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April 29, 2013
April 29, 2013

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April 29, 2013

LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
NBA PLAYOFFS
BASEBALL
  • LAST SEASON WAS THE YEAR OF TROUT AND HARPER, BUT THERE WAS A THIRD BRO FROM THE ROOKIE CLASS OF 2012 WHO LEFT HIS MARK IN MORE SUBTLE WAYS. HEED THE WORDS OF HIS BUDDY BRYCE: MANNY MACHADO'S CAREER IS ABOUT TO GET REAL LOUD, REAL SOON

  • MANNY MACHADO'S ADEPT HANDLING OF THE HOT CORNER SHOULD NOT PREVENT THE O'S FROM MOVING HIM BACK TO THE MIDDLE

FILM ROOM
CELTICS 5
GREGG POPOVICH
  • Pop Art 60

    HOW GREGG POPOVICH—A FOODIE, FORMER SPY (MAYBE), RUSSIAN LITERATURE LOVER, FRENCH NEW WAVE CINEPHILE, WINE ENTHUSIAST, CURMUDGEON, FATHER FIGURE, DEFENSIVE GURU TURNED OFFENSIVE MASTERMIND AND THE LONGEST-TENURED COACH IN AMERICAN PROFESSIONAL SPORTS—CREATED A MASTERPIECE IN SAN ANTONIO

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HOT: BLUESHIRT BURST

This is an article from the April 29, 2013 issue

The Rangers (24-17-4) are hanging on for dear life to the East's eighth and final playoff spot, winning three straight and eight of their last 11. Said RW Ryan Callahan, who had two goals in New York's 4--1 win over the Devils on Sunday, "We're playing our best hockey we've played all year."

NOT: FLOUNDERING FISH

The Marlins' 4--15 start is the worst in team history, and Miami ranks 29th or lower in every major offensive category. Said struggling rightfielder Giancarlo Stanton (.188) after getting his first RBI of the year in Sunday's 10--6 loss to the Reds, "I couldn't play worse if I tried."

HOT: SCOTCH BONNET

Celtic downed Iverness 4--1 on Sunday to clinch the 44th Scottish Premier League crown in team history. Aye, the Hoops benefited from archrival Rangers' demotion to Third Division this year, but Celtic was good enough to reach the last 16 of Champions League play.

NOT: BUSTED BIRD

Ravens LB Rolando McClain was arrested on Sunday for the third time since 2011, charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest near his hometown of Decatur, Ala. (He has not yet entered a plea.) The Raiders' first-round pick in '10 signed a one-year deal on April 12.

HOT: CATCHER IN N.Y.

Veteran 32-year-old Mets backstop John Buck has seven home runs and 22 RBIs this year—the most in either category for a catcher in the first 15 games of a season since 1920. Little wonder that New York (9--8) is so far holding its own in the tough NL East.

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