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SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD

When the Madness Began

One shining moment 30 years ago helped create today's bracket craze

By Seth Davis

WHO'S Hot WHO'S Not

For the Record

King of the Ice

The U.S. will pin its 2010 skating hopes on a man

By E.M. Swift

Sweet and Lowdown

Sugar delivers the goods on a neglected cinematic topic

By Melissa Segura

NCAA Approved

By Joe Lemire

Game Plan

What smart fans should do this week

Jimmy Fallon

The new host of Late Night learned sports the new-fashioned way

As told to Sarah Kwak

Faces in the Crowd

SI, May 14, 2007 Update

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Only the Strong Survive

As the physical play increases with the stakes, four bruising—and bruised—teams arrive for a showdown in Motown, determined to be the last men standing

By Tim Layden

Favorite Sons

With a roster full of instate players, one team will have a distinct home court advantage at Detroit's Ford Field

By Kelli Anderson

Scouts' Takes

SI asked assistant coaches who had faced an '09 Final Four team to share their insights about its offense, defense and difference-maker

GOLF

Don't Bet Against Him

If Tiger Woods wins the Grand Slam this year, he'll catch the Bear at the same time. After his scintillating victory at Bay Hill, Woods is primed for Augusta

By Damon Hack

Tiger's Evolving Swing

By Mike Adams

2009 BASEBALL PREVIEW

Big Love "CC!"

Everything about CC Sabathia's new life comes in extra large—his bank account, a city's expectations, his pinstripes—but it all pales in size next to this: the man's heart

By S.L. Price

Baseball's Next Top Models

Statistical models, that is. Systems for analyzing defensive play are feeding the new rage in the poststeroid era—run prevention. Teams are investing big money not only in slick fielders but also in the advanced metrics that are the game's last stat frontier

By Albert Chen

SCOUTING REPORTS

1 NEW YORK YANKEES

By Ben Reiter

2 BOSTON RED SOX

By Ben Reiter

3 TAMPA BAY RAYS

By Mark Bechtel

4 BALTIMORE ORIOLES

By Tom Verducci

5 TORONTO BLUE JAYS

By Ted Keith

1 MINNESOTA TWINS

By Ben Reiter

2 CLEVELAND INDIANS

By Jon Heyman

3 CHICAGO WHITE SOX

By Jonah Freedman

4 DETROIT TIGERS

By Joe Lemire

5 KANSAS CITY ROYALS

By Joe Posnanski

1 LOS ANGELES ANGELS

By Lee Jenkins

2 OAKLAND ATHLETICS

By Lee Jenkins

3 TEXAS RANGERS

By Joe Posnanski

4 SEATTLE MARINERS

By Albert Chen

1 NEW YORK METS

By Tom Verducci

2 PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

By Mark Bechtel

3 ATLANTA BRAVES

By Joe Lemire

4 FLORIDA MARLINS

By Mark Bechtel

5 WASHINGTON NATIONALS

By Joe Lemire

1 CHICAGO CUBS

By Ted Keith

2 MILWAUKEE BREWERS

By Jon Heyman

3 ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

By Tom Verducci

4 CINCINNATI REDS

By Ted Keith

5 HOUSTON ASTROS

By Joe Lemire

6 PITTSBURGH PIRATES

By Albert Chen

1 LOS ANGELES DODGERS

By Jon Heyman

2 ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

By Jonah Freedman

3 SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

By Lee Jenkins

4 COLORADO ROCKIES

By Jonah Freedman

5 SAN DIEGO PADRES

By Albert Chen

Point After

Public Enemy Number 100

By Phil Taylor

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