APRIL 10, 2006
VOLUME 104, NO. 15
This is an article from the April 10, 2006 issue
34 ... Go, Go Gators
Behind coach Billy Donovan, Florida won its first NCAA championship
by Grant Wahl
44 ... He's D'Man
D'Brickashaw Ferguson will be the first offensive lineman drafted
by Nunyo Demasio
48 ... Out of Their League
In recent years the AL has clearly been stronger than the NL. But why?
by Tom Verducci
52 ... Healed and Ready
Playoff opponents beware: Adversity has made the Flyers more dangerous
by E.M. Swift
54 ... Back in the Picture
Have you noticed that the streaking Nets are once again title contenders?
by Chris Mannix
To understand his worshippers from Pittsburgh to Puerto Rico, you have to firstknow how he died
by David Maraniss
6 Leading Off
15 Air andSpace
Buy the numbers? A fantasy site refuses to pay MLB for the right to useplayers' stats
by Steve Rushin
• The Blue Devils' wall of silence
• A banged-up boxer returns
• NFL celebrations: What's legal
26 Faces in theCrowd
76 Life ofReilly
Where a first base coach shouldn't stand, who should skate out first and otherunwritten rules
by Rick Reilly
•New replay system passes muster
•The unkind road ahead for Bonds
74 The NBA
•Phil Jackson's coaching masterpiece
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•At week's end,Jason Kidd (left) and the Nets were in contention for the No. 2 seed in theEastern Conference thanks to the second-longest winning streak in team history(12 games). Do they have enough kick to overtake Shaq and the Heat? Get NBAnews and analysis, as well as weekly columns from Jack McCallum, Ian Thomsenand Marty Burns, at SI.com/nba.
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