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April 23, 2007 | Volume 106, Issue 17

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Steve Nash Cover - Sports Illustrated April 23, 2007

April 23, 2007 | Terry McDonell
Depth of character from Robinson to Rutgers

April 23, 2007
On the Money

April 23, 2007
Tom Verducci did a fine umpiring job, but my booking agent would have fined him for the unhemmed pants, which obviously were fresh out of the package.Richard Sarmiento, rookie umpire Rocky Mount, N.C.

April 23, 2007 | Aditi Kinkhabwala
Rising above the slur—and a media circus—the Rutgers women show themselves to be a class act

April 23, 2007 | Brian Cazeneuve
A Woman in Full

April 23, 2007 | Brian Cazeneuve
ICHIRO, Mariners outfielder, on facing Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka (in Japanese): "I hope he arouses the fire that's dormant in the innermost recesses of my soul. I plan to face him with the...

April 23, 2007 | Brian Cazeneuve
8 Men who have won the Boston Marathon at least three times, after Robert Cheruiyot of Kenya was victorious on Monday. (Lidiya Grigoryeva of Russia won the women's race.)

April 23, 2007 | Brian Cazeneuve
The Nova Scotia legislature endorsed a resolution criticizing the NHL for scheduling this Saturday's Penguins-Senators playoff game in the afternoon, when few people were free to watch it.

April 23, 2007
Breaking Story: Money Doesn't Buy Happiness, NBA Titles

April 23, 2007
Who is the best dunker in the NBA?

April 23, 2007
RED SOX PITCHER Brendan Donnelly so dislikes Mariners outfielder Jose Guillen—the two have feuded since they were teammates in Anaheim three years ago—that after he struck out Guillen on April 10,...

April 23, 2007
THE TOUGHEST agent in the business has nothing on a good old-fashioned clerical error. Consider that the Eagles paid their star running back Brian Westbrook a $3 million roster bonus he was due....

April 23, 2007
It's not just what you score but also what you wear

April 23, 2007
INDIANS PITCHER

April 23, 2007 | Adam Duerson
Hockey's resident button pusher brings his shtick to the U.S.

April 23, 2007 | Adam Duerson
Hockey's resident button pusher brings his shtick to the U.S.

April 23, 2007 | Adam Duerson
"I FEEL like more of a tennis player than an actress," said Elisabeth Shue, and it's not just because it's been two years since the Oscar nominee has appeared in a theatrical release. Shue, 43,...

April 23, 2007 | Adam Duerson
Casey's generosity (he's heavily involved in charities such as the Cerebral Palsy Foundation and World Hunger Organization) and friendliness have earned him the nickname the Mayor from his fellow...

April 23, 2007 | Adam Duerson
Casey's generosity (he's heavily involved in charities such as the Cerebral Palsy Foundation and World Hunger Organization) and friendliness have earned him the nickname the Mayor from his fellow...

April 23, 2007 | Adam Duerson
IT'S EASY to forget during the regular season, but NBA players can play entire games with passion and a commitment to defense. Before the postseason begins this weekend, remind yourself how pros...

April 23, 2007 | Adam Duerson
IT'S EASY to forget during the regular season, but NBA players can play entire games with passion and a commitment to defense. Before the postseason begins this weekend, remind yourself how pros...

April 23, 2007 | Chris Mannix
What to watch and watch for

April 23, 2007
Dustin Ackley WALNUT COVE, N.C. > Baseball Ackley, a first baseman at No. 2 North Carolina, was Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week for the second consecutive time, hitting .581 in 43 at...

April 23, 2007 | Joe Lemire
A Texas lefty learns what a quintet of no-hitters can do for a young hurler's career

April 23, 2007 | Joe Lemire
THE ONLY PITCHERS to have thrown more consecutive high school no-hitters than Colt Molloy are Chris Taranto of Notre Dame (Biloxi, Miss.) and Tom Engle of Fairfield Union (Lancaster, Ohio), who...

April 23, 2007 | Bill Syken
A third state title game would add to Daniel Hostetler's family lore

April 23, 2007
JUST A KICK AWAY Plano West came oh-so-close to sweeping the Texas 5A soccer championships last weekend. The girls' team, led by championship MVP Lauren LaGro (right), suffocated Deer Park in a...

