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GOLF PLUS

Just the Splash The LPGA Needed

By Alan Shipnuck

Sal's Corner

By Sal Johnson

The Case for ... The Houston Open

By Gary Van Sickle

THE MAIL

THE MAIL

2014 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP

The Believers

After they were banned from the NCAA tournament a season ago, coach Kevin Ollie held the Huskies together by giving them a higher sense of purpose. Then he guided the No. 7 seed to upset after upset—and, with a steely win over Kentucky, to the school's second title in four years

By Michael Rosenberg

TOP 10 2014--15

The season may have just ended, but it's never too early to start thinking about which teams will be at the top of the polls next fall

By Seth Davis

PATRICK BEVERLEY

Patrick Beverley: The X-Factor

The Patrick Beverley Experience is pure hell for every opponent, from weekend warriors to NBA stars. Relentlessly disruptive and unapologetically combative, the well-traveled point guard gives the Rockets their edge.

By Lee Jenkins

Great X-pectations

Six more players whose performances could have an outsized impact on their teams' playoff prospects

By Ben Golliver

NBA

THE BEST DEAL EVER

By L. Jon Wertheim

BASEBALL

Futures Market AL

The economic landscape is set for this season: The Dodgers sit atop the payroll heap, the Marlins at the bottom. But in an era of LONG CONTRACT EXTENSIONS (this spring everyone from Indians catcher Yan Gomes to Tigers superstar Miguel Cabrera got one) some teams have players signed through 2024. Here's a season-by-season look at each club's salary commitments over the next decade.

Futures Market NL

The seven-year, $215 million extension he signed in January didn't just make Clayton Kershaw the game's HIGHEST-PAID PITCHER—it also made him the ninth player the Dodgers must pay at least through 2017. The Giants and the Reds have L.A. beat on long-term commitments, though: They already have payroll obligations through '21 and '24, respectively.

FERRELL BROTHERS

FLORIDA A&M FOOTBALL STANDOUTS JONATHAN AND WILLIE FERRELL WERE AS CLOSE AS BROTHERS COULD BE. THEN JONATHAN WAS SHOT DEAD BY POLICE

By L. Jon Wertheim

POINT AFTER

I Can Quit You Baby

By Steve Rushin

Departments

Leading Off

Hollywood's Captain Clutch

Edited by Jim Gorant

Grand Gesture

IOC-saw

The Committee gave Nicklas Backstrom his silver medal, while Rick DeMont continues to go without his hardware

By Sarah Kwak

Money Ball

It came out last week that Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski will make $9.7 million this year, likely making him the highest-paid coach in America. Here's how the leaders in other sports and a not-so-random selection of other coaches match up.

HOT | NOT

Faces in the Crowd

Edited By Alexandra Fenwick

Adult Education

By Alexandra Fenwick

Just My Type

By Interview By Dan Patrick

Maker's Lark

Thon Maker wants to be the Sudanese Kevin Durant. Or maybe the black (and very tall) Bill Gates. While he scours the earth for answers—from Down Under to the Big Easy and beyond—know this: The ball is in his court

By Chris Mannix

The Case for ... Fixing Replay

By Joe Sheehan