STOPPED COLD The Heat's Mario Chalmers had his way blocked by Dallas's Tyson Chandler during Game 6 of the NBA Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena. Impassioned and unified behind series MVP Dirk Nowitzki, the Mavericks outplayed, outhustled and outthought the Heat's high-priced megastars in a 105--95 victory that earned the 31-year-old franchise its first NBA championship. (page 38).
PHOTOPhotograph by Robert Beck
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN ICE DANCE? Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo made a save in front of a choreographed scramble that included teammates Henrik Sedin, Christopher Tanev and (being smushed) Daniel Sedin, along with the Bruins' Tyler Seguin and Chris Kelly during Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals last Friday in Vancouver. The Canucks' 1--0 victory gave them a 3--2 series lead and the chance to close it out on Monday night in Boston (page 62).
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DEBRIS FIELD Scottish driver Allan McNish's Audi R18 TDI disintegrated upon hitting a retaining wall at 120 mph on the 15th lap of the 24 Hours of Le Mans last Saturday. McNish, a two-time winner of the famed endurance race, was attempting to pass Anthony Beltoise's Ferrari 458 when the two cars made contact and careered off course. Both drivers escaped serious injury, as did the photographers who typically assemble behind the wall for shots of racers passing under the Dunlop Bridge.
Before he became the premier postseason performer of his generation, the Patriots icon was a middling college quarterback who invited skepticism, even scorn, from fans and his coaches. That was all—and that was everything