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April 14, 2008
April 14, 2008

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April 14, 2008

SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
2008 NCAA TOURNAMENT
NFL DRAFT
PRO BASKETBALL
  • The Denver Nuggets, the league's latest offensive juggernaut, are trying to shoot their way into the Western Conference's final playoff spot by putting up points at a breakneck pace

HOCKEY
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NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP

34 Kansas Can!
With a furious comeback in the last two minutes capped by a three-pointer to force overtime, the Jayhawks beat Memphis 75--68 to win their first national title in 20 years
By Grant Wahl

NFL DRAFT

44 Dennis, Anyone?
After five months of high-tech rehab, Dennis Dixon clings to his pro dreams
By Lee Jenkins

PRO BASKETBALL

52 Eighth Is Enough
The Nuggets are trying to shoot their way into the West's final playoff spot
By Chris Ballard

HOCKEY

56 Who's Your Goalie?
Playoff teams commit to one, but some might be wise to keep using their backup
By Michael Farber

BREAKING THE BANK
By L. Jon Wertheim
Four years ago Lee Murray made his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut. Today he's in a Moroccan prison, the alleged mastermind of the largest cash heist in history
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Departments

8 Leading Off

17 Letters

18 Players
• The Olympic torch debacle
• Punishing NFL bad boys
• First Person: David West

30 Faces in the Crowd

32 Just My Type
by Dan Patrick
• George Clooney talks hoops

86 Point After
More athletes go Hollywood—and bust
by Selena Roberts

Inside ...

78 Baseball
• Risky business for Albert Pujols

80 Horse Racing
• Can War Path go the distance?

82 Tennis
• Serena has her power back

84 The NBA
• SI's MVP? It's Kobe Bryant

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Viewpoint
The Olympic torch makes its only stop in the U.S. this week.
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College Hoops Power Rankings
Now that the tournament's over, a final look at how teams stacked up.
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ANDY STAPLES
Inside College Football
Alabama's Nick Saban discusses the burden of expectations.
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NFL DRAFT

Assessing the Prospects
The NFL draft kicks off on April 26, but SI.com's coverage is already in full swing. Don Banks will unveil his latest mock draft this week, complemented by capsule scouting reports on some 500 draft hopefuls. There will also be video highlights of top players, such as Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, who has risen as high as No. 4 on Banks's draft board.

> Check out SI.com's draft coverage at SI.com/nfldraft.

BASKETBALL'S BEST

Center Stage
Patrick Ewing and Hakeem Olajuwon joined Pat Riley and Dick Vitale among seven electees to basketball's Hall of Fame this week. SI.com experts weighed in on the voting, and this week readers can catch an exclusive Q&A with Hall of Fame writer Jack McCallum as well as Marty Burns's analysis on where Ewing and Olajuwon rank among the great centers.

> Check out SI.com's Hall of Fame coverage at SI.com/hoophall.

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INSET PHOTOS: Dave Sandford/Getty Images (Nabokov); Rich Frishman (Dixon)

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