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April 27, 2009 | Volume 110, Issue 17

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April 27, 2009 | RICHARD HOFFER
Analyzing why Madden——was such great company

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freshman year at North Carolina, in 1942, Felix Anthony Blanchard tried to enlist in the Navy's V-12 program, which allowed students to complete their education in exchange for a service...

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Shortstop Yunel Escobar left the Braves' game on April 16 after he strained an abdominal muscle while hopping in the on-deck circle to loosen up.

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By the New York Rangers, Matt Gilroy , who won the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey's top player after leading Boston University to the NCAA title. The two-year deal is reportedly worth $3.5...

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Midfielder for Everton of the English Premier League, on his post--playing career plans:

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Batting average of the Twins' Jason Kubel entering last Friday's game against the Angels.

April 27, 2009 | Albert Chen
A Duke hoops standout considers a return to his first love

April 27, 2009 | Bryan Armen Graham
Tyson gets inside the ex-champ's messed-up head

April 27, 2009 | Kevin Fishbain
When sports and religion collide

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[X] What smart fans should do this week

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Lohan has been in rehab three times for substance abuse, been arrested twice for DUI and been the subject of countless tabloid headlines—and Lind believes the worst is yet to come for the...

April 27, 2009 | Dan Patrick

April 27, 2009 | David Boucher
would have been shocked if, upon his departure from the Knicks last year, Isiah Thomas decided that his coaching days were behind him. His experience as New York's president and coach can only be...

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Dominique, a junior at Immaculate Conception High, won the 55-meter dash at the New Jersey Meet of Champions in 6.92 seconds, the fastest time in the nation for the scholastic indoor season....

April 27, 2009 | MARK BEECH
A former lineman is trying to return Syracuse to respectability, but he's got a long way to go

April 27, 2009 | Andy Staples
Alabama junior finished the spring poised to take over at quarterback for . McElroy threw for 189 yards and two TDs last Saturday. "I think everybody who watched the game today and has been at...

April 27, 2009 | JOE SHEEHAN
An October finish isn't out of the question for the Marlins, who can go young arm for young arm with anyone

April 27, 2009 | MICHAEL FARBER
As rivalries raise the playoff heat, the league should ensure that spring hockey always burns like this

April 27, 2009 | PIERRE McGUIRE
One early playoff revelation: Blackhawks defenseman , with his steady play and strong puck moving alongside partner . Seabrook, 24, is one of 14 Hawks who are 25 or younger.... Speaking of youth...

April 27, 2009 | LUKE WINN
John Calipari's jump to Kentucky created chaos among recruits, several of whom remain uncommitted

April 27, 2009 | Kevin Armstrong
These recruits honored their early commitments: , a 6'8" center out of Tilton (N.H.) High, verbally committed to UConn in August 2006. With Hasheem Thabeet and Jeff Adrien turning pro, coach Jim...

April 27, 2009 | AUSTIN MURPHY
History will be made in this year's NFL talent lottery when USC linebackers and become the first trio of players from the same unit to be selected in the first round. The burning question: Who...

April 27, 2009 | ANDREW PERLOFF
Rice's James Casey fits the mold for the NFL's hot new scheme

April 27, 2009 | JIM TROTTER
Thanks to the rise of the college passing game, NFL-ready tackles are going early

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Crabtree is the perfect metaphor for this draft: brilliant upside, but with a lot of scouts' questions to clear up. Want a sure thing? Not this year.

April 27, 2009 | LEE JENKINS
Grown men reduced to tears, a rock star downloading 14-year-old playoff footage on his iPhone, an entire city falling in love all over again: is back in Seattle, and, damn, it feels good

April 27, 2009 | LEE JENKINS
Could Derek Jeter actually be an underrated defensive player? Find out at

April 27, 2009 | IAN THOMSEN
When bodies crash, games can turn on a ref's verdict guaranteed to leave one side crying foul. As the first round starts, a look at

April 27, 2009 | IAN THOMSEN
Daily NBA playoff analysis from Ian Thomsen and Chris Mannix at

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April 27, 2009 | Terry McDonell
This issue of SI reflects a number of organizational, content and design changes. The idea is simple: Give readers more nuanced and incisive journalism within the largest possible context of...

April 27, 2009 | Teri Thompson
It was during the 1998 season, with the Toronto Blue Jays, that Roger Clemens became friends with the team's conditioning coordinator, Brian McNamee—an association that would abet the pitcher's...

April 27, 2009 | Teri Thompson
Check out a photo gallery of Roger Clemens throughout his career, at

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April 27, 2009 | PHIL TAYLOR
the Basketball Gods: Stop sticking pins in your Jamal Crawford doll. However he may have offended you—What, did he take Michael Jordan's name in vain? Leave a sneaker mark on the NBA logo?—surely...

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April 27, 2009 | CURT SAMPSON
All it took was one obnoxious "patron" to break Chad Campbell's magical run

April 27, 2009 | CURT SAMPSON
IS RORY MCILROY MAKING A MISTAKE BY TURNING DOWN A SPECIAL TEMPORARY PGA TOUR MEMBERSHIP?

April 27, 2009 | DOTTIE PEPPER
After closing the Masters with 75--74 that left him 0 for 42 in his quest for a major championship, went on the rant of a lifetime. He questioned the fairness of Augusta National, calling it...

April 27, 2009 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
had the best week of his career, but for everyone else the Verizon Heritage was all about making a living

April 27, 2009 | Edited by JIM GORANT
MY BAG

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Ban be damned, a belly putter makes history at a major

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Avid golfer and 10-handicapper hung up his gloves last week and is now headed for the pro-am and celebrity golf circuit. His first such event was the 1999 Bob Hope, in which he was paired with ...