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LEADING OFF

Opening Scenes

Early-April optimism is more than a platitude this year. The most predictable thing about baseball in 2013 is its unpredictability

By Albert Chen

THE MAIL

THE MAIL

MARCH MADNESS

THIS ONE'S FOR KEVIN

A PLEA FROM A HORRIFICALLY STRICKEN TEAMMATE GOT LOUISVILLE TO FOCUS ON THE TASK AT HAND: THE QUEST FOR A THIRD NATIONAL TITLE

By Luke Winn

M IS FOR MONSTER

IT'S NO TALL TALE: FRESHMAN MITCH MCGARY TURNED MICHIGAN INTO A BEHEMOTH

By Andy Staples

DANGER ZONE

SYRACUSE'S SMOTHERING DEFENSE, AS RELIABLE AS EVER, WILL MAKE OR BREAK THE ORANGE'S HOPES

By Tim Layden

CINDERELLA WITH A SWAGGER

WICHITA STATE WON THE UPSET-RAVAGED WEST WITH A STEELY RESOLVE THAT COMES FROM ITS COACH. NOW IT'S THE BULL OF THE BALL

By Kelli Anderson

SCOUT'S TAKES

BIG-NAME HUNTERS

THE COLLEGE ATHLETICS UNIVERSE HAS A NEW GROUP OF POWER BROKERS: THE SEARCH FIRMS THAT HELP SCHOOLS FILL THEIR COACHING VACANCIES, COMMANDING TOP DOLLAR FOR WORK THAT DOESN'T ALWAYS PAY OFF

By George Dohrmann

DRAFT PREVIEW

THE NEW BALANCE

MAN BOOBS OR MOBILITY? THUNDER THIGHS OR THE FASTEST 40 AT THE COMBINE? FOR SO MANY WIDE-BODY PROSPECTS IN THIS RAPIDLY EVOLVING GAME—THE READ OPTION, THE SPREAD—EVERY EXTRA POUND IS A DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD

By Austin Murphy

Kicks and Jiggles

Once a punch line for his slapstick 40 at the combine, Bengals tackle Andre Smith decided to lose flab and regain respect

By Ben Reiter

TIGER

BACK (Maybe, just maybe ...)

IT'S TIME TO TALK TIGER WOODS, NO? SIX WINS IN HIS LAST 20 EVENTS AND THE RESTORATION OF HIS NO. 1 WORLD RANKING ARE A GOOD PLACE TO START. BUT TIGER'S STALKING BIGGER GAME HERE: MAJORS HISTORY. HERE'S HOW HE GOT TO THAT GOOD PLACE AGAIN

By Michael Rosenberg

POINT AFTER

It's Time to Build a Bettor World

By Steve Rushin

Departments

Kareem of The Crop

No player in history, not even Lew Alcindor, transformed college basketball more than Baylor's dunk-happy Brittney Griner

By Emma Carmichael

HOT | NOT

Leading Man Wanted

A team of filmmakers is set to follow the first gay athlete in a major team sport—whoever he may be

By Grant Wahl

The 8 Debate

Mr. T's Greatest Athletic Feats

By Mark Bechtel

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

Strides of March

Postseason play allowed a trio of stars to climb up NBA draft lists—but three others took steps back

By Chris Mannix

The Case for ... Tim McCarver

By Stephen Cannella