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March 21, 2011 | Volume 114, Issue 12

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Nolan Smith Cover - Sports Illustrated March 21, 2011

March 21, 2011 | JOE POSNANSKI
Rulon Gardner has almost died quite a few times in his 39 years—just how many is open to interpretation. He certainly could have died in 2002 when he got lost on his snowmobile and spent the night...

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Initially I was disgusted with the tale of Mike Danton and his murder-for-hire scheme. However, now that I know the full story it makes me proud to see him taking responsibility for his actions...

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Founder: Henry R. Luce 1898--1967

March 21, 2011 | TERRY MCDONELL
The lockout is on, the backlash is building, and the bad feeling between NFL players and owners pales next to the rearview mirror disdain of their fans, who are now embracing the good vibes of...

March 21, 2011 | STEVE RUSHIN
Good luck avoiding scores in this age of Twitter and texting

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Who's Hot

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WHICH COACH IS MOST ANNOYING DURING GAMES?

March 21, 2011 | George Dohrmann
For top college coaches, NCAA felonies are being treated like misdemeanors

March 21, 2011 | Rebecca Shore
A high school grappler's thespian talents score points for a new indie film

March 21, 2011 | Joe Lemire
The effects of a Japanese disaster reach far across the sports landscape

March 21, 2011 | Joe Lemire
A column in The Philadelphia Inquirer about the Red Sox' J.D. Drew called on fans to "get your D-cells ready" for a Sox-Phillies series in June, recalling a 1999 incident in which Philadelphia...

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Died

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Tom Zbikowski

March 21, 2011 | Dan Patrick
The Interview

March 21, 2011 | David Sabino
Tracking the trends of NCAAs gone by

March 21, 2011 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
Sam Anas

March 21, 2011 | JIM TROTTER
Issues of trust and transparency led to the collapse of NFL labor talks. It might be left to the courts to put out the fire

March 21, 2011 | PETER KING
A best guess at the NFL's next six months

March 21, 2011 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE
A scary hit in Montreal is the latest evidence of a safety crisis in the game. So what's the NHL waiting for?

March 21, 2011 | PIERRE MCGUIRE
The Capitals are the only NHL team with three top-rated goalies under age 25: Semyon Varlamov, and rookies Michal Neuvirth and Braden Holtby. G.M. George McPhee will eventually have to move at...

March 21, 2011 | LUKE WINN
WITH PERSONNEL TURNING OVER EVER MORE RAPIDLY, COACHES MUST ADJUST THEIR OFFENSIVE PHILOSOPHIES FROM YEAR TO YEAR. HERE ARE FOUR TEAMS THAT SHOULD THRIVE IN THE BIG DANCE BECAUSE THEY CHANGED FOR...

March 21, 2011 | LUKE WINN
For live streaming coverage of all 67 NCAA tournament games, go to SI.com or download the free NCAA March Madness on Demand app from the iTunes store.

March 21, 2011 | LUKE WINN
Marcus Morris at Iowa State

March 21, 2011 | LUKE WINN
For game photos of your favorite team, download the free Sports Illustrated Front Row app from the iTunes store or the Android Market.

March 21, 2011 | LUKE WINN
The Horns' 1--4 high set

March 21, 2011 | KELLI ANDERSON
YOU WANT A METHOD TO THE MADNESS? HERE'S A PRIMER ON WHAT TO WATCH—AND HOW TO WATCH IT—DURING THE MOST EXCITING THREE WEEKS IN SPORTS

March 21, 2011 | KELLI ANDERSON
An NBA talent evaluator tells Seth Davis which five players have the most to prove in March

March 21, 2011 | KELLI ANDERSON
"YOU ALMOST WONDER IF SOMEONE [ON THE SELECTION COMMITTEE] HAS AN AGENDA, AND THAT AGENDA DOESN'T INCLUDE VIRGINIA TECH."

March 21, 2011 | KELLI ANDERSON
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March 21, 2011 | Tim Layden
The Big East set yet another record with 11 bids, but most of those teams will have familiar foes in their way

March 21, 2011 | Rebecca Shore
Everybody loves a Cinderella, and several mid-majors would be more than happy to fill the role in 2011. Here are the three top candidates

March 21, 2011 | Pablo S. Torre
Watching the Big Dance isn't what it used to be—it's much, much better. Let us count the ways

March 21, 2011 | PABLO S. TORRE
EAST

March 21, 2011 | KELLI ANDERSON
THE ELDER IS A PLAYER OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE, THE YOUNGER THE PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR; TOGETHER THE SISTERS OGWUMIKE MAKE STANFORD A FAVORITE TO WIN THEIR FIRST NATIONAL TITLE IN NEARLY 20 YEARS

March 21, 2011 | KELLI ANDERSON
Follow @sethdavishoops, @lukewinn, @slmandel, @SIpablotorre and @aglock throughout the NCAAs

March 21, 2011 | Richard Deitsch
The national championship picture is more up in the air than it's been in years. In addition to Stanford, here are four other teams who have the talent, experience and pedigree to go the distance.

March 21, 2011 | TIM LAYDEN
AFTER TWO TENSE MINUTES OF TWISTS AND TURNS AND HEROICS IN LAST YEAR'S TITLE GAME, BUTLER FORWARD GORDON HAYWARD HEAVED A BUZZER BEATER THAT HAD A CHANCE TO BE THE GREATEST SHOT IN COLLEGE...

March 21, 2011 | Ian Thomsen
A wild five-game losing streak underscored Miami's shortcomings, delighted haters and lit a fire under laid-back—and frequently maligned—big man Chris Bosh

March 21, 2011 | Joe Posnanski
Did you know that Kansas City is now an organization to be envied? While you were mocking its ineptitude on the big league level, the front office was building the most formidable player...

March 21, 2011 | Austin Murphy
His game is unorthodox, he tries shots others would never consider, and he's sort of goofy, which makes Bubba (from Bagdad) Watson a wildly entertaining, world-class player

March 21, 2011 | Michael Farber
In a city thoroughly divided by religion and politics, a fledgling hockey team called the Giants is attempting to redefine the parameters of sports

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MY BAG

March 21, 2011 | DONNA ORENDER
Here's why I'll be tuning in for the LPGA's inaugural Founders Cup

March 21, 2011 | DONNA ORENDER
TOP 100 TEACHERS POLL

March 21, 2011 | DOTTIE PEPPER
As a kid I loved it when my dad took me to stock car races at the old dirt track at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway. Local driver Lou Lazzaro was my favorite, and I realized early on that Lou was...

March 21, 2011 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
At Doral, where two thirds of the field hailed from somewhere other than the U.S., young American Nick Watney announced his arrival on the international scene with an eye-opening win

March 21, 2011 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
Paired for three rounds, the game's most famous antagonists played more like B-listers than stars