36 The Champ Is Here
Sorry, Pistons, but the NBA title will be decided in the Suns-Spurs series
by Jack McCallum
42 Street Cred
Calvin Borel had the ride of his life aboard Street Sense to win the Derby
by Tim Layden
46 Your Court or Mine?
The top two men played on a half-clay, half-grass court. Advantage ... Nadal?
by L. Jon Wertheim
48 Failure to Launch
Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s victory had it all—except for thrills inside the ring
by Richard Hoffer
52 Can He Win a Cup?
Don't dismiss undersized Ducks center Andy McDonald. He plays big
by Austin Murphy
One Sizemore Fits All
In throwback style, Grady Sizemore has already made history with his unique skill set
by TOM VERDUCCI
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6 Leading Off
• First Person: Larry Hughes
• The Rocket's reentry
• Kim Clijsters calls it quits
• On the road with Mike Tyson
• The Nationals honor their moms
• Frank Deford's new novel
31 Faces in the Crowd
76 Life of Reilly
The campaign to hold China's feet to the fire, using the Olympic torch
by Rick Reilly
• Ranking the best young arms
• The Royals' Rule 5 keeper
72 The NFL
• Cleveland's second-round gamble
• Four rookie sleepers
• Keep an eye on Matt Kenseth
• Hendrick's CoT supremacy
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INSET PHOTOS: Jeff Zelevansky/Reuters (Clemens); Bill Frakes (Street Sense); John Iacono (Mayweather)
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36 SQUEEZE PLAY With a Game 1 win in Phoenix, Tim Duncan and the Spurs got a grip on their Western Conference semifinal.
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