's 10 most popular stories from the week ending Feb. 27

Friday February 27th, 2015

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.

Under the Crest

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What’s the identity of Chelsea? It’s a simple question without an easy answer, not least because the club has meant different things over the decades, and until the 2000s, the Blues never won much of anythingBy Grant Wahl.

The Hunting Ground

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The Hunting Ground is a jarring exposé that shines light on the number of sexual assaults taking place on college campuses each year. The film focuses on institutional cover-ups and brutal backlash against survivors. By Jeff Benedict.

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao


Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao announced perhaps the most-anticipated bout in their sport’s history. Make no mistake: Mayweather’s legacy is the single biggest reason the fight (finally) came to fruitionBy Greg Bishop.

Mock Draft 1.0

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Once the NFL scouting combine concludes, it’s time to get serious about the upcoming draft. The silly season still has about nine unpredictable weeks to run, but both teams and prospects exit Indianapolis with a better idea of how the pieces are going to fit together come the night of April 30 in ChicagoBy Don Banks.

Hamilton's fate

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As the Los Angeles Angels went about the business of baseball without Josh Hamilton or so much as a locker with his nameplate, Hamilton was in New York as the beginning of the rest of his career fell into the hands of commissioner Rob ManfredBy Tom Verducci.

Duck tale

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Six months ago, Fotu Leiato had no offers and thought no one wanted him. Considered physically underwhelming for an inside linebacker and without money to travel to glitzy camps in hopes of catching coaches’ attention, he wondered if he’d get the opportunity play college footballBy Lindsay Schnell.

Walton stands out

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Considered one of the best players of all-time, Bill Walton, now 62, lives his life exactly the way he analyzes college basketball games on ESPN and the Pac-12 Network: RandomlyBy Lindsay Schnell.

Model slugger

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They kept telling Giancarlo Stanton to roll onto his back, and he kept refusing, though since he couldn't speak he was unable to explain why. As the ambulance sped through the night, he remained on his left side. Stanton thought that if he did as they said, he might choke to death on the blood that was flooding his sinuses and gushing down his throat. By Ben Reiter.

Running The Gauntlet

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Jimmy Butler has risen from a homeless, withdrawn teenager in Tomball, Texas, to a confident Eastern Conference All-Star, and another chapter of his remarkable story is coming in July, when he is likely to sign a max contractBy Ben Golliver.

Roach's challenge

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Freddie Roach, 54, retreated to his Hollywood home. Weakened by a painful back injury, Roach cut off most communication. Phone calls went unanswered. His assistant, Marie, declined media requests. The next time he talked about the fight, Roach reasoned, would be when it was determined if there would be one. Then, it happenedBy Chris Mannix.

SI Vault: The coach you didn't know

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He was funny, charming and loved by many of his former players, but something about the game he adored brought out the worst in Rick Majerus. By S.L. Price.

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