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April 23, 2012 | Volume 116, Issue 17

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The revelation of the Saints' bounty program and the notion that some in the NFL think of football as a blood sport remind me of the feeling you get when eating a juicy hot dog: It tastes good and...

April 23, 2012 | TERRY MCDONELL
Frank Deford missed his Princeton graduation in 1962 to start work as a researcher in the baseball department of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. He soon began writing and was quickly accepted as The Kid,...

April 23, 2012 | GEORGE DOHRMANN
Bobby Petrino's reckless rule got him canned—and potentially caused a world of trouble for women working in sports

April 23, 2012 | GEORGE DOHRMANN
Organizers of the London Olympics reached out to the manager of The Who to ask if former drummer Keith Moon would be willing to participate in the Games' closing ceremony. Moon died in 1978.

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HOT: L.A.'S FINEST

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Which coach would you like to play for the...

April 23, 2012 | Ben Reiter
Prosecutors really want to nail Roger Clemens in his retrial. Could that hurt their case?

April 23, 2012 | Alex Belth
Mark Kram Jr.'s account of a high school star recalls the author's writerly roots

April 23, 2012 | Alex Belth
"I always liked playing [Georgia] that second game because you could count on them having two or three key players suspended."

April 23, 2012 | Rebecca Shore
A new documentary weighs in with a sharp look at MMA on the minor league level

April 23, 2012 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
SHELBI VAUGHAN

April 23, 2012 | Dan Greene
One school's bold move turns the tables in collegiate chess

April 23, 2012 | DAN PATRICK
CARMELO ANTHONY

April 23, 2012 | DAN PATRICK
SAY WHAT?

April 23, 2012 | MICHAEL FARBER
Bully to you, Broad Street; playing with a fight worthy of their forebears, the Flyers put the smackdown on the Cup-favorite Penguins

April 23, 2012 | PIERRE MCGUIRE
No coach in the league makes better use of the 30-second timeout than the Flyers' Peter Laviolette, who used his to great effect in the first period of each of Philadelphia's first three playoff...

April 23, 2012 | JOE SHEEHAN
The save started out innocently enough, but the obsession with racking up the stat has thrown bullpen usage, roster management and the pitching salary structure out of whack. Here's the fix: Get...

April 23, 2012 | JOE SHEEHAN
If the save were no longer a stat and managers brought back the multi-inning relief ace, these pitchers could become recognized as stars.

April 23, 2012 | L. JON WERTHEIM
Jon (Bones) Jones, the UFC light heavyweight champ, isn't a football star like his brothers; he's something even bigger

April 23, 2012 | L. JON WERTHEIM
UFC 146, the next scheduled pay-per-view event after Saturday's, is stocked with heavy hitters. Literally. All five main-event fights on the May 26 card in Las Vegas feature heavyweights. But at...

April 23, 2012 | PETER KING
ECHOES OF '98 ABOUND AS THE FOOTBALL WORLD WEIGHS THE MERITS OF THE QUARTERBACK PAIR CERTAIN TO BE TAKEN AT THE TOP ON APRIL 26. Like PEYTON MANNING AND RYAN LEAF 14 YEARS AGO, ANDREW LUCK AND...

April 23, 2012 | PETER KING
The top two selections are all but locked in, but there's plenty of intrigue attached to the decisions of the next 30 teams on the clock in the first round. As the league's offensive explosion...

April 23, 2012 | JIM TROTTER
In drafting wide receivers, Calvin Johnson—towering, muscular and superbly athletic—is the new model. But where are the corners who can neutralize such a weapon?

April 23, 2012 | STEVE RUSHIN
From the moment it opened in April 1912, Fenway Park has been a muse for poets and a monster for pitchers and modernists. What, you never thought it would see its 100th birthday? It might have 100...

April 23, 2012 | AUSTIN MURPHY
New Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has brought his cutthroat SEC mentality to the Big Ten while also achieving a better work-life balance—for now

April 23, 2012 | AUSTIN MURPHY
SI's team of college football writers have criss-crossed the country and returned with spring-practice reports from Northern California to South Carolina. Here's what you can read now at SI.com/cfb:

April 23, 2012 | AUSTIN MURPHY
The Trojans are again bowl eligible, but the effects of probation are still being felt, especially when injury hits

April 23, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
What did a BCS title game MVP have to prove? Plenty it turned out, but AJ McCarron delivered

April 23, 2012 | GRANT WAHL
He's spent 15 years at the top of the game and is set to play in his record 300th straight Premier League match. Yes, Brad Friedel is the Cal Ripken of English football, and he's 100%...

April 23, 2012 | Frank Deford
So was SI writer Frank Deford, who cut his teeth on a league then so inconsequential that reporters got floor seats. In this exclusive excerpt from Deford's memoirs, the author recalls encounters...

April 23, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR
The play Magic/Bird opened in New York City last week, turning the intense rivalry and deep friendship between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird from NBA theater into the Broadway...

April 23, 2012 | JOHN GARRITY
U.S. Amateur champ Kelly Kraft had a blast at the Masters, but he gave up exemptions to the U.S. and British Opens to make a run at a Tour card, a tactic that could become common

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MY BAG

April 23, 2012 | JACK MCCALLUM
Congrats on your win, but in the name of Bobby Jones, how about some love for the loser?

April 23, 2012 | JACK MCCALLUM
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April 23, 2012 | JACK MCCALLUM
TOP 100 TEACHERS POLL

April 23, 2012 | BRANDEL CHAMBLEE
The still-fresh memory of Bubba Watson's 40-yard slingshot from the trees makes me a little nostalgic. It's impossible to compare golfers of different generations, but amid the common lament that...

April 23, 2012 | GARY VAN SICKLE
In the never-ending quest to improve, Stewart Cink decided to add a draw to his repertoire of shots. Now the 2009 British Open winner is paying the price

April 23, 2012 | GARY VAN SICKLE
Carl Pettersson, a newly minted U.S. citizen, laughed all the way to a fifth career PGA Tour title at the Heritage

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