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April 21, 2008 | Volume 108, Issue 16

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Kobe Bryant Cover - Sports Illustrated April 21, 2008

April 21, 2008
Troy Meets World Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is a rare talent. His leadership is a big reason why the Rockies made it to the World Series last year, and why Colorado fans are so excited...

April 21, 2008 | Chris Mannix
All athletes test themselves, but sometimes we play too close to the edge

April 21, 2008
WHO'S Hot

April 21, 2008
Which team will win the WORLD SERIES?

April 21, 2008
Qualified For the LPGA Hall of Fame with a win at the Corona Championship in Morelia, Mexico, Lorena Ochoa (above). At 26, she is the second-youngest player to amass the required 27 points—the...

April 21, 2008
KYRYLO FESENKO Jazz center, to a writer whose media credential was dated 20008: "Were you sent here to kill us all?"

April 21, 2008
According to former big leaguer Jesse Barfield, baseball may be losing female fans because players wear baggy uniforms that don't show off their "sculpted bodies."

April 21, 2008 | Richard Deitsch
Five years after its last title, UConn is the team to beat in '09

April 21, 2008 | Richard Deitsch
$48 million Potential value of the seven-year contract the Indians gave Fausto Carmona last Thursday.

April 21, 2008 | Richard Deitsch
NEXT YEAR the Yankees will move out of the House That Ruth Built and into the House That Gino Castignoli Helped Build. And because of that, the Red Sox--Yankees rivalry took another bizarre turn...

April 21, 2008 | As told to Ben Reiter
76ERS FORWARD

April 21, 2008 | Kostya Kennedy
Many favorites emerge in a new Derby film

April 21, 2008 | Arash Markazi
KOBE BRYANT sent a shiver up the spines of Lakers fans last week by posting an Internet video of himself leaping over a speeding Aston Martin. (Bryant did it without a stunt double, but with some...

April 21, 2008 | Sarah Kwak
What to watch and watch for

April 21, 2008
Brittney Reese GULFPORT, MISS. > Track and Field Reese, a junior at Mississippi, won the long jump (22'2 1/4") at the Division I indoor championship, becoming the first Lady Rebel to win a...

April 21, 2008 | Pablo S. Torre
BY NOW, NFL Players Association executive director Gene Upshaw (below) should be accustomed to criticism: For years retired players have lambasted him for failing to provide adequate health...

April 21, 2008 | Dan Patrick
The Interview Chris Paul HORNETS GUARD

April 21, 2008 | DAMON HACK

April 21, 2008 | DAMON HACK
PRIME TIME PLAYER Relive Gary Player's victory in the 1978 Masters.

April 21, 2008 | JACK McCALLUM

April 21, 2008 | JACK McCALLUM
The Celtics and Lakers would make a dream Finals (even if not everyone will admit it)

April 21, 2008 | JACK McCALLUM
Rating the playoff teams by how dangerous they are in a close game's final seconds

April 21, 2008 | JACK McCALLUM
SPORTS IN REAL TIME. ALL THE TIME. ALL FREE.

April 21, 2008 | ALBERT CHEN

April 21, 2008 | ALBERT CHEN
SPORTS IN REAL TIME. ALL THE TIME. ALL FREE.

April 21, 2008 | George Dohrmann
Diminutive forward Nathan Gerbe delivered a mighty performance in Denver to lead Boston College—which had lost heartbreakers in the last two title games—to its third national championship

April 21, 2008 | George Dohrmann
SPORTS IN REAL TIME. ALL THE TIME. ALL FREE.

April 21, 2008 | George Dohrmann
Five college players who'll make the biggest impact in the NHL

April 21, 2008 | PHIL TAYLOR

April 21, 2008 | PHIL TAYLOR
BIG RED MACHINE Revisit Nebraska's championship years of the 1970s.

