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July 03, 2006
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July 03, 2006

Who's Hot / Who's Not

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Miguel Cabrera

Marlins' top slugger was behaving as advertised, batting .347 through Sunday (.412 in last 10 games) with 49 RBIs for the suddenly flying fish. After seeing Miggy (above) foil an intentional walk attempt by reaching out to lash an RBI single--think Kelly Leak, Bad News Bears--manager Joe Girardi opined, "He is a great hitter."


The Twins are rolling, and times are sweet in U.S. hockey country: At the NHL draft three of the top eight picks were Minnesotans (including No. 1 Erik Johnson, page 31), and the home state Wild traded for sniper Pavol Demitra.

World Cup Hosts

Germany is sehr heiss--and not just on the pitch, where the team (page 44) delighted the home faithful by storming into the quarterfinals. The games had attracted an average of 51,759 high-spirited fans, and for all the bier drinking, roughhousing was rare.

Alexander Ovechkin

Rookie of the year. Cover boy for EA's NHL 07 video game. What's next for the Capitals' Russian revolutionary (left)--a job as G.M.? Maybe. At the draft, ownership had him step up to the podium to announce their top two picks.


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