Friday March 27th, 2015

Here is a roundup of SI.com's 10 most popular stories this week. Be sure to read to the bottom for a bonus story from the SI Vault.

Macho Man

"Macho Man" Randy Savage was one of the most important figures in pro wrestling in the last half-century. Not until this weekend, however, will Savage, a former baseball player, be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Who was he? And what has prevented him from receiving wrestling's highest honor? By Justin Barrasso.


A new frontier?

Associated Press

Can analytics help prevent injuries? That's the question people across MLB are asking. The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed on to use The Profiler, a system designed by an Irish sports technology company that could provide data to help teams assess their players' medical conditions. By Tom Verducci.


Williams eyes NFL

Associated Press

Trey Williams never got a chance to shine at Texas A&M. After a backfield-by-committee approach limited his touches with the Aggies, Williams—who averaged 6.6 yards per carry during his college career—could be poised to step into a bigger role at the next level. By Ben Glicksman. 


Battling for position

Associated Press

With spring football practices in full swing, it's time to break down the most important position battles around the country. Who will win Alabama's starting quarterback job? Who will be Texas A&M's starting left tackle? Will Michigan State find a new shutdown corner to continue its "No Fly Zone" tradition? By Colin Becht.


Love helping Cavs

Associated Press

Three-time All-Star power forward Kevin Love was an easy target for critics when the Cavaliers hovered around .500 earlier in the season. Yet while Cleveland hasn't maximized his strengths, Love has played an important role in the team's development into one of the NBA's top title contenders. By Rob Mahoney.


Gregory's NFL future

Associated Press

The NFL Network reported this week that former Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory failed a drug test at last month's scouting combine. Gregory was projected as a top-10 pick. The failed test may not cause his draft stock to plummet, but is he dealing with a more serious issue? By Chris Burke.


Kentucky's top challengers

Associated Press

At 37-0, Kentucky stands three wins from completing the first undefeated season since Indiana in 1975-76. With the Wildcats dominating, the question remains: Can anyone beat them? Here are three teams and three players who may pose a threat as Kentucky closes in on history. By David Gardner.


All-Lifeline Team

Associated Press

These five players are stuck on teams bound for the draft lottery but should seek greener pastures as free agents this summer. By Ben Golliver.


Stanley Johnson's development

Associated Press

Stanley Johnson is a projected lottery pick and the leading scorer on a team set to face No. 1 seed Wisconsin for a spot on the Final Four. He shares a special bond with his mother, who played basketball at Jackson State and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2009. By Lindsay Schnell.


Team-building quandary

Associated Press

The Miami Dolphins spent $114 million on dominant defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh this month. Is this a sound strategy? Or should teams focus less on free agent signings and more on building their teams through the draft? A statistical analysis sheds some light on the issue. By Will Laws.


SI Vault: Manning is '13 Sportsman

Associated Press

Peyton Manning will be remembered as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. In 2013, less than two years removed from multiple neck surgeries that caused him to sit out 2011, Manning led the Denver Broncos to a 13-3 record and a Super Bowl appearance while earning his fifth MVP awardBy Lee Jenkins.

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