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March 29, 2010 | Volume 112, Issue 14

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Ali  Farokhmanesh  Cover - Sports Illustrated March 29, 2010

March 29, 2010 | JOE POSNANSKI
Did the Rangers do the right thing by keeping Ron Washington? They didn't do the wrong thing

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Who's Hot

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WHO'S SLOWEST GOING BASELINE TO BASELINE?

March 29, 2010 | Michael Bamberger
Nothing to see or learn here in the latest episode of Operation Tiger

March 29, 2010 | Michael Bamberger
Georgia high school basketball star and Clemson recruit Marcus Thornton, of Atlanta's Westlake, had to leave his team's Class AAAAA state championship loss to Milton because of a sprained left...

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Died

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Ken Macha

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March 29, 2010 | Chris Mannix
Jeremy Tyler's overseas stint may be more instructive than Brandon Jennings's stay

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Jets-Giants? Small change! Here's how the fickle flip has really altered events

March 29, 2010 | Dan Patrick
The Interview

March 29, 2010 | Edited by ELIZABETH MCGARR
Kyle Plante

March 29, 2010 | Bethlehem Shoals
A new film goes inside a prep powerhouse

March 29, 2010 | JON HEYMAN
As Opening Day nears, teams weigh tough choices on deals, rotations and where to send their top prospects

March 29, 2010 | Joe Sheehan
Joe Mauer signed an eight-year, $184 million contract that will keep him in Minnesota through his peak years. A strong defensive catcher who is one of the five best hitters in the league deserves...

March 29, 2010 | CHRIS MANNIX
The play of rookie Darren Collison presents a dicey problem for New Orleans: What to do with Chris Paul?

March 29, 2010 | LARS ANDERSON
Can anyone beat Jimmie? Kurt Busch and new crew chief Steve Addington just might have the chemistry

March 29, 2010 | GEORGE DORHMANN
A World Cup year means major challenges for MLS teams—and no club faces more of them than Houston

March 29, 2010 | TIM LAYDEN
Packed with first-rate hoops, last-gasp heaves and earthshaking upsets, the NCAA tournament is demonstrating more clearly than ever why it's the country's best sporting event

March 29, 2010 | PHIL TAYLOR
A steadfast belief in the Butler Way has reaped yet another Sweet 16 berth for the Bulldogs

March 29, 2010 | JOE LEMIRE
After sitting out a year, Ekpe Udoh has lifted his game—and Baylor—to unexpected heights

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How fitting that the Vancouver Olympics began with the Great One lighting the torch and ended with the Kid bringing home gold for Canada. I shared with my young family the experience of Sidney...

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Founder: Henry R. Luce 1898--1967

March 29, 2010 | LEE JENKINS
A philanthropic, opera-loving, multilingual former medical school student, Lakers power forward Pau Gasol has a game that is as refined and varied as his tastes

March 29, 2010 | MICHAEL FARBER
With a sublime spin move, L.A.'s precocious Drew Doughty is the finest member of a new wave of gifted young defensemen—and may be on his way to being one of the best ever

March 29, 2010 | MICHAEL FARBER
Pierre McGuire gives the lowdown on the five players (all 25 and under) who along with Doughty make up the vanguard of the NHL's Young Defensemen Revolution.

March 29, 2010 | FRANK DEFORD
Confessions of a Sportswriter

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One Scoop For Two

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Every SI Story ... Every SI Photo ... Ever SI.COM/VAULT

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Production Line

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Steve Nash First-Round Upsets

March 29, 2010 | PETER KING
SI's fearless NFL expert opines on all the latest news, buzz and inside information. This is just a taste of what you'll get online.

March 29, 2010 | SELENA ROBERTS
The isolation play always brought Michael Jordan closer to us. Waving his arm as if parting tall weeds—the signal for his teammates to clear out or, in truth, get lost—Jordan was at his most...

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An around-the-horn ranking of the best major league golfers at each position. The takeaway? Don't challenge the Minnesota Twins to a money match

March 29, 2010 | GARY VAN SICKLE
U.S. Mid-Am champ Nathan Smith's first Masters, in 2004, was both the thrill and the disappointment of a lifetime. He's hoping the return trip is half as eventful

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MY BAG

March 29, 2010 | BETH BADER
Tight times on the women's circuit are squeezing the middle

March 29, 2010 | BETH BADER
TOP 100 TEACHERS POLL

March 29, 2010 | DOTTIE PEPPER
One of the coolest things about the new softer, shallower grooves is the return of the guess factor when playing out of the rough. Will this shot come out dead or will it fly? If it flies, how far...

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March 29, 2010 | DAMON HACK
Yes, Tiger Woods says he will end his almost five-month "indefinite break" from golf at the Masters, but everyone on the PGA Tour wants to know, Will Woods pick up where he left off, or will the...

March 29, 2010 | Alan Shipnuck
A pair of "exclusive" interviews by Woods took the spotlight away from Transitions winner Jim Furyk