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June 29, 2009
June 29, 2009

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June 29, 2009

GOLF PLUS
LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
U.S. OPEN
  • Unruffled by rain delays, a soggy course, weird tee times and a half-dozen late challenges from big names and fellow no-names, soft-spoken Lucas Glover calmly won the U.S. Open

BASEBALL
SOCCER
  • Against first-round competition even stiffer than they'll see at next year's World Cup, the U.S. men showed their worst side, then their best, in South Africa

NASCAR
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36 | U.S.OPEN

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Lucas GloverHolds On
The 29-year-old afterthought overcame Biblical rains, twilight tee times and alate charge by Phil Mickelson to win his first major
By Damon Hack

40 | BASEBALL

Joe Mauer Chases.400
And he just might beat the odds, because he keeps his swing and his life assimple as possible, and he never gets anxious at the plate
By Tom Verducci

46 | SOCCER

U.S. in aStunner
Facing stiff opposition in a World Cup tune-up, Landon Donovan & Co. playedtheir worst and best and squeaked through to the semifinals
By Grant Wahl

52 | NASCAR

Mark Martin at50
The fussy driver can't give up his quest for a Cup championship, and nowonder—he has won three races and is even enjoying the ride
By Selena Roberts

56 |SPORTSMANSHIP

An UpliftingStory
News of a generous gesture by a college softball player flew through cyberspaceand continues to inspire people a year later
By Thomas Lake

Departments

4 Leading Off

12 Letters

14 Scorecard
• Sports are all wet
• Nadal rests his knees

26 Just MyType
Brendan Haywood blogs, doesn't Twitter
by Dan Patrick

28 Faces in theCrowd

30 Inside ...

• Baseball
The Mets' lowlights

• CollegeBasketball
Penn State's Battle

• The NHL
Draft, trade forecast

64 The Vault
45 years of swimsuits

68 Point After
Jose Lima dreams the impossible dream
by Phil Taylor

Luis Castillo'swhiffs and errors typify the Mets' woes (page 30).

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