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May 09, 2011 | Volume 114, Issue 19

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Starlin Castro Cover - Sports Illustrated May 09, 2011

May 09, 2011
The dedication displayed by Team Hoyt makes one reevaluate the meaning of the word can't and what it means to have heart. This should be required reading for any baseball player who doesn't hustle...

May 09, 2011 | RICHARD HOFFER
Debuting 50 years ago, Wide World of Sports changed the game

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Who's Hot

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WHO IS THE MOST UNDERRATED PLAYER IN BASEBALL?

May 09, 2011 | Rebecca Shore
A Gotham gathering puts the spotlight on sports documentaries

May 09, 2011 | Bryan Armen Graham
Boxing gets needed airtime

May 09, 2011 | Tim Layden
In a wide-open Derby, Rosie (not A.R.) Napravnik will make a run at history

May 09, 2011 | Tim Layden
Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson terminated his Twitter account just 97 minutes after creating it last week because of a slew of hateful messages from his own team's fans.

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Died

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LeBron James

May 09, 2011 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
Kendell Williams

May 09, 2011 | Lars Anderson
The Alabama tornado shook Tide sports

May 09, 2011 | Dan Patrick
David Stern

May 09, 2011 | GEORGE SCHROEDER
Expectations are high—perhaps too high—for an Oregon team that must fill holes on its front five

May 09, 2011 | STEWART MANDEL
Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins looks poised for a big senior year. Cousins, the Big Ten's fifth-rated passer last fall, went 22 of 29 for 285 yards and three TDs in the team's spring...

May 09, 2011 | JOE SHEEHAN
Yes, three top players have collapsed—but there are deeper reasons for the struggling Twins to worry

May 09, 2011 | CHRIS MANNIX
For the Spurs (and two other first-round losers), an early exit is only the beginning of their problems

May 09, 2011 | GRANT WAHL
Led by Brazilian star Marta and a creative owner, Buffalo could become the center of women's pro soccer

May 09, 2011 | Albert Chen
Hope is the eternal narrative of the Cubs fan—and its latest inca rnation is Starlin Castro. Now all the 21-year-old has to do is turn his promise into superstar performance. He mig ht be closer...

May 09, 2011 | JOE SHEEHAN
He's the youngest player in the majors, but Starlin Castro is already an old pro when it comes to putting the bat on the ball

May 09, 2011 | Peter King
The backdrop was unsettled, the atmosphere turbulent and the moves sometimes mind-bending. Just another weekend in the NFL's off-season from hell

May 09, 2011 | Peter King
Remember the leaguewide excitement in 2006, when purported franchise players Mario Williams, Reggie Bush and Vince Young went 1-2-3, and the Cardinals were lauded for getting two-time national...

May 09, 2011 | Peter King
Senior writer Peter King does a little Monday Morning Quarterbacking on the NFL weekend

May 09, 2011 | JIM TROTTER
Facing a rebuilding effort that extends from the roster to the stadium, the Vikings added to their off-season questions

May 09, 2011 | Brian Cazeneuve
No history? No stars? No problem for the largely anonymous Predators, whose grinding, defense-first style has given the playoffs a whole new backbeat

May 09, 2011 | Lee Jenkins
With a strong playoff showing, the Grizzlies, a band of castoffs assembled by a man who lived in his parents' basement into his 30s, are finally being embraced in Memphis

May 09, 2011 | Ian Thomsen
Miami turns the tables on the Celtics in Game 1

May 09, 2011 | GEOFFREY GRAY
NO MATTER HOW OFTEN HE'S GORED—23 TIMES SO FAR—THE BIONIC MATADOR GETS STITCHED UP AND RETURNS TO THE RING TO FACE THE WORLD'S DEADLIEST BULLS

May 09, 2011 | PHIL TAYLOR
It should have been me, Joe Riddle thought. For months following the January 2001 plane crash that took the lives of 10 members of Oklahoma State's basketball program, the feeling haunted him....

May 09, 2011
The PGA Tour, like golf itself, is proud of its many traditions but not afraid to change. In 2007 the Tour moved the Players, its flagship event, from out of the shadow of the Masters to its own...

May 09, 2011 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
Will the defections of Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood hurt the tournament? What can be learned from the Masters? Is Tiger out of the woods? Has the move to May worked out? And who is going to win...

May 09, 2011 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
After three decades and close to 1,000 tournaments, much has changed in the life of Vijay Singh. But the pure swing, the devotion to the craft and the pursuit of a win at his home course remain...

May 09, 2011 | PAUL GOYDOS
A few years ago at the Players, I was the last guy to hit it into the water at 17. Did you know that I was also the first? When you've played the tournament a dozen times, as I have, you file away...

May 09, 2011 | PAUL GOYDOS
The admittedly superb finishing holes at Sawgrass—the tricky par-3 17th and the brutish par-4 18th—get all the pub, but it is a seemingly innocuous pair of par-4s on the front side, the...

May 09, 2011 | PAUL GOYDOS
Sure, the PGA Tour is all about the long ball. Last year, for example, Tour winners outdrove the field by an average of eight yards. But that's not the case at the Players and Sawgrass, which puts...

May 09, 2011 | PAUL GOYDOS
By compiling the results from every round of every stroke-play event on Tour—including the four majors—from 2003 to '09, North Carolina finance professors Robert Connolly and Richard Rendleman...

May 09, 2011 | DAMON HACK
Fifty-four years after winning his second major championship, a ramblin', gamblin', charmingly unreconstructed Doug Ford is at long last being bestowed the game's highest honor: induction into the...

May 09, 2011 | DAMON HACK
George H.W. Bush

May 09, 2011 | JHONATTAN VEGAS
In addition to my Nikes, when I hit the Stadium course, I'll be carrying my home colors, a lucky bracelet and an inspirational pencil

May 09, 2011 | FRANZ LIDZ
He has been out of the top 10 in all but 25 of his 338 starts on the PGA Tour, but as long as he keeps making cuts, Joe Ogilvie and others like him should have no worries after golf, thanks to the...

May 09, 2011 | FRANZ LIDZ
Joe Ogilvie turned pro in 1996, and although he has won only once on the PGA Tour, he has piled up $9,330,429 in earnings. Just as important, Ogilvie has excelled at making cuts—the recipe for...

May 09, 2011 | FRANZ LIDZ
One of the complaints that middle-of-the-road PGA Tour players have about the pension plan is that it rewards those who are already making the big money. No surprise, the 10 players with at least...

May 09, 2011 | FRANZ LIDZ
The LPGA beat the men to the punch, but its plan is nowhere near as lucrative

May 09, 2011
EDITOR James P. Herre

May 09, 2011 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
Once branded as a player whose inability to win symbolized what's wrong with pro golf, Luke Donald is closing in on No. 1 thanks to an exhausting new regimen and a diary he keeps to motivate and...

May 09, 2011 | DEANE BEMAN
The genius of Frank Chirkinian was that in the difficult medium of live television, no one could tell a golfer's story better

May 09, 2011 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
A half-dozen players made a run at the Zurich Classic title, but in the end Bubba Watson was the last man standing, winning for the third time in 10 months in his typical flamboyant fashion

May 09, 2011 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
EACH WEEK 15 STAFFERS FROM SI GOLF+, GOLF MAGAZINE AND GOLF.COM VOTE, AWARDING 10 POINTS FOR FIRST PLACE, NINE FOR SECOND, ETC.

May 09, 2011 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
AFTER TWO wins in two weeks, Lee Westwood (above) rose to the top of the SIGolf Ranking. Westwood hit No. 1 in the World Ranking two weeks ago, but the SI pollsters refused to reward him for...