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May 28, 2012
May 28, 2012

Table of Contents
May 28, 2012

GOLF PLUS
LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
LA LA PALOOZA
HORSE RACING
SOCCER
  • The hero of Chelsea's historic Champions League final victory, Ivorian striker Didier Drogba is a man of the world whose intellect and impact extend far beyond the pitch

MOTOR SPORTS
  • His final-lap crash in the Indy 500 last year could have been a career-defining moment, for all the wrong reasons. But JR Hildebrand handled the heartbreak of letting a sure victory slip away with grace. Now he's focused on closing the deal at the Brickyard

INDY 500
  • Since the first daredevils took to the bricks 101 years ago, the race has been on at Indy to find that balance of handling, safety and, above all, speed needed to prevail over 500 miles. Decade by decade, there have been both incremental advances and breathtaking leaps in automotive evolution—concluding with (for now) this year's wholly reimagined supercar

THE TRANSGENDER ATHLETE
  • Playing fields have long been segregated on the basis of sex. But what happens to the athletes whose physiology doesn't match their gender identity? Against whom do they compete? What obstacles do they face? And how are they being treated by sports' governing bodies?

POINT AFTER
Departments

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HOT: SOX AND THE CITY

This is an article from the May 28, 2012 issue

Four straight W's? Check. Back to .500? Done. Sweep of the crosstown Cubs? Yup. The White Sox (21--21) outscored the North Siders 16--6 at Wrigley over the weekend with help on Sunday from ace Jake Peavy's seven strikeouts in a 6--0 victory.

NOT: DALLAS MALICE

FC Dallas (3-4-6) hasn't won since April 14, has a league-worst -7 goal difference and last week lost top midfielder Brek Shea to a three-game suspension for kicking a ball at a referee. Shea was subsequently a surprise omission from the U.S. national team training camp roster.

HOT: OH, HENRIK!

Is there any other player you'd rather have on your team right now? Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped 36 shots in his sixth career playoff shutout in last Saturday's 3--0 win over the Devils, upping his '12 postseason save percentage to 94.2%. His take? "I was a little lucky today."

NOT: KNEED TO KNOW

First it was the Yanks' Mariano Rivera, then Nats catcher Wilson Ramos; now it's the NL 2011 Comeback Player of the Year, the Cards' Lance Berkman, who's likely to miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Worse news for St. Louis fans? This could spell the end of Berkman's career.

HOT: AVE, MARIA

Maria Sharapova beat Li Na 4--6, 6--4, 7--6 to win her second straight Italian Open on Sunday in a match delayed two hours by rain that turned the court's red clay to mud. Down 4--0 in the second set, Sharapova took advantage of 24 unforced errors from Na and won the next eight games.

PHOTOJULIAN FINNEY/GETTY IMAGES (SHARAPOVA)PHOTOFRANK VICTORES/US PRESSWIRE (BERKMAN)PHOTOADAM HUNGER (LUNDQVIST)PHOTOSCOTT STUART/ZUMAPRESS.COM (SHEA)PHOTOSCOTT STRAZZANTE/MCT/ABACAUSA.COM (PEAVY)