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THE NATIONALS: HAPPY DAYS ARE FINALLY HERE P. 46

NHL PLAYOFFS: L.A.'S KING OF MAYHEM P. 50

OLYMPICS: REBECCA SONI'S STROKE OF GENIUS P. 54

THE GIANTS' DRAFT BLUEPRINT

HOW A WINNER IS BUILT

BY PETER KING | P. 58

"I lost touch with who I was as a basketball player and a person."

LEBRON JAMES

HIS WORDS

HIS EPIPHANY

HIS MOMENT

BY LEE JENKINS

P. 36

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MICHAEL J. LEBRECHT II/1DEUCE3 PHOTOGRAPHY (TROPHY)