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April 05, 2010 | Volume 112, Issue 15

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Roy Halladay Cover - Sports Illustrated April 05, 2010

April 05, 2010 | ALBERT CHEN
With the best four-player core in the majors, the Cardinals are poised to roost once more atop a depleted division

April 05, 2010 | Albert Chen
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April 05, 2010 | PABLO S. TORRE
There are two-term limits atop this division, so it's bye-bye Dodgers and hello ... Rockies? Indeed, with a well-rounded roster, they are in line for their first West title

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

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Shining Moments

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March Madness Mascots

April 05, 2010 | CHRIS BALLARD
He does not look like a man on the brink of history, sitting outside Oracle Arena on game night, white-haired and tired-eyed and staring into the gray Oakland dusk, a cup of coffee in one hand and...

April 05, 2010 | PETER KING
With a labor war looming, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell artfully showed who's boss of all the bosses

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Who's Hot

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WHO IS THE MOST OVERRATED PLAYER?

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Died

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5.7

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Mike Krzyzewski

April 05, 2010 | Tim Layden
Talent maestro Chet Simmons helped invent and reinvent TV sports

April 05, 2010 | Tim Layden
Mexico's national soccer team is planning to bring a 16-foot, 3½-ton replica of a 21-foot-tall, gold-plated angel monument from Mexico City to the World Cup in South Africa as a good-luck charm.

April 05, 2010 | L. Jon Wertheim
By showcasing itself in Newark, the UFC hopes to build a bridge to the Big Time

April 05, 2010 | PETER KING
After revamping his mechanics, Tim Tebow is suddenly a hot draft prospect

April 05, 2010 | Dan Patrick
The Interview

April 05, 2010 | Edited by ELIZABETH MCGARR
Jackie Borkowski

April 05, 2010 | CHRIS MANNIX
Led by Sacramento's Tyreke Evans, talented rookies are reinvigorating the playmaking corps

April 05, 2010 | CHRIS MANNIX
Three years after suffering a gruesome left knee injury, point guard Shaun Livingston is an NBA starter. The No. 4 pick in the 2004 draft, Livingston, 24, failed in comeback attempts with two...

April 05, 2010 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE
United by painful losses on the ice and off, Miami (Ohio) is soaring toward the school's first NCAA title

April 05, 2010 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE
Blake Geoffrion, F, Wisconsin (below) The senior center and tri-captain—and grandson of Hall of Fame wing Bernie (Boom Boom) Geoffrion—leads the second-ranked Badgers' high-powered attack with 27...

April 05, 2010 | LARS ANDERSON
With the hot seat getting hotter, coaches at Georgia, Michigan and Texas A&M work to tighten their defenses

April 05, 2010 | LARS ANDERSON
Here are three schools with new coaches who have big plans on offense:

April 05, 2010 | LARS ANDERSON
NASCAR's switch from the wing back to the spoiler should please fans—and could shake up the standings

April 05, 2010 | LARS ANDERSON
Every time Denny Hamlin (below) hit the brakes with his left foot on Monday at Martinsville, he felt a jolt of pain in his left knee. He'd torn his ACL in late January playing...

April 05, 2010 | TIM LAYDEN
No team among the Final Four has proved to be a dominant power, but one of them will find greatness in an NCAA tournament that has reflected the college game's new era

April 05, 2010 | TIM LAYDEN
SI asked assistant coaches who faced a 2010 Final Four team to share what they learned about trying to stop these red-hot lineups

April 05, 2010 | PABLO S. TORRE
Michigan State has a method to its annual March Madness success—a second "team" that feeds the Monster, the huge database used to prep for opponents

April 05, 2010 | TOM VERDUCCI
Why is baseball's best pitcher also the hardest worker in the game? Because his dad taught him that's how things are done. Because Roy Halladay knows what it's like to fail—and doesn't like the...

