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The YEAR in SPORTS

So many upsets, comedowns, blowouts, come backs. Nothing made sense. But what about the Colts, Federer, the Spurs, Tiger and the Red Sox? All of them figured. Themes? Maybe there were no themes in 2007. Just stories: good ones, bad ones and baffling ones

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FIFTY TWO PHOTOS

ROBERT BECK (7); AL TIELEMANS (5); DAMIAN STROHMEYER (4); SIMON BRUTY, BILL FRAKES, WALTER IOOSS JR., GREG NELSON (3); JOHN BIEVER, JOHN W. MCDONOUGH, BOB ROSATO, SI IMAGING (2); DAVID BERGMAN, TONY DING/ICON SMI, JOHN IACONO, TODD KOROL, NEIL LEIFER, BRAD MANGIN, JIM MCISAAC/GETTY IMAGES, PETER READ MILLER, MICHAEL O'NEILL, JOHN RUSSELL/AP, JEFFERY A. SALTER, CHUCK SOLOMON, ROB TRINGALI/SPORTSCHROME, CLIFF WATTS, THOMAS E. WITTE, MIKE ZARRILLI/WIREIMAGE.COM

THREE ILLUSTRATIONS