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ALABAMA'S D: BEST EVER?

BY LARS ANDERSON | P. 42

LIONS ROAR IN DETROIT

BY DAMON HACK | P. 36

NHL PREVIEW

CAN THE BRUINS DEFEND THE CUP?

COMPLETE SCOUTING REPORTS

COPING WITH CONCUSSIONS

BY MICHAEL FARBER | P. 60

Reigning playoff MVP Tim Thomas is ready to repeat in Boston

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ON THE COVER PHOTOGRAPH BY DAMIAN STROHMEYER (NHL)