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GOLF PLUS
THE MAIL
2014 OLYMPICS
NEAR FUTURE
AS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL GENERATION OF U.S. SKIERS COMPETED IN WHAT COULD BE ITS FINAL OLYMPICS, 18-YEAR-OLD MIKAELA SHIFFRIN OFFERED A GLIMPSE OF GOLDEN DAYS TO COME
THE BEST, FOR LAST?
NEVER BEFORE HAS SUCH AN ARRAY OF TALENT BEEN SEEN IN THE OLYMPICS LIKE THAT OF CANADA'S. AND WITH THE NHL MULLING A PULLOUT FROM FUTURE GAMES, LIKELY NEVER AGAIN
MOTOR SPORTS
THE RACE OF HIS LIFE
AT 39, DALE EARNHARDT JR. HAS A NEWFOUND MATURITY AND CONFIDENCE, WHICH POWERED HIM TO VICTORY IN A STORM-CROSSED DAYTONA 500. NOW NASCAR'S MOST POPULAR DRIVER IS GUNNING FOR A CAREER-DEFINING TITLE
BASEBALL
THE NEW MARKET INEFFICIENCY
THE MONEYBALL ERA MOCKED SMALL BALL, BUT DIDN'T TOTALLY DISCREDIT IT. WITH THE GAME IN THE MIDST OF A SCORING DROUGHT, TAKING CARE OF THE LITTLE THINGS IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER
THE BIRTH OF SHOWTIME
THE BIRTH OF SHOWTIME
In the early '80s, Pat Riley and Magic Johnson began a transformation that put the Lakers on the leading edge of sports culture. But it took a really, really strange series of events—and some Magicavellian maneuvering—to set the stage
Brazil
THE Two BRAZILS?
AS THE WORLD TURNS ITS EYES TOWARD THE NEXT OLYMPIC GAMES, IN RIO, AND ON THE EVE OF A WORLD CUP IN THE SPIRITUAL HOME OF SOCCER, A QUESTION HANGS IN THE AIR LIKE A LINGERING CLOUD OF TEAR GAS: HOW DO YOU RECONCILE
POINT AFTER
Departments
Oy, Canada
A pair of losses to their neighbors to the north showed that for all the strides they've made and their ability to talk the talk, the men and women of Team USA still must learn to skate the skate
Fire and Ice
Which countries heated things up in Sochi—and which ones flamed out?
For Their Next Act ...
In addition to the young Sochi medalists who'll return in 2018, including skier Mikaela Shiffrin and nearly all of the freestyle skiers and snowboarders, Team USA has many other promising athletes in the pipeline for Pyeongchang, South Korea