Friday April 29th, 2016

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.

Craig Sager: Always on the bright side

Craig Sager is in the fight of his life, but he's still focused on the bright side. The colorful broadcaster is all smiles as he battles cancer during the NBA playoffs. By Lee Jenkins.

Is Paxton Lynch the heir to Peyton Manning?

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The Broncos may have solved their quarterback problem, trading up for the 26th pick and selecting Paxton Lynch. The MMQB's Peter King thinks Denver is one of the draft's winners already.

A pitching freak?

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Is hardthrowing Noah Syndergaard a physical freak or a danger to himself? The answer could determine the outcome of both his career and the Mets' World Series hopes. By Tom Verducci.

The future of the Wolves

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The Timberwolves already had a great, young core. Now they have a veteran, proven coach to lead the way. By Andrew Sharp.

Nightmare to remember

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A surreal draft evening saw former presumptive No. 1 pick Laremy Tunsil tumble out of the top 10 thanks to a bong-hit video from a hacked Twitter account. By Emily Kaplan.

The low-profile life of Carson Wentz

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Take a look inside the low-profile life of Carson Wentz, who is now the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft and the new face of the Philadelphia Eagles. By Greg Bishop.

Rich Hill's curvy journey back to MLB

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Rich Hill took a long journey back to the major leagues and back to being a starting pitcher, but he is off to a great start with the Oakland A's thanks in part to one of the game's best curveballs. By Jon Tayler.

The not-so-secret weapon

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Finnish rookie forward Joonas Donskoi is quietly but steadily evolving into an offensive star for the San Jose Sharks. His teammates call him "our sneaky weapon." By Alex Prewitt.

Oral history of 2011 NFL draft


Five years ago, one of the most talented draft classes in NFL history came along. This is the behind-the-scenes story of how that class came to be. By Ben Baskin.

Five years after the tornado

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It has been five years since a tornado ripped through the heart of Tuscaloosa, Ala. Since then, not a day has gone by without the sound of those terrifying winds haunting the memories of the storm's survivors. By Kelsey Hendrix.

SI Vault: Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf

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In 1998, quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf went No. 1 and No. 2, just as Jared Goff and Carson Wentz did on Thursday. The experts nailed which passer would have the better career. By Peter King

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