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March 19, 2012 | Volume 116, Issue 12

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Anthony Davis Cover - Sports Illustrated March 19, 2012

March 19, 2012 | CHRIS BALLARD
The three-time NBA All-Star shares a distinctive piece of NBA history with Michael Jordan. So how did he end up here, in the remotest of hoops hinterlands?

March 19, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR
The most difficult conversation of Patrick Burke's life did not come on the day his younger brother, Brendan, revealed he was gay. That was a relatively easy talk, at least for Patrick, now a...

March 19, 2012
Jeremy Lin's success is not just a feel-good story, it's also inspirational, the type of story you tell your kids when their self-esteem is down and they want to give up. He is a symbol of what...

March 19, 2012 | DICK FRIEDMAN
Hey, Harvard's got game! But, then, sports have long flourished in the Ivies

March 19, 2012 | DICK FRIEDMAN
"It's going to be very tastefully done."

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HOT: ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGHS

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What college star could keep up in the league right now?

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March 19, 2012 | Tim Layden
Lindsey Vonn continues to carve out a record career, taking a fourth overall World Cup title

March 19, 2012 | Lars Anderson
Touched by last year's deadly tornadoes, gymnastics rivals Missouri and Alabama make a point of unity

March 19, 2012 | Lars Anderson
After being knocked unconscious on a play in a Belgian amateur soccer league match (suffering a concussion and three displaced vertebrae), midfielder Julien Lecomte was issued a yellow card for...

March 19, 2012 | Edited by Alexandra Fenwick
DONOVAN ROBERTSON

March 19, 2012 | DAN PATRICK
Shaka Smart

March 19, 2012 | DAN PATRICK
SAY WHAT?

March 19, 2012 | GRANT WAHL
As it starts its 17th season, MLS has become a hotbed for talented players from Latin America—especially Colombia, which has a long history with the U.S. game

March 19, 2012 | GRANT WAHL
The power rests out West, where star-studded L.A. and workmanlike Salt Lake will fight for the title

March 19, 2012 | CHRIS MANNIX
Everyone wants to see the Suns move their point guard—except for Steve Nash, who's happy to keep things as they are

March 19, 2012 | CHRIS MANNIX
With surprisingly little rumbling around the March 15 trade deadline, here are the three swaps that—while unlikely to go down—make the most sense

March 19, 2012 | BEN REITER
These five players were once can't-miss kids. They're still kids and (for the most part) still have a chance to bust out like the Royals' Alex Gordon did in 2011

March 19, 2012 | KELLI ANDERSON
THE PATH TO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GOES THROUGH ANTHONY DAVIS AND KENTUCKY. OPPONENTS SHOULD PROCEED AT THEIR OWN RISK

March 19, 2012 | KELLI ANDERSON
This chart of Davis's regular-season blocks shows he was all over the court, whether as the primary defender or helping a teammate

March 19, 2012 | KELLI ANDERSON
No list of great NCAA blocked shots can be definitive—the stat has been kept for only 27 seasons—but here are six standout moments

March 19, 2012 | PABLO S. TORRE
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March 19, 2012 | GEORGE DOHRMANN
ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS A COACH WHO BUILT A FAIRY-TALE PROGRAM OUT WEST, THEN SEEMINGLY DISAPPEARED. NOW HE'S BACK TO BUST BRACKETS FOR ANOTHER CINDERELLA, LONG BEACH STATE

March 19, 2012 | GEORGE DOHRMANN
OPEN HERE FOR SI'S 5 MINUTE GUIDE

March 19, 2012 | DAN GREENE
Murray State has enjoyed a magical season, and behind deadly accurate guard Isaiah Canaan, the Racers' year could be far from finished

March 19, 2012 | LUKE WINN
Belmont is back in the NCAA tournament, but this time the Bruins have a potent team that's poised for more than just 15 minutes of fame

March 19, 2012 | Seth Davis
DON'T FEAR THE MADNESS! BRUSH UP ON THE BEST PLAYERS, DEFENDERS, CLUTCH GUYS—AND THE GUYS WHO ARE ANYTHING BUT

March 19, 2012 | KELLI ANDERSON
Saint Mary's point guard Matthew Dellavedova of Australia has the Gaels swapping high fives and playing a dangerous brand of basketball

March 19, 2012 | RICHARD DEITSCH
OPPONENTS TAKE EXTREME MEASURES TO PREPARE FOR BAYLOR CENTER BRITTNEY GRINER—AND THEY HAVE JUST SIX MORE GAMES TO FIND A SOLUTION

March 19, 2012 | RICHARD DEITSCH
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March 19, 2012 | RICHARD DEITSCH
KIM BARNES-ARICO ST. JOHN'S COACH

March 19, 2012 | RICHARD DEITSCH
The team to beat is Baylor, but three hungry and battle-tested squads are ready to give Griner & Co. their best shots in Denver

March 19, 2012 | JIM TROTTER
Reinvigorated Super Bowl--ready quarterback, or injury case in inexorable decline? Peyton Manning in 2012 will be the most intriguing NFL story in years

March 19, 2012 | JIM TROTTER
PASSER RATING, LAST SEVEN ACTIVE SEASONS

March 19, 2012 | PETER KING
Some see Aaron Rodgers's understudy as the next best thing to Peyton Manning. Others would call that—wait for it—Flynnsanity!

March 19, 2012 | MICHAEL FARBER
St. Louis has found its happy groove under coach Ken Hitchcock, who has taken his new club from unheralded to seemingly unbeatable

March 19, 2012 | ALBERT CHEN
The hiring of the former White Sox third baseman could not have been more surprising—not least to Ventura himself

March 19, 2012 | ALBERT CHEN
The overall performance of managers recently hired despite a lack of previous experience suggests that success is possible for the rookie White Sox manager

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A U.S. Army specialist in Afghanistan writes in to clarify the definition of a bad lie and a risk-reward hole

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[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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TOP 100 TEACHERS POLL

March 19, 2012 | DOTTIE PEPPER
It's not often that a Hall of Famer is the last kid picked for the team, and if she is it's not likely that she'd be willing to play along. But that's what happened in October when Amy Alcott was...

March 19, 2012 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
Justin Rose won impressively at Doral, but another withdrawal by a gimpy Tiger Woods had everyone buzzing about his status for the Masters, and beyond

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MY BAG