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April 02, 2012 | Volume 116, Issue 14

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Aaron Craft Cover - Sports Illustrated April 02, 2012

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What are NFL coaches and players teaching our youth when they abandon their morals in a quest for wins—or worse, for bounties? Playing with the intent of causing injury to opponents is a vote of...

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Do you think Tiger Woods is now the favorite to win the Masters?

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"Tim Tebow says he respects Mark Sanchez as a quarterback. It's now official: Tim Tebow knows nothing about playing quarterback."

April 02, 2012 | LEE JENKINS
Even as it lays on the bon temps for Final Four revelers, the city of the Saints is in no mood to party

April 02, 2012 | LEE JENKINS
Organizers of the Arab Shooting Championships in Kuwait last week mistakenly played the parody version of the Kazakhstan national anthem from the movie Borat (including lines like "Greatest...

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NOT: WRONGS OF SPRING

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Who is the league's best ball handler?

April 02, 2012 | Gary Van Sickle
A reworked PGA Tour calendar means a fall kickoff, while Q school loses its luster

April 02, 2012 | Pablo S. Torre
In a self-reflective mood, Mike Tyson promises to reveal all in a one-man Las Vegas show

April 02, 2012 | Pablo S. Torre
"[It] brought snot and tears to my eyes and all of that type of good stuff."

April 02, 2012 | Pablo S. Torre
Let this chart guide you through the lineup of spring baseball books

April 02, 2012 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
TATUM COFFEY

April 02, 2012 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
Last week Syria's state-run TV station, Addounia (headed by a cousin of President Bashar al-Assad), aired a report claiming that Barcelona's Lionel Messi (right), Andrés Iniesta and Pedro staged a...

April 02, 2012 | Bryan Armen Graham
The former NBA lightning rod has found fans—and feeling!—in the Chinese league

April 02, 2012 | DAN PATRICK
ANDREW LUCK

April 02, 2012 | JIM TROTTER
The football news has come fast and furious over the past two weeks—and it's not all Manning, Tebow and the Saints

April 02, 2012 | MICHAEL FARBER
Four years after he abandoned the Predators, Alexander Radulov is back, and it's enough to put Nashville into Cup contention

April 02, 2012 | PIERRE MCGUIRE
Bruins center Patrice Bergeron should easily win this season's Selke Trophy, which is awarded annually to the NHL's top defensive forward. In addition to a league-high +32 rating, he is the best...

April 02, 2012 | CHRIS MANNIX
Plenty has gone awry with the Wizards, not least of all the development of John Wall, but there are signs of change in the capital

April 02, 2012 | CHRIS MANNIX
SI had a veteran evaluator weigh in on three pressing NBA questions

April 02, 2012 | KELLI ANDERSON
A QUARTET OF STORIED PROGRAMS ROARED THROUGH THE REGIONALS, SETTING UP SOME BIG-TIME SHOWDOWNS IN THE BIG EASY

April 02, 2012 | PABLO S. TORRE
Kansas center Jeff Withey has gone from a 209-pound lightweight to an intimidating presence in the paint

April 02, 2012
LUKE WINN'S INCREDIBLY

April 02, 2012 | TIM LAYDEN
Sophomore point guard Aaron Craft sets the tone at Ohio State with his tenacious defense and hypercompetitive approach to the game

April 02, 2012 | SETH DAVIS
WHO WILL WIN THE BATTLES IN THE BIG EASY

April 02, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
High-flying freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist—so dangerous in the open court—keeps Kentucky's high-octane offense running hot

April 02, 2012 | PETER KING
The behind-the-scenes story of how the most prized free agent in NFL history hit the recruiting trail—and how he ended up a Denver Bronco

April 02, 2012 | PETER KING
Even as Peyton Manning built on his Hall of Fame career, a series of events stretching back nearly six years would eventually lead to the momentous move that shook the NFL last week

April 02, 2012 | BEN REITER
Yes, Tebow will turn the Jets into a Big Apple circus—but the move makes football sense

April 02, 2012 | L. JON WERTHEIM
A mastery of a quirky pitch is far from all that makes the Mets righty an outlier. He's also the author of a brutally honest memoir that, among other revelations, details a painful childhood that...

