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May 28, 2006

FEATURES

NBA PLAYOFFS

36 Gone, NotForgotten
There was no meltdown in Motown, but by taking Detroit to the brink, theCavaliers exposed flaws in the Pistons, who bore witness to LeBron'sarrival
by Chris Ballard
• Fantastic finishes, bad blood and small ball have given the postseason amuch-needed jolt

HORSE RACING

40 ShatteredHopes
A brilliant colt's bid to give his desperate sport a Triple Crown championturned tragic when Barbaro broke down in the Preakness and began a fight forhis life
by Tim Layden

BASEBALL

44 Prince of theCity
In David Wright, the resurgent Mets have a homegrown star to build around
by Franz Lidz

NHL PLAYOFFS

50 The CinderellaFour
Midnight has yet to strike for the long-shot teams that are rewriting therules
by Michael Farber

TENNIS

52 SnappyComeback
After a three-year break, Martina Hingis is winning over fans as neverbefore
by L. Jon Wertheim

CARSON PALMER

The Rebuilding Ofa Career
After a devastating injury to his left knee four months ago, the young BengalsQB had to confront his football mortality-- then fight to be healthy for theseason opener on Sept. 10
by Michael Silver
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Departments

6 LeadingOff
12 Letters
15 From the Editor
17 Air and Space
Looking for a silver lining? The rain delay has inspired painting, poetry andpros by Steve Rushin

18 Scorecard
• An ex--49ers owner wants back in
• Danny Almonte grows up
• Justin Gatlin's roller-coaster week

28 Faces in the Crowd
30 Players
84 Life of Reilly
A new kind of heavyweight champ: He'd rather teach people's kids than eat themby Rick Reilly

Inside ...
78 Baseball
• The White Sox' hold on Chicago
• Brad Lidge gets a welcome tip

82 WNBA
• Phoenix turns to an offensive guru

Cover
PHOTOGRAPH BY SIMON BRUTY
INSET PHOTO: Robert Beck

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PHOTOROBERT BECK (WRIGHT) 44
WRIGHT ON TOP At 23, third baseman David Wright has earned the admiration ofhis fellow Mets for his poise and dedication.
PHOTOSIMON BRUTY (PALMER) PHOTOROCKY WIDNER (TAURASI) 82
MERCURY FALLING
Diana Taurasi and Phoenix stumbled out of the gate at Sacramento last Saturdayin the team's first game under coach Paul Westhead.
THREE PHOTOSBRENT SMITH/REUTERS (PATRICK); DAMIAN STROHMEYER (FLUTIE); SPORT-PRESSE-FOTOS (RONALDINHO)

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