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SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD

The Ballad of Johnny Blood

Leatherheads, George Clooney's film about the early NFL, was born at SI

By Duncan Brantley

WHO'S Hot WHO'S Not

For the Record

No Cheap Seats

Collectors are drooling over doomed parks

By Pablo S. Torre

Delmon Young

As told to Ben Reiter

61 Down

Four teams. One title. A whole lotta little squares

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Sarah Kwak

Faces in the Crowd

Lisa Fernandez Update

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick

NCAA TOURNAMENT

The Four Tops

A quartet of powerhouse teams, each with a uniquely skilled star, is set for a showdown in San Antonio in the strongest Final Four ever

By Grant Wahl

Over the Hump

Finally getting past the Elite Eight, offensive power Stanford shoots for its first title in 16 years

By Kelli Anderson

BASEBALL

Hollywood Beginning

New league, new coast, New York reminders everywhere for new Dodgers manager Joe Torre, ranging from a historic exhibition against—who else?—the Red Sox to a young nucleus that recalls the early days of the Yankees' dynasty he helped build

By Lee Jenkins

Quite an Exhibition, but ...

Can the following players sustain their extreme March performances? (Barry Zito sure hopes not)

By Jon Heyman

MLS PREVIEW

Are You Ready For Some F√∫tbol?

David Beckham gets the hype, but MLS's most valuable import may be Cuauhtémoc Blanco of Mexico, the fiery forward who's leading a new wave of attacking talent from south of the border

By Mark Bechtel

Major Latino Surge

MLS opens a pipeline to the hemisphere's soccer hotbeds

By Mark Bechtel

The Year Of the Goat

By Jonah Freedman

GOLF

The Courage of Lee Elder

Overcoming segregation and bigotry, he opened the fairways for black golfers at Augusta. But 33 years later, even with the rise of Tiger Woods, racial tension can still rattle the game

By Damon Hack

2008 MASTERS PREVIEW

WHAT'S DRIVING TIGER

By Data by Sal Johnson

TAYLOR PHINNEY

LIFE Cycles

The son of two of America's most decorated riders, 17-year-old Taylor Phinney has emerged as the next great U.S. prospect—and a source of inspiration to his father, who is battling Parkinson's

By Austin Murphy

Inside

Inside: The Week In Sports

The NHL

By Michael Farber

Pierre McGuire's In the Crease

By Pierre McGuire

The NBA

By Chris Mannix

NASCAR

By Lars Anderson

The NFL

By Peter King

Point After

Doing a Number On Soccer

By Chris Ballard

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