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May 28, 2012
May 28, 2012

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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
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FUN AND GAMES IN LOS ANGELES

38 LA-LA PALOOZA

For 78 hours, the city was the sports capital of the world: 300,000 fans, 10 events, four teams, three playoff series

BY LEE JENKINS

46 THE DODGERS

A little old Magic, plus the new magic of Matt Kemp, have keyed the team's revival

BY ALBERT CHEN

HORSE RACING

52 THE PREAKNESS

I'll Have Another will need all the speed and stamina he showed at Pimlico to clinch the Triple Crown next month

BY TIM LAYDEN

SOCCER

56 DIDIER DROGBA

The hero of Chelsea's Champions League win is a man of the world whose impact extends far beyond the pitch

BY GRANT WAHL

MOTOR SPORTS

58 INDIANAPOLIS 500

One year after a last-lap crash, JR Hildebrand is focused on closing the deal

BY LARS ANDERSON

EVOLUTION OF THE INDY CAR

SPECIAL REPORT

66 TRANSGENDER ATHLETES

What happens to the athletes whose physiology doesn't match their gender identity? Against whom do they compete?

BY PABLO S. TORRE AND DAVID EPSTEIN

DEPARTMENTS

4 SI Digital

6 Leading Off

13 The Mail

15 Scorecard

Snooze-worthy news

23 Faces in the Crowd

24 Just My Type

The Admiral talks big guys

BY DAN PATRICK

32 Inside ...

MLB

NHL

NBA

74 Point After

A telling number for the NBA

BY ROY BLOUNT JR.

ON THE COVER: PHOTOGRAPH BY PETER READ MILLER

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PHOTOPETER READ MILLERTHE PLACE TO BE Over four days, L.A.'s Staples Center hosted six NBA and NHL playoff games.