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LEADING OFF

June 11, 2012
June 11, 2012

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June 11, 2012

LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
JOSH HAMILTON
  • Josh Hamilton has outsized talents and grand plans for the free-agent windfall coming his way. But the Rangers' centerfielder also feels pressure to be larger than life. Through his faith, his family and a more studious approach to the game, he's learning bigger isn't always better

STANLEY CUP FINALS
ROAD TO BRAZIL
BOXING
U.S. DECATHLETES
Departments

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PHOTOPhotograph by Fred VuichSUNDAY BEST Dressed in his trademark final-day red, Tiger Woods celebrated like his old self after holing a 51-foot downhill flop shot from out of the rough for birdie on the 16th hole at the Memorial in Dublin, Ohio. Woods birdied three of the last four holes to finish at nine-under 279, two shots ahead of Rory Sabbatini and Andres Romero. The win was Woods's 73rd on the PGA Tour, tying him for second all time with Memorial host Jack Nicklaus—who called Woods's shot on 16 the "most unbelievable" he has seen.PHOTOPhotograph by Damian StrohmeyerTHE HEAT IS ON HIM Celtics forward Paul Pierce felt the weight of the Eastern Conference finals—specifically Miami power forward Udonis Haslem—during Boston's 93--91 overtime win in Game 4 at home on Sunday, which deadlocked the physical and hotly contested series at two games apiece.PHOTOPhotograph by Greg NelsonTONGUE-LASHING After 20 straight wins, guard Tony Parker and the Spurs were thoroughly licked by the host Thunder in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals last Thursday. The 102--82 victory, followed by Oklahoma City's 109--103 win in Game 4, assured that the series would return to OKC before it was over.