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March 12, 2012 | Volume 116, Issue 11

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Jonathan Vilma Cover - Sports Illustrated March 12, 2012

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It's so sad that what should have been a storybook high school ending for Wes Leonard quickly became tragic. We all need to remember that strong and fit athletes can easily have unknown health...

March 12, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
Savvy planning—and some crazy luck—has NASCAR heating up again

March 12, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
A Home Depot in Tuscaloosa has replaced its traditional aisle numbers with numerals corresponding to the years of the Crimson Tide's 14 football national championships.

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HOT: OFF TO THE RACES

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| DIED |

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Who will win Rookie of the Year?

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March 12, 2012 | Ben Reiter
A second wild card will stoke fan interest but also make it harder for the best team to prevail

March 12, 2012 | Rebecca Shore
The league offers a crash course to players who want to tackle music

March 12, 2012 | Rebecca Shore
"Good players retire. Horses--- players get released. I got released."

March 12, 2012 | ADAM DUERSON
A hotshot coach's canning reminds us: Life can be short, especially in sports

March 12, 2012 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
MACLIN DAVIS

March 12, 2012 | Dan Greene
A concert features a tenor's take on Mike Piazza and other sports notes

March 12, 2012 | DAN PATRICK
Kevin Durant

March 12, 2012 | DAN PATRICK
SAY WHAT?

March 12, 2012 | STEWART MANDEL
With veteran pieces on offense, Stanford is well-armed to go on without you-know-who

March 12, 2012 | MICHAEL FARBER
High-scoring Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson has reined in his go-for-broke style and become a surprise Norris contender

March 12, 2012 | MICHAEL FARBER
In NHL history, only three defensemen have led their peers in scoring by 20 or more points. Two did it more than once.

March 12, 2012 | PIERRE MCGUIRE
One reason the Stars are postseason contenders is the play of Mike Ribeiro. The creative center has been a playmaking virtuoso and is considered by many to be one of the league's most underrated...

March 12, 2012 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE
World champ Jordyn Wieber hasn't solidified her status as the favorite in London

March 12, 2012 | PETER KING
For three years, the NFL says, members of the Saints defense maintained an illicit bounty program, administered by former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, that paid cash rewards for hits that...

March 12, 2012 | JIM TROTTER
While players square off against one another on Sundays, they're also brothers and partners—which is why rewards for injuring opponents violate the game's code

March 12, 2012 | ANDREW LAWRENCE
Roger Goodell's tenure has been marked by a growing vigilance regarding safety on the field. A time line of his six-year struggle to tamp down violence

March 12, 2012 | TIM LAYDEN
The hardest part of changing the culture of professional football may be transforming the way the players themselves think and talk about the game

March 12, 2012 | LUKE WINN
The system developed by Dick Bennett two decades ago has his son Tony's Virginia team on the brink of its first NCAA tournament bid in five years

March 12, 2012 | LUKE WINN
PACK-LINE TUTORIAL

March 12, 2012 | IAN THOMSEN
To win in the NBA, you need a stud with a recognizable first name like Kobe or LeBron, right? Not if you're the Pacers, who are getting it done with Danny, Roy, David, Paul, Tyler, George and Darren

March 12, 2012 | DAVID EPSTEIN
The former Mets and Phillies hero turned out to be the centerfielder who couldn't shoot straight

March 12, 2012 | DAVID EPSTEIN
WAS ALWAYS EAGER TO PUSH THE LIMITS OF HER ENDURANCE. THEN THE PACIFIC OCEAN PUT HER TO THE ULTIMATE TEST

March 12, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR
Somewhere in a sports department, an editor interviews a young job applicant.

March 12, 2012 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
Used to be that Orlando was the destination of choice for touring pros, but these days more of them can be found at the fabulous players' clubs of Palm Beach

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MY BAG

March 12, 2012 | GIL HANSE
Donald Trump asked me to put the teeth back into the Blue Monster. Here's how I plan to do it

March 12, 2012 | GIL HANSE
[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

March 12, 2012 | GIL HANSE
TOP 100

March 12, 2012 | BRANDEL CHAMBLEE
In a shuttle van to the range at the 1999 B.C. Open, Phil Mickelson (below) and I were discussing a Tour proposal to reduce the size of tournament fields. As I recall, Phil was in...

March 12, 2012 | DAMON HACK
Rory McIlroy, the charismatic 22-year-old with the swing to die for, took over as world No. 1 by winning the Honda Classic, but a dazzling finish by Tiger Woods sent the message that a new battle...