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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

THE MAIL

THE MAIL

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

Perfect Match

Rebuilt by the game's best pitching coach, Philip Humber made history

By Tom Verducci

Bring Him Up

Mike Trout, one of the two best prospects in the game, has nothing left to prove in the minors. So why is he still there?

By Joe Sheehan

ON SI.COM MLB POWER RANKINGS

By Ben Duronio, FanGraphs.com

Deuce Is Wild

Clint Dempsey is about to complete the best season ever by an American in Europe. Will an offer from a big-name team be next?

By Grant Wahl

The Melo Show

He's good on D (except when he isn't). He takes bad shots (but they go in). The bizarre season of the NBA's most polarizing player

By Zach Lowe

CHRIS MANNIX'S PRESSING QUESTIONS

A look at four issues as the NBA heads into the postseason

By Chris Mannix

Smelling like Roses

While the Kentucky Derby prep races have revealed no strong favorites, they have showcased a deep stable of talent. Here, in order, are SI's top 5 for May 5, plus one long shot special

By Gene Menez

Captain America

It isn't difficult to pin down who will be the leader of the U.S. wrestling team in London: first-time Olympian Jordan Burroughs

By Brian Cazeneuve

LEBRON JAMES

Meet The Rejuvenated, Revitalized LeBron

After a tumultuous first year in Miami, LeBron James locked himself in his house, rued disappointing his teammates—then worked hard to hone his game. The result: one of the best seasons in NBA history

By Lee Jenkins

BASEBALL

FIRST IN WAR, FIRST IN PEACE, FIRST IN THE NL EAST?

Through years of losing, the Nationals stuck with a draft-and-develop plan. Happy days are here again in the capital—and they aren't going away anytime soon

By Ben Reiter

PRO HOCKEY

THE FACE OF THE PLAYOFFS

The scars worn by rugged Kings captain Dustin Brown, who led L.A. to a stunning first-round upset of the Canucks, tell the tale of a postseason marked—and marred—by mayhem

By Michael Farber

REBECCA SONI

STROKE OF GENIUS

There's not another swimmer in the world like American breaststroker Rebecca Soni, who could win three golds in London

By Kelli Anderson

BLUEPRINT

THE BIG BLUE BLUEPRINT

While football nation shifts into draft overdrive, the Giants go about business their own way, with no headlines and no hype. How has the recent two-time Super Bowl winner been built? Through teamwork among the decision makers—and a knack for finding treasures in the late rounds and beyond

By Peter King

POINT AFTER

What's Next: Refs Gone Wild?

By Phil Taylor

Departments

Heading for Trouble

As an NFL draft prospect is downgraded for a history of concussions, the question arises: Should this be the way of the future?

By Jim Trotter

HOT | NOT

Holo'd Be Thy Game?

After a rapper was revived in a new form, one might ask, If Tupac, why not a jock?

By Tim Newcomb

BIG FINISH

As the Premier League approaches its end games, TV goes all in

By Grant Wahl

FOR THE RECORD

A Heavy Result

A U.S. weightlifter's positive HGH test could have repercussions in the NFL

By David Epstein

FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

One Last Completion

An Army All-America who died a hero in Vietnam receives a long-sought honor

By Mark Beech

JUST MY TYPE

By Dan Patrick