Elton Brand split the defense of Dirk Nowitzki (left) and another Dallas
defender during the Mavericks' 75-73 victory on April 10. Their Western
Conference playoff spot clinched, the Clippers were joined last weekend by
their Staples Center co-tenant, the Lakers, who qualified on Sunday when Kobe
Bryant (inset) scored 43 points in a 109-89 rout of the Suns.
Photograph by John
Blowing Hot and
Last Friday racers
from 32 countries slogged through the sixth day of the seven-day, 212-kilometer
Desert Marathon in southern Morocco, won by Morocco's Lahcen Ahansal (inset).
On April 8 a record field of 54 runners participated in the North Pole
Marathon, in which temperatures dipped to -23�C. Irish novelist Michael Collins
Albert Pujols (inset) belted his third home run--a two-run walk-off shot to
defeat the Reds 8-7 on Sunday in St. Louis--his elated Cardinals teammates
anticipated his arrival at the plate. At week's end Pujols was batting .341
with an NL--leading eight homers.
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