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Leading Off
August 02, 2004
Champs of the Elys�esThe U.S. Postal team (from left), Floyd Landis, Jos� Azevedo, George Hincapie, Pavel Padrnos, Lance Armstrong, Jos� Luis Rubiera, Manuel Beltran, Viatcheslav Ekimov, Benjamin Noval and team director Johan Bruyneel pose in Paris following the final stage of the Tour de France on Sunday. Armstrong became the first rider to win the race six times (page 40).
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August 02, 2004

Leading Off

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Champs of the Elys�es
The U.S. Postal team (from left), Floyd Landis, Jos� Azevedo, George Hincapie, Pavel Padrnos, Lance Armstrong, Jos� Luis Rubiera, Manuel Beltran, Viatcheslav Ekimov, Benjamin Noval and team director Johan Bruyneel pose in Paris following the final stage of the Tour de France on Sunday. Armstrong became the first rider to win the race six times (page 40).

Catcher in the Eye
Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek gets in the first shove on Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez in Boston on Saturday, precipitating a bench-clearing brawl in the third inning. The game was decided by Bill Mueller's walk-off, two-run shot (right), which gave the Sox an 11-10 win (page 149).

Showtime
Detroit Shock forward Cheryl Ford (35) battles New York Liberty center Bethany Donaphin for the opening tip of their WNBA game at Radio City Music Hall last Saturday. The Liberty usually plays its home games at Madison Square Garden but was evicted for a few weeks while the Garden is being readied for the Republican National Convention.

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