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March 26, 2007 | Volume 106, Issue 13

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Daisuke Matsuzaka Cover - Sports Illustrated March 26, 2007

March 26, 2007 | Jacob Luft
MANAGER MIKE SCIOSCIA seventh season with Angels SOME PLAYERS seek fame. Howie Kendrick runs into the famous by accident. As the Angels' second baseman stood in the on-deck circle between...

March 26, 2007 | Chris Ballard
MANAGER BOB GEREN first season with A's THERE WAS a justified air of excitement at A's camp this spring. On the part of the players, regarding new manager (and former bench coach) Bob...

March 26, 2007 | Jacob Luft
MANAGER MIKE HARGROVE third season with Mariners

March 26, 2007 | Jon Heyman
MANAGER WILLIE RANDOLPH third season with Mets

March 26, 2007 | Ben Reiter
MANAGER BOBBY COX 18th season with Braves JOHN SCHUERHOLZ, Atlanta's venerable general manager, views his team's failure last season to win a 15th straight division crown as anything but...

March 26, 2007 | Peter King
MANAGER CHARLIE MANUEL third season with Phillies

March 26, 2007 | Jon Heyman
MANAGER FREDI GONZALEZ first season with Marlins

March 26, 2007 | Ben Reiter
MANAGER MANNY ACTA first season with Nationals

March 26, 2007 | John Heyman
MANAGER TONY LA RUSSA 12th season with Cardinals

March 26, 2007 | Albert Chen
MANAGER LOU PINIELLA first season with Cubs

March 26, 2007 | Jacob Luft
MANAGER NED YOST fifth season with Brewers

March 26, 2007 | Peter King
MANAGER PHIL GARNER fourth season with Astros THE THREE dirtiest words around Astros camp this year: World Baseball Classic.

March 26, 2007 | Peter King
MANAGER JIM TRACY second season with Pirates

March 26, 2007 | Peter King
MANAGER JERRY NARRON third season with Reds

March 26, 2007 | Tom Verducci
MANAGER GRADY LITTLE second season with Dodgers

March 26, 2007 | Tom Verducci
MANAGER BOB MELVIN third season with Diamondbacks THE WEALTH of young talent on the Diamondbacks was apparent one day in early March when general manager Josh Byrnes watched outfielders...

March 26, 2007 | Tom Verducci
BUD BLACK first season with Padres

March 26, 2007 | Albert Chen
MANAGER CLINT HURDLE sixth season with Rockies IN LATE AUGUST, after a once promising season had turned into yet another Rocky Mountain Horror Show, Colorado made what at the time seemed...

March 26, 2007 | Tom Verducci
MANAGER BRUCE BOCHY first season with Giants

March 26, 2007 | Rick Reilly
YOU CALL yourself a sports fan? Then why don't you help your team? Screaming at opponents, "You shoot worse than Dick Cheney!" is not enough. Wearing your DUCK FUKE! hat is not enough. It's time...

March 26, 2007
Jock Culture So Ohio State is The Program (March 5)? Try looking south to Gainesville, where Florida is the first Division I school to win men's basketball and football national titles in the same...

March 26, 2007 | As told to Jeffri Chadiha
IN THIS MONTH'S whirlwind of NFL player relocations, no move was more surprising than that of three-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker Joey Porter, a career Steeler who was cut by the team on March...

March 26, 2007
WHO'S Hot

March 26, 2007
Who has the hardest shot in the NHL?

March 26, 2007 | Tom Verducci
As commissioner from 1969 to '84, Bowie Kuhn led baseball in tumultuous times

March 26, 2007
NASCAR's boxy 'Car of Tomorrow' aims to keep crews honest

March 26, 2007 | Connie Aitcheson
Upsets, anger and tragedy rocked the first week of the Cricket World Cup

March 26, 2007 | Walter Bingham
1923--2007

March 26, 2007
Won By Juan Manuel Marquez, the WBC super featherweight title, with a unanimous decision over Marco Antonio Barrera. Both men were bleeding by the end of the wild bout, which took place in Las...

March 26, 2007
JOHN AMAECHI, ex-NBA center who recently said he was gay, on people who use the Old Testament to justify anti-homosexual views: "It also forbids eating shellfish. If being gay is as bad as going...

March 26, 2007
72 Goals scored by Oshawa Generals center John Tavares this season, breaking the Ontario Hockey League record for 16-year-olds set by Wayne Gretzky in 1978.

March 26, 2007
Nebraska-Kearney women's basketball coach Carol Russell was on the bench for a Division II NCAA tournament game five hours after giving birth.

March 26, 2007
BRAVES LEFTFIELDER

March 26, 2007 | Lisa Altobelli
A spring of change for closers stepping into the rotation

March 26, 2007 | Adam Duerson
ADD TALK-SHOW host to the job titles held by Knicks guard and discount sneaker entrepreneur Stephon Marbury. Stars on Stars premiered on Fox Sports Net on March 9, with Marbury lobbing softball...

March 26, 2007 | Adam Duerson
A new film celebrates a groundbreaking swim coach

March 26, 2007 | Jacob Luft
BASEBALL VIDEO games have become so realistic they might as well come packaged with pine tar rags and rosin bags. In fact, the two titles licensed by Major League Baseball for 2007, MLB 2K7 by 2K...

March 26, 2007
BEWARE THE FLIES OF MARCH. The farcical four-handed flub by the Marlins' Josh Willingham (above, left) and Eric Reed—yep, they dropped it—and the smackdown that left Giant Nate Schierholtz (below,...

March 26, 2007 | Arash Markazi
An NCAA back chats up his soccer idol

March 26, 2007 | Arash Markazi
BEFORE N.C. STATE alum Rhett McLaughlin married UNC grad Jessie Lane in 2001, the couple hashed out an informal prenup: Their sons would be taught to root for Rhett's beloved Wolfpack; their...

