28 New Sheriff in Big D
In hot pursuit of an NBA championship, the Mavericks dealt for a new leader in point guard Jason Kidd. But is he too old to tame the wild West?
By Jack McCallum
36 It's Showtime
Draft season got rolling as players strutted their stuff at the NFL combine. Dapper Matt Ryan didn't throw a pass, but the BC quarterback still impressed with his all-business demeanor
By Peter King
40 Over the Top
Extreme vulgarity and taunting by fans raise the query: How much is too much?
By Grant Wahl
46 Last Call
Indiana, a Final Four contender, cut ties with embattled coach Kelvin Sampson
By Grant Wahl
48 Next (Next) Big Thing
There's a new Ray of hope in Tampa: sweet swinging Evan Longoria
By Ben Reiter
THE ROAD TO BEIJING
From a Georgia Army post to a Texas ranch, U.S. athletes prepare
BY BRIAN CAZENEUVE
6 Leading Off
• Fidel Castro's sporting legacy
• Where's the beef, Prince Fielder?
• First Person: Hawks' Al Horford
• Will Ferrell dishes in Semi-Pro
24 Faces in the Crowd
27 Just My Type by Dan Patrick
• Take the DP Wonderlic
70 Point After
How sweet to be able to say these words: I beat Michael Jordan one-on-one by Chris Ballard
• The Klitschkos' title tango
67 The NHL
• Is this Jaromir Jagr's last run?
68 College Basketball
• A walk-on has Drake soaring
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