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LEADING OFF

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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PHOTOPhotograph by Stacy Revere/Getty ImagesCrimson And Over Junior safety Vinnie Sunseri was in the clover after this plunge to complete an 86-yard pick-six as time ran out in the first half of Alabama's spring game last Saturday. In the end, though, Sunseri's Crimson squad lost 17--14 to the heavily favored White team (led by running back T.J. Yeldon) in the annual A-Day showdown, which was played this year before a crowd of 78,315 in Bryant-Denny Stadium.PHOTOPhotograph by Corinne Dubreuil/ABACAPRESS.COMCliff Banger Rafael Nadal of Spain (foreground) wasn't bluffing as he prepared to smash a return against Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber during their third-round match in the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters tournament in Monaco. Nadal, who went on to win 6--2, 6--4, would face a steeper challenge in the final, losing on Sunday to Novak Djokovic 6--2, 7--6 (1). The defeat ended Nadal's eight-year run as Rolex Masters champion.PHOTOPhotograph by Morry Gash/APBucket? Duck it! Brewers centerfielder Carlos Gómez (left) had a splashy line in Milwaukee's 4--3 home victory over the Giants on April 17, going 3 for 4 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored. And, while he may not have homered in the game, he went deep here to dodge a celebratory dousing from teammate Ryan Braun. Over his last 23 at bats through Sunday, Go-Go was batting .522 for the streaking Brewers, who had won seven straight.