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March 30, 2009 Table Of Contents

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A Simple Solution

Great course, fabulous weather, golf-crazy market—the Transitions Championship had it all, yet none of the top pros deigned to enter. Is now the time to make attendance mandatory?

By Damon Hack

Dead Skins?

ABC/ESPN might exfoliate

By Jim Gorant

Big Play

By Jim Murphy

New Blood

Sheila Johnson offers the Tour a transfusion

By Farrell Evans


The Rites (and Wrongs) of Spring

Does baseball's preseason matter? The Astros are praying it doesn't

By Richard Hoffer


For the Record

The Mouth that Soared

A late-blooming, loquacious control freak calls it quits

By Tom Verducci

Success Abroad

By Joe Lemire

Rocky Topped

Ball State pulls a shocker for the ages

By Mark Bechtel

Game Plan

What smart fans should do this week

Bill Hader

The SNL cast member stars in Adventureland, opening this Friday

As told to Sarah Kwak

Faces in the Crowd

SI, Sept. 10, 2007 Update

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick


The Road to Redemption

That twisty thoroughfare winds into a second week for the 16 teams and myriad players who are trying to restore a reputation, fix a tarnished image or simply seize one last chance at tournament glory after past disappointments

By Tim Layden

Underdogs No More

A decade after it crashed the Big Dance as a charming Cinderella, Gonzaga is the envy of every mid-major program in the country

By Kelli Anderson

X-emplar for the Little Guys

By investing in its resources, Xavier has proved that size does not have to limit a school's success

By George Dohrmann


Stephen Strasburg Is Ready To Bring It

Out-of-shape and overlooked coming out of high school, the San Diego State righthander now throws triple-digit heat to go with pinpoint control, making him the likely first pick in June

By Lee Jenkins


Rattling The Cage

Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is the antithesis of the UFC's Vegas-style extravagance, but the no-frills fighter, who lives and trains in northern Minnesota, is ready for an alltime payday

By L. Jon Wertheim


Cutler's Last Stand?

Convinced the Broncos nearly traded him last month, a furious Jay Cutler has turned the tables and wants out of Denver. Making peace with the quarterback won't be easy

By Peter King

Harlem Globetrotters

Still Crazy After All These Years

Now in their ninth decade, the Harlem Globetrotters have thrown cold water on their critics and faked out the doomsayers with an act that's as entertaining as ever

By L. Jon Wertheim


Inside: The Week In Sports

Foot Fault?

Tyson Chandler insists the big toe that caused his trade to be scotched is fine—but his feelings are another matter

By Chris Mannix

Hail Columbus!

Long plagued by anonymity, the made-over and gritty Blue Jackets may at long last be postseason-bound

By Austin Murphy

Pierre McGuire's In The Crease

By Pierre McGuire

Point After

Learn a Lesson, Lose the Wins

By Selena Roberts


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