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Sammy Whammy

¬† New Orioles rightfielder Sammy Sosa watched intently as shortstop Miguel Tejada took his cuts against the A's on Opening Day in Baltimore; Sosa went 2-4, and the Orioles won 4-0. • For daily Web-only Leading Off galleries, go to SI.com/scorecard.

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Wing, Place and Throw

  A flock of seagulls taking flight at Sandown racecourse in Melbourne startled the horses and left riders strewn across the track. There were no serious injuries.

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  1955 ~Bill Russell SAN FRANCISCO

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  1957 ~Wilt Chamberlain KANSAS

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  1965 ~Bill Bradley PRINCETON

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  1979 ~Larry Bird INDIANA STATE

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  1968 ~Dean Smith UNC

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  1975 ~John Wooden UCLA

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  1966 ~Adolph Rupp KENTUCKY

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  2001 ~Mike Krzyzewski DUKE

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  1982 ~Michael Jordan UNC

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  1970 ~Artis Gilmore JACKSONVILLE

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  1968 ~Lew Alcindor UCLA

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  1974 ~Bill Walton UCLA

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  1983 ~Cozell McQueen N.C. STATE

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2005 ~NORTH CAROLINA VS. ILLINOIS

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Fours on the Floor

Rich Clarkson shot his first Final Four in 1952 and estimates that he has missed only three NCAA finals since then. He was a freshman at Kansas for that first one, working part time for his hometown paper, in Lawrence, when KU coach Phog Allen let him travel with the team. Clarkson says his best finals picture was of the all-white Kentucky squad (lower left) watching the all-black Texas Western team accept the trophy in 1966. He shot his first Final Four for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED in '61, and he was in St. Louis on Monday night, in his usual spot, as far back on the baseline as he could get--"a team player, just trying to get the shots the other guys working for the magazine might miss."