52 In the Nick ofTime
Nick Saban leads a great revival at 'Bama
By Rick Bragg
60 Blasts fromthe Past
Boston's Big Papi fends off Yankees dread
By Tom Verducci
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By L. Jon Wertheim
68 Just theBeginning
Former high school phenom Alan Webb aims at gold in the 1,500 meters at theworlds, but Beijing beckons
By Tim Layden
72 The Son AlsoShines
Riley Dodge will try to lead Southlake Carroll to yet another Texas 5A title
By Kelli Anderson
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• Michael Vick cops a plea
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38 Faces in theCrowd
98 Life ofReilly
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