April 21, 2008
Baseball Alltime saves leader Trevor Hoffman is struggling big-time, but he's far from the only closer with issues • One reason for the Tigers' disastrous start

April 21, 2008 | Jon Heyman
Closing Costs April has been the month of the blown save; for several would-be contenders, that could haunt them come September

April 21, 2008 | Jon Heyman
Prognosticators who envisioned a 1,000-run offense for the Tigers failed to account for the difficulty that Detroit's NL imports would face adjusting to life against the tougher competition in the...

April 21, 2008 | Michael Farber
What Next? The improvisations of rededicated rightwinger Alex Kovalev keep even his Canadiens teammates guessing

April 21, 2008 | Pierre McGuire
How about the courage of Wild forward Branko Radivojevic? In Game 2 of the Minnesota-Colorado series he hurt his right knee early in the first period, returned to play in the second, reinjured the...

April 21, 2008 | Tim Layden
Guessing Game Monba's victory in the Blue Grass raised more questions than it answered as an uneven field heads to Churchill Downs

April 21, 2008 | Tim Layden
Expect the meteoric Big Brown to be the favorite on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs. But not here.

April 21, 2008 | Lars Anderson
Tough Circles For Indy racing stars Dario Franchitti and Sam Hornish Jr., the NASCAR learning curve has been a steep one

April 21, 2008 | Lars Anderson
It wasn't quite as dramatic as the Miami Dolphins' 13-game winless streak last season, but Hendrick Motorsports' inability to reach Victory Lane over the first seven races of the season was the...

April 21, 2008 | Selena Roberts
IT WAS Saturday night at the mottled two-story building in Augusta called Sand Hill Grill, with its two upstairs windows cracked open like sleepy eyes and swing music tumbling out its double doors.

April 21, 2008
Twist and Shout Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (center) was separated from his headgear during a collision with Rangers left wing Ryan Callahan in Game 3 of their first-round NHL playoff series on...

April 21, 2008
The future tried on its green jacket last week as the next generation of golf fan was in full frolic all over Augusta National

April 21, 2008 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
Everything was going according to plan for Phil Mickelson until he was done in by a seasonlong bugaboo—a bout of poor putting

April 21, 2008 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
Each year during Masters week, there's no better place to keep tabs on everyone who's anyone in the game than a table in the Augusta National clubhouse

April 21, 2008 | JOHN GARRITY
Boo Weekley is hardly the hick he's made out to be, but during his first trip to Augusta National he certainly had a unique way of looking at things

April 21, 2008 | JIM GORANT
Of cool 3-D, cold Brits and the Good Humor Man

April 21, 2008 | T.J. TOMASI
WHO Trevor Immelman

April 21, 2008 | T.J. TOMASI
"No question, Lorena Ochoa is the best golfer on earth right now. Sadly, because she's a woman, she doesn't get her due acclaim."

April 21, 2008 | T.J. TOMASI
Have the Lords of Augusta taken the fun out of the Masters?

April 21, 2008
Until this year, no first-round leader had won the Masters since Ben Crenshaw in 1984, although none have missed the cut. Mike Donald followed his opening 64 with an 82 in 1990, but made the cut...

April 21, 2008 | GARY VAN SICKLE
There's a Nicklaus record that Tiger never will touch

April 21, 2008 | GARY VAN SICKLE
A Masters record six lefties teed it up at Augusta National

April 21, 2008 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
Was Augusta National just too tough even for the best players or, on Sunday afternoon, did the largely untested contenders simply succumb, lemminglike, to the enormity of the moment?

April 21, 2008 | Stephen Cannella
Four fine books illuminate baseball's past, future and physics

April 21, 2008 | Arash Markazi
LeBron scores as a lawyer in a new TV spot

April 21, 2008 | Sarah Kwak
A controversial suit is helping swimmers make history

April 21, 2008 | Richard O'Brien
THE TERM New York driver evokes a Travis Bickle--like figure fueled on rage and mired in traffic, one hand on the horn, the other in a less-than-helpful gesture to fellow motorists. But with the...