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Inside: The Week In Sports

Even with a $138 million payroll the Mets can't get on track, but manager Willie Randolph's job appears safe—for now • The Brewers aren't scoring enough: too many righthanded hitters?

An Australian teen surprises Natalie Coughlin, but the U.S. swimmer remains confident she will prevail in Beijing • Double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius gets the go-ahead for a qualifying bid

Motor Sports
Richard Childress Racing, a consistent if not aggressive finisher, puts new financial backing to work in a bid to keep up with the big boys • Five drivers who are due for a win in a Cup points race

In the backstroke, at least, Aaron Peirsol owns Michael Phelps; Peirsol topped his American teammate again last Saturday, setting a meet record of 1:55.81 for 200 meters at the Toyota Grand Prix in Santa Clara, Calif.


Photograph by Peter Read Miller