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SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD

Taking It to the Hoop

He's done figure skating and stock car racing. For his next pic, Will Ferrell—with big hair and small shorts—tries basketball

By Adam Duerson

Worthy of a Look

A once begoggled Laker revisits his images

By Arash Markazi

THE QUESTIONS WITH Carlos Delgado

METS FIRST BASEMAN

SPRING FOOTBALL

The Sports of Politics

Sizing up the Republican front-runners' big league credentials

Pinball Wizard

Three years after his NBA career, competitive Todd MacCulloch has a soft touch at the table

By Chris Mannix

Blowing 'Em Away

After the wind finally came, a U.S. boat had a perfect start

Chris Chelios

By Reported by Franz Lidz

WHO'S Hot / WHO'S Not

A Quick Whistle

The NBA commish picked the wrong time to crack down hard on a hothead referee

By Jack McCallum

For the Record

My One and Only

Players stuck on the loneliest number

By Ben Reiter

The Cold Facts

Don't blame the drop in home runs on the weather

The Other Hoosiers

A new doc honors the Crispus Attucks Tigers

By Nancy Ramsey

Q&A Keith Olbermann

The MSNBC host is joining NBC's Football Night in America

By Richard Deitsch

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Chris Mannix

Faces in the Crowd

The King of Pop

Michael Burgess's soaring home runs have pros, and foes, taking notice

By Andrew Lawrence

Vaulting Forward

A former gymnast flourishes in her new sport

By Caitlin Moscatello

THE LIST

NFL DRAFT PREVIEW

Next!

By Tim Layden

The Measure of a Man

Do all those workouts, tests and interviews really make a difference? They have for Louisville defensive lineman Amobi Okoye, who in the past four months established himself as a solid first-round pick

By Peter King

Mock Draft

The top of the board is loaded with intrigue: Which passer goes where? Who takes a flier on a 19-year-old defensive tackle? Does Detroit dare select another wideout? Here's how SI expects the first round to play out

By Jeffri Chadiha

Full Speed Ahead

On the road to the NFL, Adrian Peterson has encountered more than his share of obstacles, from serious injury to family tragedy. No matter where he ends up playing, he'll be running for his life--and for the loved ones taken from him

By Michael Silver

BASEBALL

Last Year Is History

So, too, is this April, but of a much happier kind for Alex Rodriguez, whose overhauled swing has reestablished him as baseball's most feared hitter

By Tom Verducci

HORSE RACING

Almost Famous

Todd Pletcher is the nation's hottest trainer, but full recognition won't come until one of his horses wins the Kentucky Derby. He plans to send five into the starting gate on May 5

By Tim Layden

BOBBY VALENTINE

Bobby Valentine's Super Terrific Happy Hour

With his progressive and creative baseball mind and his Veeckian flair for showmanship, the controversial former Mets manager is a national hero--alas, halfway around the globe

By Chris Ballard

Inside

Inside: The Week In Sports

The NBA

By Ian Thomsen

NASCAR

By Lars Anderson

The NHL

By Michael Farber

Life of Reilly

Coaching the Grief-stricken

By Rick Reilly

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