April 23, 2007 | Bill Syken
DANIEL'S UNCLE Jeff Hostetler, a 13-year NFL vet, says that when he was growing up, he and his three brothers and three sisters (he's the fifth) went at each other a bit too hard. "We couldn't...

April 23, 2007 | Chris Ballard
Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki are best buddies off the court, but these two leading MVP candidates will not stop battling on the hardwood until one of them takes his team to its first championship

April 23, 2007 | JACK McCALLUM
The Pistons will coast through the East, but they will be no match for the mighty Mavericks in the Finals

April 23, 2007 | MICHAEL FARBER
In his first trip to the postseason the Penguins' Sidney Crosby got roughed up, wielded his magic stick and delivered a few lessons of his own

April 23, 2007 | MICHAEL FARBER
Great Shots

April 23, 2007 | Pierre McGuire
Pierre McGuire analyzes the breakout performances and an epic overtime in the opening week

April 23, 2007 | KELLI ANDERSON
Born just a month apart, the Rockies' Matt Holliday and Garrett Atkins think alike, are built alike and--most important as they enter their prime--mash alike

April 23, 2007 | KELLI ANDERSON
Setting the Order

April 23, 2007 | PETER KING
While draft hype consumes NFL nation, Wisconsin's Joe Thomas is chilling in Madison, hitting the books and the brats and waiting for life to get even better

April 23, 2007 | PETER KING
Football Footage

April 23, 2007
Summer of 42 Jerseys bearing Jackie Robinson's number were ready and waiting for all the Dodgers to wear in their game against the Padres on Sunday, the 60th anniversary of the day the Brooklyn...

April 23, 2007 | Sally Jenkins
Just two decades after Wounded Knee, the Carlisle Indian School transformed a plodding, brutal college sport into the fast, intricate game we know today

April 23, 2007
Baseball It's been a cold, wet April; what better excuse to reignite the hot stove? • The risk attached to trading displaced Astros closer Brad Lidge • Why it finally may be time to deal Lastings...

April 23, 2007 | Jon Heyman
Trade Winds

April 23, 2007 | Tim Layden
Myth Busters

April 23, 2007 | Tim Layden
The last Kentucky Derby run without a horse trained by Bob Baffert, D. Wayne Lukas or Nick Zito was in 1980. Those three men have had 78 starters and nine winners. But this year, none of them has...

April 23, 2007 | Lars Anderson
Crunch Time

April 23, 2007 | Lars Anderson
1 Add the name of Jeff Burton (right) to the short list of bona fide Cup contenders. On Sunday, Burton won the Samsung 500—his first victory of the season—and he has now finished sixth or better...

April 23, 2007 | Rick Reilly
THERE WERE days when Mike Pressler would walk out his front door to get the newspaper and find signs on his lawn: COACH DO YOUR DUTY! TURN THEM IN! and RAPIST LOVER.

April 23, 2007 | FRANZ LIDZ
Howling winds like those at Hilton Head can play havoc with golfers and fans, but only lightning can cripple or kill them

April 23, 2007 | JIM GORANT
Annika's season is a pain in the neck

April 23, 2007 | Mark Wood
WHO: Brittany Lincicome

April 23, 2007 | Dottie Pepper
CAN I HEAR AN AMEN? I can't remember a quieter Masters. The difficult conditions made the audible drama of the tournament all but disappear. The small piece of land that is Augusta National and...

April 23, 2007 | TOM PATRI
Why Phil Mickelson must leave his swing coach, Rick Smith

April 23, 2007 | TOM PATRI
by JAMES P. HERRE

April 23, 2007 | TOM PATRI
Uh-oh, the Presidents Cup is returning to Melbourne in 2011

April 23, 2007 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
Boo Weekley was the victim of bad fortune at the Honda Classic, the first event of the year to end on a Monday. This time, at the wind-delayed Heritage, the (gale) force was with him

April 23, 2007
While large swatches of the country shivered, Hilton Head was busting out all over