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26 | CYCLING

Lance Armstrong

The sports icon and anticancer crusader denies another round of doping allegations

By Austin Murphy and Selena Roberts

30 | NBA PLAYOFFS

Rajon Rondo

The superb young playmaker is carrying Boston toward its second finals appearance in three years

By Ian Thomsen

36 | NBA DRAFT

Gordon Hayward

The darling of the NCAA tournament has gone from mid-major star to major pro prospect

By Kelli Anderson

40 | NHL PLAYOFFS

Dustin Byfuglien

The massive winger led the Blackhawks to their first Stanley Cup finals in almost two decades

By Michael Farber

44 | BASEBALL

Hanley Ramirez

How good might the Marlins' maddening shortstop be if he would just grow up?

By L. Jon Wertheim

50 | TRACK AND FIELD

Andy Ferrara

The Army runner will race this week—then follow his three brothers into the infantry

By David Epstein

LIONEL MESSI

THE WORLD AT HIS FEET

TWO-TIME WORLD CUP CHAMPION ARGENTINA MIGHT BE THE MOST UNPREDICTABLE TEAM HEADED TO SOUTH AFRICA, BUT IT HAS ONE WEAPON EVERY OTHER COUNTRY FEARS: THE BEST PLAYER ON THE PLANET

By S.L. Price

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Departments

4 Leading Off

10 Letters

12 Scorecard

McEnroe's academy: Is he serious?

18 Just My Type

UFC boss Dana White: There will be blood

by Dan Patrick

19 Faces in the Crowd

20 Inside ...

• Baseball

Men who might move

• The NFL

Leinart on the line

• Soccer

World Cup spy game

64 The Vault

Noah's arc, '83

72 Point After

NASCAR strays from its down-home roots

by Selena Roberts

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