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March 31, 2008
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March 31, 2008

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2008 NCAA TOURNAMENT
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2008 ::: BASEBALLPREVIEW

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46 | LUCKY NO.7
Troy Tulowitzki fell to the Rockies in the '05 draft, but only one team thatpassed on him has regrets
By Tom Verducci

• Five moremade-to-order stars

58 | RIVALSRESTOCK
In a shift, the Yankees and Red Sox now do battle in the draft
By Tom Verducci

62 | SCOUTINGREPORTS
Breakdowns of all 30 teams, with lineups, modest proposals and telling stats.SI's prediction: The Tigers will beat the Cubs in the World Series

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NCAATOURNAMENT

34 FocusedGroup
Memphis forward Joey Dorsey is one of several key players left in the field whohas something to prove
By Grant Wahl

• Davidson's silkysmooth shooter

Departments

8 Leading Off

16 Letters

18 Players
• The darker side of cheerleading
• Analyzing the candidates' brackets
• Bob Knight's new media career
• First Person: Rajon Rondo

28 Faces in theCrowd

30 Just My Type
By Dan Patrick
• The Pack's new quarterback

130 Point After
It's hard to enjoy the piquant touches of Nationals Park knowing the tab thatD.C. paid to build it
By S.L. Price

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INSET COVERS:(Left to right): Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images (Braun); Larry Goren/Icon SMI(Upton); Tom DiPace (Tulowitzki); Damian Strohmeyer (Ellsbury); WinslowTownson/AP (Buchholz); Ed Wolfstein/Icon SMI (Zimmerman)

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PHOTOPAUL SANCYA/AP (WILLIS)62 KICK STARTER Added to the rotation in the winter, Dontrelle Willis will help deliver Detroit's second pennant in three seasons.PHOTOCHUCK SOLOMON (SCOUTING)PHOTOROBERT BECK (NCAA)TOUGH ENOUGH Kevin Love led UCLA past Texas A&M and into the Sweet 16.PHOTONAM Y. HUH/AP (HOLLIDAY)THE ROCKIES' MATT HOLLIDAY DIGS TO FIRST.PHOTOJOHN W. MCDONOUGH (MCCALLUM)PHOTOMEL LEVINE (HEYMAN)PHOTOWALTER IOOSS JR.(BLOMBERG)FOUR PHOTOS