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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

THE MAIL

THE MAIL

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

For Real, So Deal

The Pirates are contending in July? Yes, you've heard this before. But unlike last season, a deadline trade makes lot of sense

By Joe Sheehan

Home Game

Britain's Andy Murray, fresh off a run to his first Wimbledon final, returns to the All England Club to comb the grass for gold

By L. Jon Wertheim

Running for Home

By Sarah Kwak

Innovation Games

Compiled by Sarah Kwak

New Deal Era

The NBA's postlockout CBA was supposed to rein in spending and foster competition. And it has. For the most part

By Chris Mannix

PENN STATE

Is This the End for PENN STATE?

The worst scandal in the history of college sports led the NCAA to impose harsh and unprecedented penalties on the Nittany Lions. What's left is a legacy in ashes, a program in shambles and a community in disbelief

By Alexander Wolff

GOLF

SLIPS, YIPS AND FLIPS

In a battle of (soon to be outlawed?) anchored putters, a rejuvenated Ernie Els won an intriguing British Open after a historic collapse by Adam Scott

By Michael Bamberger

PRO BASKETBALL

RETURN TO SANITY

Just five months after Jeremy Lin became an overnight global icon in New York City, the Knicks decided not to keep him, clearing the way for him to go back to Houston—where things promise to be significantly more relaxed

By Lee Jenkins

PRO FOOTBALL

A LEAGUE AT THE CROSSROADS

Once seemingly impervious to criticism, the NFL embarks on the 2012 season plagued by issues that threaten its invincibility

By Peter King

THE BUNDY PROJECT

THE BUNDY PROJECT

THE ORIOLES HAVE THE GAME'S BEST PITCHING PROSPECT, A 19-YEAR-OLD NATURAL WITH THE STUFF—AND THE WORK ETHIC—TO WEAKEN THE KNEES. NOW COMES THE HARD PART: TURNING DYLAN BUNDY INTO AN ACE, AND KEEPING HIM HEALTHY ENOUGH TO STAY ONE

By Tom Verducci

POINT AFTER

Go, Higgs! Block That Boson!

By ROY BLOUNT JR.

Departments

Higher, Faster, Stronger Kitsch

The Olympics' opening ceremony is less and less about what it should be: the athletes

By Michael Farber

HOT | NOT

West Meets East

A documentary explores the opportunity offered by a once-banned sport in post-Mao China

By Bryan Armen Graham

IT'S ALL FUN AND GAMES

By Dan Greene

FOR THE RECORD

Life After Lance

Pegged as a sidekick, Tejay van Garderen of the U.S. was a Tour de France revelation

By Austin Murphy

FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

Nationals Pride

Team USA gets a history lesson from the game's creators

By Julia Morrill

JUST MY TYPE

By Dan Patrick