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In the Nick of Time
Fed up with mediocrity and losing to Auburn, the Alabama faithful welcome Nick Saban as a coach tough enough to bring back the glory of the Bear
Baseball
Blast From the Past
Big Papi has rediscovered his power stroke, and the Red Sox boast baseball's best record. So why is New England dwelling on that familiar, unsettling sight in the rearview mirror?
U.S. Open Preview
Courtly Rivals
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are as different as two fierce foes could be, but in one thing they're identical: Neither man will take a verbal shot at the other
2008 Beijing Olympics
Just the Beginning
Former high school phenom Alan Webb could cap his best year yet with a gold medal in the 1,500 at the worlds. But the longer road leads to Beijing-and beyond
High School Football
The Son Also Shines
Todd Dodge left Southlake Carroll with a 48-game win streak, but his boy Riley, the quarterback who led the team to its third straight Texas 5A title last year, is entrusted with keeping the dynasty alive
NEW ORLEANS
Two Years After Katrina
Sports played a special role in the early stages of the New Orleans recovery, but beyond the Superdome, in battered, depopulated areas such as the Lower Ninth Ward, there is a great need to get the city's at-risk youth back in play
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