May 08, 2013

About This Week's Cover

Sidney Crosby is still only 25 years old even though he has dominated hockey for what feels like years. Michael Rosenberg explores just what exactly makes Crosby so amazing and why he continues to be the crown jewel of the NHL.

College Athlete of the Year

There's a new award on the college sports landscape: This year, SI is selecting its inaugural men's and women;s College Athlete of the Year. SI editors selected five male and five female athletes who have achieved athletic distinction and have had an outsized impact in the classroom or in their communities. Beginning on May 8, fans can go to vote for their favorites. The winning male and female athletes will be announced on on May 22 and featured in the May 27 issue of Sports Illustrated

Derby Days

Orb's victory at The Kentucky Derby was a redemptive moment for a longtime trainer and two owners who had never experienced such joy before Saturday's win. Be sure to check in with Tim Layden as he recaps all the action for SI Video.

Playoff Madness

Stephen Curry has emerged as one of the NBA playoffs' most exciting players, and Chris Ballard has more on the three-point specialist who is one of the NBA's deadliest shooters. With each conference semifinal looking like it could go six to seven games, has all the coverage you need to stay up on what should be a thrilling next few weeks.

More NBA coverage on

Lee Jenkins: Grizzlies look like they can overcome a Durant that does it all

Lee Jenkins: Losing in the first round opened the doors to Chris Paul's free agency

Ben Gollver: Fearless Bulls aren't fazed by the Miami machine

Rob Mahoney: Are we looking at a Heat-Spurs final? Evaluating the possibility

Cuban Missiles

Yoenis Cespedes has battled some injury troubles, but his startling production at the plate has led to other teams signing hot Cuban prospects. With Jorge Soler and Yasiel Puig rocketing up the minor leagues, can we expect more Cuban position players to be superstars? Ben Reiter examines the possibility.

More MLB coverage on

Tom Verducci: Free agency is producing bad contracts and poor performances

Cliff Corcoran: Matt Harvey's superb start outpaces Gooden, Seaver and the rest of the Mets

Jay Jaffe: Matt Kemp takes the shirt off of his back and his cleats for a fan

VIDEO: Tom Verducci discusses the skyrocketing strikeout rate

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