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Faces in the Crowd

May 14, 2007
May 14, 2007

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May 14, 2007

SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
NBA PLAYOFFS
Horse Racing
Tennis
  • In a loopy run-up to the French Open and Wimbledon, No. 1 Roger Federer and No. 2 Rafael Nadal played an exhibition on a half-grass (Federer's favorite) and half-clay (Nadal's specialty) surface. Advantage ... Nadal?

BOXING
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Faces in the Crowd

Ryan Heath
OSTRANDER, OHIO > Baseball
Heath, a senior first baseman for Oakland University, hit his first four home runs of the season—three were grand slams—in a doubleheader against Western Illinois. He ended the day 5 for 7 with 14 RBIs (the teams split the games) and was named the Louisville Slugger national player of the week.

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Haley Ishimatsu
INDIANAPOLIS > Diving
Haley, 14, won two titles at the USA Diving spring national championships. In the 10-meter platform she edged 2000 Olympic gold medalist Laura Wilkinson 369.00 to 365.20; in the 10-meter synchronized dive she teamed with Mary Beth Dunnichay to take first with 326.10 points.

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Ashley Higginson

MARLBORO, N.J. > Track and Field
Ashley, a senior at Colts Neck High, defended her title in the 3,000 meters at the Penn Relays, finishing in 9:37.92. She also won the two-mile run at the national scholastic indoor championships, setting a state record with the seventh-fastest time in U.S. history (10:16.75).

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Kevin Ross
TORONTO > Lacrosse
Ross, a senior attack for Canisius, has scored a point in 48 consecutive games, the nation's longest active streak. The 2006 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference offensive player of the year is averaging 4.0 points, tied for sixth in Division I, and has 125 career goals, third among active players.

Dena Tyson
CORONA, CALIF. > Softball
Tyson, a senior first baseman at the University of Washington, hit home runs in six straight games, in one stretch getting four in nine at bats; she was the USA Softball player of the week. She ranks third nationally in slugging percentage (.963), ninth in homers per game (0.39, with a total of 17) and 11th in average (.459).

Adam Linkenauger
FINCASTLE, VA. > Track and Field
Linkenauger, a senior at Clemson, overcame the sudden death of his position coach and good friend Jarrett Foster, and won his seventh Atlantic Coast Conference high jump title with a jump of 7'1 3/4" at the ACC's outdoor championship. Linkenauger is just the ninth ACC athlete to win an event for four straight years.

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