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God Bless Peanuts and Cracker Jack

The Deep, Mystifying, Surreal Meaning of Baseball

By JOE POSNANSKI

P. 50

THE WORLD CUP VS. HEART AND HEARTBREAK

JAPAN SHOCKS THE U.S. IN AN EPIC FINAL

P. 34

By GRANT WAHL

Goalkeeper Hope Solo looks forward to London

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ON THE COVER Photograph by Kai Pfaffenbach/REUTERS