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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

GOLF PLUS

GAME ON

Rory McIlroy, the charismatic 22-year-old with the swing to die for, took over as world No. 1 by winning the Honda Classic, but a dazzling finish by Tiger Woods sent the message that a new battle is about to begin

By Damon Hack

THE NEW HOME OF GOLF

Used to be that Orlando was the destination of choice for touring pros, but these days more of them can be found at the fabulous players' clubs of Palm Beach

By Michael Bamberger

TEEING OFF

THE NEW MONSTER

Donald Trump asked me to put the teeth back into the Blue Monster. Here's how I plan to do it

By Gil Hanse

STAR WARS

By Brandel Chamblee

THE MAIL

THE MAIL

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

LIFE AFTER LUCK

With veteran pieces on offense, Stanford is well-armed to go on without you-know-who

By Stewart Mandel

MAKING A TROPHY CASE

High-scoring Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson has reined in his go-for-broke style and become a surprise Norris contender

By Michael Farber

PIERRE MCGUIRE'S IN THE CREASE

By Pierre McGuire

JORDYN RULES?

World champ Jordyn Wieber hasn't solidified her status as the favorite in London

By Brian Cazeneuve

BOUNTY CULTURE

WAY OUT OF BOUNDS

For three years, the NFL says, members of the Saints defense maintained an illicit bounty program, administered by former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, that paid cash rewards for hits that injured opponents. Expect the league's punishment to be swift and severe

By Peter King

THE CONSCIENCE OF THE LOCKER ROOM

While players square off against one another on Sundays, they're also brothers and partners—which is why rewards for injuring opponents violate the game's code

By Jim Trotter

THE COMMISSIONER CRACKS DOWN

Roger Goodell's tenure has been marked by a growing vigilance regarding safety on the field. A time line of his six-year struggle to tamp down violence

By Andrew Lawrence

INTIMIDATION RULES

The hardest part of changing the culture of professional football may be transforming the way the players themselves think and talk about the game

By Tim Layden

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE

The system developed by Dick Bennett two decades ago has his son Tony's Virginia team on the brink of its first NCAA tournament bid in five years

By Luke Winn

PRO BASKETBALL

THE UNASSUMING SEVEN

To win in the NBA, you need a stud with a recognizable first name like Kobe or LeBron, right? Not if you're the Pacers, who are getting it done with Danny, Roy, David, Paul, Tyler, George and Darren

By Ian Thomsen

SPECIAL REPORT

HOW LENNY DYKSTRA GOT NAILED

The former Mets and Phillies hero turned out to be the centerfielder who couldn't shoot straight

By David Epstein

RHIANNON HULL

DISTANCE RUNNER RHIANNON HULL

By David Epstein

POINT AFTER

GOING ON THE OFFENSIVE

By Phil Taylor

Departments

EXPLOSIVE START

Savvy planning—and some crazy luck—has NASCAR heating up again

By Lars Anderson

HOT | NOT

FOR THE RECORD

The More the Murkier

A second wild card will stoke fan interest but also make it harder for the best team to prevail

By Ben Reiter

Sound and the Fury

The league offers a crash course to players who want to tackle music

By Rebecca Shore

Sad Sacks

A hotshot coach's canning reminds us: Life can be short, especially in sports

By Adam Duerson

FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

Catchy Tunes

A concert features a tenor's take on Mike Piazza and other sports notes

By Dan Greene

JUST MY TYPE

By Dan Patrick