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GOLF PLUS

WHY IS THIS MAN SMILING?

By Alan Shipnuck

Sal's Corner

By Sal Johnson

THE MAIL

THE MAIL

2014 OLYMPICS

GOOD AS GOLD

THE OPENING DAYS OF THE SOCHI GAMES WERE FILLED WITH OVERBLOWN TALES OF ORGANIZATIONAL GLITCHES. (ENOUGH ALREADY WITH THE HOTEL COMPLAINTS.) BUT THERE WAS AN EASY WAY TO CELEBRATE OLYMPIAN ACHIEVEMENTS AND REVEL IN RUSSIA'S WINTER SPIRIT: HEAD FOR THE HILLS

By Alexander Wolff

PRO FOOTBALL

MOMENT OF TRUTH

DEFENSIVE END MICHAEL SAM WANTED THE TEAM THAT DRAFTS HIM TO HAVE NO DOUBTS ABOUT HIS SEXUALITY. NOW HE IS POISED TO BECOME THE LEAGUE'S FIRST OPENLY GAY PLAYER. HIS MISSOURI TEAMMATES ACCEPTED HIM. WILL THE PROS?

By S.L. Price

BASEBALL

Jose Fernandez Is Ready For His Second Act

With a ball in his hand, the Marlins' 21-year-old ace looks wise beyond his years. It's his behavior off the mound that suggests he has some growing up to do. So, which Jose is he going to be?

By Albert Chen

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

POCKET PROJECTORS

NATIONAL SIGNING DAY 2014 JUST PASSED, WHICH PUTS THE PRESSURE SQUARELY ON THE 2015 QUARTERBACKS, WHO ARE GETTING PRESSED TO COMMIT EARLIER AND EARLIER EVERY YEAR—READY OR NOT

By Pete Thamel

ROY HIBBERT

STRAIGHT UP

THE GOOFY GOLIATH ANCHORS THE NBA'S BEST DEFENSE BY EXPLOITING A LITTLE-KNOWN RULE THAT ALLOWS HIM TO USE HIS MASSIVE FRAME TO OUTMUSCLE DRIVERS. NOW STOP WHINING—THAT'S NOT A FOUL

By Lee Jenkins

POINT AFTER

In Honor of King Henry

By Steve Rushin

Departments

Leading Off

For My Next Trick

Magic Johnson and the rest of the Sparks' new owners have their work cut out for them: turn around the fortunes of a franchise that recently fired all of its employees

By Jack Dickey

Baseball!!!

Pitchers and catchers report this week. Keep an eye on these plotlines

By Tom Verducci

All-Everything

Examining Dickie V's plaudits

HOT | NOT

Hunger Games

Food in Sochi offers variety and subterfuge

By Brian Cazeneuve

Faces in the Crowd

Edited By Alexandra Fenwick

Grow Deep

Just My Type

By Interview By Dan Patrick

The Case for ... Ralph Kiner

By Kostya Kennedy