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Leading Off

April 10, 2006
April 10, 2006

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April 10, 2006

College Basketball
SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
SI Players: Life On and Off the Field
Pro Football
Baseball
  • Teams from the National League have been dominated by their American League counterparts in recent years, by almost every measure, and the trend will only continue this season. How did this happen?

HOCKEY
  • Besieged all season by injuries--including ones that sidelined stars like Peter Forsberg and Simon Gagné--the Philadelphia Flyers are finally getting healthy. Playoff opponents beware: Adversity has made them stronger

PRO BASKETBALL
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Leading Off

InauguralBall
President George W. Bush, the former owner of the Rangers, threw out theceremonial first pitch on Monday at the Reds' traditional home opener. Bush'sdelivery was sharper than many thrown by the Cincinnati pitchers, who gave up10 earned runs in a 16-7 loss to the Cubs.

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A Wie BitShort
At the Kraft Nabisco championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Michelle Wie teedoff on the 2nd hole last Saturday in search of her first pro title. On Sundaythe 16-year-old would claim the lead from Lorena Ochoa (far right) for onehole, but Karrie Webb (middle), with an eagle on 18, took a two-stroke edgeinto the clubhouse. On the first playoff hole Webb defeated Ochoa to win herseventh major, celebrating with the customary plunge into water alongside the18th green (inset).

Taking theFifth
Barbaro, with Edgar Prado aboard (in green and blue), charged to a half-lengthvictory over Sharp Humor last Saturday in the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park.In winning for the fifth time in five starts, the 3-year-old Barbaro announcedhimself as one of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby on May 6.

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