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The Quiet Man
At the start of the week, unassuming Vaughn Taylor was ranked No. 2 on the list of Augustans most likely to win the Masters. By Sunday he had established himself as a bona fide contender as well as a friend indeed
On to Oakmont
Phil Mickelson, the defending champion, failed to contend at Augusta, but only a fool would write off a guy with his talent and resilience
What Are You Doing Here?
For only the fourth time in 16 years, John Daly failed to qualify for the Masters, but he didn't let that bump in the road keep him from his people during tournament week in Augusta
Second Act
The author first played in the Masters in 1996. When he finally returned to Augusta, many things seemed the same, including his score
Old School
Twenty miles from bruising Augusta National, timeless Palmetto Golf Club stands as a genteel alternative version of what a great golf course should be
THE MASTERS
Master of the Elements
Overcoming brutal course conditions, harsh weather and the game's preeminent player, Zach Johnson emerged as the unlikely winner of the Masters with a magnificent final round
Baseball
Second To One
A perfectionist, a prankster and the best pitcher in the AL not named Johan Santana: That's Roy Halladay, whose recent success makes it easy to forget how far he once fell
PRO BASKETBALL
The Evolution of Yao
No longer a novelty, Yao Ming has arrived as the first dominating supersized player in NBA history--picking up a driver's license, some U2 CDs and a dry sense of humor along the way
College Hockey
No Small Feat
Behind the sparkling play and moxie of diminutive goaltender Jeff Lerg, Michigan State capped an unlikely tournament run with a comeback victory over Boston College for its third title
2007 NHL Playoff Preview
The Winner
Two decades after his immortal Little League victory, CHRIS DRURY has become one of sports' greatest clutch players. Can he deliver a title to the losingest city in sports?
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