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Global Game

From Nicaragua to Angola to Bhutan, soccer unites mankind like no other passion, whether it's played by children in dusty alleys or by national heroes at the World Cup

By Grant Wahl

• IVORY COAST'S DIDIER DROGBA (ABOVE)

• KAKA AND BRAZIL GET SERIOUS

• CLINT DEMPSEY'S GRINGO STYLE

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64 NBA PLAYOFFS

Grant Hill

Healthy again at last, the onetime scorer has reinvented himself as a defensive stopper

By Lee Jenkins

68 NHL PLAYOFFS

Canadiens

They made their first conference final in 17 years, so their fans, of course, raised a little hell

By Michael Farber

72 BASEBALL

Rangers

Nolan Ryan is molding men on the pitcher's mound and stamping out what he calls robot baseball

By Albert Chen

78 TENNIS

Justine Henin

Even after a 20-month break she's a French Open favorite, but can she win without the negative fuel that once fired her?

By S.L. Price

Departments

6 Leading Off

15 Letters

16 Scorecard

A Clevelander begs LeBron to stay

22 Just My Type

Suns G.M. Steve Kerr: This year is different

by Dan Patrick

25 Faces in the Crowd

32 Inside ...

Horse Racing

Triple Crown tweaks

The NBA

Boston wins with D

Baseball

Veterans' hot starts

The NFL

Jets' risky pickups

82 The Vault

Surging Pirates, '92

86 Point After

Barry Zito's fan mail: No hard feelings!

by Phil Taylor

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