March 26, 2007 | Adam Duerson
The 36-year-old co-stars with Will Ferrell in Blades of Glory

March 26, 2007 | Chris Mannix
What to watch and watch for

March 26, 2007
Kwonya Ferguson MELBOURNE, FLA. > Track and Field Ferguson, a junior at St. Augustine's, helped the Falcons to the team title at the NCAA Division II Women's Indoor Track & Field Championships...

March 26, 2007 | GRANT WAHL
The first week of the NCAA tournament was devoid of upsets--but not star power--as a septet of top seeds stole the show and set up a slate of Sweet 16 blockbusters

March 26, 2007 | GRANT WAHL
More Madness

March 26, 2007 | GRANT WAHL
The second round of the women's NCAA tournament was played after this issue went to press. For complete coverage, including a closer look at Oklahoma's Courtney Paris (above), photo galleries and...

March 26, 2007 | Phil Taylor
When Pitt and UCLA meet in the Sweet 16, their coaches will face the one matchup they've always wanted to avoid

March 26, 2007 | Marty Burns
SI's team of experts will file exclusive dispatches for SI.com from every game throughout the tournament. A few select excerpts:

March 26, 2007 | JACK MCCALLUM
Every player wants to be a starter--no one really wants to be known as a great sixth man. But with a super sixth, like Dallas's Jerry Stackhouse, sparking each of the league's top three teams,...

March 26, 2007 | JACK MCCALLUM
Full-Court Press

March 26, 2007 | JACK MCCALLUM
Here's a breakdown of the race for this season's Sixth Man Award.

March 26, 2007 | Peter King
Or so it seems this off-season, as the Patriots have been aggressively stockpiling impact players. Have they regained the edge over AFC rivals Indianapolis and San Diego?

March 26, 2007 | Peter King
DOMINIC RHODES

March 26, 2007 | TOM VERDUCCI
Splitter, slider, curve Fastballs: four-seam, two-seam, cut Shuuto, mad changeup

March 26, 2007
Blow by Blow North Carolina center Tyler Hansbrough took a painful shot from Michigan State's Marquise Gray (below) during the Tar Heels' 81--67 second-round win, and Niagara's Charron Fisher was...

March 26, 2007 | CHRIS BALLARD
Dice-K isn't the only newcomer who will leave his mark on the 2007 season. These players won't all start the season in the Show, but by year's end SI believes that you'll remember their names

March 26, 2007 | Albert Chen
THE QUICK STUDY

March 26, 2007 | Ben Reiter
THE LITTLE BIG MAN

March 26, 2007 | Peter King
THE GOOD OL' BOY

March 26, 2007 | Jacob Luft
THE FIVE-TOOL GUY

March 26, 2007 | Ben Reiter
THE POCKET ROCKET

March 26, 2007 | Ben Reiter
THE GAS MAN

March 26, 2007 | Tom Verducci
THE HISTORY MAKER

March 26, 2007
SI's REGULAR SEASON POWER RANKINGS

March 26, 2007 | Jon Heyman
MANAGER JOE TORRE 12th season with Yankees PERHAPS YOU'VE heard that these Yankees are different from their forebears. There's now an emphasis on roster and payroll flexibility, and a...

March 26, 2007 | Tom Verducci
MANAGER TERRY FRANCONA fourth season with Red Sox RIGHTHANDER Curt Schilling is lugging an additional burden this season, and that's not a reference to the 10 pounds he put on this winter...

March 26, 2007 | Peter King
MANAGER JOHN GIBBONS fifth season with Blue Jays

March 26, 2007 | Jon Heyman
MANAGER SAM PERLOZZO third season with Orioles ABANDONING THEIR usual off-season M.O. of falling for the biggest brand names in free agency (even if they're past their prime), the Orioles...

March 26, 2007 | Melissa Segura
MANAGER JOE MADDON second season with Devil Rays

March 26, 2007 | Ben Reiter
MANAGER ERIC WEDGE fifth season with Indians

March 26, 2007 | Ben Reiter
MANAGER JIM LEYLAND second season with Tigers

March 26, 2007 | Albert Chen
MANAGER OZZIE GUILLEN fourth season with White Sox

March 26, 2007 | Melissa Segura
MANAGER RON GARDENHIRE sixth season with Twins

March 26, 2007 | Chris Ballard
MANAGER BUDDY BELL third season with Royals

March 26, 2007 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
Lorena Ochoa is out to do more than just shake up the rankings. She's trying to change a country

March 26, 2007 | GARY VAN SICKLE
Vijay Singh's Sunday surge to victory at Bay Hill was so ruthlessly executed that it could have easily been mistaken for someone else's work

March 26, 2007 | JIM GORANT
Loren Roberts wins yet loses

March 26, 2007 | JIM GORANT
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March 26, 2007 | JIM GORANT
A Michigan resort with a rare codesign by Nicklaus-Muirhead

March 26, 2007 | MICHAEL BREED
WHO: Vijay Singh

March 26, 2007 | RICK LIPSEY
When it comes to pro success, the meek shall inherit the FedEx Cup

March 26, 2007 | RICK LIPSEY
by JIM GORANT

March 26, 2007 | RICK LIPSEY
Arnold Palmer should become the ceremonial starter at the Masters

March 26, 2007
THERE'S A FRESH TAKE ON GOLF EVERY DAY AT GOLF.COM

March 26, 2007 | Chris Ballard
Manager Ron Washington first season with Rangers MUCH OF the conversation at Rangers camp this spring centered on the comeback of Sammy Sosa and understandably so, given his high profile...