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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

Here to Stay

Using the Rays' blueprint of improved defense and pitching, the Rangers could have a Tampa-like turnaround

By Ben Reiter

You the Manny

By Joe Sheehan

Hero to Goat?

Did Calvin Borel cost himself a jockey's Triple Crown with an early move on Mine That Bird in the Belmont?

By Tim Layden

Jump Start

With its coach increasingly under fire, the U.S. found a needed spark in two young, highly skilled players

By Jonah Freedman

LAKERS-MAGIC

Final Strategies

Kobe Bryant was the center of attention as the Lakers and the Magic faced off for the NBA title, but it was a less glamorous story line—the chess match under the basket—that was determining the course of the Finals

By Chris Ballard

TENNIS

Is He the Greatest of All Time?

Roger Federer won the French Open, completed his career Grand Slam and tied Pete Sampras's record of 14 major singles titles. Cue the debate about his place in history

By S.L. Price

STANLEY CUP FINALS

Same Time Next Year?

With hockey's two best teams set up to stay that way, a Penguins--Red Wings finals, rich with thickening subplots, could become a familiar event

By Michael Farber

PRO FOOTBALL

A Name Worth Knowing

He meets with former presidents, counsels the U.N. and, oh, yeah, makes more than any NFL player, but Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha can still walk unrecognized through America's biggest city. Not for much longer

By Jim Trotter

BASEBALL

What It Means to Be the 1

A record-setting contract, maybe even a leap to the bigs this summer, await draft phenom Stephen Strasburg, but as plenty of past can't-miss kids will attest, you can miss

By Lee Jenkins

JEFF KOMLO

The Wrong Turn

Onetime Detroit Lions quarterback JEFF KOMLO was a success in sports, business and love. So why did he die alone, on the run, thousands of miles from home?

By L. Jon Wertheim

Point After

Going The Distance

By Chris Ballard

Departments

Letters

A Long and Winding Road

How did David Ortiz go from stud to dud? Tracking a megaslump, one day at a time

Who's Hot Who's Not

Randy Smith 1948--2009

For the Record

American Idol

Iran pins its World Cup hopes on the Great Satan

By Mark Bechtel

The Power of Three

Shirt Tales

Gameplan

What smart fans should do this week

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick

Faces in the Crowd

The Vault

Things I Think I Think

SI's fearless NFL expert opines on all the latest news, buzz and inside information surrounding players. This is just a taste.

By Peter King