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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

GOLF PLUS

This Look Can Kill

Even as he grinned all the way to the end, Matt Kuchar showed his ruthless side in making the Players Championship his biggest victory

By Michael Bamberger

BRANDEL CHAMBLEE: PRESS PASS

By Brandel Chamblee

Rookie Report

Eight of the 16 pros making their first start in the Players made the cut. Here, listed in order of finish, are their background checks and experiences at Sawgrass.

By Gary Van Sickle

Busting Bubba's Bubble

The Masters champ may not have dropped any cash, but he's likely received some advice

By Michael Breed

MY BAG: Lexi Thompson

THE MAIL

THE MAIL

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

The Case For the Truth

Clutch, durable, as badass as there is, Paul Pierce has built a career that has left front offices, even a Legend, in awe

By Jack McCallum

Texas-sized Dilemma

What should determine how much Josh Hamilton is worth as a free agent—his freakish talent or his age and checkered past?

By Joe Sheehan

Homes Sweet Homes

With the debut of the Dynamo's new downtown Houston stadium, most every MLS team now has a venue well-suited for the sport

By Grant Wahl

TIM DUNCAN

21 Shades of Gray

Tim Duncan is the most successful player of his generation, maybe even its best, the foundation of yet another Spurs team built to win it all. So why haven't you fallen for him? The reasons aren't all black-and-white

By Chris Ballard

BASEBALL

WHEN WILL ERIC HOSMER GET HIS?

That's the question surrounding one of baseball's crown jewels as the sport enriches its young stars with an unprecedented urgency, changing the economics of the game

By Albert Chen

LOCKDOWN MODE

Eric Hosmer isn't the only exciting young player whom teams should try to keep under control for as long as possible. These coming stars are next in line for a long-term contract

By Joe Sheehan

NHL PLAYOFFS

A POSTSEASON ON THE BRINK

John Tortorella has molded the Rangers in his own driven and confrontational image, and in the process led them to their first conference final in 15 years

By Michael Farber

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW

After two decades in net for New Jersey, the venerable Martin Brodeur is aiming for a fourth Cup

By Sarah Kwak

OLYMPICS

READY, SET, COE!

A lord and a legend, an Olympic hero who once tussled with a clown, Sebastian Coe is the upbeat face and driving force of this summer's Games

By Alexander Wolff

Jabari Parker

JABARI PARKER IS...

THE BEST HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PLAYER SINCE LEBRON JAMES, BUT THERE'S SOMETHING MORE IMPORTANT TO HIM THAN INSTANT NBA STARDOM: HIS FAITH

By Jeff Benedict

TO SERVE OR NOT TO SERVE?

Like many young Mormon athletes before him, Jabari Parker will be encouraged to serve as a missionary—but not compelled

By Jeff Benedict

POINT AFTER

This Act Is a Flop

By Phil Taylor

Departments

Voices from Heaven

The passing of a Red Sox P.A. man reminds us of the soothing sounds of subtlety

By Steve Rushin

HOT | NOT

Excess and O's

A new novel deposits the reader at the surreal intersection of football, war and America

By Ben Reiter

THE SON ALSO RISES

Jake Seau carries on his family's sports legacy—on a different field

By Daniel Roberts

FOR THE RECORD

Dead Wrong

Two studies refute reports in the media about former NFL players' life expectancy

By David Epstein

JUST MY TYPE

By Dan Patrick

FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick