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COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY CHUCK SOLOMON Thank you very much Reds second baseman Chris Sexton gets a face full of blades diving for a single off the bat of Red Sox first baseman Brian Daubach in a Grapefruit League game.

COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY BOB ROSATO Cardinal sin Stanford players Jarron Collins (left) and Mark Madsen break the first rule of good defense by allowing North Carolina's Brendan Haywood to drive the baseline in the Tar Heels' 60-53 NCAA tournament victory (page 40).

COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY GEORGE TIEDEMANN Cael, yes! At the NCAA championships, West Virginia's Vertus Jones (in blue) gets bent into a pretzel by Iowa State sophomore Cael Sanderson, who stretches his collegiate record to 79-0 while winning the 184-pound class and the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler award for the second straight year.