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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

GOLF PLUS

FOR BETTER OR WORSE

In the never-ending quest to improve, Stewart Cink decided to add a draw to his repertoire of shots. Now the 2009 British Open winner is paying the price

By Gary Van Sickle

PRO MOVE

U.S. Amateur champ Kelly Kraft had a blast at the Masters, but he gave up exemptions to the U.S. and British Opens to make a run at a Tour card, a tactic that could become common

By John Garrity

TEEING OFF

Shake Down

Congrats on your win, but in the name of Bobby Jones, how about some love for the loser?

By Jack McCallum

WILD BILL

By Brandel Chamblee

Sports Illustrated DIGITAL

Sports Illustrated DIGITAL

THE MAIL

THE MAIL

EDITOR'S LETTER

The Sportswriter

By Terry McDonell

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

Old-time Hockey, Baby!

Bully to you, Broad Street; playing with a fight worthy of their forebears, the Flyers put the smackdown on the Cup-favorite Penguins

By Michael Farber

PIERRE MCGUIRE'S IN THE CREASE

By Pierre McGuire

Abolishing Savery

The save started out innocently enough, but the obsession with racking up the stat has thrown bullpen usage, roster management and the pitching salary structure out of whack. Here's the fix: Get rid of it

By Joe Sheehan

Bad to the Bones

Jon (Bones) Jones, the UFC light heavyweight champ, isn't a football star like his brothers; he's something even bigger

By L. Jon Wertheim

NFL DRAFT PREVIEW

THE 1-2 PUNCH

ECHOES OF '98 ABOUND AS THE FOOTBALL WORLD WEIGHS THE MERITS OF THE QUARTERBACK PAIR CERTAIN TO BE TAKEN AT THE TOP ON APRIL 26. Like PEYTON MANNING AND RYAN LEAF 14 YEARS AGO, ANDREW LUCK AND ROBERT GRIFFIN III WILL BE FOREVER LINKED AS COSTARS IN A DRAFT THAT WILL SHAPE THE FATES OF TWO FRANCHISES

By Peter King

SEARCHING FOR MEGATRON

In drafting wide receivers, Calvin Johnson—towering, muscular and superbly athletic—is the new model. But where are the corners who can neutralize such a weapon?

By Jim Trotter

BASEBALL

A Lyric To The Little Bandbox

From the moment it opened in April 1912, Fenway Park has been a muse for poets and a monster for pitchers and modernists. What, you never thought it would see its 100th birthday? It might have 100 more

By Steve Rushin

SPRING FOOTBALL

ANOTHER URBAN RENEWAL

New Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has brought his cutthroat SEC mentality to the Big Ten while also achieving a better work-life balance—for now

By Austin Murphy

WAIT-AND-SC ATTITUDE

The Trojans are again bowl eligible, but the effects of probation are still being felt, especially when injury hits

By Austin Murphy

STRAIGHT A-DAY

What did a BCS title game MVP have to prove? Plenty it turned out, but AJ McCarron delivered

By Lars Anderson

SOCCER

I AM IRON MAN

He's spent 15 years at the top of the game and is set to play in his record 300th straight Premier League match. Yes, Brad Friedel is the Cal Ripken of English football, and he's 100% American—except for that accent

By Grant Wahl

WHEN THE NBA WAS YOUNG

WHEN THE NBA WAS YOUNG

By Frank Deford

POINT AFTER

The Last Act of Larry Legend

By Phil Taylor

Departments

Masthead

Up in Smoke?

Bobby Petrino's reckless rule got him canned—and potentially caused a world of trouble for women working in sports

By George Dohrmann

HOT | NOT

FOR THE RECORD

Once More, With Feeling

By Ben Reiter

Literary Handoff

Mark Kram Jr.'s account of a high school star recalls the author's writerly roots

By Alex Belth

Where the Fight Starts

A new documentary weighs in with a sharp look at MMA on the minor league level

By Rebecca Shore

FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

Winning Gambit

One school's bold move turns the tables in collegiate chess

By Dan Greene

JUST MY TYPE

By Dan Patrick