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Such Sweet Relief
Forget the curses, the billy goats and the Bartmen—let's deal in the rational world: The Cubs are the most complete club in baseball, their mighty pen led by a nasty threesome that recalls the late-inning trio of Lou Piniella's last championship team
PRO BASKETBALL
A Jermaine Question
While the fast NBA company he used to keep goes for gold in Beijing, Jermaine O'Neal battles back from injuries. Can he recover enough to turn his new team, Toronto, into a contender?
PRO FOOTBALL
Drawing the Line
Fed up with distractions and his players' frequent run-ins with the law, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis finally got mad—and is getting back to basics on the field
BEIJING: 2008 OLYMPICS
Faster Than Fast
Usain Bolt won the 100 meters in world-record time with such ease that you have to wonder: How much lower than 9.69 can he go?
National Agony
China was stunned when an old injury flared up to keep its hero, Liu Xiang, from competing in the hurdles, on the same day the U.S. broke through with its first golds
We Are All Witnesses
Michael Phelps now belongs to history. For the rest of us the memories—and indelible images—of the Greatest Olympic Performance Ever won't be forgotten anytime soon
One for The Aged
She didn't strike gold, but 41-year-old Dara Torres made quite a splash at the Water Cube anyway, swimming the fastest times in her 24-year career while winning three silver medals for the U.S.
Prized Friendship
With their historic one-two finish in the all-around competition, Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson had the best showing ever by a pair of U.S. women gymnasts—and remained pals while doing it
Play by The Rules
Frustrated in the past by the international rule book, the U.S. team, led by reserves Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, has shown the ability to adapt—and to dominate
London Calling
Great Britain is preparing to take the torch with a self-imposed mandate: Spend less, medal more and put together a Games that will leave a lasting mark
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