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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

EDITOR'S LETTER

LETTERS TO THE PRESIDENTS

By Terry McDonell

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

BACKBEAT

Late starts and lagging conditioning make this the year of the runner

By David Sabino

OH, TO BE IN ENGLAND

Teenagers Jordyn Wieber and Danell Leyva set the bar higher for next summer by winning their first U.S. all-around titles

By Brian Cazeneuve

TRANSFER CREDITS

An accomplished bunch of campus transplants, including some potential stars, should make an impact for their new teams

By Pablo S. Torre

LETTER TO MIAMI

16 YEARS LATER, IT'S TIME TO GET REAL

A booster's corruption of the Hurricanes prompts a writer to rethink the letter he addressed to Miami's president in 1995. His recommendation is the same, but now there's a chance for real change

By Alexander Wolff

PRO FOOTBALL

STUDENT OF HISTORY

New Niners coach Jim Harbaugh is gearing up for the future by looking to the past and embracing the teachings of another offensive whiz who made the jump from Palo Alto to the pros: Bill Walsh

By Phil Taylor

FORCED TURNOVER

Where have you gone, Bill Walsh? Jim Harbaugh is the Niners' sixth coach since Walsh's protégé, George Seifert, left in 1997. Only these teams have had as many in that period

By Andrew Lawrence

U.S. OPEN

THEY'RE COMING RIGHT AT YOU

The biggest, richest sporting event in the U.S. kicks off in New York City on Monday, and this year it has a whole new dimension

By L. Jon Wertheim

BASEBALL

Strange Brew (But it's Working)

Naked golf, baby oil rubdowns, party rockin' in the house every night—Nyjer Morgan, T-Plush and the rest of Milwaukee's best team in nearly 30 years are taking their city for a ride

By Lee Jenkins

DODGERS DOWNFALL

THE DAY THAT DAMNED THE DODGERS

Chavez Ravine, and its shining stadium on the hill, have always presented one of the most pristine images in baseball. Then the McCourts came along and turned the franchise into a national punch line. On Opening Day 2011, it became something much worse: a crime scene

By Lee Jenkins

POINT AFTER

THE 154-GAME SOLUTION

By Joe Posnanski

Departments

Letters

Masthead

GENE GENIES

DNA testing companies promise they can predict your kid's sports success, but where's the fun in that?

By Steve Rushin

THE STRIKE ZONE

Tracking the week's news both inside and outside the confines of cool

FOR THE RECORD

Proof Positive

A minor leaguer's failed test supports HGH screening and opens the door for the big leagues

By David Epstein

View from the Bridge

College coaches are eyeing a new helmet-mounted perspective when evaluating QBs

By Lars Anderson

FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

Stop. Watch.

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid is truly must-see TV

JUST MY TYPE

By Dan Patrick