NFL DRAFT PREVIEW
How the simple reading of a list of names has spawned a culture of its own and become the NFL's second-biggest event
by Tim Layden
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52 Full Speed Ahead
No matter where Adrian Peterson ends up playing, he'll be running for his life
by Michael Silver
56 Last Year Is History
It's a happier time for Alex Rodriguez, whose retooled swing has reestablished him as the game's most feared hitter
by Tom Verducci
60 Almost Famous
Red-hot trainer Todd Pletcher needs one of his five horses to win the Derby
by Tim Layden
MADE IN JAPAN
Super Terrific Happy Hour
With his creative mind and his Veeckian flair, the controversial former Mets manager is a national hero—halfway around the globe
by CHRIS BALLARD • page 64
8 Leading Off
First Person: Chris Chelios
The banning of a top NBA ref
A blazing U.S. marathoner
Tom Glavine's singular theft
Debunking a homer myth
The Big O on the big screen
32 Faces in the Crowd
86 Life of Reilly
Some losses bring pain that seems unbearable. Then comes a phone call from Tony Dungy
by Rick Reilly
80 The NBA
Can Luol Deng carry the Bulls?
Toyota eyes the Coca-Cola 600
84 The NHL
The Rangers' regal goaltender
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56 SPRING FLING Alex Rodriguez left his bat and the Indians in his wake after belting a walk-off three-run homer during his April for the ages.
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80 BYE THE BOARD Ben Wallace couldn't grab this rebound last Saturday, but his Bulls did snatch a series-opening win over Miami.
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