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LEADING OFF

May 21, 2012
May 21, 2012

Table of Contents
May 21, 2012

LEADING OFF
GOLF PLUS
THE MAIL
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
TIM DUNCAN
  • Tim Duncan is the most successful player of his generation, maybe even its best, the foundation of yet another Spurs team built to win it all. So why haven't you fallen for him? The reasons aren't all black-and-white

BASEBALL
  • That's the question surrounding one of baseball's crown jewels as the sport enriches its young stars with an unprecedented urgency, changing the economics of the game

  • Eric Hosmer isn't the only exciting young player whom teams should try to keep under control for as long as possible. These coming stars are next in line for a long-term contract

NHL PLAYOFFS
OLYMPICS
Jabari Parker
Departments

LEADING OFF

PHOTOPhotograph by Walter Iooss Jr.INDY FLICK Paul George and the Pacers found the driving smoother than expected for much of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Sunday in Miami. Indiana led by as many as six in the second half before being swallowed up by LeBron James (6) and his vast shadow down the stretch in the Heat's 95--86 victory.PHOTOPhotograph by Peter Powell/EPABLUES HEAVEN Manchester City players celebrated Pablo Zabaleta's opening goal in their Survival Sunday match with Queens Park Rangers at Etihad Stadium. After falling behind 2--1 to 10-man, relegation-battling QPR, the Blues scored two stunning goals in stoppage time to win 3--2 and pip archrival Manchester United for the EPL title on goal difference. It was City's first top-flight title in 44 years and one of the most remarkable finishes ever to a European soccer season.FOUR PHOTOSPhotographs by Heinz Kluetmeier and Jeff KavanaughWATER MARKS Using a digital FinishLynx camera that captures an image at a rate of several thousand one-pixel lines per second, SI documented the dives of five at last weekend's USA Diving Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale. The divers are, from far left, Melissa Wu of Australia (women's 10-meter platform); China's duo of Shixin Li and He Chao (men's three-meter springboard synchronized); Christina Loukas of Team USA (warming up for the women's three-meter springboard synchronized); and Canada's Reubon Ross (men's three-meter springboard).