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Four Closure To honor legendary North Carolina coach Dean Smith, who died on Feb. 7, the Tar Heels employed one of his strategic innovations—the Four Corners offense—under the command of point guard Marcus Paige (5), in an 89--60 win over Georgia Tech last Saturday in Chapel Hill. Born during a practice in 1962, the scheme allowed Smith to spread his players and to control the tempo. Protests over the delaying tactic led to the NCAA's implementation of the shot clock in '85.

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PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT BECK SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

Shrinky Rink In this tilt-shift photo, the action on the ice between the Kings and the Sharks at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara is in focus while the surrounding setting is not. The technique allows a photographer to simulate a miniature scene. The game was big for L.A., though, which beat its rival 2--1 in the first outdoor game in San Jose team history.

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PHOTOGRAPH BY BEN VAN HOOK FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

Top of The Line In this view from the Goodyear blimp, Martin Truex Jr. (78) leads Joey Logano (22), who's running second, and a pack of racers past the start/finish line at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday. With 13 laps to go, Logano took the lead and held on to win his first Daytona 500 (page 34).