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Pau Gasol, 2008

The NBA has been zealously pursuing international conquest during David Stern's 36-year reign as commissioner. Basketball is the second fastest growing sport in India, with 4 million now playing the game. Read more»

American soccer fans at the World Cup in South Africa.

The US embraced the World Cup, but what happens in the 4 years until the next one? Read more»

Lance Armstrong rides in his final Tour de France.

Lance Armstrong rode into Paris on Sunday, ending his historic run in the Tour de France with a whimper, not a bang. And that may have been a good thing too. Because the way Lance's 2010 Tour has gone, the most likely bang would have been a headfirst crash into the Arc de Triomphe. Read more»

Justin Rose

From golden boy to forgotten man, Justin Rose rises from the ashes of English sports to show the Open who's boss. Read more»

We should be grateful that South Africa 2010 turned out to be an alluring celebration of game and country. Hell, by Sunday the vuvuzelas had begun to sound like late Miles Davis. Read more» 2

The Oranje (Dutch) fans and team celebrate their World Cup semi-final win.

The World Cup 2010 semifinals displayed contrasting styles of soccer and produced two worthy finalists in Spain and the Netherlands who appear poised to produce an exhilarating climax to the tournament on Sunday. Read more» 1

Mexico's keeper makes a save in the match against Uruguay, June 22.

Drama promised in semifinals between Germany and Spain, Netherlands and Uruguay Read more»

Armstrong pedals to a yellow jersey in a stage of the 2004 Tour de France.

While Lance Armstrong might well top a list of the most admired American athletes of the past decade, he probably wouldn't fare quite as well on a list of the most liked. Read more» 3

U.S. v. Ghana, Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg, South Africa.

Recent converts to both the U.S. soccer team and the World Cup may not yet have fully grasped some of the implications of the American defeat. After all, we are a “wait till next year” nation. But what makes the World Cup so compelling is that it requires you to wait an eternity — four more years — for your next fix. Read more»

Michael Bradley of the U.S. team converses with the referee while medics attend to Slovenia's Nejc Pecnik during the U.S.-Slovenia match June 18.

Of all the expectations for World Cup 2010, perhaps the most heartfelt was that an African setting might lead to an African breakthrough. Instead South Africa has witnessed an African fiasco: so far the six African teams have combined for just one win in a dozen games. Read more»

Paraguay scores against defending champ Italy.

The first 16 games in South Africa show few goals scored and a quirky new ball that may be making them harder to come by. Read more»

Woods

The last time Tiger Woods played the U.S. Open at California's famed Pebble Beach course back in 2000, his performance ranked among the most memorable — Sports Illustrated called it the greatest ever — in the long history of his sport. Read more»

The U.S. team salutes its fans after the opening-round draw with England.

It is a maxim of American football that "a tie is like kissing your sister." But in the rest of the world, a tie can be something far, far better, and even beautiful. The U.S. opened with a 1-1 draw against England, a tie that, for the underdog Americans, was even better than kissing Angelina Jolie (or, if you prefer, Brad Pitt). Read more»

Donovan plays against Jamaica in 2006.

To the faithful few who followed American soccer fortunes long before David Beckham blessed us with his presence, the young Landon Donovan went from the American wunderkind to its wuss with remarkable speed. Donovan now hopes to make his mark on the world stage in a more indelible fashion than with his first World Cup romp. Read more»

Wayne Rooney scores against Arsenal.

It always seems hyperbolic when writers insist that the World Cup hopes of a nation rest on any single player. But in the case of England – with its desperate desire, after 44 years, for another Cup championship – and its 24-year-old superstar, Rooney, it seems a bit understated. Read more»

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