Deal or No Deal
The Packers face a tough call on what to do with Brett Favre, and a former G.M. who was in a similar fix feels their pain
Chasing Kyle
The younger Busch has been nearly unbeatable, but a trio of drivers still looms large in the scramble for the Cup
Which players would a panel of G.M.'s and scouts pick to build a team around? The runaway leader: Hanley Ramirez
Let the Show Begin
Hoping to stage a dazzling, dissent-free spectacle, China has carefully planned—and tried to control—every aspect of the Beijing Games. Anyone looking to spoil the event will have to reckon with 1.3 billion proud Chinese
Olympic Green
Action in the Games' 28 sports will stretch from this 2,800-acre complex, five miles north of Tiananmen Square, to the equestrian venue in Hong Kong, more than 1,200 miles to the south
The Chinese Athlete
Separated from the West by barriers of language and culture, China's Olympians are often viewed as sports automatons. But they're far from faceless, and they're not their nation's only jocks
Liu Xiang
In 2004 he became the only male track gold medalist in Chinese history. Now he merely has to live up to the expectations of 1.3 billion countrymen by defending his title on his home turf
America's new set of Olympians, nearly 600 strong, hails from 47 of the 50 states and includes identical twins, soldiers, teenagers, a cancer patient, a 58-year-old CEO and the daughter of a Super Bowl champion
The Redeem Team
After failing to win a major basketball competition in eight years, the U.S. has taken a new (and distinctly foreign) approach
The Phenom
The record holder and the world champion were set to duel for the Olympic 100 meters title. Then along came 6'5" Usain Bolt, previously a specialist in the 200, who blew past everyone
What's New
On top of a trio of debuting countries (the Marshall Islands, Montenegro and the South Pacific nation of Tuvalu), the Games will offer a range of other firsts
Point After