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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
NHL PLAYOFFS

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NBA PLAYOFFS

36 The Champ Is Here
Sorry, Pistons, but the NBA title will be decided in the Suns-Spurs series
by Jack McCallum

HORSE RACING

42 Street Cred
Calvin Borel had the ride of his life aboard Street Sense to win the Derby
by Tim Layden

TENNIS

46 Your Court or Mine?
The top two men played on a half-clay, half-grass court. Advantage ... Nadal?
by L. Jon Wertheim

BOXING

48 Failure to Launch
Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s victory had it all—except for thrills inside the ring
by Richard Hoffer

NHL PLAYOFFS

52 Can He Win a Cup?
Don't dismiss undersized Ducks center Andy McDonald. He plays big
by Austin Murphy

CENTERFIELD STAR

One Sizemore Fits All
In throwback style, Grady Sizemore has already made history with his unique skill set
by TOM VERDUCCI
• page 56

Departments

6 Leading Off

12 Letters

14 Players
• First Person: Larry Hughes
• The Rocket's reentry
• Kim Clijsters calls it quits
• On the road with Mike Tyson
• The Nationals honor their moms
• Frank Deford's new novel

31 Faces in the Crowd

76 Life of Reilly
The campaign to hold China's feet to the fire, using the Olympic torch
by Rick Reilly

Inside ...

68 Baseball
• Ranking the best young arms
• The Royals' Rule 5 keeper

72 The NFL
• Cleveland's second-round gamble
• Four rookie sleepers

74 NASCAR
• Keep an eye on Matt Kenseth
• Hendrick's CoT supremacy

Cover
PHOTOGRAPH BY AL TIELEMANS

INSET PHOTOS: Jeff Zelevansky/Reuters (Clemens); Bill Frakes (Street Sense); John Iacono (Mayweather)

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FEATURED COLUMNS

JON HEYMAN

> Rocket Fuel
Roger Clemens's pay will work out to about $1 million per start—a per-game record—and believe me, no one with the Yankees, least of all owner George Steinbrenner, is complaining. Considering New York's current need, that is what's known as a bargain.
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PETER KING

> Chief Concerns
The Dolphins have a slight edge in their trade talks for quarterback Trent Green because the Chiefs won't want to pay Green his money this year ($7.2 million on their salary cap). I still think Green will be a Dolphin. Just not very quickly.
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