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Leading Off

July 31, 2006
July 31, 2006

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July 31, 2006

2006 British Open
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  • At 30 and no longer able to turn to his father for advice, Tiger Woods is a man in transition on and off the course. In winning his 11th major, at the British Open, he recaptured his magic touch and provided a glimpse into what's still to come--even as he dedicated his play to Pops

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  • Written off after a meltdown in the mountains, Floyd Landis executed a bold and spectacular turnaround a day later and then cruised to victory

  • FAMOUS? NOT SO MUCH. THEY MAY NEVER MAKE AN ALL-STAR TEAM OR WIN A MAJOR, BUT BY MAKING IT TO THE BIG TIME AND STAYING THERE, TODAY'S JOURNEYMAN JOCKS ARE DOING JUST FINE, THANKS. THESE EIGHT ATHLETES SIT RIGHT SMACK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SALARY SCALE FOR THEIR RESPECTIVE SPORTS. FOR THEM ...

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Leading Off

Grin andClaret

This is an article from the July 31, 2006 issue

Just off the 18thgreen with a two-stroke lead on Sunday, Tiger Woods (in red shirt and blackpants) finished with a par to win the British Open at Royal Liverpool Golf Clubin Hoylake, England (page 34). Woods took home the claret jug (inset) for thesecond straight year, becoming the first repeat champion since Tom Watson in1983.

Rock Bottom

During the 16thstage of the Tour de France, on July 19, Floyd Landis (in yellow) had such apoor ride through the Alps that he squandered a 10-second lead and fell 8:08 inarrears. Just as stunning, however, was his recovery the following day, when heclimbed back to within 30 seconds of the leader. By last Saturday he had therace all but won (page 52), and on Sunday he toasted his first Tour victory inParis (inset).

Early Birds

Last Friday, intheir first day of training camp in Bethlehem, Pa., the Eagles got back intothe blocking business, while quarterback Donovan McNabb (inset), who's comingoff surgery for a sports hernia, loosened up on the side (page 74).

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