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Leading Off

April 11, 2005
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Leading Off

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COLOR PHOTOSimon Bruty Sammy Whammy ¬† New Orioles rightfielder Sammy Sosa watched intently as shortstop Miguel Tejada took his cuts against the A's on Opening Day in Baltimore; Sosa went 2-4, and the Orioles won 4-0. • For daily Web-only Leading Off galleries, go to SI.com/scorecard.TWO COLOR PHOTOSNews LTD/AP Wing, Place and Throw ¬† A flock of seagulls taking flight at Sandown racecourse in Melbourne startled the horses and left riders strewn across the track. There were no serious injuries.B/W PHOTORich Clarkson/NCAA Photos ¬† 1955 ~Bill Russell SAN FRANCISCOB/W PHOTORich Clarkson/NCAA Photos ¬† 1957 ~Wilt Chamberlain KANSASB/W PHOTORich Clarkson/NCAA Photos ¬† 1965 ~Bill Bradley PRINCETONCOLOR PHOTORich Clarkson/NCAA Photos ¬† 1979 ~Larry Bird INDIANA STATECOLOR PHOTORich Clarkson/NCAA Photos ¬† 1968 ~Dean Smith UNCCOLOR PHOTORich Clarkson/NCAA Photos ¬† 1975 ~John Wooden UCLAB/W PHOTORich Clarkson/NCAA Photos ¬† 1966 ~Adolph Rupp KENTUCKYCOLOR PHOTORich Clarkson/NCAA Photos ¬† 2001 ~Mike Krzyzewski DUKECOLOR PHOTORich Clarkson/NCAA Photos ¬† 1982 ~Michael Jordan UNCCOLOR PHOTORich Clarkson/NCAA Photos ¬† 1970 ~Artis Gilmore JACKSONVILLECOLOR PHOTORich Clarkson/NCAA Photos ¬† 1968 ~Lew Alcindor UCLACOLOR PHOTORich Clarkson/NCAA Photos ¬† 1974 ~Bill Walton UCLACOLOR PHOTORich Clarkson/NCAA Photos ¬† 1983 ~Cozell McQueen N.C. STATECOLOR PHOTORich Clarkson/NCAA Photos2005 ~NORTH CAROLINA VS. ILLINOISB/W PHOTORich Clarkson/NCAA PhotosFours on the Floor Rich Clarkson shot his first Final Four in 1952 and estimates that he has missed only three NCAA finals since then. He was a freshman at Kansas for that first one, working part time for his hometown paper, in Lawrence, when KU coach Phog Allen let him travel with the team. Clarkson says his best finals picture was of the all-white Kentucky squad (lower left) watching the all-black Texas Western team accept the trophy in 1966. He shot his first Final Four for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED in '61, and he was in St. Louis on Monday night, in his usual spot, as far back on the baseline as he could get--"a team player, just trying to get the shots the other guys working for the magazine might miss."