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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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Who's Hot Who's Not

Who's Hot

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San Antonio
One-team town has been buoyed by Tony Parker (left) and their defendingchampion Spurs, who have the best record in the Western Conference. Soon theAlamo City may land a big fish. Marlins owner Jeff Loria says talks ofrelocating there are "getting serious."

Stats Geeks
Baseball's back--which means number guys have every batter's OPS and everypitcher's WHIP to savor. Good news for numbers guys in NBA, too: Celtics' statman Daryl Morey, 33, was named assistant (and probable heir) to Rockets G.M.Carroll Dawson.

FenceClimbers
Both NASCAR's Tony Stewart (right) and the IRL's Helio Castroneves cappedvictories on Sunday by scaling the nearest fence. Whatever happened to the goodol' tire-smokin' donut?

PhilMickelson
Speaking of drivers, Lefty had two in his bag--one to fade the ball and one todraw--as he shot 28 under and crushed the BellSouth Classic field by 13strokes. In eight events this year he has seven top 15s.

Who's Not

Portland
One-team town is bummed by Sebastian Telfair (right) and lowly Blazers, losersof 11 straight and, says owner Paul Allen, set to lose $100 million in nextthree years. The City of Roses, once on short list to get Marlins, now appearsto be coming up short in that as well.

LSU
Waaaah! The men were run out of the gym by UCLA in the Final Four. (It was sobad that winded Big Baby Glen Davis had to call two timeouts to catch hisbreath.) Women got wiped out just as easily, trounced 64-45 by Duke insemis.

Coach KProtégés
Tommy Amaker (left) and Michigan Wolverines fell in NIT final, ending a sorryseason for Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski's eight Division I pupils: Three werecanned, and none finished better than sixth in his conference.

CaseyFossum
At his house in Bradenton, Fla., Devil Rays lefty (right) had tires stolen offa truck he'd borrowed from teammate Scott Kazmir; nearly got beaned by golfball from a neighboring course; and cut his left foot on broken tile near hisswimming pool. And his spring ERA? 7.16.

SI PLAYERS NHL POLL

Will Penguins rookie center Sidney Crosby end up beingone of the 10 best players of all time?

No 49.5%
Yes 40.5%
Don't Know 10.0%

FAST FACTS: Poll was completed in late January....Among voters 25 years old and younger, 50% said, "Yes".... With 85points through Sunday, Crosby had 35 more than any of his teammates onlast-place Pittsburgh.... Crosby, 18, trails the Capitals' 20-year-old leftwing Alexander Ovechkin (95 points) in the rookie scoring race.... The last18-year-old to score as many points as Crosby has this season was SteveYzerman, who had 87 in 1983-84.

[Based on a survey of 346 NHL players ] • For previousNHL, NFL, NBA and MLB polls, visit SI.com/Players.

PHOTOGREG NELSON (PARKER)PHOTOJEFF LEWIS/ICON SMI (TELFAIR)PHOTOLEE COLEMAN/WIREIMAGE.COM (STEWART)PHOTOFRANK FRANKLIN II/AP (AMAKER)PHOTOTODD KIRKLAND/ICON SMI (MICKELSON)PHOTORON SCHWANE/AP (FOSSUM)PHOTOLOU CAPOZZOLA (CROSBY)