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LEADING OFF

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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PHOTOPhotograph by Rich Schultz/Getty ImagesJUST LIKE PAPI Boston's Adrian Gonzalez modeled teammate David Ortiz from the on-deck circle during an interleague game at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on Sunday. Gonzalez didn't mimic Big Papi in the box score—while Ortiz went hitless, Gonzalez was 2 for 4 with a run scored in the Sox' 5--1 victory over the Phillies.PHOTOPhotograph by Walter Iooss Jr.HEAT OF BATTLE Indiana's David West (left) and Roy Hibbert (55) tangled with Miami's Shane Battier (31) and Joel Anthony (50) during Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals. Indiana won 78--75 to draw even at 1--1 in an increasingly physical series that seemed destined to go the distance.PHOTOPhotograph by Peter Parks/AFP/Getty ImagesLOOKING TOWARD LONDON Liu Xiang of China set up in the blocks during the 110-meter hurdles at the Diamond League meet in Shanghai last Saturday. The 2004 hurdles gold medalist missed the event on home soil in Beijing after aggravating a right Achilles injury. Now healthy, Liu—who defeated reigning world champion Jason Richardson in Shanghai with a time of 12.97 seconds—is a favorite to win his second Olympic gold this summer.