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April 16, 2007
April 16, 2007

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April 16, 2007

SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
THE MASTERS
Baseball
PRO BASKETBALL
College Hockey
2007 NHL Playoff Preview

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This is an article from the April 16, 2007 issue Original Layout

THE MASTERS

36 Taming the Elements
Overcoming harsh weather and the game's preeminent player, Zach Johnson emerged as the winner of the Masters
by Alan Shipnuck

BASEBALL

42 Second to One
Perfectionist Roy Halladay is the best AL pitcher not named Johan Santana
by Michael Farber

PRO BASKETBALL

46 The Evolution of Yao
No longer a novelty, Yao Ming has arrived as the first dominating supersized player in NBA history
by Chris Ballard

COLLEGE HOCKEY

52 No Small Feat
Behind diminutive goaltender Jeff Lerg, Michigan State earned an unlikely title
by Brian Cazeneuve

2007 NHL PLAYOFF PREVIEW

THE WINNER

Two decades after his immortal Little League victory, Chris Drury has become one of sports' greatest clutch players. Can he deliver a title to the losingest city in America?
by S.L. PRICE • page 54

Departments

6 Leading Off

13 Letters

14 Players
• First Person: Claudio Reyna
• Tough times at Arkansas
• Remembering Eddie Robinson
• The top five in women's hoops
• A new look at Jackie Robinson

31 Faces in the Crowd

78 Life of Reilly
No Nike-airlifted four-iron, no clutch putts, no green jacket. That couldn't have been Tiger
by Rick Reilly

Inside ...

70 Baseball
• Dire worries for the Twins' staff

72 Tennis
• Ways to get the Davis Cup its due

74 NASCAR
• The next defector from Indy Car?

76 Horse Racing
• Nobiz is all biz at the Wood

Cover
PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT BECK
INSET PHOTOS: Al Tielemans (Johnson); Mitchell Layton/NBAE/Getty Images (Yao)

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PHOTOGREG NELSON (YAO)46 HOWDYAfter five seasons Yao Ming is right at home in Houston, down to his Texasdriver's license.PHOTOLOU CAPOZZOLA (DRURY)PHOTORON C. ANGLE/BEIMAGES (BLAKE)72 NET WORTH James Blake's singles victory last Saturday helped the U.S. defeat Spain in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.PHOTOROBERT BECK (PETERSON)PHOTOBOB ROSATO (CROSBY)PHOTORON LEBLANC/WIREIMAGE.COM (DREW)PHOTOGREG NELSON (NOWITZKI)PHOTOGREG NELSON (GILLISPIE)PHOTOMANUEL BALCE CENETA/AP (ADU)PHOTOBOB ROSATO (JONES)