38 Blue Skies
The end of Dodgertown may be near, but L.A. and other teams have bright outlooks
by Tom Verducci
• The Yankees' can't-miss pitcher
• Is this the Cubs' year? (Um... no.)
• Cards' ex-closer looks like an ace
46 Smashing Finish
A week of controversy ended with Kevin Harvick's thrilling last-lap victory
by Lars Anderson
50 Turnaround Artist
With the help of a coach's tough love, Caron Butler, Washington's All-Star forward, straightened out his life
by Ian Thomsen
• Miami stands in Wizards' way
54 Fast and Furious
Tar Heels coach Roy Williams revved up Dean Smith's secondary break to create the college game's most riveting attack
by Grant Wahl
58 Everything Is Illuminated
The 15th Asian Games, in Qatar, lifted the veil on the madness of the human pageant: thousands of athletes, hundreds of events, dozens of sports—an Arabian tale of the 21st century
by Jeff MacGregor
6 Leading Off
17 Air and Space
Farewell and a million thanks from a columnist for whom sportswriting was never work by Steve Rushin
Duke lacrosse team back on field
Irish coach Weis sues surgeons
Pro teams rated by legal scrapes
28 Faces in the Crowd
74 Life of Reilly
False gods and fake breasts, but real diamonds: NBA All-Star weekend in Las Vegas by Rick Reilly
72 The NHL
Player rental market stays hot
Roberts draws trade interest
73 College Basketball
Salukis' D suffocates foes
Winthrop deserves NCAA bid
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