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Why We Like Phil

In honor of his winning score at the CA Championship, 19 reasons to show some love for Phil Mickelson

By Michael Bamberger

Bright Day

A former phenom shines anew

By Jim Gorant

Big Play

By John ElliotT

The Pepper Mill

By Dottie Pepper

Personal Major

A spot on Seminole's wall is a career highlight

By DAVIS LOVE III

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SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD

Be True to Your School

Brackets? Minnesota's high school hockey tournament is a purist's dream

By Michael Farber

WHO'S Hot WHO'S Not

For the Record

A More Perfect Union

NFL players buy into D.C. attorney's plan for their future

By Peter King

Real Deals of the NBA

By Joe Lemire

Hexorcism

How to wipe out a whammy

Game Plan

What smart fans should do this week

Jason Segel

The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star is in I Love You, Man, out this Friday

As told to Sarah Kwak

Faces in the Crowd

SI, March 9, 2009 Update

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick

2009 NCAA TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

PRESSURE POINTS

A free throw's very freedom can seem like psychological imprisonment—especially during the NCAA tournament, when laying it all on the line takes on outsized importance, and the charity stripe is often anything but charitable

By Alexander Wolff

Settling the Score

Over the years the foul line has been the scene of memorable performances—and others best forgotten

By Pablo S. Torre

THE BRACKETS

By Tim Layden

Heaven Sent

No player in the nation does as much for her team as Louisville forward Angel McCoughtry, who has driven everyone from teammates to administrators to make the program a force

By Kelli Anderson

FIVE MINUTE GUIDE

By Mark Beech

BASEBALL

Where's the Love?

The baseball world has concluded that the Nationals' Adam Dunn doesn't really like the game. But if that's the case, then how come he plays hurt and hits so many homers?

By Ben Reiter

PRO BASKETBALL

Another Sunny Day in Lamar's L.A.

Kobe may be the star of the show, but the beating heart of the Lakers is the ebullient Lamar Odom, who has overcome turmoil and tragedy to salvage his reputation and find a basketball home

By Lee Jenkins

PRO FOOTBALL

Andre Smith Is a Riddle

Alabama's All-America tackle dominated the college ranks, but his ill-advised combine walkout and an unimpressive pro day workout have NFL scouts puzzling over what it all means

By Jim Trotter

MONEY IN SPORTS

How (and Why) Athletes Go Broke

Recession or no recession, many NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball players have a penchant for losing most or all of their money. It doesn't matter how much they make. And the ways they blow it are strikingly similar

By Pablo S. Torre

Inside

Inside: The Week In Sports

New Heights

The Team USA clubhouse at the WBC is the latest world to be conquered by diminutive dynamo Dustin Pedroia

By Tom Verducci

Big Numbers

By Christian Stone

Hello Again

The reacquisition of fan favorite Erik Cole has lifted the Hurricanes out of their seats and into playoff position

By Sarah Kwak

Pierre McGuire's In The Crease

By Pierre McGuire

Chivas Regal

After flashing brilliance in Beijing and with the national team, Chivas USA's Sacha Kljestan is ready to rule MLS

By George Dohrmann

Point After

Muscle Mass Confession

By Chris Ballard

Departments

Parallax Views

David E. Klutho pushes LEADING OFF to a new dimension this week

By David Epstein

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Leading Off

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