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BASEBALL
40 Joy Ride
Fueled by putdowns and cutups, the Mets are ruling the National League
by Tom Verducci

WORLD CUP
48 Surreal World
In a mad, mad final match, Italy rode its stalwart defense to a fourthtitle
by Grant Wahl

PRO FOOTBALL
52 Where the Heart Is
Joe Jurevicius is thrilled to be a Brown, but that joy is tempered by aloss
by Richard Hoffer

TENNIS
56 Any Questions?
Both Wimbledon titlists delivered forceful answers to their doubters
by S.L. Price

ANDRE AGASSI
COMING INTO FOCUS
It took startling transformations for him to see the big picture, and he'sstill searching for more answers
by Gary Smith
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Departments

10 LeadingOff
16 Letters
19 Air and Space
What's the global locus of Anna Kournikova focus? Google Trends reveals all bySteve Rushin

20 Scorecard
• The Tour's chaotic first week
• Suggestions for World Cup 2010
• Rating NBA and NHL moves

28 Faces in theCrowd
33 Players
84 Life of Reilly
A ringing endorsement for a new way to torment a friend after his team screwsup by Rick Reilly

Inside ...

78 Baseball
• The Twins go young--and get hot
• The deep roots of the Cubs' woes

82 MotorSports
• Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s steady ascent
• Gordon and Kenseth go at it again

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PHOTOTOM CAMMETT/WIREIMAGE.COM (JUREVICIUS)52 DREAM JOB Wide receiver Joe Jurevicius will play his ninth NFL season surrounded by friends and family in his native Cleveland. PHOTOBOB MARTIN (AGASSI) PHOTODARREN CARROLL (LIRIANO)78 CATCH-22 The Twins were hesitant to start unproven 22-year-old Francisco Liriano, but once they gave him a spot in the rotation, the team took off. THREE PHOTOSBOB MARTIN (FEDERER); GREG NELSON (YOUNG); JUSTIN KASE CONDER-US PRESSWIRE (GORDON)

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