Crowds braved the cold and rain as the 2011 major league baseball season kicked off at Yankee Stadium on March 31.
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SI photographer Simon Bruty captured the energy of Nationals Park as John Lannan pitched during the Nationals' 6-3 win over the Braves.
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The look of pain on Al Harrington's face during the Nuggets' 95-90 victory seems to suggest why the prodigious scorer doesn't play defense more often.
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Tempers were flaring during a tightly-contested match between the Blue Jackets and the Capitals on March 31. The Capitols would win 4-3 in overtime on a Jason Chimera tip-in.
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UConn freshman Jeremy Lamb goes up for a contested shot against Kentucky during the Huskies' 56-55 victory over the Wildcats in the Final Four. Lamb averaged only 11.1 ppg during the regular season but turned a corner in the NCAA tournament, averaging 17.2 ppg throughout the Huskies' run to the championship game.
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Matt Howard reaches for a Joey Rodriguez pass during Butler's 70-62 victory over VCU. Howard would finish the game with a workman-like 17 points, eight rebounds and two steals.
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Russia's Anzor Urishev (right) got ahead of Georgia's Dato Marsagishvili in the 84-kg freestyle event and went on to win the European wrestling championship match on March 30.
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Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Ryan Roberts shatters his bat on a foul tip against Colorado Rockies pitcher Huston Street during the Diamondbacks' 2-1 loss in Colorado.
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Stanford's Kayla Pedersen (top) and Ogwumike Chiney (bottom) combined for 17 rebounds but the Cardinal fell to the Texas A&M Aggies 63-62 in the national semifinals.
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Seattle Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan slides safely into home as Oakland Athletics catcher Kurt Suzuki is unable to corral the throw. The Mariners would defeat the A's 6-2 behind a stellar effort from reigning AL Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez.
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Butler mascot Blue II, the star of the team's second consecutive trip to the national championship game, seems to be examining the ball before the team's game against VCU.
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Notre Dame guard Devereaux Peters proudly displays her alma mater after the Fighting Irish upset the UConn Huskies in the semifinals of the women's Final Four.
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Real Madrid's Emmanuel Adebayor tries for a bicycle kick during a 1-0 loss to Sporting Gijon on April 2. The loss would end Jose Mourinho's 150-game home unbeaten streak.
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New York Islanders defenseman Jack Hillen and New York Rangers leftwinger Brandon Prust engage in a Matrix -like fight for the puck during the Islanders 6-2 victory.
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Novak Djokovic digs for a ball against Rafael Nadal in the finals of the Sony Ericsson Open. Djokovic won the match 4-6, 6-3, 7-6.
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Despite his best efforts, San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval (top) can't double up Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman James Loney after catching a line drive.
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Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol goes up for a layup in a sea of Mavericks during the Lakers' 110-82 victory over Dallas.
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Cameras were seeing double during the men's 50-meter butterfly at the 2011 Australian swimming championships in Sydney, Australia.
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Welsh players celebrate following their under-19 women's international friendly against Germany on March 31.
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Philadelphia Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky reaches for a save amid a sheet of ice shavings during the Flyers' 3-2 defeat at the hands of the New York Rangers.
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