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April 14, 2008 | Volume 108, Issue 15

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Mario Chalmers Cover - Sports Illustrated April 14, 2008

April 14, 2008
Glad to Be Mad Your NCAA tournament preview included an enumeration of 65 reasons why March is the best basketball month of the year (Mad About March, March 24), mentioning many classic moments...

April 14, 2008 | Alexander Wolff
For anti-China protesters, the Olympic Torch Relay is a movable feast

April 14, 2008
WHO'S Hot

April 14, 2008
Who is the dirtiest player in the NHL?

April 14, 2008
Won His debut in the IndyCar Series, 19-year-old Graham Rahal (above), who also became the youngest winner in major open-wheel racing history. The son of 1986 Indy 500 champ Bobby Rahal, Graham...

April 14, 2008
KENT MERCKER Reds reliever, 40, on how he felt making his first big league appearance since 2006: "I could feel my love handles jiggling as I ran in from the bullpen."

April 14, 2008
During a book signing in Chicago, Jose Canseco rejected a cup of coffee left for him because he thought it might be poisoned.

April 14, 2008 | Jim Trotter
But the NFL's conduct policy still has loopholes

April 14, 2008 | Jim Trotter
17 Consecutive games in which Rickie Weeks of the Brewers scored a run, a streak that was broken last Saturday.

April 14, 2008 | Jim Trotter
CHARLTON HESTON, who died last Saturday at 84, was never much of a jock; as a high school kid in Willamette, Ill., he was more into drama. But thanks to his steely-eyed mien, his 6'3" frame and...

April 14, 2008 | Jim Trotter
YOU MAY have heard it's been 63 years since the Cubs went to the World Series. You also may have heard who prolonged the drought in 2003: lifelong fan Steve Bartman (above). With the Cubs five...

April 14, 2008 | As told to Chris Mannix
HORNETS FORWARD

April 14, 2008 | Bill Syken
A real-life Crash Davis recounts his long trip to the bigs

April 14, 2008 | Arash Markazi
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE is tapping into his inner jock: He'll host the ESPYs this July from its new venue, the Nokia Theatre, in L.A. The self-described "sports junkie" is also set to portray an NHL...

April 14, 2008 | Sarah Kwak
What to watch and watch for

April 14, 2008
Jose Fulgencio BRONX > Baseball Fulgencio, a senior shortstop at New Jersey City University, had a 40-game hitting streak, the longest in any NCAA divisions, and a 50-game streak in which he...

April 14, 2008 | Dan Patrick
The Interview George Clooney MOVIE STAR

April 14, 2008 | GRANT WAHL

April 14, 2008 | GRANT WAHL
Before the stands had emptied at the Alamodome on Monday night, SI's Luke Winn was already looking ahead to next season

April 14, 2008 | GRANT WAHL
MORE COVERAGE

April 14, 2008 | LEE JENKINS

April 14, 2008 | LEE JENKINS
SPORTS IN REAL TIME.

April 14, 2008 | Andrew Lawrence
After a disastrous performance in the Senior Bowl, Delaware's Joe Flacco has driven up his draft stock

April 14, 2008 | Jim Trotter
Josh Johnson put up mind-boggling numbers against small-time opponents. How much does that mean to the NFL?

April 14, 2008 | CHRIS BALLARD
The Denver Nuggets, the league's latest offensive juggernaut, are trying to shoot their way into the Western Conference's final playoff spot by putting up points at a breakneck pace

April 14, 2008 | CHRIS BALLARD
SPORTS IN REAL TIME. ALL THE TIME. ALL FREE.

April 14, 2008 | MICHAEL FARBER

April 14, 2008 | MICHAEL FARBER
KID CUP

April 14, 2008 | Sarah Kwak
For some teams there is no disputing who belongs in net come playoff time. Here are this year's most reliable goalies

April 14, 2008 | Pierre McGuire
The two most physical series—yes, one of them includes the Flyers—will also be the longest

April 14, 2008 | Pierre McGuire
The heavy favorite may get knocked off its game, while old pros in Colorado and Dallas will be pressed

April 14, 2008
Baseball Coming off his most painful, and least productive, season, Albert Pujols is raking again, pain-free • The secret to the Royals' first-week success

April 14, 2008 | Ben Reiter
Risky Business? Albert Pujols's elbow could use Tommy John surgery. But until it's absolutely necessary, he'll keep raking, thank you

April 14, 2008 | Ben Reiter
The rebuilding Royals demonstrated an important—and, for them, long-forgotten—skill last week: throwing strikes. Kansas City walked only nine Tigers in 29 innings in their season-opening sweep,...

April 14, 2008
Major Splash As is tradition at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, Lorena Ochoa (left, and inset) celebrated her second straight major title on Sunday by taking the winner's plunge into the pond...

April 14, 2008 | Mark Beech
Long Odds After a stellar 2-year-old season, speedy War Pass hasn't shown that he has the stamina to go the Derby distance

April 14, 2008 | L. Jon Wertheim
Light & Lively A fitter Serena Williams showed she had lost none of her power in dominating the Sony Ericsson Open

April 14, 2008 | L. Jon Wertheim
Andy Roddick took out the mighty Roger Federer in Key Biscayne last Thursday, and Nikolay Davydenko beat Rafael Nadal in Sunday's final, but the scene-stealer in the men's draw was Mikhail...

April 14, 2008 | Chris Mannix
SI's MVP: Kobe Bryant edges three worthy candidates; several other awards are also tough calls

April 14, 2008 | Selena Roberts
THE TELEMARKETER was a ringer. In the front row of a phone bank that resembled a telethon—its mission: beg beleaguered Miami Heat fans to buy 2008--09 season tickets—Dwyane Wade slipped into an...

April 14, 2008 | ALAN SHIPNUCK

April 14, 2008 | Re-creations by Drew Gardner
Think you know the Masters? GOLF PLUS re-created three classic photographs shot at Augusta National. If you can pick the fake photo and identify the telltale giveaway, you are truly a Masters master

April 14, 2008 | WILLIAM C. CAMPBELL

April 14, 2008 | JIM GORANT
Johnson Wagner plays his way in

April 14, 2008 | JIM GORANT
Johnson Wagner's average drive in Houston, nine yards under the field average.

April 14, 2008 | JIM GORANT
For all its glory, does the Masters really have a tough enough field?

April 14, 2008 | JOHN ELLIOTT
WHO Lorena Ochoa

April 14, 2008 | JOHN ELLIOTT
"Annika Sorenstam's swing isn't nearly as good as it was before she was injured. Now she holds on way too long through impact."

April 14, 2008 | JOHN ELLIOTT
On any given week, whom would you pick to win his or her respective event?

April 14, 2008 | Dottie Pepper
WORD IS the LPGA will soon announce a new, limited-field event in China to be tacked onto the schedule this fall. That means two of the first four events and four of the last five on the 2008...

April 14, 2008 | GARY GILCHRIST
I know what's wrong and how to get Wie's game back on track

April 14, 2008 | GARY GILCHRIST
Colin Montgomerie whines after lower-ranked Asian players get Masters nod