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February 25, 2008

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BASEBALL

30 The Savior ofPort St. Lucie
Johan Santana has only just arrived in Mets camp, but his mere presence haslifted the gloom from last season's historic collapse and given New York areason to believe again
By Lee Jenkins

38 Believe Him orNot
Long before testimony at a congressional hearing cast doubt on his claim thathe hasn't used steroids or HGH, Roger Clemens convinced himself that he did nowrong
By Tom Verducci

MOTOR SPORTS

42 The High Road
Ryan Newman gave team owner Roger Penske his first Daytona 500 win
By Lars Anderson

COLLEGEBASKETBALL

48 Twins Peaking
Brothers Brook and Robin Lopez have taken Stanford to the top of the Pac-10
By Kelli Anderson

HOCKEY

52 Mother Russia
Tatiana Ovechkina made sure her boy Alexander got a record-setting NHL deal
By Michael Farber

BONUS

Bet You Wish YouCould
DUNK

Though it may bereaching the end of its evolution, the jam—or stuff, windmill, skywalk,throwdown—is still the most admired and, for many of us, elusive shot inhoops
BY CHRIS BALLARD
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Departments

10 Leading Off

16 Letters

18 Players
• And the Oscar goes to ...
• Monica Seles hangs up her racket
• What is "It is what it is"?
• First Person: Matt Holliday
• HBO's Joe Louis documentary
• Will Leitch fights for fans

28 Faces in theCrowd

29 Just My Type byDan Patrick
• Meet the new Knight

70 Point After
In facing down drug accusations, Roger Clemens is following the playbook of afriend and fellow Texan by Selena Roberts

Inside ...

68 CollegeBasketball
• UConn's high-impact freshman

69 Boxing
• A strategic shift saves Kelly Pavlik

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