April 02, 2012 | R.A. Dickey
R.A. Dickey writes of confronting the darker sides of human nature—and the meeting that turned his baseball career around

April 02, 2012 | DAMON HACK
Tiger Woods won his first Tour event in 30 months, dominating as he did in his prime and signaling that he may be the man to beat at the Masters

April 02, 2012 | L. JON WERTHEIM
A CENTURY AGO, MORE THAN 1,500 PEOPLE DIED IN THE MOST FAMOUS SHIPWRECK IN HISTORY. TWO OF THE WORLD'S BEST TENNIS PLAYERS, RICHARD WILLIAMS AND KARL BEHR, SURVIVED THE DISASTER—IN VERY DIFFERENT WAYS

April 02, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR
What do you see, America? What do you see when 13 black males stand before you, their faces partially obscured by hoodies? Do you see a group or a gang? Men or menace? Such a powerful image...

April 02, 2012 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
Each was a prodigy and an only child. One is 36 and has won 14 majors, the other is 22 and preparing for his 14th major start. Tiger Woods versus Rory McIlroy is the only story in golf

April 02, 2012 | Michael Bamberger
Will this year's Masters be the best ever? Which major would you most want to win? Which hole at Augusta would make the best finisher? Why doesn't Charl Schwartzel get any respect? And who will...

April 02, 2012 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
For three rounds the 2011 Masters was a one-man show, as Rory McIlroy forged a four-stroke lead. Sunday was supposed to be his star turn, but when McIlroy stumbled, the day turned into a...

April 02, 2012 | GARY VAN SICKLE
Showing the same work ethic that had him pounding balls into the wee hours at Clemson, long-hitting Kyle Stanley has the tools—and the resiliency—to be a shining star

April 02, 2012 | COMPILED BY STEPHANIE WEI
SI Golf+ polled more than 50 players who have or will tee it up at Augusta National on everything from the course to the favorite clubhouse cuisine. Their answers might surprise you

April 02, 2012 | JAMES P. HERRE
A year ago during Masters week, on a perfect Southern evening, Ian Orefice, the executive producer of SI.com video, and I stood just outside the glare of the Kino Flo lights that illuminated a...

April 02, 2012 | JAMES P. HERRE
MORNING REPORT

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EDITOR James P. Herre

April 02, 2012 | AUSTIN MURPHY
The 1982 Masters turned into a duel between players in search of their first (and only) major title. Life would never be the same for Craig Stadler or hard-luck playoff loser Dan Pohl

April 02, 2012 | Rick Lipsey
For sixteen players, including 1982 champion Craig Stadler and last year's winner, Charl Schwartzel, the Masters has been their only victory in a major.

April 02, 2012 | DAMON HACK
Mark Wilson's version of small ball—hit fairways and greens, make some putts—has been called boring by some, but the least conspicuous five-time winner in PGA Tour history couldn't care less. His...

April 02, 2012 | JOHN GARRITY
Decades patrolling the grounds of Augusta have taught the author where to best view the action. Now he shares his secrets, starting with the simplest one: grow tall

April 02, 2012 | DAMON HACK
Despite high finishes and a hard grind in Florida, Hall of Famer Ernie Els is still without a spot in the Masters and left with three options: Win this week, get a last-minute mercy pass from the...

April 02, 2012 | DAMON HACK
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With its speedy greens and pressure-cooker atmosphere, the Masters is all about grace under pressure, and last year's champ sets the standard

April 02, 2012 | JAMES DODSON
By 1953, Byron Nelson was settling into retirement, but the competition to win majors between Ben Hogan and Sam Snead was heated as the Hawk kicked off one of the greatest seasons ever

April 02, 2012 | KEVIN COOK
How much did Charl Schwartzel love his Masters jacket? "I never put it in a suitcase," he says. "I basically took it everywhere." Everywhere?