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GOLF PLUS

THE GET-WELL OPEN

Luke Donald regained his No. 1 ranking with a victory at the Transitions Championship, while a quartet of fortysomething major winners tried to rediscover the magic

By Gary Van Sickle

TEEING OFF

TALKED OUT

Just when I thought I had finally figured out radio, my bosses abruptly canceled my show

By Peter Kessler

WEAR AND TEAR

By Dottie Pepper

Sports Illustrated DIGITAL

Sports Illustrated DIGITAL

LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

THE MAIL

THE MAIL

EDITOR'S LETTER

From Out Of Leftfield

By Terry McDonell

2012 NCAA TOURNAMENT SWEET SIXTEEN

THE POWERS AND THE GLORY

HIGHER SEEDS DOMINATED THE OPENING WEEKEND, BUT A TRIO OF FANTASTIC UPSETS REMINDED US HOW SUBLIME MARCH CAN BE

By Tim Layden

LOOK WHO'S BACK

Coming off three straight 20-loss seasons for the first time in school history, Indiana returns to the Sweet 16

By Kelli Anderson

CHALK IT UP

Facing the possibility of being knocked out by another unheralded tourney foe, Kansas responded down the stretch and now has dead aim on New Orleans

By Albert Chen

Baseball Preview

ALBERT'S SECOND ACT

AFTER THE GREATEST 11-YEAR OPENING A HITTER HAS EVER HAD, ALBERT PUJOLS IS STARTING OVER WITH THE ANGELS. HOW CAN HIS NEXT DECADE POSSIBLY MATCH UP WITH THE LAST? IT ALL STARTS WITH A DAILY SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT SWING

By Tom Verducci

RECOVERY WARDS

SWING THEORY

The new postseason setup, sleeper teams, future free agents and ballpark birthdays: everything you need to know for 2012—starting with a change in the balance of power

SCOUTING REPORTS

AL EAST

What makes the game's fiercest division even fiercer? Try a fourth team capable of winning 90. The Yankees and the Rays are the teams to beat, but the Jays are back in the picture

By Albert Chen

1 NEW YORK YANKEES

2 TAMPA BAY RAYS

3 BOSTON RED SOX

4 TORONTO BLUE JAYS

5 BALTIMORE ORIOLES

AL CENTRAL

The Tigers already had a stranglehold on their weakened division—and then they added Prince Fielder. While Detroit plans for October, the rest of the Central races for second

By Ted Keith

1 DETROIT TIGERS

2 KANSAS CITY ROYALS

3 CLEVELAND INDIANS

4 MINNESOTA TWINS

5 CHICAGO WHITE SOX

AL WEST

The Angels and the Rangers, flush with TV cash and talent, are the AL's new power brokers. With apologies to the I-95 corridor, they are the game's most fascinating rivals

By Albert Chen

1 LOS ANGELES ANGELS

2 TEXAS RANGERS

3 OAKLAND ATHLETICS

4 SEATTLE MARINERS

NL EAST

The Phillies will win their sixth straight division crown, but the revolution is coming: The Marlins and the Nationals are primed for an insurgency in the East

By Joe Lemire

1 PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

2 MIAMI MARLINS

3 WASHINGTON NATIONALS

4 ATLANTA BRAVES

5 NEW YORK METS

NL CENTRAL

The worst division in baseball was further weakened by the loss of two of the game's biggest stars, which has opened the door for the well-rounded, pitching-fortified Reds

By Matt Gagne

1 CINCINNATI REDS

2 ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

3 MILWAUKEE BREWERS

4 PITTSBURGH PIRATES

5 CHICAGO CUBS

6 HOUSTON ASTROS

NL WEST

Five teams, four elite players: The division is home to the league's best catcher, rightfielder, centerfielder and shortstop. One of them will carry the Giants to the top

By Ben Reiter

1 SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

2 ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

3 LOS ANGELES DODGERS

4 COLORADO ROCKIES

5 SAN DIEGO PADRES

SULLY AND THE MICK

RED SOX PITCHER FRANK SULLIVAN DELIVERED THE WITTIEST OF ALL LAMENTS ABOUT THE PERILS OF PITCHING TO MICKEY MANTLE. HE GAVE UP ENOUGH HOME RUNS TO KNOW

By Jane Leavy

POINT AFTER

My Picks? Pulled Pork, Joan of Arc

By Phil Taylor

Departments

Over in a New York Minute

Remember Linsanity? How about Tebowmania? These days, even the best stories get old fast

By Richard Hoffer

HOT | NOT

FOR THE RECORD

Peyton's New Place

Ending weeks of speculation, the game's top free agent followed his heart to Denver

By Peter King

A Bench with a View

A former Buckeyes walk-on takes a humorous look at big-time college hoops

By Dan Greene

Dwight Howard's House of Waffling

MAN OF THE CENTURY

By Bobby Ghosh

FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

Warhawks One-two

Wisconsin-Whitewater makes a splash, adding the D-III hoops title to its football crown

By Lars Anderson

JUST MY TYPE

By Dan Patrick