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GOLF PLUS

HURTS TO SAY IT

Justin Rose won impressively at Doral, but another withdrawal by a gimpy Tiger Woods had everyone buzzing about his status for the Masters, and beyond

By Michael Bamberger

TEEING OFF

TOUGH SHOT

A U.S. Army specialist in Afghanistan writes in to clarify the definition of a bad lie and a risk-reward hole

TEAM BUILDING

By Dottie Pepper

LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

THE MAIL

THE MAIL

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

SONS OF VALDERRAMA

As it starts its 17th season, MLS has become a hotbed for talented players from Latin America—especially Colombia, which has a long history with the U.S. game

By Grant Wahl

FREE TO BE STEVE

Everyone wants to see the Suns move their point guard—except for Steve Nash, who's happy to keep things as they are

By Chris Mannix

FLASHES OF GORDON

These five players were once can't-miss kids. They're still kids and (for the most part) still have a chance to bust out like the Royals' Alex Gordon did in 2011

By Ben Reiter

NCAA TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

ROAD BLOCK

THE PATH TO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GOES THROUGH ANTHONY DAVIS AND KENTUCKY. OPPONENTS SHOULD PROCEED AT THEIR OWN RISK

By Kelli Anderson

THE BRACKET

By Pablo S. Torre

BEWARE THE SLEEPER

ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS A COACH WHO BUILT A FAIRY-TALE PROGRAM OUT WEST, THEN SEEMINGLY DISAPPEARED. NOW HE'S BACK TO BUST BRACKETS FOR ANOTHER CINDERELLA, LONG BEACH STATE

By George Dohrmann

PREPARE FOR A CANAAN BALL RUN

Murray State has enjoyed a magical season, and behind deadly accurate guard Isaiah Canaan, the Racers' year could be far from finished

By Dan Greene

BRUIN UP ANOTHER STORM

Belmont is back in the NCAA tournament, but this time the Bruins have a potent team that's poised for more than just 15 minutes of fame

By Luke Winn

Seth Davis's 5 MINUTE GUIDE

DON'T FEAR THE MADNESS! BRUSH UP ON THE BEST PLAYERS, DEFENDERS, CLUTCH GUYS—AND THE GUYS WHO ARE ANYTHING BUT

By Seth Davis

THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER

Saint Mary's point guard Matthew Dellavedova of Australia has the Gaels swapping high fives and playing a dangerous brand of basketball

By Kelli Anderson

GREAT LENGTHS

OPPONENTS TAKE EXTREME MEASURES TO PREPARE FOR BAYLOR CENTER BRITTNEY GRINER—AND THEY HAVE JUST SIX MORE GAMES TO FIND A SOLUTION

By Richard Deitsch

PRO FOOTBALL

INTO THE GREAT UNKNOWN

Reinvigorated Super Bowl--ready quarterback, or injury case in inexorable decline? Peyton Manning in 2012 will be the most intriguing NFL story in years

By Jim Trotter

MATT FLYNN

BACKUP TO THE FRONT

By Peter King

PRO HOCKEY

MIRTH OF THE BLUES

St. Louis has found its happy groove under coach Ken Hitchcock, who has taken his new club from unheralded to seemingly unbeatable

By Michael Farber

BASEBALL

ROBIN VENTURA'S ROCKIN' A MANAGER'S CAP

The hiring of the former White Sox third baseman could not have been more surprising—not least to Ventura himself

By Albert Chen

ANTOINE WALKER

If Antoine Walker Shimmies, But it's In Boise, Is He Really Shimmying?

The three-time NBA All-Star shares a distinctive piece of NBA history with Michael Jordan. So how did he end up here, in the remotest of hoops hinterlands?

By Chris Ballard

POINT AFTER

A CUP OF KINDNESS

By Phil Taylor

Departments

CRIMSON IN CLOVER

Hey, Harvard's got game! But, then, sports have long flourished in the Ivies

By Dick Friedman

HOT | NOT

FOR THE RECORD

Queen of the Hill

Lindsey Vonn continues to carve out a record career, taking a fourth overall World Cup title

By Tim Layden

A Meet to Remember

Touched by last year's deadly tornadoes, gymnastics rivals Missouri and Alabama make a point of unity

By Lars Anderson

FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

JUST MY TYPE

By Dan Patrick