's 10 most popular stories from the week ending March 20

Friday March 20th, 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.

Hurley's Return

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With his hair cropped tight, lean sprinter’s physique and skin pale from the glint of gymnasium halogen, Bobby Hurley doesn’t look much different than his days as Duke’s precocious point guard. More than two decades after leading the Blue Devils to back-to-back national titles in 1991 and '92, Hurley made his triumphant return to the NCAA tournamentBy Pete Thamel.

The Seeker

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Hakan Andersson's life is anything but stable. But the years he has spent traveling the world, in cold ice rinks away from his family, scouting talent that can make it into the NHL, have helped the Detroit Red Wings achieve consistent success for over two decades. By Michael Farber.

Free Agency Flameout

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There's no offseason in the NFL anymore, and fans seem just as excited about free agency as they are about the actual games. Amidst the circus of crazy signings, there's a new trend in NFL free agency: the risk of signing a high-profile player is greater than ever. By Don Banks.

Last Transaction Hero

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On the day of last month’s NBA trading deadline, a record 37 players changed teams, and Alonzo Gee was one of them. Right now, Gee is a Blazer, but in the past eight months he has been a Nugget, a King, a Rocket, a Pelican, a Cavalier and sort of a Hornet. By Lee Jenkins.

Cubs' Advantage

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Kris Bryant is not going to be in the Cubs’ Opening Day lineup. Why? Because if Chicago waits until April 17 to call up Bryant, the rookie slugger will not be able to accumulate a full year of service time and would thus have his free agency delayed a seasonBy Cliff Corcoran.

Father-Son Moment

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When Georgia State guard R.J. Hunter was in high school, he and his father Ron, Georgia State's head coach, would practice taking last-second shots on the family hoop. On Thursday, the younger Hunter would get his chance to take that shot on college basketball’s biggest stageBy Andy Staples.

Mock Draft

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This year has brought one of the wildest and most prolific free-agency periods in recent memory—according to NFLPA records, teams gave out $589.8 million in new guaranteed contracts in the first 72 hours of the process. With more 40 days until the draft, here's one shot at estimating how the first round could go, based on the post-free-agency splurges. By Doug Farrar.

Training with Longoria


Evan Longoria stood in an Arizona gym this winter as Olympic shot-putters pressed hundreds of pounds above their heads and sinewy football players worked on speed drills. The Rays third baseman took inspiration from the efforts of those around him, but as he enters his eighth season, Longoria knows that these other athletes’ workouts won’t help him on the diamondBy Jamie Lisanti.

Searching for Answers

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When Kenneth Wainstein was tasked with conducting an independent investigation of the North Carolina academic scandal, it meant posing a welter of questions. But the key question is, why did it start? By Jon Wertheim.

Carolina Blues

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SI's S.L. Price returned to the campus of his alma mater to try his own hand at figuring out how North Carolina lost its way

SI Vault: Resurrection 

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Twenty years ago, Michael Jordan's return to the NBA was greeted like The Second Coming, even if his play at times was raggedBy Phil Taylor. 

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