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THE MASTERS At the Majors

LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

GOLF PLUS

SURPRISE! SURPRISE!

Sun Young Yoo won the Kraft Nabisco in a playoff but only after seemingly unbeatable Yani Tseng stumbled and I.K. Kim missed a tap-in on the 72nd hole

By Stephanie Wei

HOW JHONNY MADE GOOD

Fleeing Venezuela for a better life and a chance to pursue his dream, Jhonattan Vegas found happiness in Texas, thanks to a far-reaching support group that has been with him every step of his journey

By Alan Shipnuck

TEEING OFF

Write-In Candidate

After finding an Augusta pencil, the author drew a surprise pass to his first Masters

By Scott Stallings

ONE-YEAR WONDER

By Brandel Chamblee

THE MAIL

THE MAIL

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

Second to None

Chase Utley was building a case for Cooperstown before he broke down. The Phillies—and the game—are feeling the loss

By Ben Reiter

A Mismatch Made in Heaven

This year's NCAA championship fits all sizes, but no contender is more exceptional than tiny, and scholarship-less, Union College

By Sarah Kwak

Sharks Without Teeth

Long on both talent and playoff disappointments, San Jose is scrambling to make the postseason. Is this the end of the road for the league's most underachieving franchise?

By Austin Murphy

Who's Got Next?

Kobe can't play forever. Andrew Bynum has the numbers and potential of a future franchise player, but not the maturity

By Sam Amick

ON THE ROAD WITH GERALD GREEN

By Chris Mannix

Cold Front

The handling of the bounty scandal exposes the continuing frosty relationship between the NFL and the union

By Jim Trotter

NCAA TOURNAMENT FINAL

ROYAL BLUE

DISPLAYING POISE ALMOST EQUAL TO THEIR TALENT, THE WILDCATS RACED PAST KANSAS TO WIN THE NATIONAL TITLE AND PUT A NEW SPIN ON A PHRASE OFTEN ATTACHED TO COACH JOHN CALIPARI: WON-AND-DONE

By Kelli Anderson

2012-13 TOP 10

By Luke Winn

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

A SPRING IN HIS STEP

After missing all of 2011, Arkansas Heisman hopeful Knile Davis is healthy and running hard, keeping alive the memory of the man who put him on the path to stardom

By Lars Anderson

HEISMAN TROPHY HUNTERS

Arkansas's Knile Davis is just one of a host of prolific playmakers with their sights set on the Heisman

By Cory McCartney

MAJOR MOVERS

From California to Florida, players are using spring practice to turn heads and make a case for playing time this fall

By Gene Menez

PRO BASKETBALL

NOT GUNNING FOR A FALL

The 76ers are unselfish, take care of the ball and play stifling defense. But can they win in the playoffs with a star who doesn't shoot?

By Lee Jenkins

BASEBALL

THE AGE OF AQUARIUMS

Opening Day: A new season—and the dawning of a new era, with an expanded postseason, fresh money and a Technicolor park that looks forward, not back

By Tom Verducci

DESTINATIONS

OH, The Places YOU CAN GO

A DOZEN WELL-TRAVELED SPORTS ILLUSTRATED WRITERS NAME THE NO. 1 FAN EXPERIENCES IN THE SPORTS THEY KNOW BEST

By Tom Verducci

FICTION

Calico Joe

In his latest novel, the best-selling author of The Firm—and dyed-in-the-double-knits baseball fan—spins the tale of Cubs first baseman Joe Castle, the most scintillating phenom to hit the big leagues since ... maybe ever. In this exclusive excerpt, the son of a veteran Mets pitcher describes what happens when a fresh-faced star in the making crosses paths with an embittered hurler who knows he's past his prime

By John Grisham

POINT AFTER

Rules Versus Reason

By Phil Taylor

Departments

Thinking of A Number

By Joe Posnanski

HOT | NOT

FOR THE RECORD

To Live and Buy in L.A.

Examining the reasoning and ramifications of the Magic Johnson group's $2.15 billion deal

By Daniel Roberts

Jersey Boys

By Alexandra Fenwick

In the Swim

A new book goes deep into mankind's connection with water

By Richard O'Brien

FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

Shop Talk

By Ryan Hatch

JUST MY TYPE

By Dan Patrick