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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

Points Taken

Led by Sacramento's Tyreke Evans, talented rookies are reinvigorating the playmaking corps

By Chris Mannix

RedHawks Up

United by painful losses on the ice and off, Miami (Ohio) is soaring toward the school's first NCAA title

By Brian Cazeneuve

Sweating Already

With the hot seat getting hotter, coaches at Georgia, Michigan and Texas A&M work to tighten their defenses

By Lars Anderson

Old New Look

NASCAR's switch from the wing back to the spoiler should please fans—and could shake up the standings

By Lars Anderson

NCAA

Endgame

No team among the Final Four has proved to be a dominant power, but one of them will find greatness in an NCAA tournament that has reflected the college game's new era

By Tim Layden

Spartans' Secret

Michigan State has a method to its annual March Madness success—a second "team" that feeds the Monster, the huge database used to prep for opponents

By Pablo S. Torre

BASEBALL PREVIEW

What Makes Roy Run

Why is baseball's best pitcher also the hardest worker in the game? Because his dad taught him that's how things are done. Because Roy Halladay knows what it's like to fail—and doesn't like the feeling one bit. And because, after 12 seasons, he's finally pitching for a contender.

By Tom Verducci

WAR STORIES

The numbers don't lie: Here's a metric that shows which players deliver the most bang for the buck

THE VIRTUES OF PATIENCE

Hitters who work the count and get on—guys like Denard Span—are more valuable than ever. Is it a gift, or can players develop base instincts?

By Joe Posnanski

SCOUTING REPORTS

By Tom Verducci

CROWDED AT THE TOP

Team execs have worked nonstop to gain an edge, but the Yanks, Red Sox and Rays still have to decide baseball's toughest division on the field. After them, it's all downhill

By Joe Lemire

1 NEW YORK YANKEES

By Joe Lemire

2 TAMPA BAY RAYS

By Joe Lemire

3 BOSTON RED SOX

By Joe Lemire

4 BALTIMORE ORIOLES

By Joe Lemire

5 TORONTO BLUE JAYS

By Joe Lemire

NOBODY'S PERFECT

There's something not to love about every team in the division. But even the loss of Joe Nathan won't keep the pitching-thin Twins from closing the deal again

By Joe Posnanski

1 MINNESOTA TWINS

By Joe Posnanski

2 DETROIT TIGERS

By Joe Posnanski

3 CHICAGO WHITE SOX

By Joe Posnanski

4 CLEVELAND INDIANS

By Joe Posnanski

5 KANSAS CITY ROYALS

By Joe Posnanski

STORMING THE GATES

All three division rivals brought in reinforcements in a bid to overthrow the Angels, who were hurt by free agency. L.A. won't give up its title without a fight

By Ben Reiter

1 LOS ANGELES ANGELS

By Ben Reiter

2 TEXAS RANGERS

By Ben Reiter

3 SEATTLE MARINERS

By Ben Reiter

4 OAKLAND ATHLETICS

By Ben Reiter

A STEADY REIGN

The seasoned Phillies will prevail again in a division marked by an influx of future All-Stars. For the maturing Braves and Marlins, time is on their side

By Albert Chen

1 PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

By Albert Chen

2 ATLANTA BRAVES

By Albert Chen

3 FLORIDA MARLINS

By Albert Chen

4 NEW YORK METS

By Albert Chen

5 WASHINGTON NATIONALS

By Albert Chen

MORE FOR THE BIRDS

With the best four-player core in the majors, the Cardinals are poised to roost once more atop a depleted division

By Albert Chen

1 ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

By Albert Chen

2 CHICAGO CUBS

By Albert Chen

3 CINCINNATI REDS

By Albert Chen

4 MILWAUKEE BREWERS

By Albert Chen

5 HOUSTON ASTROS

By Albert Chen

6 PITTSBURGH PIRATES

By Albert Chen

COLORADO'S TURN, AT LAST

There are two-term limits atop this division, so it's bye-bye Dodgers and hello ... Rockies? Indeed, with a well-rounded roster, they are in line for their first West title

By Pablo S. Torre

1 COLORADO ROCKIES

By Pablo S. Torre

2 LOS ANGELES DODGERS

By Pablo S. Torre

3 SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

By Pablo S. Torre

4 ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

By Pablo S. Torre

5 SAN DIEGO PADRES

By Pablo S. Torre

Point After

Genius of a Mad Scientist

By Chris Ballard

Departments

Letters

Roger That

With a labor war looming, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell artfully showed who's boss of all the bosses

By Peter King

Who's Hot Who's Not

Out of the Box

Talent maestro Chet Simmons helped invent and reinvent TV sports

By Tim Layden

For the Record

Thrown Upward

After revamping his mechanics, Tim Tebow is suddenly a hot draft prospect

By Peter King

New York State of Mind

By showcasing itself in Newark, the UFC hopes to build a bridge to the Big Time

By L. Jon Wertheim

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Elizabeth McGarr

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