Beyond Dodgers billionaire Matt White (page 17), Bucs end Dewayne White (left)got $29 million from the Lions, the White Sox crushed their rival Cubs 13--2(it's only spring, but the South Side celebrates), and the White Stripes areback: with an album called Icky Thump.
It's not how you feel (eight injured Sabres missed time last week) or how youlook (see poll, below), it's how you play! Buffalo, a conference finalist lastyear, had won 11 of 13 to soar into first place overall. Said winger DanielBriere, "It's amazing."
Speedskater Shani Davis set the world record in the 1,500 meters and, perhapsrecalling his feud with fellow skater Chad Hedrick at last year's Olympics,refused to crow, saying, "I just want to skate."
Buzz for the race got started with wins by Scat Daddy and other contenders, whomight get an audience with a queen: The U.S. Secret Service says that ElizabethII is "probable" for Churchill Downs on May 5.
In a game versus B.C., the Sox saw an Eagles punter smack Dice-K's first pitchfor a double—and new closer Joel Pineiro is struggling. The Wings fell to so-soColorado. And while the Bucks' Michael Redd (above) went for 52 points, he lostand said, "I don't think it's good for me to score 50."
How they feel (lousy after losing favorite son Ryan Smyth, page 82) is how theyplay. Last season's Stanley Cup finalists had lost eight of 10 to drop out ofplayoff contention. Said coach Craig MacTavish, "We're having a tough timewinning."
Duke's stud sophomore golfer Andrew (right)—he has a two handicap and plans togo pro—says he won't campaign for dad Rudolph, the G.O.P. front-runner (andYankees fan), because the two are estranged.
Wildcats coach Tubby Smith's job seemed shaky—his athletic director said fansare "disappointed" with the 20--10 team—even before Sunday's loss toFlorida. That made it five losses in seven games. Said Smith, "It'sfrustrating."
SI PLAYERS NHL POLL
Which team has the best uniforms in the NHL?
Blackhawks ... 28%
Canadiens ... 16%
Red Wings ... 14%
Maple Leafs ... 11%
Which team has the worst?
Predators ... 28%
Sabres ... 24%
Thrashers ... 8%
Ducks ... 7%
The Rangers were fifth on the best list (7.4%), meaning the top fivevote-getters were all Original Six teams; the sixth, the Bruins, was 10th onthe best list (2.1%) and eighth among the worst (2.6%).... Winning ugly: TheSabres, Predators and Ducks had three of the NHL's top five records throughSunday.... The Islanders were fifth on the worst list (5.7%).
[Based on a survey of 357 NHL players]
• For an expanded version of the poll go to SI.com/players.