Friday April 17th, 2015

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

Elevate Basketball Circuit leaves victims in its wake

With the allegedly corrupt Elevate Basketball Circuit now potentially shifting from the hardwood to a courtroom, we soon may be able to answer this vexing question: Is president David Kelly simply an incompetent businessman or cold-blooded con man? By Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans.

Why jurors found Hernandez guilty

Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was convicted of murder in the first degree due to extreme cruelty and atrocity and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Read why Hernandez was convicted and what comes nextBy Michael McCann.

NBA Grades

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Final grades for all 30 NBA teams, including high marks for the Warriors, Hawks, Rockets and others and not-so-positive reviews for the Lakers, Knicks and ThunderBy Ben Golliver.

Q&A: Ohio State coach Urban Meyer

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Fresh off a national championship, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer spoke to SI about Braxton Miller’s development, J.T. Barrett’s health and Cardale Jones’s maturation, visiting President Obama and moreBy Pete Thamel.

What Jackie Robinson means to me

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Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins explains the significance of playing for the Dodgers and wearing number 42 on Jackie Robinson Day and suggests what MLB can do to attract more African-American playersBy Jimmy Rollins.

The 2015 Stanley Cup, according to advanced analytics

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The Department of Hockey Analytics breaks down the Stanley Cup playoffs according to advanced metrics and predicts the eventual champion.

Tom Herman finding familiarity

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Former Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman is now head coach at Houston, where he'll attempt to impose his own loose style on his new programBy Thayer Evans.

NFL Mock Draft 4.0

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Running backs are on the rise in's fourth mock draft, but a pair of quarterbacks still sit at the topBy Don Banks.

Jordan Morris, USA top Mexico at Alamodome

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Starting his first senior international match, Jordan Morris scored the game-winning goal in the United States' 2-0 victory over Mexico in San Antonio. The unlikely goal portends good to come for the 20-year-old forwardBy Brian Straus.

C.J. Wilson speeding things up

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Pitchers like the Los Angeles Angels' C.J. Wilson are attempting to get batters out by working more quickly on the mound, a strategy backed by statistical evidenceBy Tom Verducci.

SI Vault: A tandem jump and a terrible accident

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A parachute malfunction resulted in a skydiving accident that united instructor Dave Hartsock and first-timer Shirley Dygert foreverBy Chris Ballard.

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