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Leap Year
Twelve months after his breakout performance in the postseason, Miami's Dwyane Wade has made an even bigger jump: to headline act of a star-studded NBA Finals
Better Than an Outside Shot
The best pure shooter for a big man since Larry Bird, Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki may no longer be the most overlooked superstar in the NBA by the time the championship series is over
One-Pitch Wonder
Diamondbacks righthander Brandon Webb started 8-0 and has stamped himself a Cy Young Award candidate thanks to a devastating sinker that's laying hitters low
Father's Day Comes Early
As he tuned up for his return to the Astros, Roger Clemens's first pitches were fittingly to his son Koby, a Houston minor leaguer and one of many reasons the future Hall of Famer donned a uniform again
Serving Up Their Bread and Butter
Most pitchers rely on deception to keep hitters guessing, but like Brandon Webb, these six thrive with a signature pitch that gives hitters fits--even though they know it's coming
Captain Carolina
With his leadership and game-winning goals, workaholic centerRod Brind'Amour may be willing the Hurricanes to the title
Match Madness
Imagine that every four years a monthlong tournament united the planet in an all-consuming passion that transcended barriers. Stop imagining. It's here
Playing With Fire
The intensity that made Carolina's Steve Smith an All-Pro wideout has also earned him a reputation as a hothead. He's trying hard to harness the heat
HEAD-TO-HEAD
HOW DO TIGER AND PHIL STACK UP? ONE OF THEIR FELLOW TOUR PLAYERS, ON THE CONDITION OF ANONYMITY, AGREED TO ASSESS THEIR GAMES HEADING INTO THE OPEN AT WINGED FOOT
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The Human Animal
An athlete's suffering can be instructive, even inspiring. But our emotions spill over at the sight of an injured horse
Q&A Jack Black
The actor, 36, plays a cook in a Mexican orphanage who moonlights as a wrestler in Nacho Libre, which opens June 16