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Close Encounters
Losing a major championship is no pro's idea of fun, but the dozen or so players who fired and then fell back at Torrey Pines certainly made this U.S. Open one of the most entertaining
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NBA FINALS
Closing Statement
Even as Tim Donaghy's allegations put the league on the defensive about the integrity of its refs, the Celtics and the Lakers rose above the controversy with riveting performances that brought the Finals to a crescendo
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GOLF
Hurts So Good
Playing in pain and not at the top of his game, Tiger Woods battled Torrey Pines for 91 holes, rallying late in regulation and again in a playoff to overcome long shot Rocco Mediate for what he ranked as the best of his 14 major championships
BASEBALL
There's a New Kid in Town
From his skills to his infectious enthusiasm, almost everything about Jay Bruce recalls a young Ken Griffey Jr., who happens to be the idol—and now mentor—of the Reds' rookie outfielder
SWIMMING
The War of the Swimsuits
With the U.S. trials just a week away, the continuing battle between Speedo's ultrafast LZR Racer and its high-tech rivals has swimmers confused, coaches upset, the sport's record book under assault and the whole mess headed for court
THE FUGEES
Alive and Kicking
Thanks to a remarkable woman, young war refugees from three continents have found a new home on a soccer team in Georgia
Inside
Mending Sox
Losing two stars has reinforced one notion: Boston still has the firepower to be considered a late-October favorite
Kid Dynamite
Jake Deitchler took down two veterans, becoming the first high schooler to make the Olympic wrestling team in 28 years
What a Gas!
Dale Earnhardt Jr. had just enough fuel left to outlast the field at Michigan and break a 76-race winless streak
Point After
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