41 Fed Up Yet?
Dogfighting. Gambling. Steroids. A nation turns its lonely eyes to ... who?
By Jack McCallum
TOUR DE FRANCE
46 False Positive
Good news: The doping era might be over. Bad news: Cycling may not recover
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50 The Legend Lives
A's slugger Jack Cust has turned the myths about his home runs into reality
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56 Bill Walsh, 1931-2007
A brilliant innovator, the three-time Super Bowl champion with the 49ers also opened the door for a generation of NFL coaches
By Peter King
58 Game On!
As NFL camps from New England to San Diego cranked up and the heat bore down, the pressure was on the newcomers--rookies, free agents and coaches--to make an immediate impact on the field
By Peter King
• Profiles of seven new faces
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10 Leading Off
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• Remembering Skip Prosser
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38 Faces in the Crowd
100 Life of Reilly
If it's Charlie Weis versus John Daly in Thong Challenge, this must be hell by Rick Reilly
94 Arena Football
• The day belongs to San Jose's D
• A record year in AFL attendance
• DEI's pockets get deeper
• A Brickyard win bodes well
• The Braves land the biggest bat
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