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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

THE MAIL

THE MAIL

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

Adapt or Die

Six weeks ago, the Angels were headed to oblivion. Their manager's philosophical makeover has helped turn things around

By Ben Reiter

Running for No. 1

Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake's strong showing at the Adidas Grand Prix sets up an intriguing battle with his more famous countryman—at the Olympic trials and in London

By David Epstein

Taking Stock

Which runners are peaking, which are floundering and which ones are just running in place as the Games draw closer

By David Epstein

Rags to Riches

In a Belmont without I'll Have Another, Union Rags delivered a victory that validated himself and saved the day

By Tim Layden

NBA FINALS

LET THE RIVALRY BEGIN

Not since Larry met Magic has a championship series brought about a changing of the guard as pronounced as this one, which matches the two biggest stars of their generation

By Ian Thomsen

LEADING MAN

Russell Westbrook may not be the biggest name in the Finals, but how well he runs the Thunder offense will determine which megastar goes home happy

By Chris Mannix

TENNIS

THE PLOT THICKENS (AGAIN)

Maria Sharapova regained the top ranking in Paris, and Rafael Nadal took down his chief rival, setting the stage for Wimbledon and the Olympics

By L. Jon Wertheim

BOXING

WHAT WAS LOST IN VEGAS

Manny Pacquiao was beaten by Timothy Bradley in a dumbfounding decision that dealt the centuries-old sport yet another crippling blow

By Chris Mannix

BASEBALL

BEING THE NATURAL ISN'T ENOUGH

Andrew McCutchen is breaking out in Pittsburgh—and providing a model for how teams can turn draft-day studs into major league stars

By Joe Lemire

IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR

Did your favorite young player just have a breakout season? Become an All-Star? Sign a rich extension? Chances are he was drafted in 2005, which—thanks to a second wave of rising stars—is turning out the be the best class in decades

By Joe Sheehan

REVOLUTION GAMES

REVOLUTION GAMES

THE 1956 MELBOURNE OLYMPICS WERE PLUNGED INTO COLD WAR INTRIGUE AS DOZENS OF HUNGARIAN ATHLETES, UNWILLING TO RETURN HOME AFTER SOVIET TANKS CRUSHED A POPULAR UPRISING AGAINST COMMUNIST RULE, DEFECTED TO FREEDOM—WITH HELP FROM A YOUNG SPORTS MAGAZINE

By Alexander Wolff

POINT AFTER

Casey Martin's Victory Lap

By Phil Taylor

Departments

Different Strokes

Be inspired, but know that the gap between elite and rec swimmers is, well, Olympian

By Lynn Sherr

HOT | NOT

FOR THE RECORD

All Together Now

Could streamlining their concussion case against the league hurt NFL veterans?

By Melissa Segura

It Was All a Dream

A new NBA TV documentary lifts the curtain on the U.S.'s 1992 Olympic basketball team

By Richard Deitsch

SPLASH OF THE TITAN

Rex Ryan flips the idea of "acting coach" on its head

By Pablo S. Torre

FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

Driver's Education

Ferrari is banking on turning a young Canadian into a Formula One star of tomorrow

By Grant Robertson

JUST MY TYPE

By Dan Patrick