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Leading Off

Swing and a Mist
Pregame fireworks left a cloud of smoke hanging over Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Ariz., where the Royals hosted the Angels in a spring training game last Friday.

Another Lickin'
Dirk Nowitzki must have tasted victory on his way to the rim in the Mavericks' 108--72 blowout of the Lakers at Staples Center on Sunday—Dallas's 17th straight win, which ran its record to 52--9. In 29 minutes Nowitzki scored 19 points to help hand the Lakers their worst home loss since they moved from Minneapolis to Los Angeles in 1960.

Packed Snow
Some 9,500 skiers competed on Sunday in the 39th Engadin Ski Marathon, a 42.2-km race between the Swiss resorts of Maloja and S-chanf. The winner, Dario Cologna of Switzerland, finished in 1:43:42.

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Photograph by John W. McDonough


Photograph by Alessandro Della Bella/EPA