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THE MAIL

WORLD SERIES PREVIEW

THREE DAYS IN JUNE

THE BEST WAY TO BREED OCTOBER SUCCESS? FOR A PLAYER-DEVELOPMENT MACHINE LIKE THE CARDINALS, IT'S BY KILLING IT IN THE DRAFT. DURING ONE 72-HOUR STRETCH IN 2009, ST. LOUIS BUILT MUCH OF THIS WORLD SERIES TEAM—AND POSSIBLY SEVERAL MORE

By Ben Reiter

Quiet Assassin

No menace, no heavy metal—not even a beard. Koji Uehara doesn't look like an October monster, but thanks to him the Red Sox own the ninth inning

By Albert Chen

The Prediction

In a rare Series matchup of elite teams, bearded Boston will emerge as the champ—barely

By Tom Verducci

The MMQB

HE SHALL RISE AGAIN

By Tim Layden

JIM MCMAHON

DA BEAR

By Rich Cohen

NBA PREVIEW

HOUSTON'S NEW TOWER OF POWER THE POST MAN RINGS TWICE

DWIGHT HOWARD'S INSIDE GAME IS BUILT ON POWER AND LITTLE ELSE. THAT COULD CHANGE UNDER THE TUTELAGE OF THE MOST BALLETIC PAIR OF OLD-SCHOOL BIG MEN THE GAME HAS EVER SEEN: HAKEEM OLAJUWON AND KEVIN MCHALE

By Lee Jenkins

DERRICK ROSE'S NEW KNEE THIS JOINT IS JUMPIN'

BASKETBALL'S LITTLES TAKE A BIG POUNDING—ESPECIALLY THEIR KNEES, WHICH CAN BUCKLE UNDER ALL THAT LEAPING AND CUTTING. A YEAR AND A HALF AFTER HE TORE HIS ACL, 2011 MVP D-ROSE IS BACK. WILL HE BE AS GOOD AS NEW?

By Jenny Vrentas

THE NBA'S NEW PARADIGM LEBRON RULES

BUT WILL HE WIN? FOR YEARS KING JAMES HAS DOMINATED EVERY STORY LINE, CHANGING HOW THE GAME IS PLAYED AND HOW THE LEAGUE'S BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED. THERE'S BEEN ANOTHER GUY MAKING NEWS, THOUGH: KEVIN DURANT, WHO WILL FINALLY BEAT THE HEAT'S BIG THREE AND BRING A TITLE TO LITTLE OKLAHOMA CITY

By Ian Thomsen

THE NETS' NEW NUCLEUS SO, BROOKLYN, HUH?

WHEN PAUL PIERCE PERSUADED KEVIN GARNETT TO PLAY FOR THE NETS—AND FOR ROOKIE COACH JASON KIDD—IT CLINCHED THE DEAL OF THE SUMMER. NOW THE CLOCK IS ALREADY TICKING ON A GROUP OF HIGHLY PAID BUT AGING STARS AS THEY STRIVE TO LEAD THE FRANCHISE TO ITS FIRST NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

By Chris Mannix

1 Miami Heat

By Chris Mannix

2 Chicago Bulls

By Rob Mahoney

3 Brooklyn Nets

By Rob Mahoney

4 Indiana Pacers

By Rob Mahoney

5 New York Knicks

By Benjamin Golliver

6 Atlanta Hawks

By Chris Mannix

7 Washington Wizards

By Chris Mannix

8 Toronto Raptors

By Rob Mahoney

9 Detroit Pistons

By Rob Mahoney

10 Cleveland Cavaliers

By Rob Mahoney

11 Charlotte Bobcats

By Chris Mannix

12 Milwaukee Bucks

By Rob Mahoney

13 Boston Celtics

By Benjamin Golliver

14 Orlando Magic

By Chris Mannix

15 Philadelphia 76ers

By Rob Mahoney

THE WEST'S NEW SHOWTIME THE LONG RANGERS

ONE IS THE PROTOTYPICAL NBA WING. THE OTHER LACKS STRENGTH, CAN'T JUMP AND IS FREAKISHLY SKILLED. THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A BACKCOURT LIKE THE WARRIORS' KLAY THOMPSON AND STEPHEN CURRY, TWO YOUNG GUNNERS WHOSE SHOOTING RANGE ASTOUNDS EVEN THEMSELVES

By Chris Ballard

1 Los Angeles Clippers

By Chris Mannix

2 Oklahoma City Thunder

By Paul Forrester

3 San Antonio Spurs

By Benjamin Golliver

4 Houston Rockets

By Benjamin Golliver

5 Golden State Warriors

By Chris Mannix

6 Los Angeles Lakers

By Chris Mannix

7 Dallas Mavericks

By Benjamin Golliver

8 Minnesota Timberwolves

By Paul Forrester

9 Memphis Grizzlies

By Benjamin Golliver

10 Denver Nuggets

By Paul Forrester

11 Portland Trail Blazers

By Paul Forrester

12 New Orleans Pelicans

By Benjamin Golliver

13 Sacramento Kings

By Chris Mannix

14 Utah Jazz

By Paul Forrester

15 Phoenix Suns

By Chris Mannix

POINT AFTER

When the Wrong Way Is the Right Way

By Steve Rushin

Departments

Leading Off

By Ben Reiter

The Joy of Rex

The Jets' coach's crack about abstinence hit home with NFL players, especially with one retiree who understands his sense of humor

By Nate Jackson

Endorse Here

What values does a team put on its value?

By Melissa Segura

Fun in the Sun

Big Hitter, The Lama

Bill Murray's history of impromtu sports fun

HOT | NOT

Everyman's Fantasy

Turning last week's box scores into this week's waiver-wire magic

By Michael Beller

Faces in the Crowd

Edited By Alexandra Fenwick

Strange Ending

By Grant Wahl

Just My Type

By Interview by Dan Patrick

The Case for ... Ian Eagle

By Andrew Lawrence