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Fair, Pharoah, Fairest After breaking first out of the gate, American Pharoah led Materiality by a length around the far turn last Saturday at Belmont Park on his way to victory in the Belmont Stakes (page 40). A crowd of 90,000 was on hand for Pharoah's historic win, which ended thoroughbred racing's 37-year drought without a Triple Crown winner.
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Hailing a Couple Of Cavs Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson attracted the close attention of Cleveland's LeBron James and J.R. Smith (5) in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday in Oakland. While Thompson merited double coverage—he finished with a team-high 34 points—the Cavaliers got a triple double from James and pulled out a 95--93 win in overtime to even the series at a game apiece (page 58).
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Force Majeure Serena Williams lunged for a return against Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky last Thursday in their French Open semifinal, which Williams won 4--6, 6--3, 6--0. The top seed went on to beat Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 6--3, 6--7 (2), 6--2 at Roland Garros for her 20th major title, placing her behind only Steffi Graf (22) and Margaret Court (24). Williams is also halfway to winning a Grand Slam, which no man or woman has done since Graf in 1988 (page 18).
Three years after he gave fans one of the great nights in Mets history, Johan Santana is still struggling to get back on a major league mound. But he's not the one haunted by the limits he pushed past for one moment of glory.