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April 30, 2007 | Volume 106, Issue 18

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Adrian Peterson Cover - Sports Illustrated April 30, 2007

April 30, 2007
The No. 1 State

April 30, 2007 | Reported by Franz Lidz
AT 45 CHRIS CHELIOS is the oldest noncoach in the NHL, and he has played in more postseasons (22) and more postseason games (234 through Sunday) than anyone ever. Some other Cheliosian numbers: 11...

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WHO'S Hot

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Who will be the Rookie of the Year in your league this season?

April 30, 2007 | Jack McCallum
The NBA commish picked the wrong time to crack down hard on a hothead referee

April 30, 2007 | Jack McCallum
AS GIANTS star Michael Strahan and his ex-wife, Jean (left), continue to argue over alimony, she held a garage sale at her Montclair, N.J., mansion (among the items: a set of cassette tapes on...

April 30, 2007 | Jack McCallum
WHICH COKER is better on the hill? Tough call. Last Friday evening Ashley (far left) of Kansas Wesleyan threw a no-hitter at a Salina, Kans., softball complex. At the same time, a few diamonds...

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The Long Hall

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JOE MADDON Devil Rays manager, after most of his players came down with a flulike bug: "We have to really go to the fist bump today as opposed to the traditional handshake because that's a more...

April 30, 2007
18 Seconds that Flames goalie Jamie McLennan played in Game 5 of Calgary's first-round series against Detroit.

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Eight St. Louis police officers were suspended last week for using 2006 World Series tickets they had seized from scalpers.

April 30, 2007 | Ben Reiter
Players stuck on the loneliest number

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Don't blame the drop in home runs on the weather

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Wearing the wrong hat to a Super Bowl function cost Bears linebacker Brian Uhrlacher $100,000

April 30, 2007 | Nancy Ramsey
A new doc honors the Crispus Attucks Tigers

April 30, 2007 | Richard Deitsch
The MSNBC host is joining NBC's Football Night in America

April 30, 2007 | Nancy Ramsey
IF IMITATION is the sincerest form of flattery, Diego Maradona should be blushing. Against England in the 1986 World Cup, the Argentina midfielder took the ball in his own half of the pitch,...

April 30, 2007 | Nancy Ramsey
LADAINIAN TOMLINSON isn't afraid of jinxes, but San Diego fans are, which is why many were relieved when EA Sports said that Titans QB Vince Young will be featured on the Madden 08 package. Former...

April 30, 2007 | Chris Mannix
What to watch and watch for

April 30, 2007
Josie Earnest VANDALIA, ILL. > Bowling Earnest, a freshman at Vanderbilt, rolled two strikes in the final frame to lift the Commodores past Maryland--Eastern Shore for the first NCAA team...

April 30, 2007 | Andrew Lawrence
Michael Burgess's soaring home runs have pros, and foes, taking notice

April 30, 2007 | Andrew Lawrence
TWELVE PLAYERS from Hillsborough High have gone on to the majors, including:

April 30, 2007 | Caitlin Moscatello
A former gymnast flourishes in her new sport

April 30, 2007
38 K'S, BUT NOW Suzie Rzegocki, a Lemont (Ill.) senior, threw 38 strikeouts in a 20-inning softball game against Oak Forest (Ill.), tying a state record—but still came away with a loss. Rzegocki,...

April 30, 2007 | Caitlin Moscatello
COREY FISHER (St. Patrick's, Elizabeth, N.J.) threaded a pass to a cutting Derrick Rose (Simeon High, Chicago) for an easy two in the early moments of the Jordan Brand All-American Classic last...

April 30, 2007 | Tim Layden
Imagine the sales pitch that might have been delivered in the long hallways of a Ministry of U.S. Sports Culture not very long ago: O.K., how about this for a television event. The commissioner of...

April 30, 2007 | Peter King
Do all those workouts, tests and interviews really make a difference? They have for Louisville defensive lineman Amobi Okoye, who in the past four months established himself as a solid first-round...

April 30, 2007 | Jeffri Chadiha
The top of the board is loaded with intrigue: Which passer goes where? Who takes a flier on a 19-year-old defensive tackle? Does Detroit dare select another wideout? Here's how SI expects the...

April 30, 2007 | MICHAEL SILVER
On the road to the NFL, Adrian Peterson has encountered more than his share of obstacles, from serious injury to family tragedy. No matter where he ends up playing, he'll be running for his...

April 30, 2007 | TOM VERDUCCI
So, too, is this April, but of a much happier kind for Alex Rodriguez, whose overhauled swing has reestablished him as baseball's most feared hitter

April 30, 2007 | TIM LAYDEN
Todd Pletcher is the nation's hottest trainer, but full recognition won't come until one of his horses wins the Kentucky Derby. He plans to send five into the starting gate on May 5

April 30, 2007 | TIM LAYDEN
How to fill out your Trifecta for the Kentucky Derby

April 30, 2007 | CHRIS BALLARD
With his progressive and creative baseball mind and his Veeckian flair for showmanship, the controversial former Mets manager is a national hero--alas, halfway around the globe

April 30, 2007 | CHRIS BALLARD
Fungoes

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Inside the NBA In his playoff opener forward Luol Deng shows signs of becoming the Bulls' next star • Scout: Warriors have the firepower to take out Mavs

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Four Gone Yankees rookie Chase Wright (below) watched his 3--0 lead disappear in 10 pitches on Sunday night, when four Red Sox blasted consecutive third-inning home runs at Fenway Park, powering...

April 30, 2007 | Ian Thomsen
Chicago's Hope

April 30, 2007 | Ian Thomsen
On the Warriors, who went 3--0 this season against Dallas and took Game 1 of their first-round series 97--85 on Sunday:

April 30, 2007 | Lars Anderson
Staggered Start

April 30, 2007 | Lars Anderson
1 Jeff Gordon tied Dale Earnhardt for sixth on the career wins list (with 76) by taking his first checkered flag of the season, at Phoenix (above). Gordon's key move was, fittingly, cribbed from...

April 30, 2007 | Michael Farber
Crown Jewel

April 30, 2007 | Michael Farber
Perhaps the most unheralded player through the first round of the playoffs is Sabres forward Jochen Hecht. Playing with Daniel Brière and Jason Pominville, Hecht (above) is the defensive anchor...

April 30, 2007 | Rick Reilly
MAYBE YOU could use a happy story after what happened at Virginia Tech, and maybe I've got one.

April 30, 2007
After the wind finally came, a U.S. boat had a perfect start

April 30, 2007 | Adam Duerson
He's done figure skating and stock car racing. For his next pic, Will Ferrell—with big hair and small shorts—tries basketball

April 30, 2007
METS FIRST BASEMAN

April 30, 2007 | Arash Markazi
A once begoggled Laker revisits his images

April 30, 2007
PICTURE THIS Think Alabama fans are ready for the Nick Saban era to begin? Last Saturday's intrasquad game drew an overflow crowd of more than 92,000—what had to be the biggest ever for an NCAA...

April 30, 2007
Sizing up the Republican front-runners' big league credentials

April 30, 2007 | Chris Mannix
Three years after his NBA career, competitive Todd MacCulloch has a soft touch at the table