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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

End of the Road

With a disastrous day in the mountains, Lance Armstrong lost any chance to win his eighth Tour de France

By Austin Murphy

Comeback Kids

Paula Creamer's win at the U.S. Open is more evidence that the American women are on the rebound

By Gary Van Sickle

No Cliff-hanger

Texas's early deal for an ace took some drama out of the trade deadline—and the AL West race

By Joe Sheehan

THE BIG 3 THROUGH THE YEARS

The Plot Starts Here ... Showtime Starts Here

How LeBron James and Chris Bosh came to join Dwyane Wade in Miami.

By Ian Thomsen

Meanwhile ...

The NBA's reigning scoring champ decided his future with no fanfare

By Chris Mannix

2010 WORLD CUP

The Agony and the Ecstasy

A triumph of style over thuggishness, the final in South Africa confirmed Spain as the dominant force in world soccer and heralded a new era of beautiful football

By Grant Wahl

MOMENTS TO SAVOR

By Grant Wahl

BASEBALL

The Wake-up Call

By Tom Verducci

IROQUOIS NATIONALS

PRIDE OF A NATION

By S.L. Price

Point After

Measure of a Champion

By Phil Taylor

Departments

Letters

Party Like It's 1579

Spain has built a new empire, in sports, a triumph of planning, cash, freedom—and great hair

By Alexander Wolff

Who's Hot Who's Not

Light in Spirit

Wisecracking widebody Mel Turpin had soft hands and a softer heart

By Alexander Wolff

For the Record

Superstars à Trois

The Heat trio is the latest, but not yet the greatest

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Elizabeth McGarr

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick

The Vault

Three Strikes

By Tom Verducci