34 Turbulent Heir
Prince Fielder is out to prove that any resemblance to his father, Cecil, ends with his prodigious home runs
by Albert Chen
40 Winning the West
Even with a latter-day Stockton and Malone, the Jazz will be hard-pressed to stop the Spurs' march to the title
by Jack McCallum
46 Party Crasher
Just when it looked as if there might be another bid to end the Triple Crown drought, Curlin came of age
by Tim Layden
50 Senator Emery
Stylish goaltender Ray Emery has helped lift Ottawa to the Cup finals
by Michael Farber
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The New Main Event
Ultimate fighting changed its ways to gain acceptance. Now its success is changing the sports landscape
by L. JON WERTHEIM
6 Leading Off
• First Person: Justin Verlander
• The cycling trial takes a wild turn
• Al Unser Jr. cleans up his act
• A brief history of sports promises
• The Red Sox and their vino
• Are video games the new poker?
32 Faces in the Crowd
72 Life of Reilly
From childhood Matchbox fantasy to adult waking nightmare: roaring into Turn 1 at Indy
by Rick Reilly
• A five-tool rookie sparks Houston
• Would the Cards deal Scott Rolen?
69 Track and Field
• The U.S. stars of the future ... now?
• Veterans with an eye on Beijing
• Denny Hamlin asserts himself
• Irksome Juan Pablo Montoya
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INSET PHOTO: Al Tielemans
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AL TIELEMANS (FIELDER)
34 THE SLUGGER KNOWN AS PRINCE In just his second season, first baseman Prince Fielder has helped carry the Brewers to their best start in franchise history.
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