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Best in the world — believe it

Three weeks ago, in Sochi, Russia, Bode Miller, America’s best male Alpine skier, smashed his left knee coming off one of the jumps on what will be the Olympic course at the 2014 Winter Games.

He tried to ski through the pain the next weekend at the World Cup stop in Bansko, Bulgaria. But it wasn’t good. So Miller flew back to the United States, to have the knee scoped at a clinic in Vail, Colo.

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Maggie Steffens: time to shine

Under the lights last week in Irvine, Calif., in the second period of a FINA World League Prelims game against Canada, the score tied at 3, the Americans on offense, Team USA attacker Maggie Steffens was lurking about seven meters from the goal. In basketball terms, she was on the left side, at the top of the key. The ball swung her way.

Again, think basketball. When Kobe Bryant gets the ball like that, what happens? It’s catch-and-shoot.