April 10, 2013

Eighth Wonder

UConn rolled to its eighth national title with a 93-60 rout of Louisville. Unlike some of his veteran teams of the past, Geno Auriemma's team is just a group of freshmen that is getting started. Richard Deitsch covers the Huskies' dominance and what it means for the sport's immediate future.

More women's basketball coverage on SI.com

Richard Deitsch: Brittney Griner would not shy away from NBA challenge

Richard Deitsch: Skylar Diggins exits stage left

About this week's cover

Even when its best player struggled, Louisville found a way to stay resilient. In one of the best title games ever, Louisville outlasted Michigan 82-76 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Michigan got 17 points from unheralded reserve Spike Albrecht and a tremendous all-around performance from star Trey Burke. But the Cards had Most Outstanding Player James Hancock and resilient senior Peyton Siva to guide them on a day when star player Russ Smith struggled. It was a game for the ages, and a win was in the Cards for the top overall seed.

SI Digital

Three players are on fire, and SI Digital has you covered on the three studs that are dominating their respective sports.

Tiger Woods: Tiger Woods is back to being at the top of the world. Now, is he ready to roar again at Augusta and end his majors drought? Go to Golf.com for complete Masters coverage, including analysis of all the action, video roundtables with SI senior writers Michael Bamberger and Gary Van Sickle and a daily diary from three-time Masters champion Gary Player.

Alex Ovechkin: Like Tiger, Alex Ovechkin has his groove back ? just in the nick of time for the Capitals. After a chilly start to the shortened NHL season, Ovechkin is tied for the NHL lead with 25 goals, and Washington was in first place in the Southeast Division with nine games to play. Visit SI's NHL blog Home Ice to read Allan Muir's analysis of Ovechkin's resurgence. For one, Muir thinks coach Adam Oates deserves the lion's share of the credit, but is Ovechkin racking up his offense against weak opponents?

Justin Upton: Justin Upton kicked his Braves career off with five homers in the first six games with the team. One of them made history: After his brother B.J. hit a game-tying home run last Saturday, B.J. hit a game-tying homer last Saturday, Justin won it with a blast of his own. The two became the first brothers to hit tying and walkoff homers in the same inning. Read Joe Lemire's Thursday Power Rankings and see how Upton measures up against the competition.

SI Photo

You can't go home again: SI.com's gallery of Bitter and Sweet Homecomings includes slugger Josh Hamilton, who was mercilessly booed when he returned to Texas last week as a member of the Angels. Check out this gallery and more at SI.com/photo.

Extra Mustard

The Knicks' Iman Shumpert is keeping it old school with his high-top fade, but the NBA was not amused by his latest cut. Shumpert edged the Adidas logo onto his scalp last week, but was forced to remove it due to a violation of league rules. Get more of the best of sports and pop culture at extramustard.si.com.

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The True Unoriginality of College Mascot Names

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SI Digital Bonus

With one swing, Bo Jackson made the greatest comeback of them all: a return to baseball after hip replacement surgey. Tom Verducci's 1993 story about arguably the greatest athlete of all-time documents how the icon came back from a devastating injury.

Below the Radar

All the talk is surrounding Geno Smith and Matt Barkley, but Peter King thinks that there is a true sleeper quarterback in this draft. Just take a glance at Syracuse's Ryan Nassib, a veteran signal-caller that could boost one of the many teams needing a QB. Read about Nassib's potential and more in Peter King's MMQB.

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Don Banks: NFL Mock Draft 5.0

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