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The numbers don't lie: Here's a metric that shows which players deliver the most bang for the buck

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Long-suffering Baltimore fans are thrilled that Matt Wieters (Rare Bird, March 15) is the first Orioles catcher to grace the cover of SI since Rick Dempsey in 1983, when the team won its last...

April 05, 2010 | JOE POSNANSKI
Hitters who work the count and get on—guys like Denard Span—are more valuable than ever. Is it a gift, or can players develop base instincts?

April 05, 2010 | JOE POSNANSKI
Last season Denard Span had the highest OBP of his pro career (.392), in large part because he became one of the most selective hitters in the majors. Overall he swung at only 18.3% of pitches out...

April 05, 2010 | Tom Verducci
PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS

April 05, 2010 | JOE LEMIRE
Team execs have worked nonstop to gain an edge, but the Yanks, Red Sox and Rays still have to decide baseball's toughest division on the field. After them, it's all downhill

April 05, 2010 | JOE LEMIRE
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April 05, 2010 | JOE POSNANSKI
There's something not to love about every team in the division. But even the loss of Joe Nathan won't keep the pitching-thin Twins from closing the deal again

April 05, 2010 | JOE POSNANSKI
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X Pressed

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April 05, 2010 | BEN REITER
All three division rivals brought in reinforcements in a bid to overthrow the Angels, who were hurt by free agency. L.A. won't give up its title without a fight

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April 05, 2010 | ALBERT CHEN
The seasoned Phillies will prevail again in a division marked by an influx of future All-Stars. For the maturing Braves and Marlins, time is on their side

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April 05, 2010 | GARY VAN SICKLE
Two great tracks, two super fields, two solid wins in his last two starts—it all adds up to Ernie Els as the clear favorite at Augusta

April 05, 2010 | GARY VAN SICKLE
Over the Hill

April 05, 2010 | DAMON HACK
Champions tour rookie Fred Couples has made a record-setting first impression on the senior set, but he still has an eye on Augusta

April 05, 2010 | DAMON HACK
Still Hurting

April 05, 2010 | JOHN GARRITY
Sponsor's invitee Hee Kyung Seo was a runaway winner at the inaugural KIA Classic, but what would an LPGA event be without a little rules controversy involving Michelle Wie?

April 05, 2010 | JOHN GARRITY
The KIA Classic was the first LPGA event in four months to be played on U.S. soil, and some of the tour's stars have made significant changes during that time, both on and off the course.

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April 05, 2010 | BRAD FAXON
A PGA Tour veteran who has dealt with his own share of personal turmoil has some advice for his buddy Tiger Woods on the eve of Woods's highly anticipated return to the game

April 05, 2010 | Michael Bamberger
Has Tiger come back too soon? Will Augusta and Augusta National be a zoo? What are the most over- and underrated holes? And who is going to win the first major of the year?

April 05, 2010 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
He's only 25 and one of the top 10 players in the world, but many Americans have never heard of Martin Kaymer. That could change next week

April 05, 2010 | Damon Hack
CHARLES HOWELL says the toughest drive at Augusta National is a 330-yard shot down a dark and narrow tree-lined path. "Magnolia Lane," Howell, a native of Augusta, says of the famed driveway that...

April 05, 2010 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
For a quarter century Bernhard Langer has lived by the faith he discovered after winning the Masters, yet to many he remains the game's man of mystery

April 05, 2010 | ARTHUR HOWELL
The author, whose relationship with Bobby Jones spanned almost five decades, remembers the game's greatest amateur as a modest man

April 05, 2010 | STEVE EUBANKS
An innovator and a mentor to Bobby Jones, J. Douglas Edgar had a wife, two kids and promising future, but his taste for other women ruined everything. Sound familiar?

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EDITOR James P. Herre

April 05, 2010
Don't miss a minute of the Masters. To kick off the 2010 majors, GOLF.com introduces a new and improved, one-stop way to take in all of the action

April 05, 2010
Isn't it time that the Masters had a fan page like no other?