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LEADING OFF

THE LONG SHOTS

In the final days of camp, hope springs eternal for five veterans of struggle and heartbreak

By Ben Reiter

THE MAIL

THE MAIL

MARCH MADNESS PREVIEW

BRACKET RACKET

By Kelli Anderson

RAISING JUNIOR

VICTOR OLADIPO'S JOURNEY FROM OVERLOOKED RECRUIT TO THAT GUY WHO COULD SINGLE-HANDEDLY CHANGE THE TIDES OF MARCH HAS EVERYTHING TO DO WITH THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN THERE WITH HIM ALONG THE WAY—AND THOSE WHO HAVEN'T

By Tim Layden

A CHANGE OF MIND

GONZAGA'S KELLY OLYNYK HAS BECOME A MODEL OF EFFICIENCY THANKS TO DRILLS BORROWED FROM ANOTHER SPORT

By Kelli Anderson

SPREADING HIS WINGS

A FRESHMAN WHO COULD GO NO. 1 IN THE DRAFT, BEN MCLEMORE STILL HAS TO LEARN HOW TO TAKE HIS ACT ON THE ROAD

By Andy Glockner

ORANGE GROOVE

POINT GUARD MICHAEL CARTER-WILLIAMS BARELY PLAYED LAST SEASON FOR SYRACUSE. NOW, HE HARDLY EVER SITS

By Dan Greene

5 MINUTE GUIDE

FROM A (AARON CRAFT) TO Z (THE NO. 1 ZAGS), HERE'S HOW TO SORT THROUGH THE STATS—AND FIND THE KEY PLAYERS—TO BUILD THE BEST BRACKET

By Luke Winn

CHANCES ARE

SI'S ANALYTICS EXPERT CALCULATED THE WIN PROBABILITIES FOR ALL 68 TEAMS IN THE FIELD. CHECK OUT THE FULL, INTERACTIVE BRACKET AT THEPOWERRANK.COM

By Ed Feng

BONDING AGENTS

SETH DAVIS'S ALL-GLUE GUY TEAM, NCAA TOURNAMENT EDITION

By Seth Davis

RUNS IN THE FAMILY

MONTANA COACH WAYNE TINKLE AND HIS KIDS RACKED UP FOUR TITLES

By George Dohrmann

SPECIAL FORCES

EACH OF THE FOUR TEAMS WITH THE BEST SHOTS AT THE TITLE HAS A HIGH-WATTAGE STAR. BUT THEY EACH HAVE A PLAYER JUST AS IMPORTANT, ONE WHO FILLS KEY GAPS AND KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE

By Kelli Anderson

THE HELL OF FAME

NOTORIETY ISN'T USUALLY GOOD FOR A REFEREE, AND A WILD RUN-IN 15 YEARS AGO HAS TURNED TED VALENTINE INTO AN INVITING TARGET FOR FANS. BUT IF TV TEDDY IS SO BAD, WHY IS HE WORKING ALL THE BIGGEST GAMES?

By Seth Davis

Seen Benny? Have Him Give Me a Call

THE AUTHOR SEARCHES FOR AN ICON OF HIS ADOLESCENCE, BENNY ANDERS—THE LONG-LOST, HIGH-FLYING MEMBER OF HOUSTON'S PHI SLAMMA JAMMA, WHICH 30 YEARS AGO TURNED GAME TIME INTO THE WORLD'S MOST SPECTACULAR LAYUP LINE

By L. Jon Wertheim

PRO BASKETBALL

Cliff's Edge

WHEN NOT IN THE GUISE OF HIS MUSTACHIOED, INSURANCE-PEDDLING ALTER EGO, ULTRAINTENSE POINT GUARD CHRIS PAUL HAS MADE THE CLIPPERS NOT ONLY THE HOTTEST TEAM IN L.A., BUT ALSO A THREAT TO WIN THE WEST

By Lee Jenkins

JEFFREY LORIA

Art of the Deal Gone Wrong

Less than eight months after he opened a stadium built in his own image and at a taxpayer expense that will eventually exceed $2 billion, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria green-lighted yet another stripping down of the franchise. He insists it's all in the name of winning

By S.L. Price

POINT AFTER

Mr. Rose? Dr. Phil Will See You Now

By Phil Taylor

Departments

The NFL Gets Pennywise

This year's tepid player market suggests that the days of the massive—and massively back-loaded—free-agent deal are over

By Jim Trotter

HOT | NOT

Loaded Question

Asking a draft prospect about his sexual orientation could land a team in a legal minefield

By Michael McCann

Geno Smith went 60 for 64 at his pro day ... What does that mean?

By Don Banks

Warning: The Heat Is Hot

It would be easy to give all the credit for the Heat's winning streak—which on Sunday reached 22, the second longest in NBA history—to LeBron James, who's having his best season. But bad news for other title hopefuls: It hasn't just been James firing on all cylinders during the streak

By Chris Mannix

On Thin Ice

A surprise ice dancing gold aside, U.S. skaters continued to slump at the world championships

By Brian Cazeneuve

Fiesta Time!

Team USA just didn't get the WBC party vibe

By Tom Verducci

Your Passport, Please

A more nuanced way to test for doping is catching on—and catching athletes in ever larger numbers

By David Epstein

The 8 Debate

By Mark Bechtel

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick

The Case for ... The Journeyman

By Gary Van Sickle