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32 THE NFL'S NEW WORLD

BUCS QB JOSH FREEMAN AND FELLOW PROS WARM UP FOR THE SEASON—FAST

• The lockout-ending deal

• Are the players ready?

• Free-agent frenzy

• Quarterback carousel

• What to look for in camp

• Will the fans forgive?

42 BASEBALL

BRYCE HARPER

The Nationals' dazzling 18-year-old prospect is more than ready for the bigs

By Tom Verducci

50 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

J. DAVID SALINAS

An AAU coach turned money manager bilked millions from NCAA coaches

By Pablo S. Torre

SPORTSCASTING

A BOY AND HIS BOT

Lyndon Baty's illness won't keep him from his dream

By Gary Smith

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Departments

2 Leading Off

8 Letters

12 Scorecard

Baseball games are too damn long

20 Just My Type

Tony Stewart is an athlete—just ask him

By Dan Patrick

23 Faces in the Crowd

24 Inside ...

• Baseball

Bright trade ideas

• Cycling

Cadel Evans's Tour

• Swimming

Phelps's slow start

64 Point After

It's time for Pirates fans to high-five

By Joe Posnanski

ON THE COVER Photograph by Todd Rosenberg

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BILL FRAKES (FREEMAN)

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DEANNE FITZMAURICE (BATY)

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