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Aug. 03, 2009
Aug. 03, 2009

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Aug. 3, 2009

LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
BASEBALL
TOUR DE FRANCE
  • Alberto Contador won his second Tour, but on a thrilling final Saturday, Lance Armstrong held his own on Mont Ventoux and confirmed that, at 37, he's back in gear

RECRUITING
PRO FOOTBALL
OLYMPICS
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Gameplan

What smart fans should do this week

• MONITOR
MLB trading deadline
Let's hope Indians G.M. Mark Shapiro has rollover minutes from last month, because his cellphone should be busy this week. With his team out of the playoff race, Shapiro had two chips to play as the Friday deadline neared: ace Cliff Lee and slugger Victor Martinez. The MLB Network's Trade Deadline Special will run down all the deals—made and not made.

This is an article from the Aug. 3, 2009 issue

• WATCH
MLS All-Star Game
Who says MLS lags behind the rest of the world? In five all-star games against international opponents—this year's stars will play English club Everton in Sandy, Utah, on Wednesday (ESPN2)—MLS is 5--0. The league's biggest name (David Beckham) won't be there, but five members of the first-place Houston Dynamo will, including keeper Pat Onstad.

• FOLLOW
NFL training camps
Stay cool too. As players start sweating through drills, the NFL and Gatorade are raising awareness of dehydration and heat stroke. With every download of a Beat the Heat Safety Kit at nfl.com/trainingcamp, Gatorade will donate $1 to the Kendrick Fincher Foundation, in memory of the 13-year-old Arkansas football player who died of heat stroke in 1995.

• READ
Young Woman & the Sea
Even before she swam the English Channel in 1926, Gertrude Ederle was a Roaring 20s celebrity: Olympic gold medalist, world-record holder and renowned distance swimmer. But becoming the first woman to conquer the Channel made her an icon, and Glenn Stout brings the women's sports pioneer back to life with an engaging, deeply researched account.

• ENDURE
The dog days
It's that time already for some teams—they're playing out the string. None more so than the Nationals (a big-league-worst 30--68 through Sunday) and the Pirates (43--55), who just traded their fourth everyday player (first baseman Adam LaRoche) in the last two months. If you watch these teams usher in August with a four-game series in Pittsburgh, you're a baseball diehard.

• DECODE
The ramblings of Stephon Marbury
Last Friday and Saturday the free-agent point guard held court in a bizarre 24-hour live video blog, discussing religion, hoops and health care, answering questions from viewers and dispensing shout-outs to pals across the U.S. (See it at ustream.tv/channel/have-at-it.) "I dare you to leave my chat!" he screamed to the camera at one point. You won't.

The Pop Culture Grid

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Athletes in the mixIf I were Harry Potter I'd ...Video game I've spent the most time onShaq should go head to head with ...Weirdest autograph request I ever hadMy advice to Tony Romo is ...
NICKY ANOSIKE Lynx CBuild a huge house for myselfTetris(Gymnast) Shawn JohnsonA guy asked me to sign his carDon't go back on that decision
THOMAS JONES Jets RBFast forward to a Jets Super Bowl winTecmo BowlUsain BoltTo sign someone's girlfriend's buttAsk for a trade
ERIKA DE SOUZA Dream C-FCreate a door to my room in BrazilPitfallBarack ObamaTo sign an Italian passportListen to Beyonce's Irreplaceable
JOSH JOHNSON Marlins PBe invisibleFIFA Soccer 09(MMA's) Kimbo SliceA kid asked me to sign a cellphoneJust worry about playing football

Inside the Grid

The decision Anosike refers to, of course, is Romo's ending his two-year relationship with Jessica Simpson (above). Jones thinks Romo could use a change: "Dallas fans are rough," he said. "All of the attention and ribbing he gets down there is too much. He needs a fresh start."

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