country Club, but three straightbogeys on the back nine of the second round ended her bid. Wie's one-over-partotal of 143 left her six shots shy of gaining one of 18 spots in the field atWinged Foot later this month.

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Pistons center BenWallace, normally a defensive force, was leveled on a Game 2 drive by Heatguard Dwyane Wade (page 40) during the Eastern Conference finals. Miami won theseries in six games and will meet the Mavericks, with high-scoring forward DirkNowitzki (inset). Dallas won the West, defeating the Suns four games totwo.

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Four days aftercoming out of retirement to sign a $12.6 million deal with the Astros for thebalance of the season, seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens worked out lastSaturday at Applebee's Park, in Lexington, Ky., home of the Class A Legends(page 46). The Rocket hummed some low-90s fastballs, then iced his right arm(inset) in preparation for three planned minor league starts before his returnto Houston.

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