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Stepping Up

For Ernie Els, a narrow win at the Honda Classic was not only a relief but also a welcome sign of progress in the larger scheme

By Michael Bamberger

Get a Grip

Vardon, interlocking or 10-finger. Strong, weak or neutral. For every Tour pro, the seemingly simple act of holding a golf club contains a story

By Curt Sampson

Reflecting Back

After a nearly career-ending decline, Steve Stricker used introspection and hard work—as well as a mirror—to recapture the success he experienced a decade ago

By John Garrity

Lo and Behold

Big win, bold talk by Ochoa

By Jim Gorant

Big Play

By Mark Wood

Withering with Woods

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick

By a Nose

After years of suffering, I'm trying to beat my allergies

By Jill Mcgill

SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD

Free to Be You and Me

Barry has left the building—and the Giants are loving life

By Phil Taylor

WHO'S Hot WHO'S Not

For the Record

The Professional

W.C. Heinz wrote sports with spare elegance

By Jeff MacGregor

Theo Westenberger 1950--2008

Myron Cope 1929--2008

By Mark Bechtel

Jacoby Ellsbury

RED SOX CENTERFIELDER

As told to Austin Murphy

Blind Ambition

Sightless students make a tense Everest trek

By Adam Duerson

The Beat

By Adam Duerson

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Sarah Kwak

Faces in the Crowd

SI, March 12, 2007 Update

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

March Madman

Nobody plays harder or has done more to make his team a winner than Tyler Hansbrough, No. 1 North Carolina's maniacally focused junior forward—which is why he's SI's pick for national player of the year

By Grant Wahl

A Hit Sequel

Tennessee's Candace Parker has topped last year's all-world season with a better one—and is SI's pick for women's POY

By Kelli Anderson

PRO FOOTBALL

The Education of Chris Long

Thanks to the lessons of his Hall of Famer dad, the Virginia standout learned early that to be a top NFL prospect requires an uncommon passion

By Lee Jenkins

HOCKEY

Big Banger

Bully defenseman Mike Komisarek has transformed the Canadiens into the meanest, most Cup-worthy team that Montreal has had in years

By Michael Farber

BASEBALL

Little Town Blues

Having endured so many departures, Cleveland fans are expecting the worst as C.C. Sabathia approaches free agency

By Ben Reiter

SKIING

Smashing Success

Once known for her highlight-reel crashes, Lindsey Vonn started relying more on technique than breakneck speed and developed into a dominant force on the World Cup circuit

By Austin Murphy

PRO BASKETBALL

What Crash?

The red-hot Rockets figured to plummet after Yao Ming went down. But their upward path has continued thanks to Tracy McGrady and some surprising contributors

By Chris Mannix

NEGRO LEAGUES

THE PRIDE OF THE GAME

Luminous paintings by Kadir Nelson re-create the power and majesty of the Negro leagues, in a time when some of the game's greats played in undeserved obscurity—but with undiminished passion

By Phil Taylor

Inside

Inside: The Week In Sports

College Basketball

By Luke Winn

Breakthrough

By Pablo S. Torre

NASCAR

By Lars Anderson

Point After

"She Played from Her Heart"

By S.L. Price

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