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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
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
The MMQB
JIM MCMAHON
NBA PREVIEW
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
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
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
POINT AFTER
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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