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March 24, 2008 Table Of Contents

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Great Red Hope

Major League Baseball tries to make inroads into China

By Alan Paul

Caution Lights

By Elizabeth Newman

War Games

A West Point cadet may fulfill his Army obligations by playing in the NFL

By Clay Travis

WHO'S Hot / WHO'S Not

For the Record

Athletic Supporters

Sports stars weigh in with presidential picks

Josh Hamilton

By Pablo S. Torre

Chips Happen

High-stakes poker gets spoofed in The Grand

By Adam Duerson

The Beat

By Adam Duerson

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Sarah Kwak

Faces in the Crowd

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In the Wings

While most of the world is focused solely on Tiger, a foursome of young pros and a couple of resurgent veterans have quietly emerged as players to be reckoned with as the first major of '08 approaches

By Alan Shipnuck

Jump Start

It took dunkin' Dustin Johnson, one of the new, athletic breed of pros on the PGA Tour, only two months to make a case for rookie of the year

By Gary Van Sickle

The Class of '08

First-year man Dustin Johnson has made this year's biggest initial splash on the PGA Tour, but these six fresh faces (presented alphabetically) also have shown they are worth keeping an eye on.

By Gary Van Sickle

Second Siblings

Bryant brothers left to wonder

By Jim Gorant

Big Play

By Patti McGowan

The Pepper Mill

By Dottie Pepper

Take a Hike

If the WGCs never leave the U.S., they should turn in the W

By Gary Van Sickle

Dan Patrick

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick


Big Bang Theory

In a field loaded with tall, talented front lines, at least half a dozen top contenders are smaller teams that have offset their lack of stature with speed and versatility—weapons they hope will cut the behemoths down to size

By Grant Wahl

When Giants Ruled the Tournament

By Text by Elizabeth McGarr

Beware of Tigers

After four straight wrenching losses in the national semis, LSU—led by senior center Sylvia Fowles and a new, veteran coach—is poised to break through

By Kelli Anderson

The Centers Will Hold

A passel of post players could be the key to postseason success for these title-hopeful teams

By Richard Deitsch

Rivalry Redux

UConn's the team to beat, but again the Vols stand in the way

By Kelli Anderson

Mad About March

Start Xeroxing those brackets, strike up the Siena fight song, tell the boss you're taking a long lunch: 65 teams and 65 reasons that prove this is the best basketball month of the year


The Bruins win their 12th national championship by imposing a slow half-court tempo, throttling Kansas's perimeter threats and riding the coattails of superlative freshman Kevin Love to victory

By Grant Wahl

Cut from the Same Cloth

Nine years after his father threw in the towel as Georgetown's coach, John Thompson III has assumed his mantle and made the Hoyas once again a threat to win the national championship

By Alexander Wolff


Shooting for 60 Goals

Being the first to hit that scoring milestone since 1996 would place Alexander Ovechkin in the company of greats. Would it also be a sign of an offensive renaissance in the NHL?

By Michael Farber


For these stars, reaching the coveted plateau was a feat to be repeated

By Sarah Kwak


Good News, Bad News

By embracing a supporting role and livening up the locker room, Shaquille O'Neal has fit right in with the Suns. But so far they don't seem to be a more formidable title contender

By Jack McCallum


Control Issues

NASCAR wild child Kyle Busch runs on the edge, and after moving from straitlaced Hendrick Motorsports to the just-win world of Joe Gibbs Racing, he's on top of his game

By Lars Anderson


The Roarrr ...

After pouncing on the leaders in the third round, Tiger Woods snatched his sixth win in a row with a brilliant approach and a perfect putt on the 72nd hole

By Alan Shipnuck



Not long ago, the Angels' second baseman could barely scare up interest from a junior college—then an Angel showed up in his life, and the career of a future batting champ was born

By Chris Ballard


Inside: The Week In Sports


By Chris Mannix


By Jon Heyman

Touching 'Em All

By Jon Heyman

Point After

Friends in High Places

By Selena Roberts


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